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Plenty of Football Index players have been rebuilding their portfolios after selling up earlier this year. While there are plenty of intelligent strategies to make the most out of media and performance dividends, the desire to find the next Bruno Fernandes or Jude Bellingham is
The Champions League final promises an end-to-end game between two of the most entertaining sides in the world. On the one hand, we have a five-time European champion, Bayern Munich, who have a 100% record in the competition. Regardless of the result in the final, fans will remember this Bayern
The first semifinal of the Champions League can be looked at from two perspectives. One from the purists' point of view, the other from the eyes of the power of money in football.
In 2008, FC Augsburg second-team coach, Thomas Tuchel, asked an injury-prone defender, Julian Nagelsmann, to do some scouting
The human brain is designed to work in a way where we associate certain people with certain words, based on our exposure and experience with the person in a specific context. When football enthusiasts hear the name ‘Aubameyang’, they think of the word ‘goals’. The Arsenal superstar is best known
The grand return of UEFA’s Champions League is now less than a month away, with the remaining legs from the round of sixteen being played on the 7th & 8th of August. While Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus will finish their League seasons by mid-late July, teams from
Football as it’s meant to be, as the German league boasts in its slogan; the 2019/20 Bundesliga was a season that did not disappoint. At a point, it looked as if the perennial winners Bayern Munich might not be able to retain the title; but a change of fortunes
The lockdown, due to the pandemic, has brought about the true sentiment behind the well-known axiom, 'you don't know what you have until it's gone'. While people are subconsciously aware of life and its sudden and frail nature, the virus has seemingly brought these feelings of trepidation to reality. People from
It has been a couple of days since Liverpool fans were greeted by the unwelcome news that one of their long-time targets, Timo Werner, will not be arriving at Anfield next season. To make matters worse, the RB Leipzig striker’s next destination has been revealed as Chelsea. Once the i’s
The Last Dance has, to put it simply, taken the world by storm. The Netflix docuseries which provides an enthralling account of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in their golden era has captured the attention of sports fans all over the world. The story of the Bulls is phenomenal,
When we talk about our society and culture, we cannot ignore the impact it has on the world of sports. Throughout history, sports have gone hand in hand with society and the sporting world often reflected the changes that were happening around them in society, be it the increasing number
After nearly two years since the infamous Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, both teams have gone from strength to strength in their bid to improve and evolve as teams at the highest stage. For Real Madrid, their 13th Champions League trophy provided a fitting swan song to
The Bundesliga is back and despite all of the changes, not least, games being played behind closed doors, it’s back with a bang! As the season hots up, with Bayern Munich in the driver’s seat for the title – for an eighth successive season – and understandably the favourites in
We have all read the news report from Sport Bild earlier this month where they claimed that Leroy Sane had reached an agreement over personal terms with Bayern Munich, ahead of a summer move that the two clubs are still finalising the transfer terms of.
This long going transfer saga that German and
In the modern-day football world, teenagers and youth players seeking to deviate from their academies to foreign leagues for first-team chances seem to be the path trodden, as opposed to breaking into the home-grown club's first team. Although Jadon Sancho is the first name that comes to mind seeing that
By Karan Tejwani | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on November 7, 2019.
19 May 2012. Munich, Germany.
Bayern Munich, playing at their prestigious home, the Allianz Arena, were aiming to beat Chelsea and win the Champions League for the first time since 2001. After a one-sided affair that
The biggest game in German football needs little introduction. Record winners Bayern are looking to for their 8th straight 'Meisterschale'- but the Bavarians have had their backs against the wall for a large part of the season.
Bayern made a sluggish start to the season with three draws and two losses
With the return of the first and second tiers of German football injecting a breath of fresh air in these extraordinary yet unprecedented circumstances, we take a look at a late-blooming yet dependable centre forward Florian Niederlechner who is commandeering the steer of a rattled ship in FC Augsburg away from
Written by Yuri Vasilyev
As the Bundesliga returned to action this past weekend, it seems only suitable to remember one of the best players in the history of the German flight. Probably not the best because of some bad luck, Michael Ballack was not only one of the best players in
"I don't have any problem with criticism. It's an incentive to refine myself." - Leroy Sané.
