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2.Bundesliga Matchday 30 in Review: All the drama can be exhausting!

by Randall Hauk

The 2.Bundesliga did not let a scoreless draw in Bielefeld prevent a goal-rich weekend in Germany’s second tier, with a total of 30 goals scored across the eight other matches between Friday and Monday. Despite all the scoring, the only movement in 2.Bundesliga over the weekend happened among the middle 12 clubs in the table, […]

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2.Bundesliga Matchday 30 Preview: Magic Numbers

by Randall Hauk

40! The tradition is that once a team earns its 40th point of the season in either of Germany’s top two leagues, said club has assured the retention of the class. There is not really any magic in this number. Theoretically, two of the three teams currently in the relegation zone could still reach the […]

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2.Bundesliga Matchday 29 in Review: Don’t load the bus just yet!

by Randall Hauk

The potential for a down-to-the-wire battle for third place increased over the weekend when SC Paderborn lost at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf, and FC St. Pauli closed within three points of the promotion playoff spot with a victory of their own in Sandhausen. Meanwhile, in Köln, fans are straining to contain their excitement as a […]

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Whither Marc-Andre ter Stegen?

by Randall Hauk

The shockwaves were felt far and wide. FIFA announced earlier this week that FC Barcelona had been found guilty of skirting the rules barring the international transfer of underage players. Of course, few football observers would be truly shocked at the idea of a major football power playing fast and loose with the rules. Perhaps […]

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2.Bundesliga Matchday 29 Preview: Last chance to put air into your aspirations

by Randall Hauk

With just six matches remaining on the 2.Bundesliga slate, the end battle is fairly well defined for most clubs, whether they choose to acknowledge it or not. The three clubs in the relegation zone can, of course, go on great runs to finish the season, which would likely win them enough points to catch at […]

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Much Ado About Something: Fans hate Rooney’s dive; why doesn’t UEFA?

by Randall Hauk

Yes, Wayne Rooney dived. And, yes, the smirk on Wayne Rooney’s face certainly seemed to sheepishly indicate he knew he was getting away with it. Bastian Schweinsteiger was understandably displeased with Rooney’s actions, probably even before he was awarded his second yellow of the match and realizing he would miss next week’s return leg in […]

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2. Bundesliga Matchday 28 in Review: Promotion and Relegation Pictures Coming into Focus

by Randall Hauk

Weekend results did a lot of damage to clubs on the outside looking in at the promotion spots as well as those inside the relegation spots dreaming of escape to safety. Six points is now the cushion between third and fourth spots in the table, as well as between 14th and 15th. With just six […]

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2. Bundesliga Matchday 27 in Review: What a difference an English Week Makes.

by Randall Hauk

Matchday 26: Nine matches, twelve goals, three scoreless draws, three 1:1 draws, and virtually no movement in the table. Matchday 27: Nine matches, 26 goals, 7 pairs of winners and losers, and not much significant movement in the table as far as the trading of places goes, but definitely some clubs being moved, practically, from […]

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2. Bundesliga Matchday 26 in Review: Does anyone really want to move up?

by Randall Hauk

Seems a ridiculous question. Certainly, if you offered automatic promotion into the Bundesliga and all the financial gains that come with it, even the most ill-prepared club for competition at that higher level would not even hesitate to jump at it. Yet, six of the top seven clubs in the 2.Bundesliga table settled for a […]

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2.Bundesliga Matchday 26 Preview: There WILL be goals (probably). . .

by Randall Hauk

A total of 24 goals were scored on match day nine, when the mirror of this weekend’s matches took place in the Hinrunde, despite there having been a scoreless draw among them. You can never be too sure what will happen, even based on prior meetings, but with the remaining slate of matches dwindling and English […]

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