World Cup

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


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. Read more


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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more


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. Read more

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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. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more


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


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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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"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. Read more


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? Read more

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