The moment that Franck Ribéry was deemed unfit to participate in Brazil, France took the first step in their pursuit to achieve international glory. Having initially struggled to come to terms with the loss of Bayern Munich’s talisman, Les Bleus have finally managed to hurdle through the daunting shadow of the attacker’s absence by putting […]

Germany’s duel with the Netherlands in the first round of the 2004 Euros proved to be yet another glorious contribution to a rivalry rich in history. A free kick from Thorsten Frings put Germany ahead, but Ruud van Nistelrooy’s late effort ensured a dramatic share of the spoils. Oranje rejoiced, and a triumphant Andy van […]

Thomas Müller winning the golden boot for a second consecutive World Cup would be Adrian Chiles’ worst nightmare. The presenter caused a stir among many ITV spectators when he devoted an entire half-time report of Germany v Portugal on Müller’s overly milked dive that rightly sentenced Pepe off the pitch for misconduct. You’d only have to look as far […]

When Bayern Munich triumphed over Borussia Dortmund to clinch the DFB Pokal under controversial circumstances, emotions were uncontrollably high. Philipp Lahm embraced a relieved Pep Guardiola, Thomas Müller marched joyously to the travelling supporters, and confetti rained over the Berlin stadium. Germany was glowing pungently in the colors of red, white, and blue. Meanwhile, a […]

It was June 15th, 2009. Uli Hoeneß was livid. His secretary was crying profusely, as her heartbroken colleague was leaving to pastures new. The next day, Lúcio announced his departure to Inter Milan. “It’s a known fact that every trainer has his own ideas and methods. However, van Gaal simply treated me disrespectfully. I deserved […]

The 2013/14 season has been a peculiar one for Borussia Dortmund. Since last year’s Champions League Final, BVB have been in the shadows of Bayern Munich, only to be chasing the sun ever since. A major chasm from previous seasons remains the players’ ability to convert chances in a more clinical fashion. Dortmund are not […]

In his article “Late Bloomers”, Malcolm Gladwell compares Picasso’s artistic works to those of Cézanne, highlighting the former’s art coming to life as he reached his mid-twenties, only for the latter to find the majority of his inspiration during his sixties. Gladwell states, “Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity — […]

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