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Bundesliga: A Welcome Winter Break

December 23, 2011


The Jawarhalal Nehru Stadium rises imperiously from the low, flat buildings of New Delhi, its ring of steel emitting an eerie blue light through the black sky. It is newly constructed, and is the only stadium of such size in India not to be built predominantly for cricket. Against a backdrop of delays, bureaucratic interference […]

Bundesliga: A problem Like Podolski

December 15, 2011


There may not be a more beautiful sight in all Germany than Cologne at Christmas. The forbidding shadows of the great Gothic cathedral are lit up by the twinkling lights of the festive market. Christmas trees dressed in golden tinsel are intertwined with shimmering silver bulbs, throwing an eerie, magical glow upon the meticulously crafted […]

Deutsch Football: Germany Unconcerned at Group of Death

December 6, 2011


There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and a “group of death” at a major football tournament. The Euro 2012 draw was not kind to Germany this week, placing the Mannschaft in Group B alongside their old foes the Dutch, plus flamboyant Portugal and ever- improving Denmark. Contrary to the manic picking at each […]

Derby Victors Topple Bayern

December 1, 2011


Lukas Podolski has been in two car crashes this week. On Monday, Poldi crashed his black Mercedes into the back of a family vehicle on the outskirts of Koln, causing several minor injuries and €18,000 worth of damage. The German international may have reflected, however, that this was rather less carnage than that inflicted on […]

Devastating Dortmund Breath New Life into Bundesliga

November 24, 2011


  Winter is coming to Bavaria. The autumnal Oktoberfest is a distant memory; steins and eisswurst are exchanged for gluhwein and stollen as the season draws in. Nature moves inexorably into the forests, driving away the old, tired remnants of life, before younger, fresher replacements swoop in come springtime. Such an impression was given at […]