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Austria vs. Sweden

Austria vs. Sweden

    Austria Crushed Sweden 2-1, 7 June by Christian Hackl They did a lap of honour, and a second, then applauded themselves, and inhaled the affection of their audience. Austria’s national football team had just beaten the Swedish team 2-1 and fulfilled, even exceeded, their own and public expectations. The door to the World […]

Football: Austria vs. Germany

Football: Austria vs. Germany

Artist Löw Has Lost his Work of Art, 13 Sept. by Christian Spiller […] Although the German team scored a 2-1 victory against Austria [on 11 Sept.], and gained the pole position in the World Cup ranking, [team coach] Joachim Löw has yet to express concern for his team. Following the European Championships, the test […]

Austria Tests Turkey in Friendly

Austria Tests Turkey in Friendly

The Austrian national team prepares for the long road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a friendly against Turkey on home turf Wednesday night. Most of the 24 players selected by head coach Marcel Koller played in the last two international matches against Ukraine and Romania in June; Christoph Leitgeb notably returns after a two-year […]

A Letter to Our German Friends

A Letter to Our German Friends

by Christian Ultsch Dear Germans, Maybe the news hasn’t gotten all the way up to Usedom, but suddenly we like you. Just imagine: Half of us wouldn’t even mind if you won the European Cup. And most of us think that the moussaka you made in the quarterfinals out of that Greek concrete wall Özil, […]

A More Tolerant Poland

A More Tolerant Poland

For many Poles, co-hosting Euro 2012 was a chance to showcase their country on the international stage. After all, it would be the biggest international event staged in Poland since the collapse of communism: Millions of euros were pumped into improving the stadiums and Poland’s often maligned transportation infrastructure and, despite initial fears, all these […]

Kosovo national team approved for play

Kosovo national team approved for play

After prolonged reluctance, FIFA approved the participation of the Kosovo national football team in friendly matches with its 208 member countries, but then suspended its decision due to protest from the Serbian Federation. Behind closed doors at the annual FIFA Congress, held in May in Budapest, President Sepp Blatter announced the initial decision after a […]

National Pride

In 2006, when Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup, football fans around the globe saw a different German people. With Germany flags waving and fans getting teary-eyed during the national anthem, the sentiments were clear. This sport gave Germans the licence to be proud of their nationality again – a trait that had long been […]

Book Review: Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain

Book Review: Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain

Football Ever on Stage On 8 June, Euro 2012, the quadrennial European Football Championships will kick off in Poland, captivating audiences around the world for three weeks until the final is staged in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. It is thus the perfect time to pick up Behind the Iron Curtain – Travels in Eastern European Football […]

Ukraine & the European Football Championship: Foul play

Hotels in the Ukraine have broken off contracts with foreign travel agencies and inflated their prices ahead of the UEFA European football championships which the country is co-hosting with Poland from 8 June to 1 July, Der Spiegel revealed. TUI, a German travel agency, had to re-negotiate the terms for over one third of the rooms […]

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