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Georg Buschner. Photo by Rainer Mittelstädt (courtesy of the German Federal Archive)

Jacob Sweetman: The ghosts of football past

Yesterday, Sweetman had the chance to watch anything he liked from the GDR archives, absolutely anything. That he chose to watch an old pre-match press conference tells you and us everything we need to know about his sort. more »

Dec 29, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

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Jacob Sweetman: The great pretenders

To say the last couple of weeks at Hertha BSC have been turbulent would do the word a disservice. Markus Babbel was fired on Saturday, with accusations of lying being flung between him and the clubs manager, Michael Preetz. It's not been pretty. more »

Dec 21, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: The death knells...

Türkiyemspor is slipping away. The Xberger football club has often stood for all the good things about Kreuzberg, Berlin and integration. Now, in insolvency, they are fighting a bigger fight than the ones they face on the pitch. more »

Dec 13, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: A ramble about Socrates' death

Whilst coming so close to each other in terms of timing, the deaths of Gary Speed and Socrates couldn't have been more different circumstantially. With no offence intended towards the loved ones of the former, it was Socrates that moved me the most. more »

Dec 7, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: We woz robbed

Guido Kocer was this week jailed with fellow footballer, Süleyman Koç for his part in helping an armed robbery. His actions are in no way to be defended, but it might help in the future to understand what it means to be a footballer. more »

Nov 30, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

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Jacob Sweetman: Supporting the referees

They are the ones who face the worst of opprobrium raining down from the stands, the referees without whom the beautiful game would be nothing. Sure they can be incompetent, but then (and let's be honest here), who can't? more »

Nov 23, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Living the dream

Sometimes footballers do deserve our sympathy – the recent case of Martin Fenin's struggle with alcohol addiction and depression is a case in point. It always looks like such a dream job from the outside, it surely can't be that hard. Can it? more »

Nov 2, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Türkiyem-sore

Time is running out for Türkiyemspor. As of Friday we will know what is to happen to the cash strapped Kreuzbergers, but it is not looking pretty. Few clubs in the world do as much in their community as Türkiyem'. We are crossing our fingers. more »

Oct 26, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

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Jacob Sweetman: Speeed kills

The AVUS racetrack is a relic of its sporting history – a speedster’s wet dream. In the week of Dan Wheldon’s death, we think about what people do to go faster and faster. more »

Oct 19, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: More ordinary extraordinariness

Last night Germany won their 10th and final game of qualification for UEFA EURO 2012. This time it was against Belgium, but it doesn't really matter who the poor sods are. Another game, another three points for Germany. Germany looks devastating. more »

Oct 12, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: Interminable internationals

Another weekend where the football is interrupted by the endless grind towards the European Championships. This week it is Turkey who get to play whipping boys to the relentless German team, and I'm wondering if I can be bothered at all. more »

Oct 5, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

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Jacob Sweetman: The mothership connection

In the middle of 1.FC Union's 2-0 victory over Alemannia Aachen another dominant performance by midfielder Markus Karl was at centre stage. And for the first time in Union's colours he was allowed the glory, too, as the first goal scorer. more »

Sep 28, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (4 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Just another bloody tragedy

The entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team was wiped out a couple of weeks ago as their plane overran the runway before it was supposed to fly to Minsk. Among them was German international Robert Dietrich. Many in Berlin will remember him. more »

Sep 21, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: The mane man

Paul Breitner just turned 60. Sócrates is lying in his hospital bed sick. Mathias Holst has just returned from injury. What links these events? The beard. The Sportsdesk delves into these shaggy dog stories with a hard hitting expose. more »

Sep 14, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: Falling on hard times

BFC Dynamo have announced the name of their new manager and are keeping their fingers crossed that he can continue the good work of the previous incumbent, Keiko Bonan. And they are trying their hardest to show they've changed. more »

Sep 7, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: Discussing the discus

I thought that after the IAAF World Championships in Athletics were held in Berlin two years ago there might be a little more hype about the whole thing for this year’s tournament in Korea. German TV certainly didn't seem to care too much. more »

Aug 31, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

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Jacob Sweetman: Dealing with the death penalty

1. FC Union bounced back from another miserable week with a 2-1 win against the highly rated VfL Bochum. It was a hard fought battle, but when the pressure was really on their (often misfiring) strikers kept their heads in a time of crisis. more »

Aug 22, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (4 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: BAK to the future

Berliner Athletik Klub 07 has taken on the poisoned chalice of promotion to the Regionalliga Nord this season. It means spending more money, but also guarantees harder opposition, but the Moabit upstarts seem very happy with themselves. more »

Aug 17, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

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Jacob Sweetman: Zubrowka and the cycle of life

It was the Sportsdesk's summer holiday, but that doesn't mean the sport stops. No, it was the Tour de Poland, a serious bike race which would have been covered even better were it not for the vodka. more »

Aug 10, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

Jacob Sweetman: Through the past darkly

A turbulent week for 1.FC Union has, in many ways, been incredibly instructive. About the past and the present. About the scars of Berlins history, and the perceptions of the people in the East and the West that still go on today. more »

Jul 27, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (1 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: WWC – A final pat on the arse

The end of an excellent, entertaining and absorbing World Cup will also mean the end of the World Cup. It will mean the bloating, cash grabbing, free for all can begin in earnest, and it can take its true place next to the men's game. more »

Jul 20, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog

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Jacob Sweetman: Everyone's a sucker for a Brazilian

It seems so early. It is so early, but on Friday the 2. Bundesliga returns from its summer holidays. To get ready 1.FC Unions last friendly was against Hearts, and the fans have got themselves a new hero. more »

Jul 13, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (4 Comments)

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Jacob Sweetman: Lisicki, Grings and a bored Dr. Steelhammer

Waiting, waiting... The Sportsdesk does have better things to do sometimes. Honestly. But there is something about the time between the football seasons, when we get a chance to enjoy the gentler sports. Like tennis. And boxing. more »

Jul 7, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: When Bagpuss went to the world cup

The Women's World Cup finally began on Sunday with a traditionally bizarre and irony free opening ceremony at the Olympiastadion. The Sportsdesk wasn't there (not important enough) but we watching it in a pub just for you. more »

Jun 29, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (3 Comments)

Jacob Sweetman: Oh, Carolina

It's the Womens World Cup and, as the opening fixture will prove, there is as much intrigue as in the men's game. Germany vs. Canada pits two all powerful managers against each other, Silvia Neid and Carolina Morace. more »

Jun 22, 2011 by in The Berlin Blog (2 Comments)