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I went out of my habit of watching the games in the safety of my apartment and met up with some friends at a bar. Usually I don’t really like to watch games in public, mainly because I am really annoyed by the other people who are present at the place. Ever since the World Cup two years ago everybody seems to think of themselves to be an expert on the field of football. Which is fine, I think so, too. But the problem for me is that when you watch games at bars or restaurants, you always have the majority of people acting like they know everything when they have no clue at all about what is happening on the pitch. (more…)

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This game was highly anticipated in Germany not only because it would determine who would face the national team in the semifinal. No, Croatia and Turkey both hold special places in German football history. Croatia gave Germany their only loss in the group stages and the games between those two teams have always been close. Turkey is even more special because of the large Turkish community in Germany. I had a small conversation with a customer at the store I work in yesterday who congratulated me on the German win against Portugal (something I don’t really like to accept, since I don’t refer to the German team as “we” like so many other people here). Anyway, he also wanted Germany in the semis and now we both got our wish. (more…)

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Yet another piece about all the flags on cars, balconies and especially on people. Today I was going home at around 4pm but had to leave the house once more to pick up the birthday present for my mother. My walk to me around the campus of the University of Cologne and I was rather surprised to see so many people walking around in Germany jerseys there. When I got home and entered the lift four people jumped in, dressed in Germany jerseys, wearing black-red-gold scalfs and face paint, you name it. This thing seems really to be getting out of hand. Or is it just getting normal? I have to be honest, it’s not just a German thing, it’s all over Europe. (more…)

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The news broke rather silently but Fortuna Köln finally got the license for the NRW-Liga which means that they will be rewarded the promotion spot they lost in their last game of the season against VfL Leverkusen. Still things are not that safe. Leverkusen objected to the ruling and now the whole thing is back with the sports law courts. Honestly this is dragging on for far too long now. the teams need to prepare for the next season and even if there aren’t the ridiculous amounts of money involved that are being dealt with in the top leagues it’s still shameful. (more…)

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There has been only one topic in the the German media and that is the suspension of coach Joachim “Jogi” Löw after the game against Austria. Here’s a small recap: towards the end of the first half Löw and his Austrian counterpart Josef “Beppi” Hickersberger were arguing with the 4th official about them being hindered in doing their job. While Uefa thinks this argument got a little out of hand both coaches insist that they had nothing going on their and were just angry with how the 4th official was dealing with them. The accusation, according to the Uefa officials, is that both men were wandering around in their coaching zone. I beg your pardon, what’s that chalk marked cage good for if not to walk insde of it? (more…)

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After a few weeks in which I had been sidelined due to working hours I was finally able to chase a ball on the pitch again today. Boy, I am exhausted. I always ask myself how I was able to run so much while I was younger. Well, somehow tobacco and alcohol must have taken a small toll. Anyway, I was lacking everything and after 10 minutes I was really huffing and pumping for air. Still we (that is FC Poll United 04) were able to secure the ball really well, thanks to our rather unskilled opponents. I think the final score was something like 6-4 for our side, but that doesn’t really matter. It’s just for fun and I hope by next week I will be a bit more like my usual self on the pitch. (more…)

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I got a phone call from a friend from Canada on Sunday and I was rather surprised to hear that the Euro games are also shown in a country which usually is known for its ice hockey players. My friend told me they show all the games live and as a recording in the evening. Seems like the use a British feed, which is rather funny since England isn’t playing in the competition. She told me that a colleague of hers who is of Chinese origin really likes the german team and that that colleague is especially fond of Michael Ballack. Strange things really do happen. (more…)

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