Tag Archives: german soccer

Backtracking 2013: The best of Sports History Files

TweetOn Monday, I wrote about the marvelous longform sportswriting that continues to proliferate on the Web, despite some crabbiness to the contrary.
Today I’m linking to posts I wrote in the past year about sports history, one of the foundations of this blog and something that will become a stronger focus here in the coming [...]

Sports History Files: A new twist to Germany’s doping past

TweetIt’s not known at this point whether alleged state-sponsored doping of West German athletes dating back to the 1950s was as systematic and devastating as what was practiced in East Germany.
But a bombshell report published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung last weekend about research conducted by Germany’s federal insitute of sports science (BISp) figures to have [...]

The Winterpause that refreshes

TweetWhile the English gorge on Boxing Day matches today, the soccer stadiums of Germany are locked, the lights shut off and the stands empty.
The Bundesliga and the lower domestic leagues in Germany are novel among the top nations in Europe for not playing all the way through the holidays. It’s one of the many appealing [...]

A rare kick of wartime soccer splendor

TweetIn “Tor! The Story of German Football,” Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger’s absorbing historical survey, he quotes iconic player Helmut Schön about competing during World War II, including the 1944 national championship finals between his Sporting Club Dresden and the Air Force Sports Club of Hamburg shortly after D-Day:
“The Allied Forces had landed in France, in Belarus the [...]

When fans balk at high ticket prices

TweetAt SI.com, Raphael Honigstein talks to supporters of German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund who are threatening to boycott next weekend’s “Revierderby” with Schalke beccause of nearly 50 percent “surcharge” in some ticket prices specifically for that match.
They’ve also set up their own website (auf deutsch) to make their case.

LPGA at a crossroads; German soccer’s renewal; FIFA follies

TweetWhat I’m reading about sports and the media on Monday, July 5:
• The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review examines the travails of the LPGA as the U.S. Women’s Open gets underway at Oakmont Country Club. The recession and the lack of high-profile American stars to succeed the retired Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa have given new commissioner Michael [...]