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Who is floating my boat? Gomez or Klose

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Well, the headline of this article is somewhat misleading. I think. The reason for this somewhat silly title is the fact that I am sitting on a ferry which at this very moment is taking me from Hirtshals, Denmark, to beautiful Kristiansand in Norway.

And yes, sitting here in the restaurant of this ferry, I can observe human kind unfold themselves from their greedy side. Literally. The fat bloke two tables is so found of salmon, I’d be staggered if there were any fish left in the sea after we have docked. The lady I just met at the buffet had given up on wiping her face all together in pursuit of stuffing the maximum amount of food into herself as quickly as humanly possible. Hygiene is for the weak minded, those poor bastards who society has manipulated into think that getting your money’s worth at the buffet is in-polite, and disturbing for those who surround you. The kid in front of me is just putting a shrimp up his nose, to the delight of his Danish parents. A group of young men are getting their money’s worth by drinking as much beer as they humanly can. Good grievance to the man who has to drive them home… Read the rest of this entry

Reviewed: Wigbert Löer and Rainer Schäfer – René Schnitzler ZOCKERLIGA, Ein Fussballprofi packt aus

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René Schnitzler during his playing days at FC St. Pauli.

Remember René Schnitzler? The striker who Michael Skibbe back in his under 21 German national team days said to be twice the striker Mario Gomez was? No? Considering that Schnitzler’s biggest achievement in his playing career so far are 33 matches for the 2. Bundesliga club FC St. Pauli, only scoring 7 goals, hardly a good a return for a striker, it is maybe not that strange that you’d never have heard of him or that he slipped your mind. However, Schnitzler’s life and wasted talent is the theme of the book ”René Schnitzler Zockerliga – Ein Fussballprofi packt aus”. Read the rest of this entry

Thank you notes to my fellow travelers

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I have for the last couple of weeks relied heavily on public transport. I would like to thank the staff at Deutsche Bahn and the bus companies I have used from the bottom of my heart for being punctual, polite and doing their best for giving me a great experience when I was using their services. Here are, however, a few thank you notes(Yes, I stole the idea from Jimmy Fallon, I know) that might not be as sincere… Read the rest of this entry

In the lions den: Musings from my roadtrip to watch HSV vs. Gladbach

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Germany has changed a lot since I moved to Norway more than a decade ago. But, the one thing that hasn’t changed for me and all Werder fans in the time that has passed is our relationship to the Hamburger SV.

Give me any German pop culture reference of the recent past, and I won’t get it. Long gone are the days of me watching German television, and me trying to keep up with what ”the kids call music”. Even tiny things surprise me these days when visiting Germany. On my first day here in Germany I found myself marveling over a new drink, an unholy alliance of coke and red wine. But, it wasn’t the fact that German youth have started to drink crap instead of the lovely German local beer, but the fact that the drink was called ”Kalte Muschi”, which can be translated into English as ”Cold Pussy”. (Not having tasted the stuff, I honestly cannot say if the name of the product actually is a taste note.)

Kalte Muschi is actually a drink associated with the FC St. Pauli.

The cultural phenomena of stand up comedy has reached Germany, and stand ups like Mario Barth have successfully used shock value as a way of selling themselves and the German public has finally taken to it. Now it seems that pushing the envelope in the distasteful direction is a marketing strategy, selling soft drinks, tickets to stand up shows, books etc., and Germans seem more accepting of that strategy than they did a decade ago. A more consumer driven, cut throat country has emerged, hardened by the recent economic instability, and somewhat less kind than it was 10 years ago.(Or, the last 12 years in Norway have simply made me more sensible, or turned me into a ”Muschi”, if you want to keep it dirty and German.) Read the rest of this entry

The case against Lukas Podolski

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Ever since the World Cup of 2006 has Lukas Podolski been one of the stalwarts of the success for the Germany national team. However, with young talents en masse on hand Löw might have to consider leaving Prinz Poldi on the bench in the future.

Podolski supporters will be quick to point to the former Köln captains outstanding stats for the German national team. The forward has managed to score 42 goals in his 90 internationals for Germany. He had in fact scored more goals for the German national team than in the Bundesliga when he was playing for Germany in the World Cup in 2010. Read the rest of this entry

Predicting the future

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Well, there has been written a whole lot about the upcoming Bundesliga season. The transfers, the silicon loving speeding pro at Werder, the camping holiday of Subotic etc. But, finally we can put all this miserable drivel behind us, and watch some football again when the season kicks off tomorrow with the game between Dortmund and Hamburg. And just in time before kick off I will have a stab at predicting how the Bundesliga table will look at the end of the season. Mind you, my predictions will probably be off by miles. Read the rest of this entry

The football mad tyrant

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Over the last few weeks Muammar Gaddafi’s face has been all over the papers, news broadcasts and online news sites. While the media has focused on NATO’s bombardment of his country and lavish fees paid to American entertainers, news of Gaddafi’s ties to European football have been marginalized, saving European football clubs another round of embarrassment on the world stage.

Loves his football: Gaddafi.

Artists like Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Usher and 50 cent have been spotlighted  because they had received money to perform at one of the private parties that were financed by the Gaddafi family’s money. (Well, if you thought that tyrants and their children had redeeming sides like great taste in art and music you are horribly mistaken). Their fees were paid from monies taken from Libya’s massive oil revenues that has been spread around the entire world on off-shore accounts, at Swiss banks etc.

The Gaddafi’s store 8 billion dollars of their fortune in the Libyan capital of Tripoli alone according to former central bank governor Farhat Bengdara, while common Libyans suffer daily in poverty.  While the entertainers have been exposed, Gaddafi’s links with big European clubs in Italy and Germany haven’t been discussed in the international media during NATO’s and the revolutionaries struggle against the tyrant. Read the rest of this entry