Season Preview 2014-2015: VfL Wolfsburg

by Adrian Sertl

Nickname: Die Wölfe (The Wolves) Founded: 12 September 1945 Club Colours: Green and White Primary Rivals: Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig Fan Friendships: None (it’s lonely in here …) Honours: ...

Season Preview 2014-2015: FC Bayern München

by Susie Schaaf

Nicknames: die Roten (the Reds), Stern des Südens (Star of the South), la Bestia Negra (the Black Beast), FC Hollywood (derogatory) Founded: 27 February 1900 Club Colors: Red and white ...

Season Preview 2014-2015: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

by Aleix Gwilliam

Nicknames: Die Werkself, Vizekusen Founded: 1904 Club colors: Red and black Primary Rivals: 1. FC Köln, Borussia Mönchengladbach Fan Friendship: Kickers Offenbach, Arminia Bielefeld, Standard Liège Honours:  - DFB Pokal: 1993 - UEFA Cup: ...

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Hoffenheim’s New Kids on the Block: Can They Help the Push for Europe?

by Ryan O'Grady

Goals for: 72, Goals against: 70, an already well-known stat, but still ...

Season Preview 2014-2015: FC Schalke 04

by Navneeth Sridharan

Nicknames: Die Konigsblauen (The Royal Blues), Die Knappen (The miners) Founded: 4 ...

The Case Against Bayern

by Andrew Wohlfort

Two seasons ago, Bayern won the Bundesliga by 25 points. Last season: ...

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Another Missed Fortune: Analyzing Schalke’s Pokal Cup Loss to Dresden

by Tim Snoddon

Schalke’s true beginning of the 2014/15 campaign began with a first round DFB Pokal defeat Monday to third division foes SG Dynamo Dresden, 2-1. It is important to remember that the season has just begun and yes it’s long and hard, but this mighty setback to Schalke just brings back up the questions that can […]

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Season Preview 2014-2015: Hamburger SV

by Tom Rowland

Hamburger SV Nicknames: HSV (Initials of the Club), Die Rothosen (The Red Shorts), Der Dinosaurier (The Dinosaur) Founded: 29 September 1887 Club colours: Blue, White, Black Primary Rivals: St Pauli, Werder Bremen, FC Bayern München Fan Friendship: Rangers, Hannover 96, Arminia Bielefeld Trophies: ·  Bundesliga Champion (3): 1978-79, 1981-82, 1982-83 ·  DFB Cup Winner (3): 1962-63, 1975-76, 1986-87 Stadium: […]

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Exclusive Interview: Dominik Stroh-Engel

by Aleix Gwilliam

Two games into the season and Darmstadt sit comfortably in sixth position in the 2. Bundesliga, would be 1st had it not been for a late, late Ingolstadt equaliser last weekend. It was partly thanks to the goals of new striker Dominik Stroh-Engel which enabled the Lilies to earn an unlikely promotion and the 6 […]

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Season Preview 2014-2015: FC Augsburg

by Rick Joshua

Nickname: Die Fuggerstädter, after the Fuggers – a prominent mercantile family from the city. Founded: 8th August 1907 Club Colours: Green-red-white Primary Rivals: TSV 1860 München Fan Friendship: SC Freiburg, Borussia Dortmund Trophies: None Stadium: SGL Arena, formerly the Impuls Arena (opened: July 26th 2009, capacity 30,660) 2013-14 Season Summary Bundesliga: 8th (52 pts.) DFB […]

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Friday night cup fight? It’s FINK-tastic!

by Randall Hauk

Poor Stefan Kießling and poor MSV Duisburg. Under normal circumstances, scoring five goals, as Kießling did in Bayer Leverkusen’s 0:6 romp over Alemannia Waldalgesheim, or pulling off the first-round upset of traditional club 1. FC Nürnberg, as the zebras did with their 1:0 win, would easily be the story of a relatively light evening of […]

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DFB Cup Round One: 64 clubs, 32 matches, and a random number of trivial tidbits

by Randall Hauk

Last year at about this time, I used this space to announce my love for the first round of the DFB Cup competition. There’s not much call for a rehash, especially as you can just go read it if you’re interested, but, in short, the idea of smaller clubs with rosters full amateurs, hosting some […]

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Season Preview 2014-2015: Borussia Mönchengladbach

by Eskender Tamrat

Nicknames: Die Fohlen (The Foals) Founded: 1 August 1900 Club colors: Green-black-white Primary Rivals: 1. FC Köln Fan Friendship: Liverpool F.C. Trophies: Bundesliga Champion (5): 1969-70, 1970-71, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77 DFB-Pokal Winner (3): 1959-60, 1972-73, 1994-95 UEFA Cup Winner (2): 1974-75, 1978-79 Stadium: Stadion im Borussia-Park (capacity: 54,047) (opened: 30 July, 2004) 2013-14 Finishes: Bundesliga: 6th (55 pts.) […]

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The DFB Pokal First Round Begins this Weekend

by Gerry Wittmann

64 teams will compete in the first round of Germany’s  prestigious DFB Pokal tournament, including the clubs in the Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2 and 3. Liga, along with 18 amateur clubs.  The competition’s first round begins Friday and ends Monday.  Defending champions Bayern Munich, who have won the Pokal the last two years and 17 times […]

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A Fan’s View on the Pokal’s First Round

by Tobias Knöthig

This weekend the German teams will start to compete for the DFB Pokal, the national cup, for the 72nd time. Making it to the next round is not only important for prestige purposes but for financial reasons as well. Especially for the 2nd or 3rd division teams the money for making it to the next […]

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2. Bundesliga in Review: Match Day 2

by Randall Hauk

By the end of match day two, none of the 18 sides in Germany’s second division managed to maintain a perfect start. If that is not a great indicator at how difficult things can be in this league, I’m not sure what is. Eight teams are level on four p0ints atop the 2. Bundesliga table […]

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