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MMCB: VfL Wolfsburg Emerges as Last Unbeaten in 2015

by Randall Hauk

Sidebar: I don’t know if it’s even allowed to start with a sidebar, but I’m going to do it anyhow and ask that you pretend I have awesome photo-editing skills and put Bas Dost’s face on Connor MacLeod’s in the header of this story. Another Sidebar: If you haven’t seen Highlander, some of the references […]

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Match Reaction: Köln Shows Fight, Takes Loss in Bavaria

by Randall Hauk

A quick reaction to FC Köln’s 4-1 loss at FC Bayern München. What it Means Despite a week filled with talk about not getting pummeled the way recent opponents have and repeated mentions of maybe launching a sensation, the 1. FC Köln took their turn at the Allianz Arena and came away with no points […]

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MMCB 22: Who wants to go on a Europapokal anyway?

by Randall Hauk

For a moment, it seemed as if the top six clubs in the table were simply going to float away from the lower twelve and sort the Champions League and European spots among themselves. And while the names among the top six have yet to change, the gap between those clubs sitting in European spots […]

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Köln Breaks Goal Drought in Draw with Hannover

by Randall Hauk

A quick reaction to 1. FC Köln’s 1:1 draw with Hannover 96. Starting line-up and formation What it Means Official company line: “We are in the relegation fight we anticipated we would be in. Hence, every point is important.” So, yes, a point is good news in that respect. Also good news, a goal! The […]

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MMCB: Late-Arriving Edition for a Late-Scoring League

by Randall Hauk

It feels as if the entire thing were a giant set-up. The talk of the football world during the run-up to match day 21 was largely focused on news of giant boatloads of television revenue being sailed into English Premiership club ports. DFL CEO Christian Seifert was moved to say that German football would need […]

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Monday Morning Center Back: All Hail Mighty Werder Bremen?

by Randall Hauk

Wake up today and greet your new overlords of the Rückrunde! You know . . . the only Bundesliga club to start the year by taking nine of nine possible points? No, not Wolfsburg. Yes, they blasted Bayern Almighty in that high-profile Friday night opener to the second half of the season and, yes, they are […]

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Home (relative) struggles continue for 1. FC Köln

by Randall Hauk

A quick reaction to 1. FC Köln’s scoreless draw with SC Paderborn. What it Means The sales pitch is necessarily going to be that the 1. FC Köln collected another point to the goal of retaining the class. And that IS the right way to view the result. However . . . A scoreless draw at […]

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Köln Settles for Point in Scoreless Affair with Stuttgart

by Randall Hauk

A quick reaction to 1. FC Köln’s scoreless draw with VfB Stuttgart. What it Means Well, it’s not as if they’re going to cancel Karneval or anything, but there is a general feeling of disappointment surrounding the club and fans. Between having beaten Stuttgart in their prior meeting and having played a strong match in Hamburg, […]

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Köln Looking to Replicate Away Success at Home Against Stuttgart

by Randall Hauk

Depending on how you look at it, Wednesday’s battle between 1. FC Köln and VfB Stuttgart is either a relegation fight or one of the prime fixtures of the match day. Or both . . . As an Aufsteiger, Köln is an automatic candidate for relegation. Even though they’ve not looked the role, for the most […]

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Monday Morning Center Back: Bundesliga is Back! Match day 18 in review.

by Randall Hauk

We are not all going to overreact to the small sample size of a single match day just because it was our first Bundesliga action in . . . what? six weeks? . . . are we? It’s natural to want to read things into the first weekend back from winter break so as to […]

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