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The Wurst Nightmare

In Anglo-German Relations, Football on September 5, 2017 at 15:00

Remembering the early autumn of 2001 when Germany were beaten by England in Munich and I had no clue how to react to English banter.

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Helmut Haller, 1939-2012

In Football on October 12, 2012 at 10:21

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Helmut Haller, scorer of the first goal in the 1966 World Cup Final has died Thursday, 11 October. Read the rest of this entry »

The Curse of Wembley

In Anglo-German Relations, England, Football, Germany, History, Media Analysis on September 5, 2012 at 10:40
Geoff Hurst's controversial second goal during...

Geoff Hurst’s controversial second goal during the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final is still not known to have crossed the goal line or not. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The title of the film by German film maker Stefan Keber suggests what many people already know: England have not won any major trophy since their World Cup triumph at Wembley in July 1966: England are cursed by Wembley and the third goal. Not just that, every time they appeared to be coming close to another final, there were German teams eliminating them from the tournament. The last time in 1996 at the Euro held in England. 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 »

29 April 1972: England – Germany 1-3: 40 Years After

In England, Football, Germany, History, Identity on April 29, 2012 at 10:00

This match went down in German sports writing as the ‘Miracle of Wembley’. Quite why is unknown. This match however, should be marked as the watershed between England and Germany when it came to football. It was the first win of a German team on record at Wembley in a competitive match. It was the third defeat of England against Germany in a row. All these things should have given English football something to think about. Albeit it didn’t. England and Germany went in diametrically opposed directions. Read the rest of this entry »

Match of the Century, Football miracles and Jahrhundertspiele

In Britain, Cold War, England, Football, Germany, History, Identity, Sport on March 1, 2012 at 14:50

This blog is all about the Anglo-German rivalry and how it affects everyday life, football and politics. However, there are games that were labelled ‘Match of the Century’, ‘Miracles’ like the World Cup final of 1954 or the victories of West Germany against England in 1970 and 1972 or the ‘Jahrhundertspiel‘ between Italy and Germany. In each of the following examples at least either of them is always present, England or Germany, making a necessary link to the Anglo-German football rivalry. Where does this love for labelling games come from? And were these games really what their labels promised? Read the rest of this entry »

England, Penalties and Roy of the Rovers

In England, Football, Germany, Identity, Sport, Stereotypes, World Cup on July 11, 2011 at 10:08

There are some stories in sport that seem to be a given. One of them is that English football teams cannot handle the pressure of a penalty shoot out. The men normally lose against Germany as in 1990 and 1996 and Portugal in 2004 and 2006 while the women fared no better and crashed out against France on Saturday in Germany at the World Cup. This somehow suggests that English football has a profound problem when it comes to penalties.

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