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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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Football  / Jadon Sancho Lights Up Revierderby
Jadon Sancho Is Borussia Dortmund's Derby Hero As Schalke Fans Test €˜Safe Pyro€™
Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The 6,000 travelling Borussia Dortmund supporters chanted Jadon Sancho’s name with gusto as the English teenager was substituted.Ten minutes earlier, after exchanging a…
Football  / Hope For Leverkusen As Kids Shine Against Stuttgart
The Kids Are Alright: Bayer Leverkusen Show Signs Of Life With Stuttgart Success
Leverkusen, Germany. “Are there any pubs around here, mate?” asked the man with an English accent at Leverkusen Mitte train station.It was a difficult question.…
Football  / German Fans Protest Over Latest Football Leaks
€˜We Will Claim Back Our Game€™: German Fans Launch Latest Protest To Coincide With Football Leaks
Stuttgart, Germany. To coincide with the latest “Football Leaks” revelations this weekend, supporter groups in Germany are conducting another nationwide protest against the perceived over-commercialisation…
Football  / Frankfurt On Fire With Ferocious Front Three
Frankfurt€™s Fantastic Front Three Brush Aside Sorry Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany. By the time Nicolai Müller nodded home Eintracht’s Frankfurt’s third, the ultras in the Canstatter Kurve, the home of VfB Stuttgart’s hardcore support,…
Football  / Amazing Scenes In the German Cup Again
German Cup: Penalties, Pyro And Floodlights From Bolton
Cologne, Germany. “Berlin! Berlin! Wir fahren nach Berlin!“ sang the Cologne supporters as the clock ticked down with their team 1-0 up against Schalke. “Berlin!…
Football  / Dusseldorf Are Loving Life In The Bundesliga!
€˜The Greatest Show On Earth€™: Fortuna D¼sseldorf Adapting To Life In The Bundesliga
Düsseldorf, Germany. “Please get to your seats as early as possible,” read the instructions on the leaflets distributed by the Fortuna Düsseldorf ultras ahead of…
Football  / The Madness That Is The Hamburg Derby
Effigies, Hooligans And Violence: The Madness Of HSV v St Pauli And The Hamburg Derby
Hamburg, Germany. On Wednesday morning, commuters in Hamburg were treated to the sight of at least eight effigies hanging from bridges across Germany’s second-biggest city.The…
Football  / Barca Loanee Paco Alcacer Is A Big Hit In Dortmund
€˜Paco! Give Us A Goal!€™: Watching Barcelona Loanee Paco Alcacer€™s Borussia Dortmund Debut From The Yellow Wall
Dortmund, Germany. “I must be totally honest with you, I haven’t really noticed him before so I don’t know what to expect,” admitted Borussia Dortmund…
My Enemy€™s Enemy Is My Friend? Gladbach And Leverkusen Fans Enjoying Cologne€™s Absence As The Bundesliga Returns
Cologne/Mönchengladbach. The people emerging onto platform four in the Cologne suburb of Ehrenfeld weren’t immediately recognisable as football supporters. In fact, given that 1.FC Köln…
Football  / “A Special Game Deserves A Special Atmosphere”
Football In Paradise: South American Flair As Union Berlin Win In Jena
Jena, Germany. Strolling along the banks of the River Saale in the Thuringian town of Jena, there was little to suggest a cup tie between…
Football  / Upsets Light Up German Cup
Stuttgart Shot Down In Flames In Rostock On Weekend Of German Cup Upsets
Rostock, Germany. Half an hour before kick-off in FC Hansa Rostock’s Ostseestadion, the toilets beneath the south stand were full to bursting. Under a cloud…
Fallen From Heaven: Cologne Fans Praying For Promotion In Exciting Second Division
Cologne, Germany. Some matchdays begin at home, others on motorways or at railway stations. Many begin in the pub. In Cologne, the first home game…
Football  / Where Did It All Go Wrong For Germany!
Schadenfreude At 30,000 Feet As Germany Crash Out Of The World Cup
Vilnius. Lithuania. “Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is just a quick update for the football fans on board,” announced the Portuguese air steward on the…
Defiant Joachim L¶w Demands More From Germany In World Cup Clash With Sweden
“I expect a reaction – and there will be one”: Defiant Joachim Löw demands more from Germany Jogging along the Sochi seafront and looking out…
Football  / Germany Did Not React Well To Their Shock Defeat
€œNo World Champions On That Pitch!€: German Press React Furiously To Mexico Defeat
“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…
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