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Bierhoff the bearer of good and bad tidings

The roadmap and the formidable tests for the national teams on the road to the 2018 World Cup finals have been determined. Three years prior to the tournament in Russia the draw for the qualification took place in St. Petersburg on Saturday, July 25. Germany, the title holders, will meet the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino in Group C ...

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Mixed summer for DFB teams

The “Deutsche Fußball Bund” (German Football Association - DFB) still has a chance of bagging a title in the summer of 2015.At the European U-19 Championship in Greece that began on 6 July, Germany are even the title holders but the group containing Spain, the Netherlands and Russia poses a big obstacle to overcome. The U-21 side was recently thrashed 5-0 by Portugal in the European Championship semifinal in the Czech Republic ...

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Go East: Bundesliga targets China

For a long time now, the German Bundesliga has been competing not just on the pitch with its rivals from the top European leagues. The playing surface is now bigger or, better put, has been globalised. Spain’s La Liga, the English Premier League or Serie A in Italy are, like the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL – German Football League), trying to attract increasing worldwide interest for their national championships ...

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Austria on the TGV to France

Measured on what’s normal in Austria, the football euphoria in the country at the moment is bordering on the extreme. According to a recent survey, three per cent of the population in the Alpine country currently believe the national team will win the European Championship in summer 2016 – and that in Austria where pessimism has reigned for almost the past three decades ...

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Hannover 96: New impetus and great hopes

With new impetus and great hopes for a much better 2015-16 season Hannover 96 were one of the first Bundesliga teams to begin training again on June 24. Coach Michael Frontzeck, under whose direction relegation was avoided in May, welcomed 22 players to the first practice session, just 31 days after the last match with the enthusiastically celebrated 2-1 win over SC Freiburg ...

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More spectators watch the MLS – DC United lead

At the half-time mark of the 2015 season of the Major League Soccer (MLS), North American football is prospering. Spectator numbers have increased by twelve percent in mid-June compared to last season, the sporting quality continues to improve, and the excitement in the battle for the twelve play-off places has also heightened ...