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Author Archives: Double Pivot

This Week in The Bundesliga: The Rise of the Bridesmaid!

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Another week, another victory! This week was a 4-0 route of Nuremburg. Bayer 04 have become, along with HSV, one of the dominant teams in the Bundesliga. But it was only a year ago that Bayer, under Bruno Labbadia had … Continue reading

Footbo Improves Game Grading Feature

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One of the strengths of Footbo has been the ability of users to grade a game and the performances within. Recently they made changes to the widget that allows for this user interaction and it is a definite improvement. I … Continue reading

WTF Stuttgart?

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Seriously WTF? Two years ago Stuttgart did a nice little number on our coefficient by losing five games in the group stages. It looks like they are going to try and repeat that damage to our coefficient again this time … Continue reading

Gol TV Sucks!

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I’m sick of this crappy little network and having to deal with their bullshit. They suck. Plain and simple! They promised us 3 games a week and they are already backing off to 2 games a week at best. They … Continue reading

Interview with GOLTV’s Lindsey Dean

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Lindsey Dean of GolTV was kind enough to speak with me about the Bundesliga.   Those of us in America will know Lindsey as the voice of Hallo Bundesliga, the league’s review show on GolTV.  Lindsey is originally from Maine and grew … Continue reading

Englischer Fussball by Rafael Honigstein

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While it comes out in September, I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of Englischer Fussball: A German’s View of our Beautiful Game. It was handed to me by the man himself. But there was a problem with … Continue reading

The Set: Hamburg 4 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

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Hamburg shook off their early season funk and tore apart Dortmund at the Nordbank Arena. It was the 4th straight victory for the Dinosaurs at home against BVB. A series of early goals seemed to settle the match by the … Continue reading

The Beeb’s Andy Brassell Talks Bundesliga Transfers

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I had the opportunity to speak with Andy Brassell of the BBC’s excellent World Football Phone-in on Up All Night. I want to emphasize that for those of us who follow the Bundesliga, this show, although based in England, can … Continue reading

The Set: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Köln

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I missed the first round of games on family vacation. While I still have the Gladbach-Bochum game on DVR to watch for fun, my first game of the season, albeit delayed, was Dortmund’s 1-0 victory at home over Köln. It … Continue reading

An Interview with Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger

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It’s funny that on the day I finished Rafael Honigstein’s book, the great Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger returned my questions for an interview that Rafael had helped facilitate. The last chapter of the book, which is very pensive and earnest, incorporates with … Continue reading

Interview with Mani Honigstein of Footbo

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I had a long conversation with Mani Honigstein, who is the brains behind the football social networking site Footbo. An avid Bayern Munich fan, I talked to him about the summer transfers and his views on the season ahead for … Continue reading

The 1st Annual Bundesliga Talk Prediction League

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Believe it or not, we are just a week away from the start of another glorious Bundesliga season. Having taken the summer off from worrying about football (and cramming in seven Harry Potter books into those months), it is time … Continue reading

The Set: The 7 Best Transfers of the Summer (so far)

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I tend to get too excited about the young kids, when they move. I will often over-value the transfers of the the Zuculini, Sven Bender and Lewis Holtby’s of the footballing world. I will see Ralf Fahrmann’s move to Eintracht … Continue reading

An Interview with Derek Rae

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Derek Rae of ESPN was kind enough to speak to me at length about Germany and German football. If you have access to ESPN/ESPN International, you may be accustomed to Rae’s commentary for the Champions League, La Liga or even … Continue reading

Bundesliga Attendance Figures Dominate Europe

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RheinEnergieStadion I used the stats feature at ESPN Soccernet to calcluate the clubs with the best attendances. Out of the top 20 attendances in Europe, Germany had 9 clubs. This post is to equip you with a tool to help … Continue reading

Bundesliga Fanagrams!

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One of the Bundesliga’s funner 4-4-2′s. GOALKEEPER Rene Adler Near Elder (if word about his back is true) DEFENDERS Paul Stalteri Ultra Pilates (perhaps, but what about Ultra defending?) Michael Gravgaard Alarm! Vice! Haggard! (Jol! Agrees! Some!) Daniel Van Buyten … Continue reading

Interview with Raphael Honigstein

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Following a busy season, Raphael Honigstein of The Guardian and Footbo was kind enough to talk with me and address a few questions I had about the end of the season and the start to the silly season. Which player(s) … Continue reading

Bundesliga Rumor Mill

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Christophe Daum pulled off the biggest surprise of the early silly season, by quitting Cologne to return to Turkey via Fenerbahce. I would love to hear Jan’s input on this, but my take is that it could be a sucker … Continue reading