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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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“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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How On Earth Did Bayern Lose To Real Madrid Last Night?
If Bayern Munich Couldn€™t Beat Real Madrid Last Night, Then When Can They Beat Them?
"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…
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Could Sancho Mark England's Exciting Future?
Jadon Sancho Stars As Borussia Dortmund Return To Form
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…
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Eintracht Frankfurt Head For Cup Final
Choreos, Flares And Fan Clashes As Eintracht Frankfurt Progress To German Cup Final
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…
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Bayern Munich Reach Another Cup Final After Running Riot Against Leverkusen!
Six Of The Best: Thomas M¼ller Scores A Hat-Trick As Bayern Munich Smash Bayer Leverkusen
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…
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