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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Kit Holden: Does the Marco Reus transfer signal the end of Bayern Munich’s dominance in Germany?

It is a transfer that points to significant change in the Bundesliga. After nearly two decades of largely unchallenged dominance from one team from the South, it now seems as if FC Bayern’s monopoly may be under serious threat.

Kit Holden: Scandal, surprise and soap opera – a year of the Bundesliga

With 2011 now over, followers of the Bundesliga are looking back on what has been a year full of scandal, surprise and soap opera.

Can Schalke afford to hang on to superstar Raul?

Once Raul’s current contract runs out, Real Madrid’s two million euro a year contributions to his seven million a year salary will disappear.

Kit Holden: Arsenal ‘target’ Podolski in war of words over quality

Arsène Wenger, who has developed a taste for young German talent, must have given one of those familiar wry smiles over the breakfast table this morning.

Kit Holden: Fear has crippled Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League campaign

It was billed as an  “all or nothing” game for Borussia Dortmund. After the 2-1 away defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday evening, however, it was a dejected Mats Hummels who conceded that “the likelihood was always greater, that it would be nothing.”

The 41 year old referee Babak Rafati attempted suicide

Germany reacts maturely after Bundesliga referee attempts suicide

After the resignation of president Wolfgang Overath earlier in the week, FC Köln would probably have been hoping for a weekend in which they could focus entirely on playing football. No one could have expected that, instead, the club would find itself embroiled in another, even bigger off field scandal.

What’s the Luxusproblem? Germany are spoilt for choice

On the back of a 2011 which has seen a near flawless Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, and concluded on Tuesday night with a 3-0 drubbing of the Netherlands, things are looking up for the German national team.

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