Bundesliga clubs are returning from training grounds in Dubai, Portugal, Turkey and other warm-weather lands as the season’s second half begins next Friday. Here are some of the recent test match results involving German clubs over the last few days.
2. Bundesliga winter break leaders Fortuna Dusseldorf showed that they can compete with the big boys, winning the annual WinterCup over Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen. More than 37,000 fans enjoyed the mini-tournament action at Dusseldorf’s Espirit Arena in matches of only 45 minutes duration.
The home side won the tournament by defeating Gladbach 1-0 in the final. Dusseldorf’s new signee, Timo Furuholm from FC Turku, notched the game’s only goal. Gladbach made the final by virtue of their 2-0 win over Thomas Schaaf’s Werder side, with Thorben Marx and Filip Daems scoring for the Foals, while Dusseldorf landed in the finals after beating Dortmund on penalties. Shinji Kagawa netted in regulation time for the yellow-blacks Dusseldorf’s Max Weber equalized. Dortmund did take prevail in the third-place match, though, with a Mohamed Zidan goal enough to down Werder Bremen 1-0.
Sunday action found Bayern Munich rounding into form with a comprehensive 4-0 win over RW Erfurt, with goals by Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neuer and Schweinsteiger went the full 90 for the Bavarians.
FCB Lineup: Neuer – Boateng, Van Buyten (Rafinha 62), Badstuber (Luiz Gustavo 62), Lahm (Pranjic 76) – Tymoshchuk (Alaba 46), Schweinsteiger – Robben (Usami 76), Müller (Olic 76), Kroos (Ribery 62) – Gomez (Petersen 76)
Ryan Babel of Hoffenheim pulled off a late game winner for the village team in their 2-1 win over FC St. Pauli. Sejah Salihovic converted a penalty in the 36th minute, but the buccaneers of the league equalized courtesy of Kevin Schindler before halftime. Marvin Compper and Isaac Vorsah were missing from Hoffenheim’s backline….Compper with injury while Vorsah is on training duty for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
Hoffenheim Lineup: Starke (23. Haas), Johnson (62. Wieser), Williams (62. Strobl), Conrad (46. Vestergaard), Braafheid, Salihovic (46. Kaiser), Weis (46. Rudy), Vukcevic (46. Babel), Musona (62. Gyau), Mlapa (46.Beck), Ibisevic (46. Firmino).
FC Augsburg saw their winter break test match record fall to 1-1-1 with a 2-0 loss Sunday to 2. Bundesliga leaders Greuther Furth. Although Augsburg had scoring opportunites throughout the game, including a great chance missed by Sascha Molders, it was Furth that got on the board first near the 75 minute mark on a goal by Christopher Nothe, who has knocked in 10 goals already this season for Furth. Bernd Nehring doubled the margin for Furth at the end of the match. Augsburg beat Karlsruhe 3-0 earlier in training after drawing 1-1 with FC Ingolstadt.
Augsburg Lineup: S. Jentzsch; – P. Verhaegh; S. Langkamp; M. de Jong; J. Callsen-Bracker; – H. Hosogai; T. Oehrl; D. Baier; T. Werner; M. Ndjeng; – S. Mölders; Subs:G. Sankoh (46.); D. Reinhardt (64.); A. Sinkala (64.); D. Brinkmann (64.); L. Davids (46.); A. Gogia (64.); M. Nebel (64.); S. Hain (64.);
FC Schalke earned a quality win in their 2-1 victory over Dutch side Vitesse Arnheim Sunday in Aachen. Christian Fuchs scored in the first half, with Julian Draxler adding another goal for the Royal Blues shortly after intermission. Coach Huub Stevens was missing Lewis Holtby and Jefferson Farfan because of injury, while American international is training with his countrymen as he is suspended for the first eight matches of the Ruckrunde anyway. On Tuesday Schalke lost to Asian Champions Al-Sadd, 2-1, with Teemu Pukki scoring Schalke’s lone goal.
Schalke v. Al-Sadd: Unnerstall (Schober 46′) – Höwedes, Papadopoulos, Matip, Fuchs – Höger (Metzelder 46′), Moritz (Pukki 31′), Jurado (Baumjohann 46′) – Raul, Draxler (Kolasinac 71′) – Huntelaar (Marica 77′
Felix Magath’s reshuffled Wolfsburg squad played to a 1-1 draw Sunday as their Dubai training camp drew to a close. Uzbeki championship side FC Bunyokdor found an equalizer after Wolfsburg newcomer Felipe Lopes scored a 9th minute header from a Marcel Schäfer. Ricardo Rodriguez, another player recently acquired by Magath, had a positive performance on Wolfsburg’s backline.
Wolfsburg Lineup: Benaglio (46. Hitz) – Träsch, Madlung (46. Thoelke), Lopes (46. Chris), Rodríguez – Polak (44. Medojevic), Jiracek – Ochs (46. Arnold), Schäfer (65. Orozco) – Dejagah (46. Jönsson), Mandzukic (35. Koo)
Hamburger SV found victory Saturday over Arminia Bielefeld 1-0. Jaroslav Drobny played the entire match and was in fine form in shutting down the 3rd division opponents. The red shorts got the only goal of the match in the 76th minute when Gojko Kacar netted.
