November 29, 2010
Remember when you first started playing footie?
You were probably 5 or 6 years old. You might have started playing during break at school, or perhaps a bit more organized at the park on the weekends. The ball looked absolutely humongous as 16 or so kids chased it around the field in one big mass of screaming, shrieking and flailing delight. Someone players on your team would always start running the wrong way while the adults on the sidelines would laugh, yelling, “Turn around, sweetie! Go the other way!”
November 18, 2010
As many of you may have gathered, I am a bartender by trade. My weekends, for the last couple of years, have been spent getting up at ungodly morning hours, sleep-deprived and loaded up with tons of coffee, opening up my local, The Lion and Eagle, for fun, frivolity and football every Saturday and Sunday.
The Premiership takes precedence, of course, for it is a British pub. But my Teutonic presence has turned a few heads to the joys of Bayern Munich, in particular, and to the Bundesliga, in general. When I’m not polling the regulars as to which squad has the worst hair in the Premiership- Everton, Arsenal and Newcastle being my rotating top three- I’m often asked about our last few results, where we are in the table, and, more recently, where do I think Bastian will end up?
November 3, 2010
In the late nineties, during the reign of coach Giovanni Trapattoni, FC Bayern acquired the unflattering nickname “FC Hollywood”. Squabbles and in-fighting were the norm, Trapattoni’s antics were a joke, and players made regular appearances in the gossip rags. Things settled down a bit in ‘98, as Ottomar Hitzfeld took the helm and ushered die Roten in to a period of national and international success: Four Bundesliga Championships, two DFB-Pokal Cups, one Champions League Cup (one runner-up), and one Intercontinental Cup.