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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The 2013 Champions League final has led to the encounter being named 'Der Klassiker'

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich: 'Der Klassiker' remains as anticipated as ever, but it would be better not to believe the hype

The 2013 Champions League final hes led to the rivalry taking on more than it actually represents

Bas Dost: The best striker in Europe you've never heard of

Wolfsburg striker has 13 goals in eight matches this year - after asking to leave in December

Roberto Di Matteo

How is Roberto Di Matteo performing in the Bundesliga with Schalke?

With a Champions League tie with Real Madrid on the horizon Di Matteo is beginning to carve out an image for himself in Germany - one that served him well when he guided Chelsea to the trophy

Pep Guardiola to Qatar: It's not as barmy as it sounds... but we won't know anything until at least the summer

COMMENT: The Spaniard is keeping his cards close to his chest, like usual

Dresden is believed to be the club most affected by meth use

Can you kick it? Bundesliga gives you wonderful atmospheres, old-fashioned terraces, cheap beer and the odd line of crystal meth

Growing use of addictive drug is beginning to marr the Bundesliga’s success story

Head coach Pep Guardiola talks to Arjen Robben in Doha

Arjen Robben flips at Mario Gotze as Bayern Munich ignore political pressures to go on money-spinning trip to Qatar

The German champions are spending their winter break in the 2022 World Cup host country

Thorgan Hazard: Chelsea loanee, younger brother of Eden, enchanting at Borussia Monchengladbach

Young Belgian averaging a goal every 87 minutes

Martin Odegaard in action for Norway
Jurgen Klopp

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?

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...