Why I Love Coutinho, And How Real Madrid's Slip Gives Us A Great Clásico

With the fireworks of the last few days, it would be natural to look down the sights and champ at how those results set up a couple blockbuster head-to-head matchups in the coming weeks. But let's take a second to look back and appreciate what we saw this weekend, which was magnificent. » 3/02/15 5:20pm 3/02/15 5:20pm

Happy Borussia Dortmund Celebrate Goal Batman And Robin Style

Borussia Dortmund players are happy again! Today's 3-0 victory over Schalke was their fourth straight in the Bundesliga, dragging themselves from the relegation zone to ninth in the table. Since they're finally confident that they'll actually score some goals, they're planning out elaborate costumed celebrations,… » 2/28/15 11:51am 2/28/15 11:51am

Borussia Dortmund Fans Are Fed Up

Borussia Dortmund's fans have finally reached their breaking point. Just 21 months ago they were watching their team barely lose in the Champions League Finals, and they haven't seen them finish worse than second in the Bundesliga since the 2009-10 season. This season Dortmund aren't merely struggling, but are in… » 2/04/15 10:21pm 2/04/15 10:21pm

Your January Transfer Window Roundup

Another January past, and another transfer window closes as the rumor mill, hype machine, and hope-mongering all come to screeching halts. For a little while, at least. But this window did have some fascinating moves, so let's take the opportunity to break down all the transfers that caught our eye during the only… » 2/03/15 5:28pm 2/03/15 5:28pm

Marco Reus Fined $670,000 For Driving Without A License

German paper Bild reports (paywall) that Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has been fined €540,000 after police discovered he had been driving without a license for the past three years. Apparently Reus received five speeding tickets during that time, but somehow police never figured out that he also didn't have a… » 12/17/14 9:59pm 12/17/14 9:59pm

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer Out To Prove He's Really A Midfielder At Heart

Pep, please, do your star keeper this solid: Bayern will obviously have the Bundesliga wrapped up in about a month from now, could we get some games for Manuel Neuer in defensive midfield? We've seen his ridiculous passing, and now his open-field tackling. What else does he have to prove? » 12/15/14 2:47pm 12/15/14 2:47pm

Chart: The Average Player Salaries In Soccer Leagues Around The World

A lot of what we talk about when we compare different soccer leagues, from arguing which one's the best to which one's the deepest and even which plays the most attractive style, comes down to how much money is spent on players. In that sense, this Sportsmail chart listing the average salaries of players in 34 leagues… » 11/14/14 1:21pm 11/14/14 1:21pm

German Player's Perfect Strike From Center Circle Makes Great Own Goal

It takes a special kind of calmness to lob a ball from the edge of the center circle with enough accuracy to find the back of the net. Unfortunately, Christoph Kramer so calmly played this pass because he expected it to find his own keeper, not sail over his teammate's head and into the goal. » 11/10/14 12:28pm 11/10/14 12:28pm

Defender Kicks In Own Goal Off Goalkeeper's Face

Own goals are, by definition, bad, but this own goal in a Bundesliga matchup between Mainz and Augsburg is really, really bad. Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz made a glancing save on the initial shot from Mainz, but the ball hit off the post and trickled back in front of the net. So, trying to clear the ball out of… » 3/29/14 2:40pm 3/29/14 2:40pm

German Soccer Fans Serenade Israeli Player With "Racist Insults And…

"[Kaiserslautern striker Itay Shechter] was subjected to a verbal racist attack while training with his German league club on Sunday, when a group of between five and 10 fans in a crowd of at least 100 chanted anti-Semitic slogans. They also gave the Nazi salute, which is banned in Germany. » 2/28/12 10:20pm 2/28/12 10:20pm