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: Michael Ballack - arrogant, in decline and 'still bitter'

“Still bitter” was the phrase used by “kicker” to describe the latest diplomatic furore surrounding Michael Ballack. A simple, but thoroughly apt headline to describe the sad decline  of a man who was once the poster boy of German football.

Lukas Podolski is in scintillating form this season

Kit Holden: Is the unpredictable Lukas Podolski a gamble for Arsenal?

With rumours emerging in both German and English tabloids today of the impending return to England of Arjen Robben, it is perhaps a good time to remind ourselves that “Bild” exclusives must generally be taken with a pinch of salt.

Itay Shechter was the target of abuse

Kit Holden: Hooliganism takes centre-stage in the Bundesliga

After the decision to ban Dynamo Dresden from next year's German Cup was reversed by the DFB last week, the Bundesliga might have been hoping for a few weeks in which the word “hooliganism” did not take centre stage.

Kit Holden: Are Bayern Munich really on ‘the edge of a crisis’?

There is no greater example of that overused Germanicism “Schadenfreude” than the unadulterated glee with which Germany greets the misfortunes of FC Bayern.

Kit Holden: Gladbach play more than a walk-on part in the Bundesliga title plot

After Bayern’s second league defeat to Gladbach and comfortable wins for the two Ruhr clubs, the title race has been blown wide open in the Bundesliga. Even Franz Beckenbauer has stated that “it is now a four way fight.”

Kit Holden: The comments from Germany captain Phillipp Lahm purport homophobia

This week, Germany and FC Bayern captain Phillipp Lahm was once again quoted advising gay footballers not to declare themselves publicly, for fear of the repercussions they might suffer from the media and fans.

Kit Holden: Wolfsburg latest club embroiled in ‘talent theft’ after signing 13-year-old

The sight of Felix Magath impatiently defending a transfer policy in front of probing press cameras is an all too familiar one in the Bundesliga.

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.

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