Author Archives: Randall Hauk

About Randall Hauk

Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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Bundesliga Match Day 13 Picks


Is there a gambling axiom about changing your mind at the last moment and how one should never do this? Well, I changed both my picks for matchday 12’s Sunday matches, after I drafted my piece, explaining the picks because I talked myself out of my original thoughts. I was certain I had just spared myself two Sunday losses. Instead, Schalke finished […]

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They’re Back! The 2015-16 Power Rankings (Matchday 12 Edition)


They’re back: the Bundesliga Power Rankings. This latest international break has given us chance to rest our eyes, catch our breath, and study that league table. So here are here. Bayern reigns supreme. BVB is back as league deputy. Hertha sneaks up. Billy Goats are bleating. Ingolstadt clings on to spoiler status. And – the hell? – Werder and Hoffenheim tumble […]

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DFL Announces Plans for Bundesliga & 2. Bundesliga to Proceed as Scheduled


Addressing unspoken questions about how the cancellation of the Germany-Netherlands match in Hannover would impact the coming weekend of Bundesliga football, the German Football League (DFL) has released a statement to announce there are no changes planned for either of the top two divisions of German football. Despite the violent events of Friday night in Paris, which included an attempt […]

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Bundesliga in the USA: Match Day 12 TV Ratings

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The television ratings in the United States have been a hot topic of discussion, particularly since the league moved to major broadcaster Fox this season. Thanks to the good folks at Sports TV Ratings, we are able to pull the weekend viewership numbers for the Bundesliga and share them with you. These numbers capture the estimated television viewership only and do […]

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Can 1. FC Köln Midfielder Marcel Risse be an Answer to Germany’s Fullback Shortage?

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This post was originally published on Planet Effzeh: The idea that Marcel Risse could give 1. FC Köln a second player on the German national team has been revisited by German football site Kicker, based on a series of  Jörg Schmadtke quotes and the seeming unrest about the DFB’s defensive row after Germany struggled a bit in the final stretch of […]

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Borussia Dortumund Rises to 7th in UEFA Club Rankings; Bayern Remains 2nd


Riding a string of strong results in Europa League, Borussia Dortmund has moved past Juventus Turin, the club that knocked the BVB out of last year’s Champions League, into seventh place in UEFA’s latest club-coefficient rankings. FC Bayern München remains in second place behind Real Madrid CF in the 456-club list. Germany’s four other current Champions League competitors — Bayer […]

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BVB & Schalke Fans Unite to Fight Away-Ticket Limitations

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The Bundesliga’s biggest rivalry came and went Sunday without stories of battles between Ultras groups of Borussia Dortmund and Schalke outside Signal Iduna Park. Nor were there reports of supporter groups clashing with police or even the vandalism that seems too often to be visited upon the host city of German football’s biggest rivalry matches. It turns out that the fans […]

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1. FC Köln Cross the Rhine to Grab Three Points Before the Karneval


Thoughts on the 1. FC Köln 1:2 victory at BayArena over neighbor Bayer Leverkusen: How We Got There  After his Leverkusen side delivered a 5:1 win in Roger Schmidt’s first meeting with neighboring 1. FC Köln, the second-year Bayer boss was openly critical of Peter Stöger’s highly defensive game plan. “Everyone has their own philosophy. I could not play football the way […]

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SC Paderborn’s Marcel Ndjeng Nominated for FIFA Puskas Award


At 33-years-old and seemingly taking on a reserve role in a struggling second-division side, it might seem that SC Paderborn’s Marcel Ndjeng has the most-relevant era of his professional football career behind him. Today, however, Ndjeng finds his name on a shortlist alongside those of Carli Lloyd, Carlos Tevez, and even Leonel Messi as a candidate for the 2015 FIFA Puskas […]

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Bundesliga Match Day 12 Picks

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Well, if anything about the Bundesliga is remotely predictable, it’s that my picks of matches are almost always awful. MatchBundesliga Match Day 12 picks reverted to their normal state of “why do you keep doing this to yourself?” Just two picks correct out of the nine matches —  my all-time worst match day to date. I have to believe I will […]

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