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Not much ‘typically German’ about this Bayern Munich team

April 9, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/What did Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson mean when he criticised Bayern Munich players for what he said was their attempt to influence Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli after Rafael Da Silva fouled Franck Ribery?

Sun, money, good football … who wouldn’t fancy Spain?

March 24, 2010

SOCCER-GERMANY/Franck Ribery will likely choose Spain if he decides to leave Bayern Munich, we learned from a Sport Bild interview this morning, and I guess few people reading another of today’s big football stories, this time in France Football, would blame him.

Menotti unhappy with Maradona’s priorities

March 10, 2010
Diego Maradona, coach of Argentina's national soccer team attends a news conference in Munich March 1, 2010. Germany will play a friendly soccer match against Argentina on March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Even Diego Maradona’s harshest critics, including Cesar Luis Menotti, recognised that they saw an improvement in Argentina’s defence in last week’s 1-0 win over Germany and some sort of shape to the team.

No name calling just yet please, say Leverkusen

March 9, 2010

So they lost their first match of the season and dropped back three points from the top.

Leverkusen lead and Schalke sparkle in Bundesliga

December 21, 2009

If anyone had said at the start of the season that a pensioner fresh out of retirement would steer perennial underachievers Bayer Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga at the halfway mark, they would have been called mad.

A proposal from Germany could help cut out diving

November 11, 2009

Referee Peter Walton could face a suspension from the Premier League list if it is decided he made a mistake in Monday’s 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Birmingham.

Final tragedy for Robert Enke

November 10, 2009

Germany and Hanover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke has died after being hit by a train in an apparent suicide, local police said on Tuesday.

from FaithWorld:

Muslims angry at German soccer club over song

August 4, 2009

German Muslims have inundated one of the country's top soccer teams, Schalke 04, with complaints about a verse in the club's anthem which, they say, is disparaging towards the Prophet Mohammad.

Vuvuzela ‘sounds like Uwe Seeler’ but will it catch on in Germany?

July 21, 2009

A German official wanting to make the pronunciation of the African vuvuzela instrument clear to German reporters said last week: “Vuvuzela: it sounds like Uwe Seeler“.

U better believe it, Germany are the kings

June 30, 2009

“U” is an interesting letter in German. One of the first things that springs to mind is “U-Boot” (submarine) and then there is the “U-Bahn” (underground train) as well as “U-Haft” (jail).