Raphael Honigstein

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Raphael Honigstein, a native of Bavaria, is a German journalist and author.[1]

Early life[edit]

In 1993, Honigstein moved from Munich to London.[2] He studied law before becoming a journalist.[3]

Journalism career[edit]

In the 1990s, Honigstein wrote about pop culture for the German youth magazine jetzt.

Honigstein is the English football correspondent for the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and German football correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian and the UK radio broadcaster, talkSPORT. In addition, he also contributes to Germany's popular football magazine, 11Freunde and the British football quarterly, The Blizzard.


Honigstein regularly appears on the Guardian Podcast Football Weekly and BT Sport television programme Sunday Night Football, both hosted by James Richardson, where he gives updates on German football. He has also worked as a German football expert for Sky Sports, alongside host Alan McInally, and on Setanta's coverage of the Bundesliga. He has also appeared on The Friday Football Show on Setanta, and on Setanta Sports News, discussing German football. He occasionally appears on the football show, ESPN Soccernet Press Pass.


Honigstein's book on the peculiarities of English football, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Die geheime Geschichte des englischen Fußballs, was published in German by Kiepenheuer & Witsch in 2006, and the English version Englischer Fussball: A German View of Our Beautiful Game was published by Yellow Jersey Press in 2008.

Honigstein's latest book, Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World, was published by Yellow Jersey Press in 2015 and charts the return of German football from the international wilderness of the late 1990s to victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[4]


  1. ^ Raphael Honigstein The Guardian
  2. ^ Interview mit Raphael Honigstein catenaccio, 17 August 2009 (German)
  3. ^ Dean-Richards, Ethan (13 August 2010). "Exclusive interview with Raphael Honigstein!". World Cup Blog. Retrieved 22 November 2012. ...while I was studying Law 
  4. ^ Maume, Chris. Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/das-reboot-how-german-football-reinvented-itself-and-conquered-the-world-by-raphael-honigstein-book-10505726.html. Retrieved 22 October 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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