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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 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

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

Bundesliga wrap up match day 24

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Dortmund thrashed Bayern in this week’s top match, and some of the teams in the relegation zone break their recent patterns and make the fight for survival more interesting. Here is the Bundesliga wrap up for match day 24. 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

Bundesliga wrap up match day 23

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“Der Club” from Nürnberg and the 96’ers from Hannover continue their fairytale seasons. Dortmund and Bayern win their matches, before their clash next weekend. Leverkusen is still 10 points behind Dortmund, and Gladbach snatched their first home victory of the 10/11 season. Here is the Bundesliga wrap up for match day 23. Read the rest of this entry

Bundesliga wrap up match day 22

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Bayer Leverkusen shortened the gap between them and Borussia Dortmund down to 10 points, Bayern Munich continued their good run at home, while the troubles continue for Mönchengladbach and Stuttgart. Read the rest of this entry