John Riceburg: Capture the flag

John is not happy about all the black-red-gold in the city. But the lefty scene has come up with a fun solution. more

Jun 22, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

The European football championships start this Fri, Jun 10 (through Jul 10). Jacob Sweetman tells us how to take them back from Berlin’s opportunistic politicians. more

Jun 8, 2016 1:00 PM Football

Konrad Werner: Pegida lost the Kinder chocolate, but it's winning everything else

Taking the piss out of the Pegida idiots and saying you'd love to have Jerome Boateng living next door is all very good, but Merkel's integration law shows that the racists are still winning. more

May 30, 2016 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog

It hasn't been all hattricks and trophies for TuS Makkabi, Berlin's only Jewish football club. Even today, anti-Semitism occasionally rears its ugly head both on and off the pitch, but the club has carried on, staying true to its origins. more

Dec 10, 2015 5:00 PM Zeitgeist

Whether asylum seekers, Russian kids from Hartz-IV families or Turkish girls looking to break patriarchal tradition, these lucky athletes found dedicated coaches ready lend a helping hand. We visited three sport associations that make a difference. more

Mar 30, 2015 11:30 AM Zeitgeist

Jacob Sweetman: The Sportsdesk says goodbye

Here it is: a final self-indulgence as I put away my scrappy notebook and clear the GDR Sporting Lexicon from my desk, with enormous and unending thanks to the Exberliner and to you, the good people of this fucking great city. more

Sep 15, 2014 1:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: The biggest game of all

Next thursday FC Union will play a Berlin select XI to raise money for the family of Andreas Biermann, a brave man and a footballer, but also a Berliner. more

Aug 27, 2014 2:45 PM The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: The chances of Viktory?

The DFB Pokal kicks off on Saturday evening, and with it comes that chance for an old dog to show its new face. Viktoria host Eintracht Frankfurt at the Jahn-Sportpark and the Sportsdesk is excited. more

Aug 14, 2014 11:30 AM The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: The Exer off Main Street

Like the first swallows, the Exerpokal has heralded the high summer for over 50 years. The battle for the footballing supremacy of Pankow is a beautiful thing. The Sportsdesk rambles on about why. more

Jul 31, 2014 11:15 AM The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: Four more years

Despite everything, the Sportsdesk loved the World Cup, and Berlin, this ramshackle place where the world really comes together, has been the best place to enjoy it. Here's why. more

Jul 16, 2014 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

John Riceburg: Black-red-gold vomit

A man on the way to the Fanmeile at Brandenburg Gate holds up a German flag on top of the Holocaust memorial. John Riceburg says, "Too soon!" It's going to take a lot longer before we can feel good about German flags again. more

Jul 16, 2014 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 27 Comments

Maggie Spooner: Flying the flag

Maggie was down on Ku'Damm last night for the German victory in the World Cup. Unsurprisingly, there was quite a bit of jubilation and flag flying at the scene. But there were other political messages thrown in, too. And that's a good thing. more

Jul 14, 2014 1:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Mossy Brackets: On finding love during the World Cup

GUEST BLOG: An expat on the frontlines of Berlin's single lady battlefield, Mossy stopped by in the wake of last night's victory to clarify what the World Cup means for the love-lorn. Or at least sex-starved. And it means going native... very native. more

Jul 9, 2014 2:30 PM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Jacob Sweetman: Sevenly bodies

The Sportsdesk bears witness to the joyous chaos of Germany's 7:1 win over Brazil. In the pubs and on the streets the people partied, but there is a note of caution. No one has won the World Cup quite yet. more

Jul 9, 2014 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog

Excited about more World Cup fun with Germany vs. the US Jun 26? Not so fast. Call him a killjoy, but Andrew Jennings is hammering in the last nail in the coffin of FIFA's credibility with his new book on that “desperate old thief” Sepp Blatter. more

Jun 25, 2014 1:00 PM Zeitgeist

Jacob Sweetman: The World Cup is a reason to live

The World Cup may well be used by some as an excuse for nationalstic fervour, but in his open letter to Berlin the Sportsdesk feels that John Ricburg, on these very pages, has missed the point. It is inclusive, not divisive, and that is its beauty. more

Jun 24, 2014 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog 4 Comments

John Riceburg: The World Cup must die

An open letter to Germany: Sure, we've had some great times together. This Fußball obsession, however, is turning into a deal-breaker for me. more

Jun 23, 2014 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 19 Comments

Maggie Spooner: Blurred lines

Maggie's not quite sure where she wants to view the mania. She ponders the problem of not only being a woman looking for somewhere to watch the World Cup, but a woman in City West wanting to watch the World Cup. Ultimately lo-fi satisfies. more

Jun 17, 2014 11:00 AM The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: The Sportsdesk and other animals

Another argument ensues as the Sportsdesk finds itself divided on the subject of the World Cup. more

Jun 12, 2014 11:00 AM The Berlin Blog

On June 12, most of the world (except for the Amis) will be caught in football fever. From couches at Stadion an der Alten Försterei to matches at the Pregnant Oyster and beyond, here's a round-up of best places for the big games. more

Jun 10, 2014 11:15 AM The Best of Berlin 1 Comments

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