Germany 1-0 China; Hard-fought opening win for Germany but defensive frailties exposed by the Steel Roses

Germany 1-0 China; Hard-fought opening win for Germany but defensive frailties exposed by the Steel Roses

Germany claimed an opening victory in their Group B game against China in the 2019 Women’s World Cup through a wonderful Giulia Gwinn strike, but it wasn’t plain sailing for the Europeans in Rennes.

From the first kick of the game, Germany looked to assert their dominance over the Chinese team, but were faced with an unexpectedly feisty and physical opposition.

The Steel Roses were not afraid to go flying into challenges, much to the frustrations of a number of German players – particularly Alexandra Popp, who found herself repeatedly targeted.

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Is Germany’s 50+1 rule the answer to Newcastle’s ownership woes

Is Germany’s 50+1 rule the answer to Newcastle’s ownership woes

As Newcastle United’s ownership problems continue to rage on throughout another barren January transfer window, and talk of new owners does little to inspire confidence, it begs the question of whether a solution may be found slightly further afield than initially considered.

What I am referencing by that statement is Germany’s rather unique 50+1 rule over football club ownership.

A product of how German professional football developed, the ruling in its most basic sense prohibits football club owners from owning more than half – and therefore a majority – of a particular football club. Instead, the majority shareholder in any club must be made up of fee-paying club members. Or, in other words, fans.

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