2. Bundesliga Team of the Week – Matchday 8: Köln stay top

2. Bundesliga hasn’t let us down yet this season, and Matchday 8 wasn’t about to start a downhill trend. That said, it did try our patience on Sunday with the Hamburg derby. So, here’s your Team of the Week for Matchday 8.

GK – Leopold Zingerle (SC Paderborn 07)

Paderborn have had their moments at the back this season, but Leopold Zingerle has more than made his mark. The former Bayern Munich youth academy prospect has spent time at various clubs around Germany, only to settle in Paderborn and begin to showcase his quality. Three incredible late saves meant all three points stayed with SCP.

CB – Mario Maloca (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)

Maloca has gone under the radar as one of 2. Bundesliga’s most underrated players to date this season, having been the cornerstone of a very solid Greuther Fürth defence. The Croatian centre-half put in another excellent display against Dynamo Dresden at the weekend, as the Shamrocks continue to impress this campaign.

CB – Christopher Avevor (FC St. Pauli)

When Christopher Avevor plays in 2. Bundesliga for Sankt Pauli, they don’t lose or concede that many. It was the same case on Sunday, as the Hamburg derby ended in a nil-all stalemate. “Jackson” was a big part of that defensive wall, and capped off a week where they probably kept Markus Kauczinski in a job.

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CB – Steffen Schäfer (1. FC Magdeburg)

Magdeburg’s defence has struggled in parts this season. Sunday brought up their first win after being under plenty of pressure, for large parts, against Sandhausen. Steffen Schäfer put in a fine performance as part of that back three and has been one of FCM’s most consistent players thus far.

RM – Alexander Mühling (Holstein Kiel)

Alexander Mühling is thriving in Kiel’s new system, much the like the rest of the side. His goal might have been a happy accident, but there was nothing accidental about his clever cut-back to tee up David Kinsombi’s strike. Mühling might have been worried about his position with a busy summer, but showings like this only cement his place in the side.

CM – Tobias Kempe (SV Darmstadt 98)

Tobias Kempe’s Darmstadt may have fallen to a 4:2 defeat to Mühling’s Kiel, yet he could at least hold his head high. His penalty and header had given the Lilies hope of getting back into the game, only to fall further behind with a man advantage. Kempe, at least, made his chances count.

CM – Dominick Drexler (1. FC Köln)

For Kempe it was all about goal, and for Dominick Drexler it was a matter of assists. He set-up all three goals for FC against Arminia, putting the ball on a plate twice for Terodde and setting Jhon Cordoba to run free on goal. Drexler has taken a while to get going, but it’s worth the wait.

LM – Maximilian Wittek (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)

Maxi Wittek has had a stop-start season thanks to injury, only to return to form this weekend with a powerful showing in Dresden. He set-up the winner for Daniel Keita-Ruel, and defended manfully against an in-form Dynamo side. His combination with Tobias Mohr allowed with attack and defence to flourish on the left.

CF – Robert Glatzel (1. FC Heidenheim)

Robert Glatzel is another forward who has continued to prove his worth over the course of the English week. His goals have kept Heidenheim’s gap to the wrong end of the table to a comfortable distance, and a great all-round performance against Bochum further highlighted his strengths as a target man. It was his goal that finally broke their resolve.

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CF – Simon Terodde (1. FC Köln)

He’s here, again. It would have be hard not to include Simon Terodde after firing home his 100th 2. Bundesliga goal against Arminia, but his second made it impossible. Terodde keeps finding the net at a rate of knots that has people talking about a potential national team call-up, something that a 2. Bundesliga player hasn’t earned for a long time.

CF – Janni-Luca Serra (Holstein Kiel)

After scoring his first senior goal against VfL Bochum, Janni-Luca Serra continues to go from strength to strength. The young forward grabbed a goal and an assist to help Kiel get the better of Darmstadt. Partnered with Benjamin Girth, he seems to have grown markedly in confidence and will hope to continue this run of form.

2. Bundesliga Team of the Week

(3-4-3) Zingerle; Maloca, Avevor, Schäfer; Mühling, Kempe, Drexler, Wittek; Glatzel, Terodde, Serra.

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Jonathan Walsh

Jonny is a 2. Bundesliga fanatic who does little else with his time other than follow, watch, write about, think about, and promote his favorite league. When he isn't in university or trying to defend the Bundesliga's 50+1 rule, you'll most likely find him watching whatever football he can find on TV. Follow him @jonathanwalsh_

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