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European football braced for era of German domination?

For the first time, a deutsches derby will decide who is the best club side in Europe. (Getty Images).
For the first time, a deutsches derby will decide who is the best club side in Europe. (Getty Images).

With its youth system, strong national team, and financial prudence as well as the entertaining style of football employed by both the country's international side and its top clubs, it's not difficult to understand why Germany has been branded a soccer success.

And it is. Just not as much as we perceive it to be. Yet.

While the march of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to Wembley has been thrilling to watch, it's too early to tick the box marked "Era of German domination." FULL POST

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August 15th, 2012
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July 4th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Are FIFA’s world rankings fit for purpose?

Despite a penalty shootout defeat to Italy, England are above the Azzuri in FIFA's world rankings.
Despite a penalty shootout defeat to Italy, England are above the Azzuri in FIFA's world rankings.

Like “Knock knock” jokes, FIFA’s soccer world rankings have long been a source of amusement but the latest list, putting England above Italy and Denmark above Brazil, is an embarrassment to the world’s most popular sport.

Some aspects of the current top 10 make sense. Spain, the record-breaking European and world champions, have increased their lead in first place ahead of an entertaining Germany team.

After their disappointing displays at Euro 2012, the Netherlands have fallen to 8th while Italy – the surprise success story from the recent tournament in Poland and Ukraine – are back into the top 10 having risen to 6th place. FULL POST

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June 28th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

GB soccer team wrong to ditch Beckham

Fanning the flames: Beckham's omission has sparked debate across social media.
Fanning the flames: Beckham's omission has sparked debate across social media.

London’s Olympic Games will be the poorer for David Beckham’s absence and his omission from Britain’s football squad highlights the lottery of selections based on subjectivity instead of results.

The fact that so many of the UK’s esteemed football writers - normally highly critical appraisers of sporting talent – have voiced their dismay on social networking sites shows how many experts recognized that Beckham’s place at the Olympics was about more than just his merit as a player.

Henry Winter of Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper wrote “Becks deserved more respect.” Matt Dickinson from The Times tweeted, “shocked by the Beckham news” while The Mirror’s John Cross said he was “Stunned – Beckham deserved it on every level.” FULL POST

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