Tag Archives: Bundesliga

Late in life, I have become a convert to the beautiful game

I’ve spent much of this week following a leadership crisis, aiming to read every news item and key tweet, calling the odd well-informed source, gripped by the drama of the story. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed some fresh challenge at the top of the Liberal Democrats or Tories – that treat is in the diary for […]

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Jupp Heynckes tightens the screw on his Bayern Munich machine

Jupp Heynckes was not happy. The Bayern Munich manager had seen something he found unacceptable. Weisse Socken. White socks. Unbelievable. Had he not told the entire squad to wear black socks for this particular training session in Qatar? And yet there were Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos in white socks. “We have a joint goal we are working […]

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Transfer Window Action

As your one-stop-source to all things football, TKTG brings you the best links so that you can catch up on all the moves as they happened along with the stories behind the moves. Let’s get things started with a list of the major moves so far (in no particular order): – Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan […]

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Guardiola to Munich – Pep decides Bayern is the place to be

So, after confirming a few weeks ago that he would return to coaching in the summer, and then seemingly implying that he would pick an English Premier League club, Pep’s future has been revealed. As confirmed by the club themselves, Guardiola will join German giants Bayern Munich this summer on a deal that will keep […]

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How video games are changing the face of soccer

…The men met as fraternity brothers at the University of Alabama, but the image of innate Southerness they convey is shattered the instant the immense television glows with the home screen of EA Sports FIFA 2012 video game. With a flurry of dexterous controller-clicking, the two men assemble their teams with the cold, calculated eyes […]

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TKTG’s UEFA.COM Team of the Year

UEFA.com’s Team of the Year nominees have been finalized and voting is under way. We at TKTG have decided to cast our vote too by coming up with our own best XI. We first went through the list of nominees for each position, and then the opinion of each TKTG author on what formation to […]

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The 100 Best Footballers in the World

The Guardian’s 11-strong international panel of experts set about ranking the best footballers in the world, and end up with their top 100. #99 Diego Forlan Age: 33   Nationality: Uruguayan Team: Internacional The striker became the most capped Uruguayan of all time at the 2011 Copa América and is also the country’s record scorer. That seemed implausible when […]

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Violence Against Referees Spikes in Germany

Violence against referees at amateur and youth football matches in Germany is reaching alarming proportions. Facing frequent threats and attacks, and feeling abandoned by sports associations, poorly paid officials are either quitting or refusing to make tough calls against clubs with bad reputations.   One month ago, Daniel Maurer received a dire warning: “We’re going […]

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Why all is not well with German football

It’s 1.30pm on a Wednesday. Frankfurt is freezing. Yet football fans are gathered outside one of the German city’s business hotels. They’re not waiting for a new signing to emerge in a sports car. The majority do not support a local club. They have travelled miles just to show the people inside that they exist […]

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Messi vs Muller

German striker’s record is under threat from Lionel Messi but his mastery of the scorer’s art should still be celebrated. Gerd Müller merits exalted place in history whatever Lionel Messi does Bayern Munich’s old Grünwalder Strasse ground. A cross loops in from the right. Standing in the penalty area, the home side’s No9 meets the […]

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