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
In this article, a comparison is made between the distinct total victorious clubs in their respective domestic league and UEFA competitions, across the top four leagues in Europe, during the last 50 years. The results are not quite what one would expect. 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
The contract of Bayern Munich’s Brazilian defender Breno Vinicius Rodrigues Borges, commonly known as Breno, expires this summer. When he was signed in January 2008, Breno was hailed by former Bayern legend Giovane Élber as being “already genuinely world class”. Four years and a number of injuries later, he has simply failed to live up to the expectations of him. In this article, we will review five reasons in favour of keeping Breno and five reasons why he should leave. Continue reading