One of the hottest topics in German football today is the 50+1 rule. Long defining the German game, it has evoked a sense of pride among the fans, but as transfer fees for players continue to spiral completely out of control one needs to revisit whether the idea is still applicable to the modern game. Continue reading
When you look back at the history of the Bundesliga, and the Champions League, you’ll need to dig incredibly deep to find a duo who have had a greater impact on a club like Robben and Ribery. Franck was once described by none other than Zinedine Zidane as the “Jewel of French football” – just before winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The same year Bayern won the treble. Everything was good in the old days, but this was the situation 5 years ago. In 2018 … Continue reading
Just yesterday, FC Bayern officially announced the signature of Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer from league rivals Borussia Dortmund. In the meantime, media and football fans around the world launched a scathing attack against Bayern Munich, accusing them of once again employing tactics to turn the Bundesliga into a boring one-horse race.
Yawn. Continue reading
Despite the change in the UEFA Country Coefficients, which now pits the Bundesliga in third place, ahead of Italy’s Serie A, the fans of Italian clubs still claim that the Serie A is superior to the Bundesliga. For the casual football fan, this may seem like the case; after all, clubs from Milan have won the UEFA Champions League twice in the last five seasons, and at least one of these Milan clubs looks good for another title, having mauled Arsenal 4-0 in the first leg of the Champions League first knockout round. On the other hand, only FC Bayern has represented the Bundesliga in the Champions League final during the last five years, a final they lost to Internazionale. Continue reading
Filippo Inzaghi is considered a true club legend by A.C. Milan fans. Hated by many for his poaching style and his constant offside positions, no one would argue that he was a provider of many goals. Alex Ferguson, Manchester United coach, once said “that lad must have been born offside”. Johan Cruyff went a step further by suggesting that Super Pippo “can’t play football at all — he just knows how to get in the right place.” Continue reading