Rick

Football writer, historian, critic, contrarian. Lifetime supporter of FC Bayern München and die deutsche Nationalmannschaft. Uli Hoeneß fan. Kartoffel. Author of Red Odyssey: An FC Bayern Fan Journey and creator of The Little Bundesliga Book.

London-based but with his heart firmly in Fröttmaning, Rick Joshua's love of German football goes back more than thirty years and has witnessed everything from the pain of Spain '82 and the glory of Italia '90 to the sheer desolation of Euro 2000. This has all been encapsulated in the encyclopaedic Schwarz und Weiß website and blog, which at some three hundred or so pages is still not complete. Should you wish to disturb him, you can get in touch with Rick on Twitter @fussballchef. This carries a double meaning, as he can prepare a mean Obazda too.

Niko gets it right: Three takeaways from Liverpool v FC Bayern

There was grit, discipline and a little luck. Up against a team that has scored at home for fun this season, FC Bayern München knuckled down and served up their first clean sheet of 2019. It was not completely error-free, but suitably effective. Robert Lewandowski and Co. had a quiet night, but this was all […]

February 20, 2019 / 2 Comments

Niko gets it right: Three takeaways from Liverpool v FC Bayern

Grim and grubby: three takeaways from FC Augsburg v FC Bayern

Despite a defensive horror show, FC Bayern München did just about enough to edge out their Bavarian rivals by the odd goal in five. It was not pretty to watch, but nobody is going to complain about the three crucial points. The Bavarians have cut Borussia Dortmund’s advantage at the top to just two points, […]

February 16, 2019 / 1 Comments

Grim and grubby: three takeaways from FC Augsburg v FC Bayern

Closing the gap: three takeaways from FC Bayern v Schalke 04

There were more defensive issues, plenty of mild panic and another “fine line” moment, but FC Bayern München were far too good for a brave Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena. Following Borussia Dortmund’s staggering meltdown against Hoffenheim, the gap at the top has been shaved back to five points. Are things starting to turn […]

February 10, 2019 / 1 Comments

Closing the gap: three takeaways from FC Bayern v Schalke 04

Closer than it should have been: three takeaways from Hertha BSC v FC Bayern

In what was a tougher-than-it-should-have-been encounter in Berlin, FC Bayern München booked their place in the last eight of the DFB Pokal. They are now favourites to win the tournament. Or are they? In what was a good night for Bayern’s flying wingers, Serge Gnabry bagged a lovely brace and Kingsley Coman forced home a […]

February 7, 2019 / 5 Comments

Closer than it should have been: three takeaways from Hertha BSC v FC Bayern

Seven points behind: three takeaways from Bayer Leverkusen v FC Bayern

Leaders Borussia Dortmund dropped two points against Eintracht Frankfurt, but FC Bayern München were unable to profit. Despite taking the lead in Leverkusen, the Bavarians shipped three goals in a dire second half. Niko Kovač’s men have now slipped back into third place behind Borussia Mönchengladbach, and are now seven points adrift of Dortmund. Starting […]

February 3, 2019 / 1 Comments

Seven points behind: three takeaways from Bayer Leverkusen v FC Bayern

Three points, job done. A trio of takeaways from FC Bayern v VfB Stuttgart

Bayern flew off the blocks, did their best impersonation of stodgy soup, survived a spirited Stuttgart comeback, and finally did enough to roll out a functional 4:1 win. A win is a win, and we can be satisfied with the end result. The coach knows that the team can and have to do a whole […]

January 28, 2019 / 1 Comments

Three points, job done. A trio of takeaways from FC Bayern v VfB Stuttgart

The chase is on: three takeaways from FC Bayern v TSG Hoffenheim

Bayern dominated the first half, weathered a storm in the second, but finally emerged with three crucial points after an exciting opening to the Rückrunde in Hoffenheim. There is still plenty of work to do and problems to iron out, but the chase is on. 1. Glorious Goretzka Leon Goretzka’s opening half-season in Munich would […]

January 19, 2019 / 1 Comments

The chase is on: three takeaways from FC Bayern v TSG Hoffenheim

Franck-furt: Three takeaways from FC Bayern v Eintracht

Five league wins on the spin. Four clean sheets. A convincing victory to close out the year. Then, to cap it all off, a Franck Ribéry brace to make it four goals in as many games for the French veteran. This season is set to be Ribéry’s last at FC Bayern. It definitely looks as […]

December 23, 2018 / 1 Comments

Franck-furt: Three takeaways from FC Bayern v Eintracht

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