Kit Holden

Kit Holden writes on German Football for The Independent and Der Tagesspiegel. He is also a co-editor of online magazine Bundesliga Football UK.

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Borussia Dortmund are 13th in Bundesliga and 10 point behind Bayern Munich already - so what's going on?

The other team in the two horse race with Bayern Munich have already lost four times in the league this season

Lewandowski in action for Bayern Munich

Bundesliga preview: Borussia Dortmund have chance to get ahead of rivals Bayern Munich

The new season kicks off in Germany on Friday - but will Bayern suffer their traditional World Cup hangover?

Thomas Muller trains with Germany ahead of the World Cup final

World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina preview: Thomas Muller - the everyday superstar

Germany’s most effective player is no flashy celebrity like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar or Arjen Robben but just an ordinary bloke

Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows

Criticism of the £42.m signing from Real Madrid has continued into this World Cup - but it's not justified, writes Kit Holden

Per Mertesacker went on a rant after the match

World Cup 2014: The problems with Germany are not tactical, but psychological

The team among the pre-tournament favourites laboured past Algeria to reach the quarter-finals

A pitch invader runs on the field during the 2014 World Cup Group G match between Germany and Ghana

World Cup 2014: Those accused of racism can't simply be screamed at

Three high-profile incidents have come to light during the tournament

Pep Guardiola makes a gesture from the touchline

Bayern Munich comment: For Pep Guardiola, it is not the end of tiki-taka but one system cannot rule football

Munich were thrashed 4-0 at home by the counter-attacking Real Madrid this week

Geoff Hurst pictured in the 1966 World Cup final

Why did the Bundesliga turn down goal line technology?

The introduction of the technology has been ruled out by the clubs

Kevin-Prince Boateng of Schalke 04

Vladimir Putin, Gazprom and Schalke 04: How Russia sending troops to the Crimea is being felt in the Bundesliga

A reminder that sport and politics will never be entirely separate

Euro star: Eddie Izzard performing his 'Force Majeure' show in German

Eddie Izzard: Why the Germans do have a sense of humour

Eddie Izzard is performing his stand-up show in German to an audience in Berlin. And his 'comedy without borders' has a serious political point to make, he tells Kit Holden

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