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Stephen Parkinson
23 year old Football fan, player and referee. Specialising in the Bundesliga since having lived in Leipzig for 2 years.

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Features
Fashion laws in football explained
17:00 Wednesday 8th February 2017

Football has some strange fashion laws which seemingly have nothing to do with actually playing the game. Whilst these rules are largely adhered to in the Premier League, lower league clubs and players are regularly in trouble with officials…

Germany
Bull fighting in Dortmund
17:26 Monday 6th February 2017

Unsurprisingly German newspapers and media outlets were this weekend again filled with photos and reports of mass protests against RB Leipzig. On Saturday it was the turn of Borussia Dortmund to ‘defend tradition in football' by rallying against…

Tactics
The sports science revolution
11:30 Friday 3rd February 2017

Football has taken bigger steps forward over the past 10 years than it has ever done. The influx of money from astronomical TV deals, foreign investors and increased coverage have brought the most popular sport on the planet to new levels.…

Opinion
What Brexit could mean for football
12:00 Tuesday 31st January 2017

A hard Brexit is looming ominously on the horizon and with the politicians in Westminster voting on whether to pass Theresa May's plan to leave the EU this week some serious issues are being thrown up. The most pressing and serious of which…

Opinion
What can we learn from Germany?
00:27 Monday 30th January 2017

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the English football league system and whether it needs reshuffling or not. This came to the forefront earlier this week when, on Talk Sport, some obscene suggestions were being talked about…

Features
Are we right to hound referees?
18:00 Tuesday 24th January 2017

The quality of refereeing in England's top leagues was again brought into question this weekend with a number of high profile incidents and decisions. Pundits on Match Of The Day, Sky Sports and even Howard Webb on BT Sport joined in on the…

Germany
Why you need to start watching the 2. Bundesliga
14:00 Sunday 22nd January 2017

The 2.Bundesliga returns from its winter hibernation with a bang next Friday night as 1860 Munich take on Greuther Furth in the Bavarian derby. The second tier in Germany is probably a league you have never found yourself watching, but here…

Opinion
Dynamo Dresden: A right problem?
12:48 Thursday 19th January 2017

Dynamo Dresden is one of Germany's most famous and traditional football clubs, but you have probably never heard of them. Here is why you will wish you had discovered them sooner. The club was founded in 1953 by the East German police and experienced…

Grassroots
The English coaching problem
17:00 Tuesday 17th January 2017

Football. A sport we invented, made popular and shared with the rest of the world only to be shoved down the pecking order and watch the rest of the world play it better than us. It's the same story at every Championship's for England, the…

Germany
Red Bull's Questionable Transfer Policy
14:00 Saturday 14th January 2017

With new signing Dayot Upamecano becoming the fourth player since August to sign for RB Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg, questions are again being asked of the relationship between the two clubs. Leipzig have paid Salzburg over 35 million euros…

Features
He is taking the Bundesliga by storm, but who is Timo Werner?
11:00 Friday 13th January 2017

Timo Werner is causing a stir in the Bundesliga this season, scoring an impressive nine goals from 16 games, helping fire RB Leipzig into second  position. His efficiency in front of goal has attracted admirers from across Europe, but what…

Features
Three stadiums you have to visit in Germany
16:37 Thursday 12th January 2017

Everyone has heard stories of how great the atmosphere, stadiums and match day experience is at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but are there other stadiums or lesser known clubs in Germany which you should visit?  With the German football…

Features
RB Leipzig – Loved abroad but hated at home
09:40 Wednesday 11th January 2017

RB Leipzig are the surprise package in European football this season with comparisons already being drawn to Leicester City's unlikely triumph last campaign. Their rapid rise through the league system has drawn admirers from far and wide,…

Features
What makes German football so different?
09:30 Tuesday 10th January 2017

In a world of inflated transfer fees, astronomical wages and some of the highest ticket prices in Europe it is not hard to understand why that, over the past few years, the notion that football in the UK is slowly drifting away from it's humble,…