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Matt Ford

Matt Ford is a Cologne-based football journalist who specialises in German football and fan culture. He covers the Bundesliga for Deutsche Welle and others.

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Germany Did Not React Well To Their Shock Defeat
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
“Please note: Monday is media free. No press conference in Vatutinki media centre. Training not open to media.” That was the text message received by…
12:30
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Germany Ready For Mexico Test Later Today
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
“Sorry, Mexico! Today, we’re building the wall!” announced the front page of German Sunday broadsheet “WELT am Sonntag” ahead of Germany’s World Cup opener. The…
16:10
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Off-field Issues Mar Germany Build-Up
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
Jerome Boateng was crunching into tackles and spreading passes around as if he’d never been away. Mesut Özil looked sharp, showing no sign of the…
16:00
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Marco Reus Ready For World Cup Debut
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
After seven months and five consecutive games without a win, Germany finally rounded off their World Cup preparation with a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia…
17:02
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Munich Star Makes Late Bid For World Cup Starting Spot
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
The secluded village of Eppan in the South Tirolean alps has been a hive of activity for the past week. It’s here among the rolling…
16:28
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Hamburg Could Be Relegated This Season
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
Frankfurt, Germany. Thorsten was close to tears, and he wasn’t alone. “I’ve been watching Hamburg home and away for 34 years,” he said, his eyes…
12:10
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How On Earth Did Bayern Lose To Real Madrid Last Night?
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
"Football is a simple game where twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and in the end, Real Madrid win." That’s how Germany’s Spiegel magazine reacted…
16:10
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Could Sancho Mark England's Exciting Future?
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
The Borussia Dortmund ultras were not happy. Six days after their desolate derby defeat away at rivals Schalke, the Dortmund players warmed up in front…
16:04
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Eintracht Frankfurt Head For Cup Final
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Eintracht Frankfurt progressed to a second consecutive German Cup final thanks to a 1-0 win over Schalke in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday night, in…
10:36
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Bayern Munich Reach Another Cup Final After Running Riot Against Leverkusen!
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
Leverkusen, Germany. With their team 1-0 down to Bayern Munich inside three minutes, the Bayer Leverkusen ultras decided to get their party trick out of…
14:00
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An Unlikely Hero For A German Team
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
The semi-finals of the German Cup take place this week and feature four of this season’s success stories: Schalke face Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night…
09:25
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Bayern Munich Have Found Their New Manager
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
Bayern Munich’s next manager will be current Eintracht Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac, according to media reports in Germany. As BILD reported on Thursday night, Bayern…
18:27
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Have FC Koln's Survival Hopes Disappeared?
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
Cologne, Germany. On the warmest day of the year so far in the Rhineland, Cologne’s parks and pavement cafés were already full. Outside 1.FC Köln’s…
15:05
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German Outlets Claim Tuchel Is London-Bound
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has agreed to succeed Arsène Wenger at Arsenal after turning down Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany. In…
13:55
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German Fans Launch Nationwide Campaign
Matt Ford
The Sportsman Reporter
Over 1,000 fan groups from football clubs across Germany have signed up to an official campaign to protect German football’s so-called “50 plus one” ownership…
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