Christian Eichler was born in 1959 and grew up in the heart of German football: in the Ruhr Valley. After his university studies, he worked as a qualified librarian, writing for numerous publications on the side. He has been sports editor for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung since 1989. He has been awarded the Große Preis des Verbandes Deutscher Sportjounalisten, and twice received the Fairplay-Preis für Sportjournalismus. Christian Eichler is married and has two sons.