Dennis Otto – FC Barcelona’s Future Goalkeeping Titan

A young German goalkeeper playing for FC Barcelona is dominating the headlines in German football at the moment. But it is not Manuel Neuer’s backup at the German national team, Marc-André ter Stegen, who is in the spotlight, but rather 17-year-old youth keeper, Dennis Otto. The young keeper was born in Gehrden Germany, but his[…]

Yushinori Muto – Introducing Mainz’s New Japanese Attacking Tsunami

In September many Bundesliga managers raised their concerns about the recent Premier League television deal, and the impact that the new financial power of English teams will have on German football. Yet 1. FSV Mainz’s manager Christian Heidel was adamant that the Bundesliga could benefit from English money. When speaking to an academic forum, Heidel[…]

Hulk – Zenit’s Superhero Adds Another Dimension

Zenit Saint Petersburg continue their march through the Champions League group stage after beating FC Valencia 2-0 on match day five. Zenit’s last match in the Champions League group stage will see them face off against Belgium’s KAA Gent, and a victory would make Zenit only the fifth team, and the second from Russia, to[…]

Adnan Januzaj – Make or Break at Borussia Dortmund

Adnan Januzaj’s loan move from Manchester United to Borussia Dortmund during the summer transfer window was one of the biggest surprises on the transfer market. Manchester United fans in particular felt that Januzaj was ready to contribute to Manchester United’s first team, but United’s manager, the Dutchman Louis van Gaal believed that Januzaj would benefit[…]

A Matter of Tactics – Germany and Their Wing Backs

It was not Germany’s most memorable European Championship campaign — as Die Mannschaft lost to both Poland and Ireland — yet in the end a rather disappointing 2-1 victory not only secured Germany a spot in next year’s European Championships in France, but also meant that the World Champions had finished Group D in first[…]

Quincy Promes – Is Spartak’s Hulk is Ready for the Big Leagues?

Quincy Promes was the hero of Russia’s oldest derby between Dinamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow, which took place at Khimki Arena on October 25. First Promes scored to make it 1-1, and then in the dying minutes of the game with score level at 2-2, Promes was once again faster than the entire Dinamo defence,[…]

Eden Hazard – A Ukrainian Replacement for Chelsea’s Playmaker?

On October 22 the German sports portal reported that Eden Hazard could be on his way from Chelsea FC to Real Madrid next summer. The French paper L’Equipe meanwhile reported that Hazard has told several teammates that he no longer feels comfortable in London, and that he doesn’t feel that his development would benefit[…]

Aleksandr Kokorin – The Tough Choice Between Arsenal and Zenit

Russian fans celebrated when the Sbornaya (as Russia’s national team is often called) managed, with a 2-0 win over tiny Montenegro, to qualify for the European Championships that will take place in France next summer. In truth, however, Russia’s match against Montenegro will not be remembered as a football classic;  Russia was simply a pragmatic[…]

Bayern Munich – At the Centre of the Battle between Nike and Adidas

The dust has settled and FC Bayern Munich are the clear and deserved winner of the German Klassiker. While Bayern fans and players are ecstatic about Sunday’s 5-1 win over their closest rival, the large majority of German football fans lament the possibility of another boring title race in Germany’s Bundesliga. Of course Bayern players[…]