One of Europe's most talented wingers, 'The Wattenscheider Robben', has been ripping apart defences with his blistering pace and a wand of a left foot for quite a while now. Still only 24, Leroy Sané
In the Bundesliga, Jadon Sancho, Erling Håland, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are the most talked about youngsters. However, another French youngster is quietly making a name for himself - Christopher Nkunku, a French midfielder of Congolese descent, who plays for RB Leipzig. He has registered 12 assists in the
It has been almost two months since world football came to a standstill amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Only in recent weeks have the National FA’s of major European nations shed some light on the outcomes of their respective leagues. Many associations like those in France and Belgium have voided the
Sport is a canvas for mankind’s imagination. A most beautiful painting where we see mental thought and creativity combine with wonderful, mind-bending feats of physical prowess. Different sports provide different things for fans to enjoy. Yet football stirs up intense passions, often far more powerful and emotive than any other
The Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo debate will go on for eternity, and rightly so, but one player who has refused to sit back and watch the duo battle it out in Europe is Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich man has adopted the title of the world’s greatest striker for
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The champions of France will travel to Dortmund for a tie that promises entertainment, drama and plenty of goals. This tie has many intriguing storylines. What attacking combination will Thomas Tuchel field? Will Dortmund stick with their 5-2-3 or will Lucian Favre pack the midfield? How will
There is often a sense of mystique associated with the terms ‘Director of Football’, ‘Sporting Director’ or ‘Technical Director’. While it’s not easy to provide a definition for these roles, they tend to have a specific purpose - to bridge the gap between the footballing side and the business side
Written by Adibir Singh
Many fans around Europe seem to have forgotten the name ‘Emre Can’ in the last few seasons.
From being one of the top upcoming talents in Germany to becoming a fringe player amongst a star-studded Juventus side- Can’s decline since leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2018 has
Written by Hammad
"Timo Werner lives life in the fast lane. His rise through the ranks into German footballing stardom has been as rapid as his runs towards goal on the pitch. In keeping with this theme, it’s fitting that ‘Turbo Timo’ is ready to take the next big step of
Ah, Germany! Forever, a hotbed for talented youngsters from across Europe to make a mark. Today, we speak to a 17-year-old Marco John. A forward-thinking midfielder who loves to operate in tight spaces and play those killers through balls, the German is fast making waves on Hoffenheim's youth scene.
It took only 22 minutes for the Norwegian wonderkid to make a decisive impact on proceedings for Borussia Dortmund.
19-year-old Erling Haaland signed with the German club after conquering Europe by scoring goals in the current Champions League edition, wearing the Salzburg shirt.
It was September 17, 2019, when he made his
As stated in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, Geology is mainly about pressure and time. Carbon crystallizes under intense heat and pressure over a period of time so a diamond is formed. Little grains of sand get into the oyster shells and due to, again, pressure and time, pearls are formed at
The Bundesliga has been a hotbed of innovation in football for a long time. Be it the youth setup, tactics or sports technology, German clubs leave no stone unturned in pursuit of excellence. The famous mantra ‘Football as it’s meant to be’ is definitely put into practice by clubs in
EA Sports’ FIFA is one of the most successful video games in history. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, FIFA is the best-selling sports video game franchise ever, with more than 260 million copies sold since its launch in 1993.
