Since Japan has already made such an important contribution to this Bundesliga season, Kick off! is going on a little holiday.
Now a very special guest: Guido Buchwald. The man who marked Diego Mardadona out of the 1990 World Cup final. Who better to ask for an expert's view on the NEW world champions..
“I find it important to always remember where the journey started, and remind oneself what one has done along the way, and how it all came to be.”
The World Cup final was watched all over the world. In living rooms in Africa, pubs in Europe, friends came together in America and families watched in the Arab world.
Where were you when Andy Brehme sunk the decisive penalty to win West Germany the 1990 World Cup? Or when Italy hoisted the trophy on 4 July 2006? Some World Cup moments accompany us a lifetime.
Germany's parliament has seen some fierce debates between conservatives and left-wingers.Outside that austere building, however, German political parties come together to form a single football team that's on a mission.
The Arsenal Double Club is a unique initiative in language teaching through football.
The World Cup divides Brazil. While many are looking forward to the festival of football, swathes of society are out in protest against the tournament.
The 24-year old forward has just spent his first season at Dortmund after coming from French top-flight club St. Etienne. He's finished Bundesliga runner-up with a shot at the German Cup on May 17.
Every season, pundits predict that small-market Freiburg will be heading down, and every year their garrulous coach Christian Streich somehow gets his charges to play beyond their abilities. So what's his secret?
And if any one player is responsible for steadying Nuremberg's nerves, it's their veteran goalkeeper? We ask the 35-year-old about the pressures of fighting for survival, and how he tries to help his younger teammates.
Kai Senf says his photographs are a completely new way of looking at football. He should know. He's the picture editor at German soccer magazine "11 Freunde".
Club loyalties are often decided when we're children. But it's not long before some of us regret out choices. Our reporter Philipp has had plenty of time for regrets. He supports Stuttgarter Kickers.
Halil Altintop previously played for Kaiserslautern, Schalke, Frankfurt and Trabzonspor. At the start of the season he transferred to tiny FC Augsburg. What motivated the move?
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