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.

Finally, a shutout: three observations from FC Bayern v 1. FC Nürnberg

Things continue to improve for FC Bayern, as fellow Bavarians 1. FC Nürnberg were put to the sword at the Allianz Arena. In what was a solid performance, a number of annoying series came to an end. A home win, and a clean sheet to boot. One might argue that “it was only Nürnberg”, but […]

December 8, 2018 / 1 Comments

Finally, a shutout: three observations from FC Bayern v 1. FC Nürnberg

Gnabry at the double: three takeaways from FC Bayern v Werder Bremen

It was tense. It was tighter than it should have been. There was yet another injury. There were more defensive wobbles. But in the end, FC Bayern München did what they needed to do. In more recent meetings with Werder Bremen, Die Roten have made it a habit of scoring tons of goals. This was […]

December 2, 2018 / 1 Comments

Gnabry at the double: three takeaways from FC Bayern v Werder Bremen

The night of the golden oldies: three takeaways from FC Bayern v Benfica

When FC Bayern München stepped out onto the pitch to take on SL Benfica, everything was up in the air. The team was under pressure, and Niko Kovač’s head was hovering over the chopping block. Ninety and bit minutes later, the coach was finally able to crack a smile. On what was Bayern’s best game […]

November 28, 2018 / 3 Comments

The night of the golden oldies: three takeaways from FC Bayern v Benfica

Another Bavarian Blowout: Three depressing observations from FC Bayern v Fortuna Düsseldorf

Just as we all started to believe that FC Bayern München may have turned the corner, there was something nasty lurking behind it. It has become something of a pattern. The dismal run at the Allianz Arena continues, as Niko Kovač’s side threw away a two-goal advantage against relegation-threatened Fortuna Düsseldorf. 1. There is no […]

November 24, 2018 / 1 Comments

Another Bavarian Blowout: Three depressing observations from FC Bayern v Fortuna Düsseldorf

When commitment is not quite enough: three takeaways from Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern

After weeks of insipidity, FC Bayern finally started to look like champions. Unfortunately, they were unable to make it count against a youthful Dortmund side. In what was a thrilling encounter at the Signal Iduna Park, the Bavarians were on top for long spells, but were undone by two sucker punches in the second-half. 1. […]

November 11, 2018 / 2 Comments

When commitment is not quite enough: three takeaways from Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern

Safe, solid, far from spectacular: three observations from FC Bayern v AEK Athens

Bayern München are still not firing, and could never get out of first gear. But it was more than enough to see off a weak AEK side. Combined with Benfica’s 1:1 draw with Ajax, the 2:0 win at the Allianz Arena puts the Bavarians into the last sixteen. 1. Lewy at the double Ahead of […]

November 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Safe, solid, far from spectacular: three observations from FC Bayern v AEK Athens

Please can we have our money back? Three takeaways from FC Bayern v SC Freiburg

FC Bayern München have been in poor form for well over a month now, but this afternoon’s insipid encounter with mid-table SC Freiburg really plumbed the depths. Not everything is down to Niko Kovač, but even the most sympathetic supporter has to agree that things are starting to look shaky for the coach. 1. Not […]

November 3, 2018 / 5 Comments

Please can we have our money back? Three takeaways from FC Bayern v SC Freiburg

When a dog’s dinner is good enough: Three takeaways from FC Bayern’s grubby cup win against SV Rödinghausen

It was another frustrating struggle, but FC Bayern München are through to the third round of the DFB-Pokal. Apart from the result itself, there were no positives to take away from this disjointed, grubby display against fourth-tier SV Rödinghausen in Osnabrück. In short, it was a bit of a dog’s dinner. 1. Bayern are still […]

October 30, 2018 / 1 Comments

When a dog’s dinner is good enough: Three takeaways from FC Bayern’s grubby cup win against SV Rödinghausen

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