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: Do not underestimate the potential impact of the ‘Debt Derby’ between Germany and Greece

Angela Merkel has often made a point of accentuating her love for the beautiful game.

Kit Holden: Germany’s rivalry with England is nothing compared to the Netherlands

Euro ‘88 saw one Marco van Basten sink Germany in a fateful semi-final in Hamburg, a result which Ruud Gullit later equated to “justice having been done”, while Ronald Koeman, it was alleged, celebrated by using Olaf Thon’s Germany shirt as toilet paper after the game.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Germany’s heartbeat

Joachim Löw’s new look Germany may be lauded for its youthful vigour and feared for its seemingly unstoppable production line, but few know the value of one or two stabilising, experienced individuals as well as he does.

When it came to the highest of high pressure situations, Bayern’s stars showed what separates them from the Bavarian heroes of old. They choked, missed their chances, and saw their dream explode in front of their very eyes.

Kit Holden: It was Bayern who denied the Germans victory in the Champions League final, not Chelsea

When it came to the highest of high pressure situations, Bayern’s stars showed what separates them from the Bavarian heroes of old. They choked, missed their chances, and saw their dream explode in front of their very eyes.

Kit Holden: Bayern Munich in last chance saloon against Chelsea

Uli Hoeneß, it emerged this week, has spent 53,000 Euros on a box in the Allianz Arena for the workers at his family’s Nuremberg Bratwurst factory. A perfectly constructed act of Bavarian gallantry spoiled only by the Bayern President’s later admission to regret at having spent so much money.

Kit Holden: ‘Everyone will be crossing their fingers for Bayern Munich’ – and so they should

The Bayern philosophy, according to Hoeneß is “sporting success and financial prosperity”. It is an admirable mantra.

Kit Holden: Bayern Munich out to restore broken pride with two finals in a week

There is some concern in Germany that Bayern do not become guilty of underestimating Chelsea ahead of this month’s Champions League Final. Those in West London should be equally wary of making the same mistake.

Kit Holden: David Alaba's suspension for the Champions League final is the most regrettable of all

This was not Schweinsteiger, Özil, Khedira or Gómez. He was a 19 year old Austrian playing out of position in the biggest game of his life. This was David Alaba.

Marko Marin is to join Chelsea

Kit Holden: Marko Marin is a ridiculous signing by Chelsea

For most in Germany, the idea that Marin could become a key player in Chelsea’s much needed revival is as laughable as the idea that England could win Euro 2012.

Kit Holden: From derision to adulation - How Raul became a legend at Schalke 04

The Real Madrid legend's arrival at Schalke was greeted, both in Spain and Germany, with at best scepticism and at worst derision.

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