Best of SPOX 2017


An eventful year is over. In 2017 SPOX continued to emphasize its diversity in sports reporting and did not shy away from approaching and discussing even uncomfortable and complicated topics. Here's our top 10.


The Future

by Jochen Rabe and Andreas Lehner

Exclusive feature on Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen's path to stardom

"Thinking of him does not hurt anymore"

by Jannik Schneider

Exclusive Interview with the widow of former German national team keeper Robert Enke who committed suicide. The article came as centre piece of a series of articles on taboos in football

Without fear for 90 minutes

by David Kreisl

Exclusive and touching feature about Afghans playing football in lower leagues in Germany and the meaning of Football in a country that has been experiencing war for 40 years now

"I'm the guy scoring all the goals"

by Jochen Tittmar

Exclusive Interview with former German football player Rainer Rauffmann who became a legend in Cyprus and later an international for his new "home country"

"Belichick is so far ahead of everybody else"

by Adrian Franke

Exclusive Interview with experienced coach Jeff Reinebold about playbooks and playcalling in football

"Schröder could lead the league in ... turnovers"

by Simon Haux

Exclusive Interview with stats guru and inventor of Real-Plus-Minus Jeremias Engelmann as part of a series of articles on advanced stats in professional Basketball

"I won't miss it the slightest bit"

by Jochen Rabe

Exclusive Interview with Darts legend Phil Taylor ahead of his final World Championship

"I soft-pedalled against Serena and Venus"

by Felix Götz

Exclusive Interview with former German tennis hero Katze Braasch who once famously defeated the Williams' sisters

Exotic birds in the shade of Camp Nou

by Stefan Petri

Exclusive Feature about Barca's ice hockey team playing a non-relevant sport in Spain in the shade of Messi and Co.

A game as a symbol for America

by Stefan Petri

Feature on the history of Baseball going back to the beginnings