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Jacob Sweetman: Stringing everything together

Germany is actually a bit rubbish at football, but it is great at tennis. What the hell kind of world is this that we are living in? The Sportsdesk tries to get to the bottom of it. more »

Jul 6, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Let the games begin

England's capitulation in the European Championships means that the Sportsdesk can really start to enjoy the European Championships. Oh, happy days. more »

Jun 27, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Baby, we were born to pun

The tension is mounting as Germany prepares to play Greece in The EM, but as the players prepare themselves for the game, the tabloids will be striving for the best headlines. And awaiting in the semifinals could be the best in the world. more »

Jun 21, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: The Dutch and the Deutsch

Tonight in the European Championships, Germany take on Holland in a game that has become the defining European derby. The Sportsdesk talks some of its usual rubbish about it. more »

Jun 13, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: Balls of confusion

God I'm glad to be back in Berlin. The Sportsdesk has had a confusing week in England, with all its false patriotic fervour, but can now get back to supporting its national team in a foreign land, with all the self-loathing that goes with it. more »

Jun 7, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (3 Comments)

Photo by Ian Stenhouse (www.nodicemagazine.com)

Jacob Sweetman: BAK deforest Gatow

Okay, deforest isn't the right term, but in the Berliner-Pilsner Cup final on Saturday, BAK 07 beat SC Gatow 2-0 giving up the option of a great pun. The Sportsdesk was there to see it, and is damned if we weren't going to use it. more »

May 29, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: Sticking to what you know

It is a cultural phenomenon that the Sportsdesk is loath to pander to, but in the interests of you, the good readers of this nonsense, I have looked at the new Panini EURO 2012 sticker album, you lucky, lucky people. more »

May 23, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: Putting the Orff into Düsseldorf

The drama of last night’s relegation match between Hertha and Fortuna Düsseldorf will be talked about for weeks. Unfortunately, it won’t be about an edgy, exciting and breathless game, but for the chaotic scenes forcing a 20 minute break at the end. more »

May 16, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: My cup runneth over

Berlin will be hosting the DFB Pokal final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. The Sportsdesk laments a time when the Cup final was a big deal back home. more »

May 9, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: Waiting for goals

It is a sign of how loved in Berlin Arne Friedrich still is that his goal at the weekend for the Chicago Fire was so widely reported. Unfortunately this is a joke with a punchline. more »

May 2, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Call it a comeback

LL Cool J said we shouldn't, but there is very little else to call the Eisbären's Ice Hockey Championship win. It was capped last night, but their win on Sunday will be the one that stays in the memory. It was the comeback of comebacks. more »

Apr 25, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: Only a game

I try to shun the mawkish sentiments and meaningless words attached to terrible things such as the death of Piermario Morosini. This was however a terribly sad day for those who knew a young man in his prime, who died playing the game he loved. more »

Apr 17, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: Hertha's dwindling belief in the monarchy

On Tuesday night the sun seemed to set on Hertha BSC's hopes of Bundesliga survival as they capitulated to a Freiburg side who showed all the traits of a team determined to stay up. King Otto Rehhagel suddenly looks fallible and inflexible. more »

Apr 11, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (4 Comments)

Photo by Jude Beadle

Jacob Sweetman: The (mara)thon song

The Sportsdesk can be a bitter one to sit behind at times, but Sunday's Berlin Half Marathon was a joyous celebration of human endeavour, and it even included some competition. Even my heart was warmed by the thousands of competitors. more »

Apr 4, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: Sweet FA

On Monday night a show of solidarity between the fans of 1. FC Union and Eintracht Frankfurt, together against the German football association, may not have come out with the most subtle of messages, but resulted in a victory nonetheless. more »

Mar 28, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: This old Haus

This week we are not discussing football, or the darts, or ski jumping. This week I would like to pay tribute to a building that, despite its contradictions and annoyances, is as clear a symbol of Berlin, in my opinion, as any. Tacheles. more »

Mar 21, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Balls on Film

The 11mm International Football Film Festival is taking place this weekend in berlin. It should serve as a reminder that not all films about football need to be terrible, they can be heart-rending and fascinating in equal measure. more »

Mar 7, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (4 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Striking issues

It is the dream job on the pitch. The glamorous side of football, but maybe being the striker is not all it's cracked up to be. The responsibility is starting to get to some of FC Unions players as the chances go begging. more »

Feb 29, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Otto Rehhegel (on the right).

Jacob Sweetman: Easy Kaisers and ageing bulls

The tabloids are revelling in Christian Wulff's undignified downfall and Otto Rehhagel's return to Hertha. It is official, old is the new young, grey is the new black and defence is the new attack. more »

Feb 22, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: I actually don't hate Americans

Sweetman is not necessarily the communist we thought he was. The skeleton in his closet wears red, white and blue suspenders, and he got them out especially for Super Bowl Sunday. more »

Feb 8, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (5 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: The 2012 Elpis comeback special

The transfer window leaves football fans desperately grasping for Elpis, the ancient Greek Goddess of hope. She, however, probably can't be bothered. The Sportsdesk has some words of conciliation. more »

Jan 31, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog

Waldemar Cierpinski. Photo courtesy of the Deutsches Bundesarchiv

Jacob Sweetman: The Polish pole vaulter and the GDR's Des Lynam

Jacob Sweetman has got technical issues, but with a copy of the GDR sporting lexicon, and the peerless RBB film archives, he will boldly push onwards in a search for the ghosts of Olympics’ past and from the days when the games' coverage was special. more »

Jan 24, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (5 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: Five is the magic number

Saturday saw the third annual FlexStrom Cup, the successful indoor "legends" tournament at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. Sceptical Englander, Jacob Sweetman, was won over. It's not real football, just entertainment. more »

Jan 18, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog

Sepp Blatter enjoys James Blunt. Photo by Marcello Casal Jr. (Wikimedia Commons)

Jacob Sweetman: No way, José

It's that time of year when FIFA gets to pat itself on the back at a typically tasteful ceremony, as they present the famous old Ballon D'or – the world player of the year. Jacob Sweetman says José Mourinho did well to stay away. more »

Jan 11, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: Jumpers for goalposts

As the English are left alone playing football during the winter, Jacob Sweetman gets excited about the ski jumping season. Not just excited, terrified too. Maybe we are not supposed to be up there? more »

Jan 4, 2012 by in The Berlin Blog