What Nokia Phones and a German Soccer Team Have in Common

The strange and winding saga that starts with bad futball players

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here’s a medium-sized city in Germany called Jena. It’s a college town — the Friedrich Schiller University is there — and in the 19th-century, Jena was home to Schiller, Hegel, Schlegel, and Fichte. The place was a kind of hub for serious mind of the Vormärz…