Last week football in Germany was brought to a standstill by the sad news of the passing of Robert Enke. Only 32 years old, the national keeper took his own life after years of suffering depression. It seems that only very few were made aware of his condition – his closest family members, some medical […]
So, what do you think? Last week players set off for various parts of the world to play games that are largely forgotten this week. Does anyone care that Spain beat England, or France lost. How did Holland go? Can you remember? Because the fact is that these games are played by different rules. Coaches […]
It feels good again to be a Derby supporter. Over the last two weeks wins against Sheffield United and QPR (away) and draws against Cardiff and Swansea (away) make a pleasant change of fortunes for the (once) mighty rams. Suddenly there is an air of confidence sweeping through the club. This is something we haven’t […]
A week to go until the Championship kicks off and much work has been going on in the off season. This being a post about Derby County, I can report that the squad has been ‘freshened up’ (whatever that means!) and several new faces have been brought in to replace those failures from last season. […]
An exciting weekend for the Bundesliga where all eyes are at the top of the table. Bayern, currently 3 points ahead, entertain their closest rivals Bremen in the Allianz Arena in Munich. This game will go some way to establishing who will win ‘die Schale’ at the end of the season. Klose, playing against his […]
The Bundesliga wakes up again this week after the winter break when Bayern visit Rostock on Friday night. It will be interesting to see how the second half of the season unfolds.At the top, Bayern have a slender lead, on goal difference over Werder Bremen. This has been mentioned many times in recent weeks with […]
This may be a little difficult for some of you to understand. After all, supporting the likes of Man U. or Liverpool, you get used to mucking in at the top of the Premiership. You come to expect results and are disappointed with failed European title challenges. You relegate the Carling Cup to a B-grade […]
Germany did just enough to qualify for Euro 2008 this week. A draw and a home defeat are hardly flattering, but the business is only just beginning. The national team still seems to be riding a wave of confidence. Players that hardly rate (or are even unknown) outside of Germany are proving again that the […]
It seems that Bayern are indeed scoring for fun, and Klose is enjoying the ride. A hat trick during the week against lowly Cottbus sees the Bavarians comfortably on top of the table, three points ahead of Leverkusen.
Amazing as it seems, Frankfurt can hit the lead in the Bundesliga (at least for one night) if they win tonight against Bochum. They have made a surprisingly good start to the season, much like Bielefeld, and are looking down the table to more fancied rivals.
Several topics of conversation are circling around German soccer fans this week: 1. Victory at Wembley. The national team continues to surprise with strong results, despite a very weakened line-up. Beating England at Wembley, even in friendlies, is always a pleasant experience. 2. Can anyone keep up with Bayern? After three games Bayern have not […]
It has only taken one weekend of the new season for one thing to become clear: the old order has been re-established. Bayern, a disappointing fourth place finisher last season are set to ruthlessly dismantle any challenge to “their” title. And make no mistake about it, they mean business this season.
Last week about 60,000 fans filled Schalke’s home ground for the game against Dortmund. This wouldn’t normally be surprising except that it was an away game. And they witnessed their team seemingly giving up the championship by losing. Now Schalke, often accused of choking, have to hope for Stuttart to choke at home against lowly […]
Oh dear! If Schalke can win this weekend, they will have one hand on the trophy, (or indeed be crowned champions if Stuttgart lose and Bremen don’t win). But to win they have to travel to their bitter rivals Dortmund. If ever there was a game to spark the imagination, this is it.
Three games to go. The champions in the Bundesliga this year will not be Bayern Muenchen. They have failed in all competitions and are planning a total revamp of their team. They are in fourth place. At the top it looks like this. Schalke are ahead of Stuttgart. Bremen are in third place. One of […]
Four games to go! A Friday night game is great to keep the pressure on your opponents….if you win! So can Schalke put pressure on Bremen by beating their local rivals Bochum in tonights Ruhr derby? Everyone is waiting for Schalke to choke under the pressure. This game will not be easy, and Bochum are […]