The view from Germany

The promise of the play-offs

May 11, 2012
By Uli Hesse
Now that Borussia Dortmund are the toast of the town for the second year running, it's easy to forget it could all have been very, very different.

I'm not referring to that day in March of 2005, when the club's fate was at the mercy of a group of investors who could have voted Borussia into immediate bankruptcy. Rather I mean a sunny day in May 1986, when a few seconds made all the difference; when a more pernickety referee, a half-decent clearance or simply a more sensible rule would ...

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