1. FC Köln / Bundesliga / opinion

No Respect for Purchase on the Transfer Market, Rog!

  In hindsight, Roger Schmidt should have known better. Leverkusen’s current talent steward certainly had years to build up a healthy dislike of Peter Stöger, tracing back to when Stöger’s FK Wien side snatched the 2013 league title in Austria away from Schmidt’s previous money-fueled football business masquerading as a “club.” Coming away from Saturday’s … Continue reading

1. FC Köln / Bundesliga / football / Germany / match reaction / opinion / soccer / Sports

Match Day 3: SC Paderborn 0:0 1. FC Köln

Only three matches into the season, and I’m already forced to adapt to adversity. Because my normal resource for match video seems to have disappeared, I do not have the opportunity to watch the match a second time before writing my match reaction. This does reveal the fact that I’ve not yet reinstated my FC-TV … Continue reading

Bundesliga / soccer / Uncategorized

You Talking to Me? Butting in on the Effzeh.com Rudelbildung.

If you can read German and are reading this, you probably already follow effzeh.com regularly. Even if you don’t, you maybe have read it on occasion, utilizing Google’s (or Bing’s, I suppose) translation function. Otherwise, add it to your bookmarks for the coming season. One of the features is called Rudelbildung. Without trying to give … Continue reading

1. FC Köln / Bundesliga / soccer / Sports

More test matches to help pass the summer doldrums

Kitzbühel! Kitbühel! Wir fahren nach Kitzbühel! Somehow, singing about travelling to a quaint Austrian alpine village for more pre-season training doesn’t quite get it done in the way thoughts of Berlin do. It’s certainly not that I wouldn’t have a grand time visiting Kitzbühel. The photos look quite lovely. I don’t do the thing where … Continue reading

1. FC Köln / Bundesliga

Training Day One: 1. FC Köln Begins Bundesliga Prep

Approximately 2,000 fans went to Franz Kremer Stadium Wednesday morning to see the 1. FC Köln begin Bundesliga preparations in the first public training session of the season. Miso Brecko and Yuya Osako were the lone absences among player personnel, according to the club’s @fckoeln_live Twitter feed, which also posed several photos. I will not … Continue reading