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Football transfer spending rise steeply

BBC News: The amount of money spent on football transfers has risen sharply in the past six months, says Fifa, although the number of deals has fallen slightly. The number of transfers fell by 2% in the first six months of 2013, but their total financial value soared by 39%. The total income from 5,204 […]

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Ballack: a nearly man or an undisputed midfield genius?

The former Chelsea and Germany midfielder says farewell to football in Leipzig on Wednesday – but what will his legacy be? On Wednesday night, in Leipzig, a former international will say goodbye to football. He won four Bundesliga titles and three German Cups. He won the Premier League title with Chelsea and three FA Cups. He represented Germany 98 […]

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Champions League Final: Is fussball coming home?

With Borussia Dortmund playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday, thousands of German fans will be heading to the home of English football, Wembley. But is it also the home of German football? “Fussball is coming home” ran the headline in the Bavarian-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung early in May, as Bayern Munich beat […]

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Of Money and Modernity

Stoppage time: where you’ll find frank assessments and comments of footballing states-of-affairs and philosophies. Find yourself tired of listening to football pundits saying the same thing over and over again? We take a different stance, talk about issues that may just be beneath the surface. Yeah, saying exactly the same things, but in different words. Visit […]

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When nightmares turn to sweet dreams

As a fan, you’d rather not even think about the 2012 Champions League final in Munich. “It was brutal,” shuddered Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, contemplating the shootout defeat to Chelsea on 19 May last year. But for the Bayern players, the bitter loss has been the ultimate source of their current success, said the club chairman in […]

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The Germans are coming!

Guest Post by Cathal  – 17 year old Irishman, best known as ‘The FM Guru’ on Youtube, and Twitter @TheFMGuru — German teams in Europe this season can feel very optimistic indeed. The prospect of an all-German final in the Champions League has left many wondering whether or not this is the beginning of a golden […]

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Dante confident about Bayern Munich’s chances against Barcelona

…Dante’s team had just won the Bundesliga title with six games to spare but celebrations were disappointingly muted. With the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus three days away, the club had decided this was not the time for festivities. Ritual Bavarian “beer showers” and the donning of naff T-shirts were ruled out. However, Dante, […]

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Real Madrid usurp Manchester United as richest club in the world

Read Madrid have usurped Manchester United as the richest football club on the planet for the first time since Forbes magazine began their rankings in 2004. The Red Devils have sat at the top of the list for nine years in a row but Jose Mourinho’s men are now worth $135 million more (€103m) at […]

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Should the Bundesliga be worried about suffering ‘a Spanish situation’?

– it’s all coming together in one big, German dream this spring. For years, the Bundesliga had learned to feel happy about its largely unnoticed lot, like some provincial, discreet industrial tycoon. It had convinced itself that it didn’t need the praise of outsiders, that there was nothing to prove to the wider world. But now that […]

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I don’t need Guardiola’s advice – Heynckes

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said he will not ask former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola for advice ahead of their Champions League semi-final with the Spanish giants. Guardiola will take over from Heynckes at the German champions next season, having led Barcelona to 14 trophies in four seasons before taking time out and signing for […]

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