Is This Vegetable A Performance-Enhancing Drug?


The very latest research in sports drinks that improve athletic performance isn’t what you think. It’s not a lurid yellow isotonic formula with flashy marketing. It’s not a magic powder and it’s not evening chocolate milk, which you’ll no doubt already know is as good as it gets for post-match recovery (unless you’re lactose intolerant).

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SFC Friedrichshain Internazionale 3 – 1 vs. Pulmon Negro (a)

Saturday, 10th October, 2015

Goals: Wuyts, Fanning, Lannoy
Assists: Weber, French, Liu

This match report begins just as soon as you’ve out some earphones in.

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SFC Friedrichshain Internazionale 4 – 3 vs. Polnischer Olympia Club


“Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light.”

― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Saturday, 19th September, 2015

GOALS: Lannoy, Shingleton, Jersch, West
ASSISTS: Shingleton, Wuyts, French, Lannoy

In the summer of 2013, Jennifer Pentland, who is the daughter of Roseanne Barr of Roseanne fame, tweeted a question about one of the most mysterious miracles of Mother Nature. She asked the internets: “Do caterpillars know they’re gonna fly some day or they just start building a cocoon and are like why am I doing this?” It was retweeted over 5,000 times. As SFC Friedrichshain Internazionale reflect on claiming their first points of the season against Polnischer Olympia Club on Saturday, the debrief is characterised by the complexities of change. It is a story of the old and the new.

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Friedrichshain Rovers 4-0 vs. Lichtenrader Füchse

Photo Credit: Ryu Voelkel

Photo Credit: Ryu Voelkel

GOALS: Wuyts, French, West (pen), Jersch
ASSISTS: Lannoy, Shingleton, Weber, Hagen

If you look closely at the graph below, you can see the exact point at which Friedrichshain Rovers realised they were in a relegation battle. On a Saturday when Barcelona were in Berlin, it’s at least logically legitimate to recognise that Rovers could actually be The Best Team In The World, forbidden from promotion and chained, like a brooding bear, to Freizeit obscurity. This season, this band of men have forgivably but regrettably fallen on the wrong side of this city’s many wonderful distractions. They have forgotten that there is football to be played and scraps to be won. But play they can.

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