They?re Still Painting, and More: The Leipzig Art Scene

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Poeta ludens

Thursday 29 June, 2006

A game is a game is a game: Ludwig Harig is one of the greatest child-brains of German literature and a master of the football sonnet to boot. "Oh trickled ball! Oh toe-flicked leather!" A visit to juggler of words in Saarland's Sulzbach. By Oliver Ruf
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Who will win the World Cup?

Wednesday14 June, 2006

Brazil is the obvious favourite. But what about the others? England has Wayne Rooney. Argentina is on a high wire between agony and ecstasy. The Netherlands will have to turn into a team of murderous sadists if they are to win. And Switzerland's card is the "principe melange". Eight writers rate their country's chances of victory.
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The return of the "principe melange"

Thursday 8 June, 2006

The FIFA World Cup kicks off tomorrow in Germany. In the last of our series by authors explaining why their country will win, Benno Maggi also tells exactly how Switzerland will become world champion.
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The Spanish Apocalypse

Wednesday 7 June, 2006

It will be an apocalyptic day when Spain wins the World Cup, says writer Guillem Martinez. But it might as well fall this year as any.
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Blood on the goal posts

Tuesday 6 June, 2005

If the Netherlands team can be turned into a murderous commando of raging sadists, they might just win the World Cup, says Leon de Winter.
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An acrostic for Deutschland

Friday 2 June, 2006

The glories of the German football team bring out the poet in Robert Gernhardt. The only thing higher than his lofty lyricising are the chances of his team winning the World Cup.
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France's secret spherical weapon

Thursday, 1 June 2006

The facts are glaring us in the face, explains Herve Le Tellier, in the fourth part of our series in which writers outline their team's chances of World Cup victory. France cannot but win, even with Zidane on board.
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1966 revisted

Wednesday 31 May, 2006

In part three of our writers on the World Cup series, Andrew Anthony voices his convictions that England will do it again - and that, naturally, means a victorious showdown with the hosts.
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Flushing the toilet for Brazil

Tuesday 30 May, 2006

In the second part of our series of writers' speculations on their national team's chances of World Cup victory, Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro outlines the incredible complexities of rooting for a team like Brazil.
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Argentina's existentialist game

Monday 29 May, 2006

On the last days before the World Cup pandemic, eight writers eludicate on the why their respective countries will triumph.
Rodrigo Fresan of Argentina kicks off.
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World Cup countdown

Thursday 20 April, 2006

The FIFA World Cup is approaching lickety split and Germany, being Germany, is all set. Only two things remain to be done. Germans have to learn how to smile and their team has to learn how to kick left. By Moritz Rinke
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Ball magic

Thursday 3 November, 2005

The soccer exhibition in Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau, "Rundlederwelten" lends new meaning to what we thought was just a sport. By Thomas Medicus (Fussball © Markus Lüpertz)
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