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London-based but with his heart firmly in Fröttmaning, Rick Joshua's love of German football goes back more than thirty years and has witnessed everything from the pain of Spain '82 and the glory of Italia '90 to the sheer desolation of Euro 2000.
Less than twenty-four hours after the horrible Champions League quarter-final defeat in Madrid, it is not a great place for any supporter of FC Bayern München to be. Unlike past painful moments, I have found that this one has been...

The Leipzig Revolution

When RB Leipzig clinched promotion to the 1. Bundesliga behind SC Freiburg last season, I immediately felt a sharp pang of disappointment. As a long-time believer in the concept of the Traditionsverein ("traditional team"), an upstart founded in 2010...

My Icelandic Journey

With the new season having already begun, the summer's Euros in France are slowly starting to fade. Except, perhaps if you are Portuguese. Or Icelandic. Embed from Getty Images When the final qualifiers were all put into the draw, debutants Iceland...
Coach: Ján Kozák Colours: White shirts, white shorts, white socks Twitter: @SFZOfficial Group Opponents v Wales (11 June, Bordeaux) v Russia (15 June, Lille) v England (20 June, Saint-Étienne) Euro Record Tournament debut Tournament Pedigree In recent years Slovakia has started to emerge from the shadow of its neighbour...
Coach: Joachim "Jogi" Löw Colours: White shirts, black shorts, black socks Twitter: @DFB_Team Group Opponents v Ukraine (12 June, Lille) v Poland (16 June, Saint-Denis) v Northern Ireland (21 June, Paris) Euros Record Winners (1972, 1980, 1996) Runners-up (1976, 1992, 2008) Semi-finalists (1988, 2012) Tournament Pedigree Having reached a record six...
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