Uli Hoeness

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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil arrives at Singapore yesterday.  “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”  Photograph: AP

When a Radio 5 Live newsreader referred to “the English rider Geraint Thomas” in an item on the Tour de France this week, the response from those with(...)

Bayern Munich’s head coach Jupp Heynckes:  “I came back at a very old age and now I have the privilege of being successful again, reaching a semi-final and possibly going through to the final.” Photograph: Lukas Barth/EPA

“Nobody had any intention of me being here,” Jupp Heynckes said, sitting at a desk at the Allianz Arena, a microphone tilted towards him, the board be(...)

The Blizzard: “Maybe you’re not interested in history or politics per se. But you’re reading the Blizzard and you’ve got a story about a coach who escaped from a concentration camp.”

The late Stuart Hall wasn’t kidding when he described as “pretty horrendous” the difficulties of bringing together the words “popular” and “culture”. (...)

Antonin Panenka’s penalty gave Czechoslovakia victory over West Germany in Euro 1976. Photograph: Getty

Euro 1976: Czechoslovakia 2 West Germany 2 AET (Czechoslovakia win 5-3 on penalties) Taking a penalty at any level of football takes a certain amount(...)

Johan Cruyff has died aged 68. Photograph: Getty

It’s the defining image of the 1974 World Cup; the defining image of the great Dutch team of the 70s; the defining image of one of the most talented, (...)

Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been released from prison. Photograph: Getty

The former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been released from prison on suspension after serving half of his three-and-a-half year jail term f(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter arrives at the 65th Fifa congress in Zurich, Switzerland where he  is expected to be re-elected  despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport’s governing body. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Sepp Blatter remains firmly on course to secure his fifth four-year term as Fifa president today with Uefa president Michel Platini all but admitting (...)

 After the 2013 treble Pep Guardiola’s challenge was no longer to take Bayern to the next level, but to maintain the standards set by his suddenly illustrious predecessor. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters.

Many neutrals find Chelsea a hard club to like, but one night in May 2012, they were briefly Germany’s second-favourite team. Chelsea were playing Bay(...)

Jannik Vestergaard of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim celebrates a goal during the Bundesliga match against SC Freiburg at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim. Photo:  Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

The last leg of the journey to Hoffenheim provides a pretty clear early indication that you are going to a different type of Bundesliga club. Mannh(...)

Louis van Gaal addresses the audience after receiving a lifetime achievement award during the Dutch Footballer of the Year 2014 Gala in Hilversum. Photograph: Bas Czerwinski/EPA

Louis van Gaal insists he has no regrets over taking the manager’s job at Manchester United despite the building pressure after a poor start to the s(...)

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