World Cup

Maggie Spooner: Trivia to go

Berlin as a popular tourism destination has produced some puzzling adverts, that's for sure. Maggie is baffled by one in particular. more

Jan 9, 2015 11:30 AM The Berlin Blog

INTERVIEW: The stalwart socialist stays impassioned to the end! Legendary auteur Ken Loach's supposed last feature, Jimmy's Hall, is a post-Irish Civil War drama with a heavy dance element. It hits Berlin cinemas on Aug 14. more

Aug 15, 2014 12:00 PM Film

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

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: Attacking down the right

When Group A in the qualifying for Euro 2012 was originally drawn there was a debate within the German national association as to whether this game should be played in Berlin and be allowed to become a home fixture for Turkey. Jacob Sweetman is glad that it is. more

Oct 6, 2010 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 4 Comments

THE WINNERS ARE... Take a look at the finalists. And find out who won those fancy boots and that trip for two! more

Jul 19, 2010 12:00 AM Features 7 Comments

Jacob Sweetman: The end of the World (Cup)

My friend Khaled says the World Cup is like Ramadan, but with goals. Everything stops for it. Having said that, Khaled knows as much about football as I do about religious fasting periods. The World Cup is nothing like Ramadan. more

Jul 14, 2010 9:03 AM The Berlin Blog 5 Comments

Amok Mama: Do kids make you happy?

One of the biggest myths surrounding parenthood is this happiness malarkey, says Jacinta Nandi. Kids don't make you happy. They make you tired, angry, lonely, poor. They make you get up at six o'clock in the bloody morning. And if you're lucky, they sometimes make you laugh, too. more

Jul 12, 2010 8:49 AM The Berlin Blog 4 Comments

Jacob Sweetman's World Cup: How many Argentinians can you fit in a Mini?

"We have to show we can finally beat a big team," said Philipp Lahm. The German captain wasn‘t wrong, though the English would certainly hold it up as an example of the arrogance of which we assume is just beneath the surface of the stereotype. more

Jul 2, 2010 4:30 PM The Berlin Blog

What does Africa stand for? Hmm... wild animals? Oh yes, of course – shantytowns! So, to get as close to the World Cup as 10,000 km permits, why not build a slum-style fun park? more

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