In 1972, Shmuel Rosenthal became the first Israeli to play in the Bundesliga, when he joined the then German champions Mönchengladbach. Now Rosenthal has returned to Germany for the first time since then. He is a guest of honour at a film festival.
Commerce, marketing, endless transfers and more kick off times than anyone can get their head around. The Bundesliga is in danger of losing its identity unless something changes, writes Tobias Oelmaier.
In Cologne, the excitement about the new Bundesliga season is palpable because, for the first time in 25 years, the club is back in Europe. But boss Peter Stöger is unfazed by the prospect of fighting on three fronts.
Expectations are as high as ever in Gelsenkirchen. New Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco is unproven but highly rated and will be hoping to get off to a good start against last season's runners-up, RB Leipzig.
While the new German season officially kicked off with last weekend's Super Cup, it gets underway in earnest with the first round of the German Cup. This is when minnows dare to dream of taking out a Bundesliga team.
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