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Eine Frage hätte ich da noch…

In Britain, Germany, History, Identity, Literature, Stereotypes on July 26, 2011 at 12:40

…so sprach Peter Falk, auch bekannt als Inspector Columbo, in über sechzig Episoden wenn er die oder den vermeintliche/n Täter/in einlullte, um sie dann mit einer letzten Frage zu überrumpeln. Dies soll kein Nachruf auf den großen Peter Falk sein, das können andere besser. Vielmehr soll es um den Erfolg englischsprachiger TV Serien im deutschen TV gehen.

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Another chapter to the England vs. Germany Saga

In England, Football, Germany, History, Identity, Stereotypes on April 25, 2011 at 18:42

Another chapter in the Anglo-German football rivalry will be written later this month when Schalke and ManU meet in the semi-final of the European Cup, otherwise known as UEFA Champions League. Last year ManU were beaten over the two legs by Bayern München who went al the way to the Final, only to lose it against a defensive minded Inter. The encounter in the quarter-final became more famous for Alex Ferguson’s rant against Ribery to fall to the ground in “typical German” manner, which led to the sending off of Rafael. The record of Man United against German opposition is not the best. They lost the semi-finals in 1997 and 2002 to Dortmund and Leverkusen respectively, as well as two quarter-finals against Bayern München in 2001 and 2010. Against this stands solely the triumph in the Nou Camp in 1999 against Bayern. However, overall the English clubs have had the better of the European Cup competitions, having won a total of 25 European Cups across all competitions, German teams have won 17 in all tournaments so far. This includes the triumph of 1. FC Magdeburg in the Cup Winners Cup in 1974. That tally is quite obviously in England’s favour.

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War minus the Shooting/ Wie Krieg ohne Schiessen

In Cold War, England, Football, Germany, History, Literature, Sport, Stereotypes, World Cup on August 14, 2010 at 23:18

Sport is war minus the shooting. That was the essence of an article George Orwell wrote in 1945 about a tour of the Dynamo Moscow football team in Britain. Certainly he wasn’t a friend of football preferring the Olympic Games and their supposed peacefulness and which brings nations together peacefully rather than stirring up hate and jealousy. Written just after the end of the Second World War, Orwell clearly had in his view that sport could become a means in the fight for the superiority of the systems, i.e. East vs. West. He was spot on in his observation and as the development of the Olympic Games has shown during the era of the Cold War.

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