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Party Crashers

In Anglo-German Relations on May 25, 2013 at 07:50

This year’s Champions League Final is played in London to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Football Association. Ironically, no English club have made it to the final. Instead the notorious party crashers for English football have put up camp at Wembley: Germany.


Capture2However, Germany were not always party crashers for England. This role is held by a FIFA XI who in 1953 brought England close to defeat in a memorial match for the 90th anniversary of the Football Association. A month later, Hungary were indeed spoiling the party with an emphatic 6-3 win at Wembley.

In 1966 Wolfgang Weber’s late goal secured extra time in the World Cup Final. A late goal under such circumstances would have meant trouble for England, instead they rose to the occasion and scored twice. Another Anglo-German contest 4 years later saw the Germans victorious for the first time in a competitive match against England. Bobby Moore and his colleague looked certain winners but something changed after an hour and Germany surged back. It was 2-2 after 90 minutes and a certain Gerd Müller, scored in extra-time to kick England out of the World Cup.

More agony for England came 20 years later, again in a World Cup. The semi-final of Turin was the tragic end for a great team assembled by Bobby Robson. In Pete Davies words:

We all know the cruel way it ended…The penalty shoot out’s a piece of ersatz TV drama, irrelevant to the game of football.

This year’s final at Wembley is part of the festivities for the 150th anniversary of The FA and ironically, 2 German teams will contest it.


We Are The Champions?

In Media Analysis on May 13, 2013 at 10:00

The prospect of an all-German Champions League final provided material for Germany’s tabloid Bild-Zeitung for some crude reporting. Under the headline ‘We Are The Champions’ the sub-heading reads: but not every one likes it. In fact, level-minded Germans are aware of the fact that Germany’s image throughout this current crisis in Europe has suffered severely, yet the article is a reminder of some dark thoughts from the not so distant past. Read the rest of this entry »

In Football on November 29, 2012 at 11:37

The Sage of the North presents the fortunes of the Bundesliga teams in this season’s Champions League campaign.



Champions League Matchday Five

The bloated English Premier League lost its Champions from Europe’s elite tournament this week. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s impending failure cost them their eighth manager of the decade. What a frenzy for the headline writers; what a depressingly familiar inevitability for the rest of us. All sense of proportion has long been lost. Money can buy success but never satisfaction. In Germany they shake their heads at our pomposity and bombast. We can keep our expensive circus, full of clown-like defending and high-wire balancing acts. They just get on producing quality footballers, adaptable and intelligent, in a domestic structure which offers the cheapest tickets for fans and works for the benefit of the national team. Oh, and all three of their clubs have qualified for the knockout stages with a round of matches to spare.

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England’s new found love: Germany

In Anglo-German Relations on June 30, 2012 at 22:21

Something has happened to England during this recent Euro 2012 football tournament. It is visible in this article by Barney Ronay of the Guardian newspaper. He admitted that he began to like Germany, not just for their football of late but also because they lost. Which for him was an ancient Saxon trait that ultimately still connected both nations, even after centuries.

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‘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 »

Anglo-German meeting May 19, 2012

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, Identity on April 26, 2012 at 09:14

Due to Bayern Munich‘s success in ‘typical German manner’ (quote: Gary Lineker, Sir Alex Ferguson i.e. penalty shoot out, against Real Madrid in last nights Champions League semi-final, there will be another Anglo-German meeting taking place at Munich on May 19. Accidentally, it will be a football match. This has happened on a few occasions in the past and not always have the coverage and the football been adequate. It is hoped though that this will not be the case on May 19 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, where the final of this year’s Champions League will be staged. Read the rest of this entry »

Fans with type writers

In Football, Literature on March 14, 2012 at 10:00

In a piece to compare the journalistic outpourings of England‘s and Germany‘s sporting press, the following will be a comparison between the football magazines available for the ardent football fan with the exception of FourFourTwo, World Soccer, Kicker Sportmagazin and Sport Bild.

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English Heart and German Steel

In Britain, England, Football, Germany, History, Identity on May 18, 2011 at 14:22

The Heart of English Football this year is undoubtedly Manchester as both domestic trophies, league title and FA Cup are held by Man United and Man City respectively. Sir Alex’ team can even go a step further in adding a Champions League trophy to their record- breaking nineteenth league title.

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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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