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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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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…
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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…
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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…
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Two Clubs Enjoying Cologne's Absence In The Bundesliga...
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…
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“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…
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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…
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Cologne In Bundesliga 2 Should Be A Fascinating Watch
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…
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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…
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German Coach Pulls No Punches Before Decisive Sweden Meeting
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…
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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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Germany Ready For Mexico Test Later Today
Germany v Mexico Build Up: The Time For Talking Is Over For Germany
“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…
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Off-field Issues Mar Germany Build-Up
Political Shadow Hangs Over Germany€™s World Cup Preparations
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…
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Marco Reus Ready For World Cup Debut
Marco Reus Could Be Key At The World Cup For Sluggish Germany
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…
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Munich Star Makes Late Bid For World Cup Starting Spot
Operation Title Defence: Manuel Neuer's Return From Injury Dominating Germany€™s World Cup Preparation
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…
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Hamburg Could Be Relegated This Season
Zero Hour: Hamburg Supporters Preparing For First Ever Bundesliga Relegation
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…
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