Snapshot: Applause For The Brave Amateurs From Germany

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Borussia Mönchengladbach’s first journey into European action earned them the respect of their professional opponents. German sides have throughout the existence of the European Cup Winner’s Cup been involved in a number of memorable matches: Fortuna Düsseldorf’s 4-3 loss to a legendary Barca side in the final of 1979 or Werder Bremen’s win over Arsene Wenger’s AS Monaco are certainly highlights to cherish. The list goes on. The competition itself got off to a bumpy start in the 1960/61 season though. Only ten cup winners chose to participate in the first […]

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FC Augsburg Appoint Reuter as Sporting Director

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FC Augsburg recently announced the appointment of former German national team defender Stefan Reuter as Sporting Director of the club, replacing Jürgen Rollmann, whose short time in the role lasted less than three months.  The Bavarian club is buried deep in the relegation zone along with SpVgg Greuther Fürth, as each club only earned Hinrunde records of one win and six draws in the first half of the Bundesliga season. Reuter, 46, signed a contract until 2015 that is valid both for Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga play.  The former German international was born […]

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Lewis Holtby and Jan Kirchhoff to leave their clubs at the end of the season

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Today it was announced that Lewis Holtby will not extend his contract at Schalke and leave the club at the end of the season. Elsewhere, Jan Kirchhoff has reached a similar decision and chose to move on from Mainz in the coming summer.  A lot of speculation has surrounded the potential move of both of these players and their availability at the end of the season on a free transfer will surely generate a lot of interest around Europe. Holtby exit for “personal reasons” The 22 year old midfielder will see out […]

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The Future That Favre Built

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After reaching the dizzying heights of the Champions League last season, Gladbach started their Bundesliga campaign in nervy fashion this year, accruing just one win in their opening six Bundesliga games. Despite the bad start however Gladbach lie 8th in the Bundesliga going into the winter break level on points with Stuttgart and Schalke and just the solitary point behind the automatic Europa League place of. It seems that Gladbach have finally stabilised, not only over the course of the season, but also as a first division Bundesliga side. It […]

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Thomas Eichin replaces Klaus Allofs As Sporting Director At Werder Bremen

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After a long search, Werder Bremen have finally found the man to replace long time sporting director Klaus Allofs who left for Wolfsburg in November in former Borussia Mönchengladbach and Nürnberg player Thomas Eichin. The 46 year old is not going into the job blind and has experience managing a team but surprisingly it isn’t a football club but Köln’s ice hockey team, Kölner Haie or Cologne Sharks.  Eichin will begin his work with Werder in the spring following the end of the hockey season in Germany.  Club chairman Willi Lemke […]

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It Takes Two: Nürnberg Hire Duo to Replace Hecking

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1. FC Nürnberg have announced that they will finish out the 2012/2013 season with the duo of former U-23 coach Michael Wiesinger and former assistant Armin Reutershahn leading the club on the sidelines, replacing Dieter Hecking, who left the club to coach VfL Wolfsburg last week.  Nürnberg, 14th in the Bundesliga table at winter break, will officially introduce Wiesinger and Reutershahn at the opening of training camp on January 3. Nürnberg Sporting Director Martin Bader commented that We went over all the options intensively and concluded that FCN would approach the second […]

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Milan Badelj: Hamburg’s deep-lying playmaker

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Almost unnoticed by the media, the Croatian Milan Badelj has turned out to be one of Frank Arnesen’s best buys during his time at HSV. Rafael van der Vaart and the lovely Sylvie have grabbed the attention and the imagination of the press in Hamburg after the Dutchman’s return to the Red Shorts. The German football magazine 11 Freunde called van der Vaart Hamburg’s saviour-like, indicating that his return to the club turned the dire situation at the start of the season around. Badelj may not have a Dutch accent, […]

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Dieter Hecking appointed Wolfsburg manager

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VfL Wolfsburg have announced the appointment of 1 FC Nürnberg coach Dieter Hecking as team manager.  Hecking, 48, had coached Der Club since December, 2009, amassing a 42-23-47 record.  The native of Castrop-Rauxel, in the Ruhr Valley area, began his coaching career in 2000 with SC Verl following a 17 year playing career, and also managed VfB Lübeck, Alemannia Aachen and Hannover before taking over in Nürnberg. The phrase “never go back” is something that can now be applied to Felix Magath. A hero after guiding Wolfsburg to the 2008-09 Bundesliga title; his […]

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Hinrunde Wonder Teams of Recent Years

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Many people who don’t watch the Bundesliga always ask the same question: why do you watch the Bundesliga when you could watch the great football played in La Liga or the exciting football of the Premier League? Of course, it’s a matter of tastes. Yes, perhaps the players in the Bundesliga aren’t as technical and skilled in general as the ones in Spain and yes, perhaps the Bundesliga isn’t as vertical as the Premier League can be but there’s one very important element that neither of those two leagues has: […]

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The Bundesliga in 2012 – A Statistical Overview

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The end of the Hinrunde and this past week’s German Cup matches rounded off an action packed and interesting calendar year in German football.  Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were the Bundesliga’s most talked about and dominant teams while Germany made all the headlines in the summer (some good, some bad) with their record breaking run of games and the contentious loss to Italy at the EUROs. Bild.de collected some of the most interesting stats of 2012 in the Bundesliga, ranging from the fastest goal scored, the quickest sending off, […]

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Hannover 96 – Mid Season Report

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After their Europa League run last year, the hype surrounding Hannover 96 has done nothing but grow. Mirko Slomka has (finally) signed a new deal and the club are looking like another positive advert for the Bundesliga and its style of play. So far, this campaign has proved slightly more taxing but the Reds still look capable of fulfilling the task ahead of them, providing they bear a few things in mind. Not only did Hannover start the season before most teams, they did so in fantastic fashion too. Their […]

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