Germany Has Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 In Its Sights
Germany Has Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 In Its Sights

It’s been a few days now since Germany deservedly won their fourth World Cup title. The team is back in Germany, was celebrated live by over 500,000 fans in Berlin and is now off on vacation. So now that we’ve all calmed down a bit (it might take me a […]

Where Germany Needs to Play Philipp Lahm to Help Defeat France
Where Germany Needs to Play Philipp Lahm to Help Defeat France

It’s another 4th of July knock-out game at a World Cup for Germany. The last time was eight years ago in Germany when Die Mannschaft lost a thrilling semi-final to eventual champions Italy. Joachim Löw, who was the assistant coach that night, will hope for a different result against France on […]

Germany’s Plan Versus the USA: If I Were Joachim Löw
Germany’s Plan Versus the USA: If I Were Joachim Löw

Thursday is the final match day in Group G, and none of the teams in the Group of Death are 100% through or 100% nor are they knocked out. Germany also belongs to this group, though their position is the least precarious, as they would need a colossal collapse against […]

With Jermaine Jones Suspended, Schalke Has A Dilemma To Solve
With Jermaine Jones Suspended, Schalke Has A Dilemma To Solve

“We can compete for the title,” were the words uttered by Schalke and USA midfielder Jermaine Jones back in the July heat of the Schalke training camp. Lofty words for a club that has not won a Bundesliga league title since 1958. But the atmosphere surrounding the club was one […]

How I Fell In Love With the Bundesliga
How I Fell In Love With the Bundesliga

I was born in Chicago, the youngest of three, and a son of German parents. My father was a diplomat and stationed at the German consulate in the Windy City. As was the case with his career, we moved to a new city in the world every three to five […]

Borussia Dortmund Streaking to Repeat
Borussia Dortmund Streaking to Repeat

Borussia Dortmund is without a doubt the hottest team in the Bundesliga at the moment, and possibly all of Europe. Having not lost in 18 league matches and winning eight in a row (10 if you count the cup) to start the second half of the season (club record), Dortmund […]

Preview: Bundesliga Second Half of the Season
Preview: Bundesliga Second Half of the Season

With New Year’s come and gone, all Bundesliga teams have ended their brief winter vacation and have traveled to training camps in much warmer climates than Germany. Many teams have already played warm-up test matches and have begun running out their newest winter signings. The second half of the season […]

The Future of the Prince, Lukas Podolski
The Future of the Prince, Lukas Podolski

When I first started watching football as a child in the mid-1980’s FC Cologne (1. FC Köln) was one of the traditional powerful clubs of the Bundesliga. Cologne was the first champion of the Bundesliga in 1963/64 and in 1978 won the “double,” which to this day is the pinnacle […]

Problems For Hertha Berlin in the Hauptstadt
Problems For Hertha Berlin in the Hauptstadt

Well it’s happened again. Not even a full season back in top flight football and the “old dame” Hertha has been embroiled in a soap opera of daytime TV proportions, where nobody ends up looking good. Manager Markus Babbel and Sport Director Michael Preetz were entangled in a war of […]

Borussia Dortmund Signs Marco Reus; Player To Join Club After Season Ends
Borussia Dortmund Signs Marco Reus; Player To Join Club After Season Ends

When I was in Germany back in December, I watched an interview with Bayern Munich’s Sporting Director Christian Nerlinger. Part of the discussion revolved around Bayern’s interest in the newest young German football star, Marco Reus, who Bayern executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge termed “a person of interest.” Nerlinger stated that when […]