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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  / German Fans Lead Calls For Standing Change
€˜Europe Wants To Stand€™ - Borussia Dortmund€™s Yellow Wall Calls For Change Against Spurs
Dortmund, Germany. Football supporters from across Europe have called on UEFA to lift the ban on standing at Champions League and Europa League matches in…
Football  / A Night With The English Ultras
English Ultras? Manchester United And Crystal Palace Demonstrate Contrasting Support
London, England. Selhurst Park is a proper English football ground. Nestled among the houses of Croydon, there is little to suggest that a Premier League…
Football  / German Press React To Bayern's Draw At Liverpool
€œBayern Silence Anfield€ - German Press Praise Bayern Munich After They Shut Out Liverpool
Germany has something of an obsession with “Der FC Liverpool.”Whenever a German team travels to Merseyside, the media is awash with romantic tales of The…
Football  / Why The FA Cup Means So Much To Manchester United
Remember When Manchester United ''Killed The FA Cup?€
“Magic of the cup? Sold by the FA for Monday night TV cash,” read the banner unfurled by Manchester United supporters in the upper tier…
''There Will Be Surprises'' - Pep Guardiola Says Manchester City Won't Get Distracted By Liverpool's Wobble
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been reacting to suggestions that his team are now the favourites to win the Premier League after Liverpool again dropped…
Football  / The Real Madrid Loanee Shining In The Bundesliga
Moroccan Magic: Achraf Hakimi Inspires Borussia Dortmund In Hannover Rout
Dortmund, Germany. Miiko Albornoz was in trouble. The Hannover full-back had just brought the ball under control on the edge of his own box, but…
Football  / Bosz Calm After Leverkusen Loss
Bundesliga: Peter Bosz Refuses To Be Blown Off Course After Bayer Leverkusen Lose To Borussia M¶nchengladbach
Leverkusen, Germany. “The diamond with the capital B blows on the westerly wind,” read the display from the travelling Borussia Mönchengladbach supporters in south-west corner…
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…
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