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Jammy Dodgers, Batman! English week plus one in 2. Bundesliga

by Randall Hauk

As familiar as we may all think England to be to us outsiders, thanks to the prevalence of her language and culture around the globe, she does still tend to be somewhat foreign, when it comes right down to it. And the introductions of foreigners into an ecosystem can have dramatic consequences. English week did […]

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VfB Stuttgart Fires Sporting Director Fredi Bobic

by Randall Hauk

The VfB Stuttgart advisory board and president announced Wednesday a decision to part ways with Fredi Bobic with immediate effect. The announcement was made public less than an hour before kickoff of Stuttgart’s English week battle in Dortmund. Bobic had been working with VfB Stuttgart since the summer of 2010, taking charge of the sporting area […]

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2. Bundesliga Recap for Match Day 6: Here comes English week!

by Randall Hauk

English Week already?! But I haven’t had time to source my Hobnobs and Jammy Dodgers to have with coffee because it will all start far too early for me to be looking for . . . Newcastle Brown Ale? Okay, maybe my knowledge of English beers and snacks isn’t quite up to par, but I […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from 2. Bundesliga

by Randall Hauk

Over the course of match day five, a full third of the league members scored multiple goals in their matches. New table leader FC Ingolstadt scored more goals in their 4:1 win against VfR Aalen Friday night than three sides — SV Sandhausen, Union Berlin, and (surprise!) Erzgebirge Aue — have tallied all season. Of course, as […]

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Raise your steins! The 2. Bundesliga is nearly back from break!

by Randall Hauk

I don’t think I was ever fully aware of just how universal the antipathy toward the international break is. I mean, I know that I don’t care for it, having become a full-on club-football bozo despite my general enjoyment following the US, German, and Czech national teams. However, for me, that there is football to […]

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2. Bundesliga in Review: Match Day 3

by Randall Hauk

Nürnberg, 1860 München, Fortuna Düsseldorf, St. Pauli . . . The above could be a list of clubs expecting to play for promotion this season in the 2. Bundesliga. Rather, it is a list of clubs that might have had such high expectations entering the season, but are instead now locked into a battle against […]

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2014-15 DFB Pokal Second Round Draw

by Randall Hauk

The second round draw for Germany’s cup competition was held Saturday evening, concluding an exciting opening Saturday to the Bundesliga season and delivering a pair of all-Bundesliga battles, two all-2. Bundesliga battles, and a Cup grudge match to look forward to. Days before the two most-dominant Bundesliga clubs of recent years face one another at […]

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1. FC Köln splits points with Hamburger SV in goalless return to the Bundesliga

by Randall Hauk

The home side was fresh-arrived to the Bundesliga after a two-year tour in the second league. The visiting side had narrowly avoided its first-ever relegation from the Bundesliga and posted a new record for lowest point total for a side to retain the class in the German top flight. Considering the relative proximity of the […]

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Müller and Robben help Bayern launch Bundesliga season with victory

by Randall Hauk

FC Bayern München and its roster full of World Cup stars returned to domestic action Friday night, downing VfL Wolfsburg before 71,000 at Allianz Arena, collecting goals from two of the best in Brazil this summer, Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben, en route to a 2:1 Bundesliga-opening victory. Despite the return of several world champions […]

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Season Preview 2014-2015: 1. FC Köln

by Randall Hauk

nicknames: Geißböcke (billy goats), Effzeh (local dialect for ‘FC’) founded: 13 February 1948 club colors: white and red primary rivals: Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Düsseldorf fan friendship: Borussia Dortmund trophies Bundesliga champion(2): 1963-64, 1977-78 DFB Cup winner(4): 1967-68, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1982-83   stadium: RheinEnergieStadion (formerly Müngersdorfer Stadion) opened: 1923 (renovated 2001-2004) 2013-14 Finishes: 2. […]

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