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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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Friday night cup fight? It’s FINK-tastic!

by Randall Hauk

Poor Stefan Kießling and poor MSV Duisburg. Under normal circumstances, scoring five goals, as Kießling did in Bayer Leverkusen’s 0:6 romp over Alemannia Waldalgesheim, or pulling off the first-round upset of traditional club 1. FC Nürnberg, as the zebras did with their 1:0 win, would easily be the story of a relatively light evening of […]

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DFB Cup Round One: 64 clubs, 32 matches, and a random number of trivial tidbits

by Randall Hauk

Last year at about this time, I used this space to announce my love for the first round of the DFB Cup competition. There’s not much call for a rehash, especially as you can just go read it if you’re interested, but, in short, the idea of smaller clubs with rosters full amateurs, hosting some […]

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2. Bundesliga in Review: Match Day 2

by Randall Hauk

By the end of match day two, none of the 18 sides in Germany’s second division managed to maintain a perfect start. If that is not a great indicator at how difficult things can be in this league, I’m not sure what is. Eight teams are level on four p0ints atop the 2. Bundesliga table […]

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2. Bundesliga in Review: Match Day 1

by Randall Hauk

“Even though everyone says I am crazy, you are for me the great happiness.” You know you’ve been itching for some German second-division football. Okay, maybe it’s just because you knew the 2.Bundesliga got rolling three weeks before the top league does and maybe that is garnished with a healthy disdain for test matches and […]

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The Enigmatic Case of Mario Götze

by Randall Hauk

It was a scene and dialogue which could have been scripted in Hollywood. The underachieving golden boy with the silver-screen looks gets the terse and pithy motivational speech from the embattled veteran coach needing just one more big moment to complete a widely unexpected legacy-rehabilitating championship run. “Prove that you are better than Messi. You […]

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Europa League: FSV Mainz learns it will host first leg of qualification round tie

by Randall Hauk

The first competitive match for new FSV Mainz 05 coach Kasper Hjulmand has a date and locale, thanks to Friday’s Europa League draw for the third round of qualifiers, though there are still two possible visitors for the July 31 match that gets things started for last year’s seventh-place finisher. Greek side Asteras Tripolis FC […]

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A celebration captured: Germany’s post-match celebrations

by Randall Hauk

Is there any disputing that one of the great developments in how we follow sports via the internet is our favorite athletes sharing information directly with their fans via their various social-media outlets? For me, the answer is a clear and crisp “NEIN!” But, just in case you don’t care to spend too much time […]

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Germany is Champion of the World !!!

by Randall Hauk

It was not always the memorable destruction that was the semifinal against host Brazil, but the extra-time goal by Mario Götze that secured Germany’s fourth star on its crest will long be remembered as the deciding moment of the 2014 World Cup. Germany finally has its fourth world championship, as does all-time leading World Cup […]

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Germany happy with romp over Brazil, but real prize still awaits in Rio

by Randall Hauk

Hello Germany. Are you quite done scoring on Brazil yet? You are? Great. Can I have a word? Your job is not done. I realize this makes me the bartender who cuts you off when you’re feeling at the peak of your evening, but I assure you that when you sober up, you’ll come to […]

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