Rescinded Red

Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Hitler: Not a Football Fan

hitlerThe Times declared Adolf Hitler the most vile football fan of all time.  Russell Brand was second.  Unfortunately for the newspaper’s ardent fact-checking department, the Fuhrer was no football fan at all.

Hitler never saw a match until the 1936 Olympics, where he left in a huff after Germany conceded a second goal in a 2-1 defeat to Norway.  

No slouch in other matters, he made no attempt to impose the skillful short passing of the Schalke Kreisel on the German national team.

Schalke did win the German League six times between 1934 and 1942.  It wasn’t nefarious.  They were just really good.

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Headlines: Germans are Efficient and Ruthless…Referees

bojanLeave it to a German referee to devise a more efficient, time-saving manner of booking. (Off The Post)

Top 20 future England Stars, or Football Manager targets. (Soccerlens)

The pressure might be too much for young Bojan. (101 Great Goals)

Bundesliga shirt sponsorship overtook that of the Premier League. (Sports Business)

Manchester City may spend £46m on Ashley Cole, Kolo Toure and Lassana Diarra. (Guardian)

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Lukas Podolski Hands In Transfer Request to Bayern Munich

lukas_podolskiOne grey leather car seat will be left fallow.  One sports drink will rest with its cap securely screwed.  German striker Lukas Podolski has formally requested a transfer from Bayern Munich.

The 23-year-old has been an international star for Germany, scoring 31 goals in 60 Mannschaft appearances.  However, he never has replicated such form for Bayern, scoring just 12 league goals in two and a half seasons and failing to carve out a first team niche, because of inferior tactical understanding and more talented strikers ahead of him, such as Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose.

Both Tottenham and Manchester City would like Podolski in the January Window.  However, his initial club, Cologne, have a first-option clause to resign him for any agreed fee.

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Mannschaft chooses Hoff, Snubs Frings

fringsGermany coach Joachim Low will ride the Hoff’s coattails for next friendly against England.

Low included two Hoffenheim players, defender Marvin Compper and midfielder Tobias Weis in his 20-man squad, both receiving their first call-up.

Michael Ballack, Philipp Lahm, Clemens Fritz, Marcell Jansen and Christian Pander will all miss the match with injuries.

Low dropped veteran midfielder Torsten Frings after their recent discord.

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American Skilled Imports: Neven Subotic

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic might be a pivotal figure for the U.S. National Team at the 2010 World Cup, if he chooses to be.

Subotic, one of the best young defenders in Germany, has size (6’4”) and skill to match.  He played for the United States at U-17 level, but has evaded the U.S. setup after Thomas Rongen left him off the U.S. squad for the 2007 U-20 World Cup.

Because of his complicated nationality, he has yet to choose a senior national team.  He is eligible for Serbia (his parents’ nationality), Bosnia (the country of his birth) or the United States, where he spent his teenage years.

His first choice appeared to be Germany, where he spent his childhood, before discovering he was ineligible.  Subotic must choose a designation by his 21st birthday in Dec. 2009 and will pick a nationality after this season.  He would likely make the starting XI for any of the three countries, although his best chance for South Africa would be with the U.S.

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Ballack May Lose Germany Captaincy

Matt Damon look-a-like Michael Ballack may lose his German captaincy, after commenting critically on coach Joachim Low’s selection policy.

Ballack publicly protested against perceived disrespect shown to veterans, such as Torsten Frings and Kevin Kuranyi, who were unceremoniously dropped from the squad.  “Where are we going to end up?” Ballack asked.

Low considered Ballack’s use of the media “completely wrong” and unacceptable.  He will meet with the Chelsea-midfielder for talks in Germany, with the possibility that he could strip Ballack of his captaincy or drop him from the national squad altogether.

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