Match Preview: Germany versus Poland

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  Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Frankfurt between Germany and Poland is about more than the points. It’s about revenge for Germany, the chance to go atop the group, and national pride. The reigning world champions strangely find themselves not topping their qualifying group. Even though finishing second would still see them make it through to the finals in France, finishing […]

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Borussia Dortmund Faces Mkhitaryan Visa Nightmare Before Europa League Match

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This article was originally posted on the excellent Futbolgrad site.  Reprinted here with the permission of the author. Borussia Dortmund’s Europa League draw, which will see Borussia travel to face off FK Krasnodar, FC Qäbälä, and PAOK from Thessaloniki, will provide Borussia with some logistical headaches. As Dortmund defender Mats Hummels commented with a hint of irony “all these clubs […]

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Bundesliga This and That: Random Thoughts on our Favorite League – Transfer Deadline Edition

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The summer transfer window is now officially closed.  Whew.  Perhaps it’s my imagination, but it’s difficult to recall a Bundesliga transfer window so busy with big names going to and fro. England seemed a popular destination for Bundesliga players, with late transfers Abdul Rahman Baba (FCA to Chelsea), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Manchester City) and Heung-Min Son (Leverkusen to Tottenham) following the trail […]

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Tactical Notes on Saturday’s Bayern Munich – Bayer Leverkusen Match

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MatchDay 3’s game of the week fixture featured two (of three) Bundesliga clubs with perfect records after two weeks, as holders FC Bayern Munich hosted Bayer 04 Leverkusen. In terms of squad strength, each club was short-handed, as Bayern were without much in the way of available defenders while Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder, Heung-Min Son, just signed a deal with Tottenham. Nevertheless, […]

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The Bundesliga ‘Where are they Now’ Post V-2

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Roberto Firmino (Liverpool FC, EPL) The 23 year-old Brazilian has not had a fairy-tale start to his Liverpool career thus far.   On Saturday, unlike many of the matchdays he experienced while at Hoffenheim, Firmino was unable to get on the scoresheet as Liverpool lost to West Ham United 3-0, with Firmino contributing just two shots, neither of which was on target.  The […]

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German Soccer Legend Oka Nikolov Hopes to Coach in MLS

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Oka Nikolov, a German born goalkeeper that played for the Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt is a legend in Germany. His professional career spanned 21 years, beginning in 1992 and he played with and against Germany’s best, including current USA Soccer coach and soccer great Jurgen Klinsmann. Affectionately referred to as “The Eternal Oka” by the Frankfurt faithful, he is revered throughout Germany […]

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