And the latest installment in the franchise, FIFA 20
The mention of Leicester City FC indubitably brings vivid memories to mind. Particularly those of the 2015-16 Premier League season. A fairytale run for the Foxes who played their hearts out throughout the season, creating a rainbow and finding the fabled pot of gold at its end as they lifted
On 3rd November 2019, FC Bayern München parted ways with Niko Kovač as the head coach after a series of poor performances with the last one being a 5-1 drubbing by his former club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Kovač had a fairly good start to the Bundesliga last season winning the Bundesliga title,
In some cities, football stadiums can be iconic venues. In both the US and the UK, there are plenty of well-known, iconic football stadiums that anybody from the area, or any die-hard football fan, is going to be familiar with. These grounds are often just as important to the make-up
The name Michael Zorc, to the majority of young football enthusiasts, might be synonymous with the best Sporting Director in world football. Zorc has been the Director of Football at Borussia Dortmund from well before the Jürgen Klopp era. He was instrumental in bringing the likes of Ousmane Dembélé, Shinji
How does one define leadership? One technical definition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is 'A person who leads'. Elsewhere it says that a leader is one who commands and influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal. I could go on but you get the gist. However,
Written by Uttiyo Sarkar
Over the years, promoted Bundesliga sides have come and gone off the radar. A bunch end up getting relegated back into the 2. Bundesliga, a season or two later, while some hold on to it with dear life. RB Leipzig’s rise to prominence is probably the most
Robert Lewandowski’s name is synonymous with the Bavarian giants. The moment you think of Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski’s name is bound to pop up. He has been the heart, soul, and blood of the German club's forward line for quite some time now. Since being roped in by Bayern Munich,
Die Fußballwelt hat eine große Meldung: Manuel Neuer könnte schon bald durch Alexander Nübel ersetzt werden. Doch ist dieser Wechsel wirklich sinnvoll? Es zeigte sich bei einem Spiel zwischen Bayern und Schalke, dass Alexander Nübel eine ernst zunehmende Konkurrenz für Manuel Neuer darstellt. Denn beide standen sich beim Spiel auf
Written by Aniket Kar
“He is a proper player. He can play football.” - Belgian winger Eden Hazard on Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea’s recent acquisition of Pulisic was hardly a surprise. The American winger had made his name in the seething cauldron that is the Signal Induna Park as one of the most
Written by Varun Kumar
RB Leipzig have taken the Bundesliga by storm ever since the 2016/17 season, getting progressively better as every season passes by. With a team that is filled with talent and potential from the back to up top, there’s no surprise about the heights of success that
Written by Udhav Arora
The days of the summer transfer window of 2019 are winding down and there's a lot that can and should happen. El Arte del Futbol takes a closer look at the transfers that are sensible for all parties involved and should go through before the window shuts.
Written by Srinivas Sadhanand
Borussia Dortmund’s perennial underdog status has managed to soften even the most stone-hearted skeptics into falling head over heels for football’s resident hipster club. Be it their rise from the ashes of bankruptcy to ultimately reach a Champions League final or their unmatched atmosphere at the Westfalenstadion
By Ganapathi Ramanathan
My first taste of the German manager goes back to when I was in 11th grade.
7 years ago, in 2012, I was woefully ignorant of the existence of one certain Jürgen Klopp. I had recently started following football, and I had a friend - a rare Borussia
By Kabir Ali
Timo Werner lives life in the fast lane. His rise through the ranks into German footballing stardom has been as rapid as his runs towards goal on the pitch. In keeping with this theme, it's fitting that 'Turbo Timo' is ready to take the next big step of
The 2018/19 Bundesliga season provided a title-race many in world football were yearning for since the days of Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund being pit against Heynckes and Guardiola at Bayern.
