MatchDay 34: The final straw for Schalke, and Di Matteo

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HSV: 2 -0 Schalke 04 (Olic ’49, Rajikovic ’58)  On a rational level, this game lacked meaning. With a Europa League position already guaranteed and a failed season already well established, the result would matter little for the Royal Blue, while Hamburg were playing with all it’s force and might to stay barely alive once again. What happened, however, did […]

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Bundesliga 2014/2015 Final MatchDay: Gute Woche/Schlechte Woche

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It teased, it twisted, it turned, but now the regular Bundesliga season is over. What a campaign it has been. It was always going to be difficult for the final day to live up to the high expectations that the league had set for itself, especially beginning on the heels of Germany’s World Cup triumph, but it did go some […]

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Preview: SV Darmstadt 98 vs. FC St. Pauli

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Dreams will come true at SV Darmstadt’s Stadion am Böllenfalltor on Sunday. SV Darmstadt is in the hunt for a Bundesliga spot, and can clinch direct promotion for the first time since 1981 if they win. On the other hand, St. Pauli are fighting for their survival in the 2. Bundesliga, and must win in order to save their season from a heartbreaking relegation. […]

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Song of the Unsung Midfielders: Pirmin Schwegler

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“Song of the Unsung Midfielders” is a series celebrating, well, midfielders who are unsung in the Bundesliga. The Fußballers who labor in a semi-anonymous state, orchestrating the dance between coordination and chaos that is football. I have a weakness for these players, as they toil away in large heat-map territories through the heart of the pitch. This series will celebrate their work […]

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Where Art Thou, Mario Götze?

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Beside the final outcomes, it’s almost impossible to draw any similarities between Bayern München’s successive exit from the semi-finals stage of the UEFA Champions League. A year ago, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern was under a lot of pressure for possessing too much of the ball without penetrating the eventual champions Real Madrid, and conceding too much space at the back for Cristiano […]

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