Long Live The King: How Crucial Ledley King Is To Tottenham Hotspur
Long Live The King: How Crucial Ledley King Is To Tottenham Hotspur

Ledley King went down with a groin strain in the 30th minute of Tottenham’s draw with Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday. Leading 1-0, Spurs conspired to blow two leads after King’s departure. King is no stranger to the physio room and has been beset by injury problems […]

Rafael van der Vaart: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Rafael van der Vaart: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good Rafael van der Vaart was an inspiring signing by Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp two summers ago. Bought for a mere £8 million from Real Madrid, he immediately made an impact in a new league. Typically one expects a foreign import to take three months to adapt to […]

Giving Respect to the History of All 20 Premier League Clubs
Giving Respect to the History of All 20 Premier League Clubs

The focus for a long time was on the “big four” of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. Tottenham and Manchester City made enough inroads to turn that into the “Sky Six” temporarily. To be honest, most of the noise generated by the media, which drives the fans is about […]

Blackburn: Fix The Issue and Save the Season
Blackburn: Fix The Issue and Save the Season

It is quite easy to have a go at Blackburn manager Steve Kean, but it doesn’t matter if you replace him because there is a lack of cohesion to the squad. Why? It has been suggested the Venky’s don’t have as much money as was once suggested. Indeed, the Venky’s […]

Wenger: Panic Buys and Historical Truths in the Transfer Market
Wenger: Panic Buys and Historical Truths in the Transfer Market

I went to the website Transfer League to look at Arsene Wenger’s recent transfers. I was looking for a pattern for this oft-cited project. But you can’t find significant patterns on just dates and prices. And overall, it’s not that important. Yes, Wenger has been very effective and prosperous by […]

The Problem At White Hart Lane
The Problem At White Hart Lane

There has been a lot made about the lack of transfer activity during the past three windows for Tottenham.  During two of them, they had the draw of the Champions League to lure in players, yet still didn’t pull the trigger on many deals. It’s easy to forget, but the […]

Wolfsburg’s Dilemma
Wolfsburg’s Dilemma

Ah the rumor mill. Such a crazy addictive hobby. And it’s always a load of rubbish. The thing that will stir it up more than anything is a massive purchase. Due to the particularities of January and the desperation of clubs, there tend to be more ridiculous purchases than during […]

Seven Things We Learned from Wolfsburg – Bayern
Seven Things We Learned from Wolfsburg – Bayern

Wolfsburg and Bayern drew at the VW Arena in a high-tempo match that was end-to-end and full of drama this weekend. An early fluke goal by Thomas Müller in the 7′ was equalized by Sascha Riether late in the game. In between the early and late book-end goals was a […]

Seven Things We Learned from Bayer 04 — Dortmund
Seven Things We Learned from Bayer 04 — Dortmund

A turgid first half turned into a blistering second half, including a six minute period where Grosskreutz scored twice and Goetze scored a third for the league leaders. A late goal by Stefan Kiessling could not even cosmetically cover up an abject performance from the home side. If you want […]

UEFA Coefficient Update
UEFA Coefficient Update

Slight update based on this week’s games. Germany is now 1.5 points behind Italy for the 3rd spot on the UEFA Coefficient list, losing a little bit of ground as Italy went 2-0-1 to Germany’s 1-2-1. Fiorentina and Juventus gained full points this week, but Robben’s wonder-goal eliminated Fiorentina from […]

Magath v. Bayern
Magath v. Bayern

So perhaps this is where we should be. Two giants of German football locking horns for the title. Bayern Munich have won 5 of the last 9 championships. Magath has won 3 of the last 5, is responsible for 2 of Bayern’s 5 and even led Stuttgart to 2nd in […]

The Uefa Coefficient Breakdown
The Uefa Coefficient Breakdown

Is this the year where the Bundesliga gains a fourth spot? It could well be. Below is a table of the current UEFA Coefficient compared to how it stands if the season were to end today. At the end of the season, 2004-2005 will be removed from the books. In […]

For Better or For Wurst
For Better or For Wurst

There is a new book to add to the pantheon of German football books. Jon Goulding (pronounced Gold-ing) is a Port Vale supporter living in Cheshire England. He was introduced to German football by his father-in-law, and fell in love with 1.FC Nürnberg. After attending a few games, Jon turned […]

Pondering the Possibilities of the Atlantic League
Pondering the Possibilities of the Atlantic League

While the Aughts have been full of speculation/proposal about the Old Firm joining the EPL, the 90’s was about the Old Firm joining what was dubbed as the Atlantic League. It was a joint proposal from the big clubs in the Netherlands, Scotland and Portugal. ESPN is reporting that there […]

Marcus Berg: Now the Most Important Player in the Bundesliga
Marcus Berg: Now the Most Important Player in the Bundesliga

With Paulo Guerrero and Mladen Petric sustaining long term injuries, Hamburg are facing a forward crisis of epic proportion. The weight of a team that is tied on points for the league falls on the shoulders on young Swede Marcus Berg. No matter who Labbadia might sign, bring up from […]

Uli Chats About the Financial Crisis at Schalke
Uli Chats About the Financial Crisis at Schalke

I was approached by a reader who wanted contact information for Uli Hesse-Litchtenberger. I have to apologize to that reader. I don’t feel comfortable either giving out such information or even asking the favor of the talent that has been kind enough to talk to me. I can only suggest […]

Tim Vickery Talks About South Americans in the Bundesliga
Tim Vickery Talks About South Americans in the Bundesliga

First of all, I need to apologize. I interviewed Tim back at the end of August and am just now getting this out. I feel I did a disservice to the time he was so kind to give me. But, better late than never, so I have transcribed our talk […]