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It was one of those special evenings when everything just seems to fall into place. Just a perfect night at the Südstadion. The weather was brilliant, the crowd who showed up was huge (at least for 5th divison football standards) and the atmosphere was great. And what better way to start off the game than with a goal for your favourite team after only 2 minutes (Daniel Blankenheim scoring on a header from Marco Stasiulweski). To be honest, I was rather afraid going to the match. (more…)

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The teams which emerged from the group stages were those most of the experts expected to end up there. With two surpises. Guinea (0-5 against the Ivory Coast)and Angola (1-2 against Egypt) upset the continent in their group matches and although both of them crashed out of the tournament in their respective quarterfinal matches they left a wonderful impression with me. It’s good to see that the hosts went through though. Ghana (2-1 against Nigeria) have always been my favourite team in Africa, especially because of their players who played in Germany. And when they show the crowd and you can see Anthony Baffoe sitting there it just feels good. (more…)

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Yeah, I know, I always keep rumbleing about how boring American Football is. And, yes, I know it’s boring to always use the same reason which is why a game can be named “Football” when there are only two situations in this game where the ball is actually played with a foot. But those Americans like their game and it’s getting broadcasting service in Germany as well, so there must be something about it. Which is why I tuned it to the coverage last night. The match was shown on German state television and the commentators were at least a litle better than the ones they usually use for football matches. (more…)

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As the football season in the States draws to a close I can’t deny that I get interested in who will make it to the Super Bowl this year. But this curiousity quickly fades away when the games start and the whole game freezes in tactics. Compared to a dynamic sport like Rugby – which might be the only sport which could be compared to American Football which in Germany is labelled as “Pitch Chess” – what is shown ion the screen is just plainly boring. A move, 30-45 sec break, another move, another break, you get the picture. (more…)

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….FORTUNA IS ON TOP OF THE TABLE!!! That’s all that counts to me. Here are the results of the Bundesliga:

Energie Cottbus – Hannover 96 5:1
FC Schalke 04 – 1. FC Nürnberg 2:1
Werder Bremen – Bayer Leverkusen 5:2
Hertha BSC – Bayern München 0:0
Arminia Bielefeld – VfB Stuttgart 2:0
VfL Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund 4:0
Karlsruher SC – Hamburger SV 1:1
Hansa Rostock – VfL Bochum 2:0
MSV Duisburg – Eintracht Frankfurt 0:1 (more…)

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I stumbled across some thing over the past few days and I though I should share those with whoever wants to read this. There was this article in the New York Times for example, which deals with the strange halftime rituals during Jets games. Apparently hordes of men assemble at a certain gate during halftime and yell at women to expose their breasts. What the fuck?! Now I have always been interested in fan-dom and whatever surrounds the people who worship a team to the extent that they go competely crazy and have no other thing in their life besides their love for a club. (more…)

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