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In Stereotypes on July 4, 2013 at 21:56

Paul_Breitner_Lars_Ricken_Wembley_2013Despite the wide spread admiration for German soccer anno 2013, it is still remarkable that German (maybe Germany?) football is still seen through a martial point of view. The best example was the pre-game ‘ceremony’ of this year’s Champions League final which saw two groups of warriors in the club’s colours as well as Paul Breitner and Lars Ricken in uniform presenting the trophy.

Separated at Birth: Moritz Volz and David Hasselhoff

In Football, Germany, Popular Culture, Stereotypes on September 19, 2012 at 14:00

The Ugly Germans

In Germany, History, Media Analysis, Stereotypes on August 8, 2012 at 16:00

A week end’s edition of Germany‘s Handelsblatt, a paper entirely about economics, provided some interesting reading. Over 8 pages writers and columnists reported from France, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Britain and what the people think of Germany during the current Euro crisis. A content analysis. Read the rest of this entry »

England! Penalties! Again!

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, Stereotypes on June 25, 2012 at 11:06

The Euro 2012 quarterfinals came to a close yesterday with another penalty shoot out defeat for England. This time it was Italy who possessed the better nerves and scored 4 out of 5 shots, while England started brightly but the two Ashleys, Cole and Young delivered 2 weak penalties, one hitting the cross-bar the other being saved easily by Gigi Buffon, the Italian goal keeper. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Football is a simple game…

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, History, Stereotypes on May 30, 2012 at 09:53

… 22 players chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win’ is one of the most famous football quotations. After the Champions League Final in Munich Gary Lineker added to his famous quote ‘not any more‘ after Chelsea beat Bayern in the Champions League Final. On top of that, many commentators took particular pride that it was on penalties, a German special weapon in big finals. In Munich Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ivica Olic failed to score and Drogba won the trophy for Chelsea with his last shot in a Chelsea shirt. Read the rest of this entry »

Finale Dahoam

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, Stereotypes on May 18, 2012 at 16:12

With the Champions League Final 2012 to be played in Munich at the Allianz-Arena between the ‘home team’ Bayern Munich and Chelsea, another Anglo-German footballing encounter is set to take place tomorrow. Here is some of the press coverage in the paper’s pre-match writings. Read the rest of this entry »


In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, History, Stereotypes on May 11, 2012 at 10:50

When I posted that Geoff Hurst admitted that his second goal in the World Cup Final 1966 has NOT crossed the line, it was with a big pinch of salt and it sounded as though it was a belated April’s fools joke. However, he has retracted on the same day, admitting that it was a set-up in accordance with Blue Square Premier, an online betting company. Hurst’s retraction can be found here and on another platform here.

A Foreigner as England Manager?

In England, Football, History, Identity, Sport, Stereotypes on February 17, 2012 at 12:02

This post card was printed in the early 2000s in England, at a time when the English football public and the media were engaged in a debate about whether or not the future England manager should be a foreigner. A few months later Sven-Göran Erikson became England’s first foreign manager. More than a decade later, the debate seems to be reignited again after the resignation of Fabio Capello from the post of England manager.

Es lebt sich gut in Deutschland

In Germany, History, Identity, Stereotypes on January 13, 2012 at 12:00

This is the summary of a lengthy article in Germany‘s left(ish) daily die tageszeitung, taz in early October to commemorate the unification of Germany on 3 October 1990. The author compares the food of several European capitals with that in Berlin and muses about how the people in Paris were dressed better than the inhabitants of Germany’s capital, while the water in Berlin was not smelling and tasting of chlorine. Of course, after living abroad the author returns home with a different vision of Germany that is not shared by his compatriots who had not the chance or did not want to live abroad, whatever the reason. Read the rest of this entry »

How to make things

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity, Stereotypes on January 4, 2012 at 12:00

Britain looks at Germany with envy when it comes to its productivity, this article in The Guardian newspaper suggests. There is a certain truth about it. However, the whole truth is somewhat different, of course. While the Germans can be proud of their car and other branches of industrial production, other areas are seriously struggling, education for instance. Industry and production have always been protected by the government unlike in Britain where a certain ‘Iron Lady‘ privatized many British industries such as Leyland and the country is still suffering the after effects of Thatcher‘s policy today. Read the rest of this entry »

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