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Team of the Week – Match Day 7

by Randall Hauk

A week after their Revierderby showdown and days after mixed Champions League results, Schalke and Dortmund continued their Bundesliga struggles, with Hoffenheim and Hamburg the benefactors, moving into second place and second from bottom, respectively. Bayern continued to distance themselves from everyone else. Mönchengladbach and Mainz split in the premiere match-up of the weekend. And […]

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Karim Bellarbi the lone newcomer to Joachim Löw’s national squad selection

by Randall Hauk

There were no real shock selections Tuesday when Joachim Löw announced his squad for Germany’s upcoming pair of Euro 2016 qualification matches, though Joachim Löw will have a pair of new faces among his crew during the international break. Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi, who rose to notoriety in the first match day of the season […]

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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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