Jacob Sweetman

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

In the 1920s, Lilli Henoch was Germany’s greatest multi-sport athlete. Martin-Heinz Ehlert has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to giving the young Jewish woman her rightful place in German sporting history. more

Dec 14, 2015 12:00 AM People

East German-born Claudia Pechstein was a speed skating sensation – until doping accusations in 2009 caused her fall from grace. Fighting for years to prove her innocence, Pechstein is finally back in the skating game and stronger than ever. more

Mar 26, 2015 2:15 PM People

In our March issue, we take a closer look at Berlin's sports scene. Some of the coolest Berliners aren't found in the clubs or galleries but at the sports halls or on the fields, whether they're playing football or ice hockey or Quidditch. more

Feb 26, 2015 1:30 PM 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

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

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

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

Jacob Sweetman: Just do it

The World Cup is coming and with it comes the opportunities for Nike to sell their made up vision of the game on the walls of the city.. The Sportsdesk is not amused. more

Jun 4, 2014 1:00 PM The Berlin Blog 11 Comments

Jacob Sweetman: Smoking our way into the Summer

Football may be all but over for most, but in the Regionalliga Nord-Ost things are heading for a spectacular final Spieltag. And only one thing is certain: no matter how things turn out the fans will be sucked back in once again next year. more

May 21, 2014 1:40 PM The Berlin Blog

The Bowie exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau opened on May 20! But are you already sick of all the Bowie hype (that we had a hand in as well)? One of our own was sick of it long ago. Jacob Sweetman won't have his disdain contained. more

May 20, 2014 10:30 AM Music & nightlife 8 Comments

Jacob Sweetman: A bandy-legged goodbye

This week it will finally be announced that a fine striker and a good man will be leaving Hertha BSC after five years. He will take with him a sense of comfort in the familiar. The Sportsdesk rambles about Ramos. more

Apr 10, 2014 10:00 AM The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

Jacob Sweetman: Revelling in modern football

The Sportsdesk is contrary, therefore is happy to revel in the sheer outrageous beauty of watching FC Bayern Munich this year. Its cat, however, is torn. Life, like football, can be complicated sometimes. more

Mar 26, 2014 12:45 PM The Berlin Blog 6 Comments

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Jacob Sweetman: At their Witts end

Berlin's darkened and smoky corners are most alive when the city's sports fans mutter and grumble their way expertly through the days and nights. Even if the sport is figure skating. The Sportsdesk has the scandal. more

Feb 26, 2014 11:45 AM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Jacob Sweetman: Of Pechstein and Haag, a winter's tale

As the world's eyes focus onto the Winter Olympics, two of Berlin's most famous women will be appearing more and more. The Sportsdesk salutes them both whilst sitting, weaselly, on the fence. more

Feb 6, 2014 11:02 AM The Berlin Blog 4 Comments

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