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Simon Rosenberger

Simon Rosenberger (1885-1931) was a pioneer and in many aspects a man of the first hour: as a member of MTV Munich of 1879 he was only active in sports for a short time, but at the age of 15 he was already the best in theory in almost all sports. He worked as a civil servant accountant and he founded, among other things, both the Munich and the Bavarian refereeing associations, worked and wrote for Seybold’s ‘Der Fussball’ in the 1910s, from 1921-1925 as editor for the ‘Kicker’, published the newly founded DFB refereeing newspaper from 1926-1931. Also he was active in numerous refereeing associations, including the then newly founded federal refereeing committee of the DFB from 1925-1931.

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Women’s football in Germany over 50 years ago

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Women’s football was first permitted in Germany 50 years ago by the DFB. The association is celebrating this in 2020 and I watch the festivities with a suspicious eye. Because I fear that they will fuel the myth that there was virtually no women’s football in Germany before 1970. But that is by no means the case. This is evident simply from the fact that the DFB banned women’s football in 1955. Why should it have banned something that virtually did not exist back then?

DFB should not celebrate “50 years of women’s football”, but “50 years ago we were open enough to allow women’s football”. But … Even that is not true. The scepticism, teasing and aversion were not suddenly history from October 31, 1970 onwards.

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Football substitution – The real story based on documents


Football substitution is an issue I am currently researching. Although the sources speak a clear language. But there have been many exceptions in football substitution, as match reports show.

I know of exceptions in some countries on the European mainland between the First and Second World Wars. The four British associations also knew about this and tried to press FIFA to comply with the rules first. But in the end (1931) they unofficially let the continental European way continue. It had already become a common law there in the few years it had been in existence, and it was much appreciated.

Whether there were further exceptions on other continents, I will also research. Therefore I am also grateful for photographed or scanned match reports until 1967. 🙏🏻 Click here for the “Contact” page.

In this post I give an overview of the development of football substitution as far as I can draw/describe it at the moment.

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Video replay – a short journey through time

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Video replay does not only exist since the introduction of VAR in football. The discussions about the use of technical aids in controversial or unnoticed scenes are already old – soon be 100 years.

A short journey through time on the development of video replay in football

The history of video replay is also a history of the use of photographic, video and television technology and especially the slow motion.

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Modern Football was born in the 19th century

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The birth of modern football in England

Modern football was born in the second half the 19th century. The first seed was scattered in 1850 with an extension of the Factory Acts, the Compromise Act. Among other things it introduced the end of work at 2 pm on Saturdays. This gave factory workers free time for the first time.

Football was a sport that cost relatively little money and some factory owners supported the sporting activities of their workers, provided equipment and sometimes paid for trips to away games. A win-win situation, because this way the owners were sure that their workers did not spend their free time lazing around with excessive alcohol consumption and the soccer-loving workers had an alternative – also for miners and their physically and mentally exhausting work underground. There were also many works clubs at the time, some of which still exist today, such as the Dial Square munitions factory (Arsenal FC), the Thames Iron Works (West Ham) or the Newton Heath LYR Company (Manchester United).

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