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.

Battling Bavarians: Three Takeaways from FC Bayern v RB Leipzig

After Borussia Dortmund’s unbeaten run was blown open by Fortuna Düsseldorf, the objective was clear for FC Bayern München. To beat RB Leipzig, and close the gap at the top down to six points. After ninety and an additional four tough minutes at the Allianz Arena, Niko Kovač’s men got the job done. But it […]

December 20, 2018 / 2 Comments

Battling Bavarians: Three Takeaways from FC Bayern v RB Leipzig

The Bavarians are back: three tasty takeaways from Hannover 96 v FC Bayern

After the crazy midweek finish in Amsterdam, FC Bayern returned to domestic action with a fantastic 4:0 thumping of relegation-threatened Hannover 96 at the HDI-Arena. It may have have been “only” Hannover, but Die Roten were impressive in every department. There was a clean sheet, the midfield were magnificent, and Joshua Kimmich was simply outstanding. […]

December 15, 2018 / 2 Comments

The Bavarians are back: three tasty takeaways from Hannover 96 v FC Bayern

A crazy night in Amsterdam: Three takeaways from Ajax v FC Bayern

FC Bayern München did what they had to do, clinching top spot in their Champions League qualifying group with a memorable if manic 3:3 draw against a youthful Ajax side at the Johan Cruyff Arena. It was a perfect illustration of the footballing cliché, a game of two halves. After a relatively quiet first half, […]

December 13, 2018 / 1 Comments

A crazy night in Amsterdam: Three takeaways from Ajax v FC Bayern

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

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