Author Archives: Randall Hauk

About Randall Hauk

Randall is a displaced Michigander living in Seattle, trying to balance his growing obsession with German football and a love for FC Köln with fatherhood and family time.

Here are my most recent posts

FC Bayern is ruining German football!

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You’ve heard the line: FC Bayern is ruining German football. This is what everyone is talking about after Bayern’s 5:1 dismantling of the one club who seemed like it might, just maybe, have a slight chance of providing the Rekordmeister/Bundesliga-wrecker with something resembling a challenge for the 2015-16 league title, isn’t it? Instead, well before the final whistle in Sunday’s “Der Klassiker” had blown, Bundesliga-internet chatter had […]

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Bundesliga Match Day 7 Picks


You thought I’d abandoned this thing, didn’t you? Can’t blame you. After going 2-7 the second match day, somehow out-awful-ing my 3-6 debut picks column, I can’t imagine anyone would have argued vehemently for it to remain. Fact is, though, that I was merely on hiatus due to real-life business complicated by the compressed match schedule that comes with English […]

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Bundesliga Match Day 5 Picks


When I posted my debut picks column last week, Fanatic contributor (and known sports gambler) Chase Ruttig opined that my picks were “fade material.” Being a known not-gambler, I had to do a bit of research to learn that what he was essentially saying was that my picks were just good enough for someone to go against them and cash […]

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Bundesliga Match Day 4 Picks

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Sports gambling provides fans some interesting ways to look at upcoming matches, even if your personal stance on the notion of wagering money on the outcome of a sporting contest runs along the lines of “a fool and his money are soon parted.” Odds and lines provide insight into what oddsmakers (i.e. people whose livelihoods depend on them having a […]

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Season Preview 2015-16: 1. FC Köln


Basics nicknames: Geißböcke (billy goats), FC, ‘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 Stadium RheinEnergieStadion (formerly Müngersdorfer Stadion), opened in 1923 (renovated 2001-2004) capacity: 50,000 2013-14 attendance: 784,348 (46,235 per match) Trophies Bundesliga champion(2): 1963-64, 1977-78 DFB Cup winner(4): 1967-68, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1982-83 Florida […]

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Never heard of Roberto Firmino? Know all about him? Either way, we got you covered Liverpool fans!


Hello, Liverpool FC fans! Welcome to Bundesliga Fanatic! Having noted some of the search terms that have been bringing traffic to our site the last several hours, it occurred to me that we are in dire need of some new Roberto Firmino-oriented content and FAST! I thought the easiest way to address this sudden thirst for more English-language Firmino information […]

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