SC Freiburg won for the third time in three tries at their training camp in Spain, defeating Swiss 2nd division side FC Winterthur 2-1 Saturday. Daniel Caliguiri netted near the hour mark while Immanuel Hohn provided the late game-winner for the Breisgau-Brazilians. Freiburg’s new coach Christian Streich also witnessed a strong performance by newly-acquired defender Fallou Diagne. Earlier in training camp Freiburg had defeated Spanish side Xerez CD 3-1 and KV Mechelen of Belgium 1-0.
Hannover 96 were beaten by Dutch side SC Heerenveen Saturday 1-0. The Dutch side scored with seven minutes remaining as Mirko Slomka’s club finishes up its Portugal training camp. Hannover play once more, against SC Paderborn on Tuesday, before they meet Hoffenheim on Matchday 18.
Stale Solbakken and his FC Koln side earned a 2-1 training match win over Alemannia Aachen Friday. Sebastian Freis opened the scoring, while Aachen’s Benjamin Auer equalized in the 26th minute. Solbakken only used two substitutes in the match, but one of them, Patrick Uth, notched the game winner. Odishe Roshi assisted both Billy Goat tallies, and gave victory to Koln after two previous training camp draws against Hannover and Utrecht.
1. FC Nurnberg won 5-0 Friday against FC Costuleni of Moldava. The match, played in Turkey, featured two goals from the spot by Timmy Simons, in addition to goals by Daniel Didavi, Christian Eigler and Albert Bunjaku. Hanno Balitsch missed the match because of a thigh injury but it expected to be ready for the Ruckrunde opener against Hertha Berlin. Hertha Berlin also earned a win Friday, beating Switzerland’s FC Thun 4-2 in Belek. New Hertha Berlin trainer Michael Skibbe got goals from Roman Hubnik and Anis Ben-Hatira in the first half, with Ronny and Tunay Torun the second half goal-getters. Skibbe used nine substitutes in the second half. It was the Berliners’ second win of the week, as earlier they’d beaten FC Heidenheim 2-0 on goals by Adrian Ramos and Marco Djuricin.
Nurnberg Lineup: Schäfer (46. Stephan) – Kamavuaka, Zeitz (46. Feulner), Wollscheid, Plattenhardt (46. Hlousek) – Hegeler (46. Mak), Didavi (62. Wießmeier), Simons, Cohen (46. Bunjaku) – Esswein (62. Mendler), Eigler (46. Pekhart)
Hertha Lineup v. Thun
Hertha BSC: Burchert – Morales (46. Kiesewetter), Hubnik (46. Janker), Brooks (46. Neumann, 65.Raffael), Schulz (46. Kobiashvili) – Niemeyer (46. Ottl), Lustenberger (46. Perdedaj) – Rukavytsya (46. Ramos), Ben-Hatira (46. Ronny), Ebert (46. Torun) – Djuricin (46. Kargbo)
Hertha Lineup v. Heidenheim
Hertha BSC: Burchert (46. Aerts) – Kiesewetter (46. Ebert), Hubnik (46. Morales), Neumann (46. Janker), Kobiashvili (46. Schulz) – Lustenberger (46. Perdedaj), Ottl (46. Niemeyer) – Torun (46. Ben-Hatira), Ramos (46.Raffael), Rukavytsya (46. Ronny) – Kargbo (46. Djuricin)
Also on Friday 1. FC Kaiserslautern played a scoreless draw with PSV Eindhoven while FSV Mainz 05 drew 1-1 with Kickers Offenbach. Kaiserslautern’s Marco Kurz was missing six injured players for the matchup with the famed Dutch side, while Mainz got its goal from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting but Niko Bungert was called for a penalty that gave Kickers the opportunity to equalize from the spot. Thomas Tuchel kept ten players out of the match because of injury, while Sami Allagui is in the Tunisian national team camp preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
FCK: Trapp, Abel, Tiffert, Sahan, Walch, Bugera (46’ Jessen), De Wit (60’ Kirch), Dick, Kouemaha (64’ Sukuta-Pasu), Swierczok (64’ Nemec), Kagelmacher.
Mainz Lineup: 1st half: Karius – Pospech, Zabavnik, Noveski, Schönheim – Baumgartlinger – Caligiuri, Soto – Malli – Gavranovic, Ujah. 2nd half: Karius – Zabavnik, Bungert, M. Schneider, Fathi – M. Schneider – N. Müller, Malli (87th Hoilett) – Ujah (60th Parker), Gavranovic (60th Szalai), Choupo-Moting.
On Thursday VfB Stuttgart defeated Pakhtakor Tashkent 4-0. Martin Harnik headed in the opener from a Tamas Hajnal cross against the Uzbeki side, and later Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Raphael Holzhauser scored from the spot, and Stefan Celozzi added a second half goal.
VFB Lineup: Ulreich (74‘ Weis) – Boulahrouz (76‘ Celozzi), Tasci (46‘ Niedermeier), Maza (46‘ Delpierre), Molinaro (58‘ Sakai) – Harnik (74’ Hemlein), Kvist (74’ Rüdiger), Hajnal (74’ Riemann), Kuzmanovic (58’ Holzhauser), Gebhart (58’ Schieber) – Cacau (74’ Pogrebnyak)