Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger

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Ulrich "Uli" Hesse (born 1966 in Dortmund) is a German freelance journalist, editor and author.

Life and work[edit]

He graduated from Bochum University in 1994, having written his M.A. thesis about baseball.[1] He has covered popular music for fanzines and magazines, such as the German edition of Rolling Stone,[2] but primarily writes about sports, predominantly (association) football.

Hesse has published articles in newspapers and magazines in a variety of countries, including England, United States, Sweden, Japan and Israel,[3] and was the editor of the German-language edition of "Champions", the official UEFA Champions League magazine,[4] for which he is now working as a contributing editor. Since 2002, he is a regular columnist for ESPN FC (formerly ESPNsoccernet),[5] which has been called the world's most popular football website.

So far, Hesse has published five books. "Tor! The Story of German Football" (2002) [6] was the first extensive English-language history of German football and has since been translated into Japanese, Danish and Polish. One of his four German-language books was nominated for the Football Book of the Year Award.[7]

Hesse is a Borussia Dortmund season ticket holder. He has listed the novelty song "Jilted John" by Jilted John as his all-time favourite 7" A-side and the punk rock classic "Born to Lose" by the Heartbreakers as the greatest-ever 7" B-side.[8][9] For more than a decade he published as "Hesse-Lichtenberger", a name acquired through marriage. In October 2009 he went back to his birth name and now usually publishes as Uli Hesse.


  • Tor! The Story of German Football (2002) Hardcover edition
  • Tor! The Story of German Football (2003) Extended paperback edition
  • Tor! The Story of German Football (2005) Japanese hardcover edition
  • Flutlicht und Schatten: Die Geschichte des Europapokals (2005)
  • Wie Österreich Weltmeister wurde. 111 unglaubliche Fußballgeschichten (2008)
  • Mesut Özil: Auf dem Weg zum Weltstar (2012) with Andreas Spohr and Heiko Buschmann
  • Tor! The Story of German Football (2012) Danish edition
  • Unser ganzes Leben - Die Fans des BVB (2013) with Gregor Schnittker
  • Who Invented the Stepover? (2013) with Paul Simpson
  • Tor! The Story of German Football (2013) Revised and updated edition
  • Tor! The Story of German Football (2014) Polish edition
  • Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? (2014) with Paul Simpson
  • Wer erfand den Übersteiger? (2015) with Paul Simpson


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