Book look: Kneissl & Köln

An Austrian expert on the Arab region has released a new book in which she links personal estimations with precise examinations of religion and culture in Egypt, Israel and other countries. Karin Kneissl spent many years in the Middle East. She looks back on various diplomatic and journalistic assignments. Now based on the Lower Austrian countryside, Kneissl presents “Mein Naher Osten”. On 230 pages, she reflects on the different personal and professional experiences. Kneissl also analyses the effects of the Arab Spring movement and the role of newspapers and broadcasters. The journalist – a regular interview partner of various ORF programmes such as “Weltjournal” and “Zeit im Bild” – creates a lively and varied portrait of the Middle East, a region full of beauty and hospitality but also shattered by civil wars, inequality and religious fundamentalism.

Mein Naher Osten
By Karin Kneissl
Published by Braumüller (

1. FC Köln and Bayern Munich are among Germany’s most popular teams. What divides the clubs is their history. While the Munich-based team’s statistics show very few dark spots, the Cologne squad’s fans had to endure a lot throughout the decades. Now a comprehensive club encyclopaedia provides supporters of the tradition-rich Bundesliga team with all the statistics and facts they need – as well as fantastic photographs and hilarious anecdotes. “Im Zeichen des Geißbocks. Die Geschichte des 1. FC Köln” has been created by true experts. Dirk Unschuld previously presented “Als der Geißbock Moped fuhr”, Thomas Hardt is specialised in groundhopping subjects and various German football issues while Frederic Latz works as club spokesman. The trio considered articles about 1. FC Köln legends like Wolfgang Weber and Bodo Illgner, but also detailed statistic sections for every season. All these aspects make “Im Zeichen des Geißbocks” an essential part of every supporter’s library.

Im Zeichen des Geißbocks
By Dirk Unschuld, Thomas Hardt and Frederic Latz
Published by Verlag Die Werkstatt (

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