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.

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

Far from pretty, but effective: three takeaways from Bayern’s tight win in Mainz

The pretty football from earlier in the season is quickly fading into the distance, but Bayern are getting the job done. It was a struggle at times against an obdurate 1. FSV Mainz 05 and the injury list continues to grow, but the Bavarians are back up to second spot in the Bundesliga. Starting formations: […]

October 27, 2018 / 1 Comments

Far from pretty, but effective: three takeaways from Bayern’s tight win in Mainz

Comatose Bayern wake up for two minutes in Athens. Three torpid takeaways.

After going through the motions for over an hour, Bayern woke up from their coma. The job done, they then dozed off again. It was not pretty, but Niko Kovač’s men did what they had to do. Two goals scored, three points safely in the bag, and the knockout phase in clear sight. starting formations: […]

October 24, 2018 / 1 Comments

Comatose Bayern wake up for two minutes in Athens. Three torpid takeaways.

Back on track? Three takeaways from Bayern’s much-needed win in Wolfsburg

The international break always creates an unwanted media vacuum in Munich. When things are not clicking, it is all the more painful. Against VfL Wolfsburg, the main task was to settle the rocking Bavarian boat. It was far from perfect, but a good case of a job well done. Starting formations: Wolfsburg – Bayern, 20.10.2018 […]

October 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Back on track? Three takeaways from Bayern’s much-needed win in Wolfsburg

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