Borussia Dortmund, whose last league title came 7 years ago, have been a shadow of the “giant killer” side Klopp had so
To say that the year 2018 was abysmal for German football would be an understatement. Die Mannschaft, the perennial favorites to win the FIFA World Cup, were expected to put up a good defence of their 2014 title. However, things went south quick as Germany failed to qualify for the
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Dan-Axel Zagadou is one of many young French defenders making waves across the big European leagues. France have had a notorious history of promoting young players to their first teams and cashing in on them when the big clubs come flashing
History suggests that the notion of English footballers departing to greener pastures abroad in the pursuit of blossoming on the biggest stages is somewhat of an anomaly. While sizeable names such as Gary Lineker, Steve McManaman and David Beckham instantly spring to mind, it is important to note that each
Plagued with claims of the national team underperforming at the highest level for decades despite the hype, England have recently been rejuvenated by winning competitions in the lower age groups over the last two years. And when discussing about England's latest set of football prodigies coming through, it'd be hard
"Ademola Lookman is the present and future of Everton Football Club" - Marco Silva
Not something you’d hear from a Premier League Manager talking about a 21-year old youngster, especially if he’s just made 4 starts for Everton at that
As interest in the Premier League’s brightest starlets intensifies from across the Channel, more British prodigies appear open to moving abroad. Managers, players and fans alike are all asking the same question. Why?
Why would they go?
As any 18 year old will attest to, it’s hard to know which step to
There’s a reason we cannot go more than a day without hearing the name-Jadon Sancho. And there is also a reason why the former Manchester City winger’s name is ever-present in the footballing world. The cause for both of these is undeniably Borussia Dortmund.
Despite signing for the German club
Certain moments in football lend themselves to immortality on highlight reels when they occur. At Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, those instances were never too far away. Even so, this piece of play remains fresh in the head. In late October 2008, West Ham arrived at Old Trafford to
Bayern Munich are part of Europe’s footballing elite; 28 Bundesliga titles, 18 DFB German’s Cups, 5 Champions League Titles, 1 UEFA Cup & 1 Cup Winners Cup. Their pedigree cannot be disputed. They have won the last 6 Bundesliga titles in a row; Dortmund were the last team to win
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Michael Ballack has won 4 Bundesliga titles, 3 German Cups, a Premier League title and 3 FA Cups. That is a collection which describes an illustrious career, yet Ballack’s legacy will read that he could and should have been so much more.
Written by Abijeeth
Miracles have always been a remarkable and welcome occurrence for men and women of every age all throughout history, regardless of development in the sciences and learning. People simply love to see a transgression in the laws of nature, well, at least as far as football is concerned.
“Football is 30% tactics and 70% social competence.”
Born on the 23rd of July 1987, Julian Nagelsmann had a dream that every football fan once had in their lifetime; playing football at the highest level. Nagelsmann had represented 1860 Munich and Augsburg at the youth level, playing in the centre
History and their development – RB Leipzig is not your normal Bundesliga club. They have made their way into the first division, creating waves amongst many for outperforming the usual suspects – similar to Leicester in the Premier League. However, there is more than one difference between those two clubs.
The 2008-09 season had a surprise in store for Bundesliga watchers. VfL Wolfsburg were managed by Felix Magath, a manager who knew his ways around the Bundesliga. Yet, no one imagined them to build on their previous 5th place finish to become Champions of Germany. How did Felix Magath manage
Ancelotti’s sacking shows that even Bayern aren’t immune to the whims of modern football.
A third exclusive by Kabir Ali
Germany are, always have been and will continue to be a football powerhouse. Very few things are constant in football, and this is one of them.
And of German football, Bayern Munich
Match report by Guest Writer – Alankrith Shankar
When Carlo Ancelloti made his first high profile move from AS Roma to AC Milan back in the late 1980s, Julien Naglesmen wasn’t even born yet. Such an experienced customer such as Carlo who has fondly been revered as King Carlo or Don
The transfer window saga has ended. As the dust settles, the squads have been finalized. Even if the managers have got the desired results, or not, they have to cope with these players only. Let us examine the signings and how the teams have performed in this crazy transfer window.
This weekend the Bundesliga offered the most enticing and appealing form of football, presented from the German Sub continent. The defending champions lock horns with their rivals. On one hand, Bayern was hoping for a dominant display which would propel them to the top. Werden Bremen playing in their own
The Yellow wall
It would be an understatement to define the stadium of Borussia Dortmund as their home. The turbulent and enigmatic supporters make the stadium much more than that. The Signal Iduna Park turns into a spectacle, which gets behind their team with full force. They become a force to