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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Pep Guardiola has re-deployed Philipp Lahm

Bayern Munich can wait for Robert Lewandowski - the Champions League holders are beginning to click under Pep Guardiola

With a reinvented style of tika-taka an unexpected star is emerging under the former Barcelona manager

Teutonic night: Mesut Ozil takes centre stage to inspire Germany to a 3-0 victory against Austria in Munich on Friday

Sorcerer's apprentice takes magical mystery tour to north London: Mesut Ozil's supreme talents will enchant Arsenal

It was a classic Mesut Ozil pass. He held the ball for just enough time to draw the defenders towards him and free up the space for Marco Reus to burst into the box, before gently and perfectly slipping the ball through to give the Dortmund forward what should have been an easy finish. Had Reus been having a better first half it would have been 1-0, and Ozil would have had his 28th assist in a Germany shirt.

Mesut Ozil: 'I am a player who needs the confidence of the coach,' he said

Arsenal spending £42.5m on Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil raises concerns in Germany

The midfielder's decision to leave Real Madrid had much to do with his international ambitions ahead of the World Cup

Guardiola saw his team held to a draw this week

Bayern Munich v Chelsea preview: European Super Cup provides latest chapter in rivalry - not least between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola

The Blues may be playing their German opponents at just the right time

Luiz Gustavo can fill the gap left by Alex Song

Why Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo would be a good signing for Arsenal

The Brazilian can fill the gap left by Alex Song and has qualities which Arsène Wenger will welcome with open arms

Former German shot putter Andreas Krieger, who competed as a woman (Heidi Krieger) on the East German athletics team, poses with a picture of himself in 1986-87)

Latest drug scandal to hit Germany dates back to 1960s

On the eve on the new Bundesliga season, German sport is once again under intense scrutiny over its use of drugs after latest investigation exposes West Germany

Uli Hoeness celebrates the club completing the treble last season

How the Uli Hoeness tax scandal is overshadowing the new era at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola

The president of the Champions League holders is fighting the authorities to avoid a prison sentence for unpaid taxes

Shinji Kagawa with David Moyes

Comment: If Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa is to return to Borussia Dortmund - the time is now

The Japan international has spoken of a desire to return to his former club 'one day'

Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara unlikely to improve first-team chances at Bayern Munich, but his arrival could threaten Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery

The Barcelona midfielder is understood to favour a move to the Bundesliga over a switch to Manchester United

Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Jurgen Klopp

The signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan signals Borussia Dortmund have joined the European elite - yet keeps them under the radar

Their louder and brasher rivals Bayern Munich continue to take the limelight - but that suits BVB

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Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
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Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?