11 friends

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11 Friends - magazine for football culture
11 friends
description Sports magazine
Area of ​​Expertise Soccer
language German
publishing company 11 Freunde Verlag GmbH & Co. KG ( Germany )
Headquarters Berlin
First edition 2000
Frequency of publication per month
Sold edition 55,548 copies
( IVW 2/2020)
Widespread edition 57,353 copies
( IVW 2/2020)
Range 0.98 million readers
( MA 2020 I )
Editor-in-chief Philipp Koester
editor Matthias Hörstmann
executive Director Philipp Köster
Frank Stahmer
Web link 11freunde.de
ISSN (print)

11 Friends - magazine for football culture is a German football magazine , which in 2000 by Philip Köster and Reinaldo Coddou H. was founded. It was published by Intro Verlag until 2005 and has been published by 11 Freunde Verlag since then. Matthias Hörstmann held a 75 percent stake in this publishing house until 2010 and Philipp Köster held 25 percent, since then Gruner + Jahr has held 51 percent of the shares, Matthias Hörstmann 33.3 percent of the shares and Philipp Köster 15.7 percent of the shares. The editor of 11 Freunde is Matthias Hörstmann, the editor-in-chief is Philipp Köster. The publishing house and editorial office are based in Berlin .

Content and style

11 Freunde deals with aspects of German and international football culture apart from the game results. It tells stories about football and its fans, often in a humorous style. The magazine was one of the first publications to recognize the "re-appropriation" of football by the intellectuals, dated around the mid-1990s, and to serve the niche of avowed football fans and lovers of sophisticated, literary reporting. The magazine sees itself in the tradition of English football magazines like When Saturday Comes .

The name of the magazine goes back to the German trainer Richard Girulatis , who first coined the term “eleven friends” on the football field around 1920. Later, the author Sammy Drechsel adapted the saying “ You have to be eleven friends ” for his classic youth book of the same name.

Within the German press landscape, 11 friends met with a thoroughly positive response. The Spiegel declared the magazine “Germany's best fan magazine”, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung considers it “unique in this country”. The Berliner Tagesspiegel , in which special pages designed by the 11-Freunde editorial team regularly appear, describes them as the "somewhat different kicker ".

The recreational soccer magazine Bolzen appeared as a supplement from 2004 to 2009 and the women's soccer magazine 11 Freundinnen from 2009 to 2012 . From June 2016 to May 2018, 11 Freunde Verlag published the magazine NoSports , which dealt with sports other than football.

Media data

The sold edition is currently 55,548 copies. It has increased by 18,891 since 2005. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 62.3 percent. The magazine has been published monthly since February 2002; Until the end of 2005 there was a double edition for the months of January / February and June / July, and since then it has been published monthly. The August issue appears as a special issue for the start of the Bundesliga season. An issue usually comprises 132 pages.

Development of the number of copies sold
Development of the number of subscribers

Comparable magazines

The approach of approaching football culturally apart from match results and reports is also pursued in the German-speaking area by the football magazines Der tödliche Pass , Socrates , Ballesterer ( Austria ) and Zwölf ( Switzerland ). The German magazine Rund appeared with the same focus from 2005 to 2007 , the German edition of the English magazine FourFourTwo from 2006 to 2008 , the Austrian magazine Null Acht from 2007 to 2009 and the German magazine Transparent from 2012 to 2017 .

further activities

11 Freunde organizes a large public viewing for the World and European Championships in Berlin and organizes a supporting program with discussion groups and the like. On the day before the DFB Cup final, the 11-Friends-Season Review is regularly held, a humorous discussion group led by Philipp Köster with several guests from German football.

From August 2014 to August 2015 five episodes of the show 11 Freunde TV were broadcast on rbb . It was moderated by Philipp Köster and Jessy Wellmer .



  • Philipp Köster: feeling for the ball and pedigree rabbits - the Günter Hetzer columns. Tropen, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-608-50073-1 .
  • Philipp Köster: Back four on the double zero - The Günter Hetzer columns. Tropen, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-608-50301-2 .
  • Eggs, we need eggs! - 500 things about football. Heyne, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-453-67590-2 .
  • I just say one word: Thank you very much! - Another 500 things about football. Heyne, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-453-67629-9 .
  • Tim Jürgens, Philipp Köster: The 100 best games of all time. Heyne, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-453-67685-5 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Gruner + Jahr takes over 11 friends meedia.de, June 28, 2010
  2. Gunnar Leue: Sister with a style of her own . taz.de, September 25, 2009
  3. ↑ The final whistle after ten issues: Gruner + Jahr publishes NoSports from 11 Freunde-Verlag meedia.de, May 9, 2018
  4. according to IVW , second quarter 2020 ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  5. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )
  6. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )
  7. RBB brings soccer magazine “11 Freunde” onto television . dwdl.de, August 14, 2014
  8. 11 Friends TV . fernsehserien.de
  9. German Sports Journalist Award 2017 winner , accessed on January 7, 2018
  10. ^ Henri Nannen and the new lightness . tagesspiegel.de, May 7, 2010
  11. Grimme Online Award 2013 - 11 Friends Live Ticker . grimme-online-award.de
  12. Journalists of the Year 2014 . mediummagazin.de, December 19, 2014