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David against Goliath: cup like out of the Bible

“David against Goliath” – the Bible story about the battle between two unequal opponents is once again doing the rounds ahead of the ties in the last 16 of the 2014/15 German DFB Cup. The catchphrase applies in particular to two matches – the duel between third division Dynamo Dresden and the Champions League participants Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, 3 March/20.30 local time and the one involving fourth division Kickers Offenbach and the Europa League starters Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday, 4 March both belong to the “minnows against big boys” category ...

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Football World Cup getting (a bit) closer in China

Shanghai. A Chinese conglomerate’s takeover of Infront, the sports marketing company, may well help the People’s Republic of China to a successful bid for the World Cup. The new majority owner is confident of finding favour amongst the country’s political powers ...

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Year 1 after the triumph in Rio

The new year continued in much the same vein that the magnificent 2014 ended. After being showered with awards, there were further international honours for Germany’s players and their coach Joachim Löw. The national coach was named FIFA Coach of the Year. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came third in the vote for the world player of the year behind top strikers Ronaldo and Messi but took comfort in being chosen the world goalkeeper of the year ...

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The time is ripe for Australia to host a World Cup

The great joy of the sports-mad nation of Australia after winning their first Asia Cup was even heightened by a remark from Joseph Blatter, the President of the International Football Association (FIFA). “It will be more than deserved when Australia will host the Football World Cup one day“, the FIFA boss said ...

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Hannover 96: Europe not far off

A ten-day training camp in Belek on the Turkish Riviera, three wins, a draw and a defeat in five warm-up matches, a great atmosphere within the squad and the sensational return of Ya Konan: at Hanover 96 confidence is high ahead of the second half of the 2014/2015 Bundesliga season. The club feel they are in with a good chance of clinching a place in Europe after the last of the remaining 17 games on 23 May. Eighth in the table on 24 points after the first half, they are only three points adrift of the places that lead to the Europa League or even the Champions League ...