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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

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Wishful thinking: This is what could stop Bayern from winning the salad bowl

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Bayern Munich are everybody’s favorite to win the German title this season. But, Bayern have been beaten in the championship race in the past. Here is what is important when battling against Bayern Munich for the championship.

This "lovely" trophy is up for grabs again in the 11/12 season of the Bundesliga.

All evidence is pointing towards a championship winning campaign for Bayern Munich. The team from Bavaria have usually taken the salad bowl home after the German national team have had the entire summer off in the recent past. Furthermore, the Bavarians are the biggest spenders in this transfer window, and have strengthened their side considerably with quality signings like Manuel Neuer, Nils Petersen and Rafinha. Some fans have even begun to embrace some of the silliest stats that are out there to convince themselves that Bayern won’t win the championship. Did you know that Heynckes is too old to win the championship somebody asked on Twitter. True, he’d be the oldest coach to win this title, but Heynckes isn’t a befuddled senior who pours red wine in his coffee cup while sitting half-naked on the bus. I’ll try to give you some decent stats and trends that could indicate that Bayern can be beaten to the championship. Read the rest of this entry

Season 10/11 reviewed.

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I wanted to write a season review of this year’s crazy Bundesliga season for my tiny little, and pokey, blog. Come to think of it, now that several people refer to my blog as NM, which is short for “never mind” and “nothing much” amongst the youths of the interwebs, I could even claim that my blog is beyond pokey. But, “NM”.

However, when Rio from “The Elastico” kindly asked me to write a season review for his glorious, well written, and much bigger blog I simply couldn’t say no. So, instead of writing another season review for NM, I told myself never mind, I am simply going to give you the link to my season review on Rio’s blog! I hope you’ll enjoy it, and let me know what you think! Without any further ado, here it is: http://www.theelastico.com/?p=128

The last time Netzer scored

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He hated headers, his duel with Wolfsgang Overath for the playmaker role of the German national team is an epic tale, but most of all, I got toe hear about Günther Netzer from my father because his last goal in the jersey of Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Netzer played a total of 297 Bundesliga matches for Gladbach, scoring 108 goals for "the foals".

Netzer started his football career at an early age. Already as a nine year old he played for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s youth division. 1963 Netzer joined Gladbach’s first team, and was promoted with the club to the Bundesliga in 1965.

The youngster became quickly one of the best playmakers in the league, occasionally outshone by Cologne’s Wolfgang Overath. Netzer’s precise long balls, and his menacing free kicks were back then something that hadn’t been seen before.

Additionally his long blonde hair, and his youthful outfits turned the Gladbach man into somewhat of a sex-symbol of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Giving football in Germany a youthful swagger, and James Dean-ish quality back then, Netzer fitted perfectly in to the young and hungry Borussia Mönchengladbach team. Read the rest of this entry

How meatballs and sausages got St. Pauli to the top

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These days FC St. Pauli enjoys a cult status amongst football fans in Europe. Left leaning politics, and a rock ‘n’ roll attitude has made the club hugely popular all over Europe. But, the buccaneers of the league didn’t start out as a rebellious club. After WW2 the club was for a brief period even amongst the best teams in Germany. Here is the story about “Die Wunderelf”.

The year is 1910, and football is considered to be the “English disease” in a Germany ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm. But, the sport is gaining ground amongst some young man. Some of the come from St. Pauli, then a suburb of Hamburg. The ” Hamburg-St.Pauli Turnverein” opens a football branch. From now on all the kids from St. Pauli who want to play football, play there. Read the rest of this entry

My ode to an eccentric

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Does it seem to be impossible to get women to take an interest in football? Is a scouting network too expensive for your club? The coach hasn’t any tricks up his sleeve to motivate his players? Don’t worry, your club just needs a president like Dr. Peter Krohn. Here is my ode to one of the most eccentric figures German football has produced.

Dr. Peter Krohn was the president of the Hamburger SV between 1973 and 1975, and the sporting manager at the HSV for the two following years. Krohn regarded himself as somewhat of a visionary. He saw problems in the world of football that nobody else saw. Related to former HSV player Hans Krohn, this visionary set out to revolutionize football. Read the rest of this entry

Red Bull, the future of football?

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The name SSV Markranstädt was widely unknown until Red Bull purchased 49% of the team, renamed it RB Leipzig, and planned to conquer the Bundesliga with it in the next 8-10 years. Will this model be more widely used in the future?

Football purist were, of course, up in arms about this purchase. Companies like Red Bull shouldn’t be able to use small local clubs and turn them into a soulless entity that solely exists to get consumers to buy more gummy-bear like tasting soft drinks.

Even tho RB Leipzig aren't allowed to use Red Bull's name in their club name, their club logo leaves very little doubt about who the owner is.

What these people conveniently forgot to mention is that already a number of Bundesliga clubs are run with the same model. Hoffenheim have lived of Dietmar Hoff’s money, Wolfsburg fuel their economy with Volkswagen money, and Bayer Leverkusen have been fed with the money of pharmaceutical company Bayer. Read the rest of this entry