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: 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.

Jupp Heynckes

Kit Holden: Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes the mastermind of revenge over Real Madrid

Jupp Heynckes has had his fair share of unfair dismissals. His first spell at FC Bayern ended with dismissal for failing to win consecutive titles. Just under a decade later, Heynckes took Real Madrid to their first European Cup success in 32 years and was rewarded, once again, with the sack.

Kit Holden: The secret of Dortmund's success? They're the anti-Bayern

The excitement which has greeted Borussia Dortmund’s rise to power over the last two years reached its zenith this week, as Germany anticipated the deciding fixture in one of its most significant title races of the last two decades.

Kit Holden: Arsenal 'target' Mario Götze's surprise decision is a slap in the face for the Premier League

For a long time now, it has been one of Dortmund’s worst kept secrets: Mario Götze belongs to an elite group of young European players who are coveted by almost every single one the continent’s major clubs.

Mario Gomez

Kit Holden: What might have been had Mario Gómez left Bayern Munich for Liverpool?

What a difference three games make. Only two or three weeks ago, Bayern Munich were said to be in the middle of a crisis. Three games and twenty goals later, and normality is near to being restored in Munich.

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.

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