Richard DeLaurell
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Zidane’s head revisited: Past, present, and a swerve to the future

Zinedine Zidane is no longer the manager of Real Madrid. The Frenchman has had a midas touch over the last two decades of his career in football. Is there anything left for him to achieve?

DFB reaffirms “50+1” rule—but is it ideal for anyone except Bayern?

The ruling body for German football voted last week to retain the controversial 50+1 rule. Some called for a change, in part, to combat perceived stagnation in the game personified by Bayern Munich’s dominance of the Bundesliga. But does Bayern’s success come in spite of the rule or in the face of it?

Fußball 2018: The best of times, the worst of times for the Bundesliga?

German football has two faces in 2018. Though supporters of the men’s national side have had nothing but good news, there are reasons to be concerned going into Russia 2018. Likewise, FC Bayern are on beam to collect another Bundesliga title, but are major changes coming to the German top flight?

Dortmund are a man down: Why Aubameyang had to go

Things have hit a new low at Borussia Dortmund now that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is officially gone. The club’s leading striker had been ready to go since last summer so it was certainly not a surprise. But there are reasons why it’s probably better it ended now.

Dortmund fans protest: “BL-exit” for German football?

German football is full of unrest in the wake of protests against Monday night scheduling and “increasing commercialization”. But is it possible to have world class competition without a commercialized game?

“Mia san Mia”: DW’s new Bayern documentary dotes and drones

Germany saw the development of two huge exports in 1974. Volkswagen introduced the Golf and Bayern Munich won its first European Cup (now Champions League). A new documentary examines at the continuing international success of one of those.

The miracles of Diego Maradona 3 decades later

It has been 30 years since Diego Maradona led Napoli to the first of two consecutive scudetto titles. And 31 since his “hand of God” goal propelled Argentina to the World Cup championship. A new book and movie now celebrate his legend as a figure with a genius for both football and controversy.

Six things Bundesliga fans ought to have skipped this summer

Fall is here, dear Bundesliga fans. Let’s hope you are ready for the new year to begin in full. But before we start, tell us, how did you spend your summer?

Frankfurt’s hooligans bring up issues with ultras in football

Eintracht Frankfurt is becoming a Bundesliga hotbed for a new brand of football hooliganism. What can be done about this extreme form of fan misbehavior?

Barcelona deal done for Dembélé; what about Dortmund?

Ousmane Dembélé has transferred from Borussia Dortmund to FC Barçelona just prior to the start of the new Bundesliga season. What now for Dortmund?