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Olympiakos-Dortmund makes it to NPR. October 20, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in Champions League, German soccer.
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Here’s a quote from this National Public Radio segment about debates regarding what the European Union will do about Greek debt:

Here in Athens, the Greeks did have one small consolation: their soccer team Olympiakos had a big win against the German Borussia Dortmund team, and sports headlines today called this “the revenge on the Germans.”

Not being European, I hadn’t thought about it in that context, but maybe that’s a more cogent answer to the question “What in the Dickens is happening to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League?” than “What indeed?” which is basically the answer given in point five of Amy Lawrence’s list of five lessons from the midweek Champions League games in today’s Guardian. A football-as-catharsis moment, a one-off caused by outside factors like Helleno-German tension. On the other hand, what the Dickens is happening to Borussia Dortmund?

Am I falling in love with German soccer? August 27, 2011

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Is this the future?

I just had an almost religious experience, my first German league game in three or four years. It may have been a scoreless draw, but there was something uniquely compelling about Bayer Leverkusen v. Borussia Dortmund. I’m used to the rancor and staleness of English soccer or the foregone conclusions of Spanish soccer, but this was different. There is something positive about German soccer that goes beyond the field, an atmospheric feelgood factor.

It could have been that this was an exciting game between two very aggressive teams. Dortmund is, on that evidence, certainly one of the top four teams in the world. Leverkusen also has a lot of zip and promise about it, and Andre Schuerrle is especially exciting.

I think I may be converted. I had so much fun watching that game and I want more … although it wouldn’t surprise me if Augsburg v. Kaiserslautern, for example, was a good deal less exciting.

Bayer Leverkusen v. Borussia Dortmund halftime thoughts August 27, 2011

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  • Michal Kadlec is having a decent game against Mario Goetze, but his yellow card was a reminder that defenders are only really allowed one mistake.
  • Sometimes, it seems, Mats Hummels tries too many Hollywood passes.
  • I haven’t watched a German soccer game in years and this is the first time I’ve seen this Borussia Dortmund team. I’m floored by their quality. In particular I am impressed with Ilkay Gundogan, Goetze, Hummels and Neven Subotic.
  • Stefan Kiessling would be perfect for the Premiership.
  • The game’s restarting, so I’m going to return to it.