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The Day After

In Sport on February 6, 2016 at 15:30

13 November 2015. That date will always be associated with the atrocious attacks in Paris and at the Stade de France. Early February marks the first match at the ground since that night: France played Italy in the curtain raiser of the 6 Nations. Read the rest of this entry »


Handball: The German Cricket

In Sport on January 31, 2016 at 19:59

What Cricket is for England, Handball is for Germany: the second most popular sport behind football. The European Championships in Poland created a new hype around the German team after years of mediocrity. Read the rest of this entry »

England expects and the Women excel

In Sport on July 30, 2015 at 08:00

Is 2015 the year when football and cricket see the women’s sport finally enjoying the long deserved break through? Read the rest of this entry »

Paris, Champions of France

In Sport on June 15, 2015 at 09:00

Since yesterday, the French capital is home to 3 national champions in their respective sport. Additionally, the PSG women have were in the Champions League Final where they lost to the German power house 1.FFC Frankfurt in Berlin. Read the rest of this entry »

But not so for the batsman – Richie Benaud

In Sport on April 10, 2015 at 19:26

This must be considered as a piece of classic sports commentary.

It’s been absolutely marvellous for 42 years. Loved every moment of it. And, eh it’s been a privilege to go into every one’s living room throughout that time. What’s even better, it’s been a great deal of fun. But not so for the batsman.

2012: Annus Britannicus

In Britain, Identity, Olympics, Sport on September 11, 2012 at 13:07


The current year will go into the history books of Britain for various reasons. First, there is the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Second, Bradley Wiggins is the first Briton who has won the Tour de France. He later added Olympic Gold which was the major sporting event of this year so far: The London Olympics. Finally, Andy Murray has won a Grand Slam title, the first for a Briton since 1936! Read the rest of this entry »

The Second Gold after 40 Years

In History, Olympics, Sport on August 12, 2012 at 21:29

After 40 years, Uganda have won another Olympic medal. What sounds unbelievable to most, happened this morning in London, when Stephen Kiprotich took the gold medal in the marathon in 2 hours 8 minutes and 1 second ahead of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang.

John Akii-Bua

John Akii-Bua (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is most memorable about this, is that Uganda have so far not won any other gold medals at the Olympics since 1972.

John Akii Bua broke the world record over 400m hurdles in Munich to claim Uganda’s first and so far only gold medal . Until today.

There have been medal winners previously, but most of them were boxers. In total Ugandan athletes have won 7 (SEVEN) medals at Olympic Games, 4 in boxing, 3 in athletics competitions.

How to build a team: Handball

In Britain, Olympics, Sport on July 31, 2012 at 12:56

Britain is a country that is dominated by football, cricket and rugby. Add tennis, golf and the sporting calendar for many sporting enthusiasts is full to the brim. Interestingly, indoor sports are not featuring on this list. For the London Olympics Britain for the first time field a men’s handball team. If they manage to win a medal is doubtful. The women’s team is a far more interesting story as the team consists of players ‘assembled’ from all over Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

When Politics play Football: Greece vs. Germany Euro 2012

In Football, Germany, Media Analysis, Politics, Sport on June 22, 2012 at 15:10

The quarter-final between Greece and Germany, like no other carries an extra political burden with it. On the one hand Greece a country which is bothering the Euro zone quite some bit to say the least. On the other Germany, the strongest economy of the continent will play out who will progress to the semi-final at Euro 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hundred Years’ War

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, History, Sport on May 14, 2012 at 21:26

Just like the Hundred Years’ War between France and England (1337 – 1453) the sporting relations between England and Germany as well as England and France could equally be described as Hundred Years’ Wars. Just like their historical blue print, the Anglo-German ‘Football war‘ or the Anglo-French rugby rivalry are not constantly contested conflicts rather they flicker from time to time and there are periods when these ‘wars’ will appear to be hot instead of cold, i.e. ahead of a football or rugby match and in the aftermath of these. Most of this will happen in the media, where all sorts of language is used to describe the events on the pitch in most the bellicose manner. That the language to describe football matches contains martial terms and phrases, makes it even easier for writers and journalists to paint a picture of war and conflict.

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