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Jonas Hector Returns to German National Team Service

by Randall Hauk

For this Wednesday’s test against Australia in Kaiserslautern and Sunday’s EM-qualification match in Georgia, Joachim Löw has called into duty 16 World Champions for his 23-member squad. The names filling the other seven roster spots offer varying degrees of familiarity. FC Bayern’s Holger Badstuber and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gündogan both are returning to national-team action […]

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MMCB 25: A Whole Lotta Blanks

by Randall Hauk

Half the Bundesliga’s sides went without a goal over the weekend. You may be surprised to hear that there was just one scoreless draw resulting from the power outage for nine clubs. And the Borussia Dortmund-1. FC Köln affair wasn’t even the stereotypically dull affair often assumed (and often correctly) of matches that go without […]

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Point Targeted, Point Snatched in (yet another) Scoreless Draw

by Randall Hauk

A quick reaction to FC Köln’s scoreless draw (of a victory?) at Borussia Dortmund. What it Means That the long-awaited good vibes that finally arrived last weekend via the win over Frankfurt do not have to be set aside. That the promoted Billy Goats took four of six points from Champions League knockout stage Borussia Dortmund this season. […]

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Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund – 1. FC Köln

by Randall Hauk

Travis Timmons and Randall Hauk get together to bring you a preview of Saturday night’s Bundesliga battle between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln. Hinspiel Travis: Until Kӧln’s 4-2 romp over Eintracht last Sunday, Borussia Dortmund had provided the Billy Goats their only previous home win for the entire season on Matchday 8 when the home side won […]

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DFB Drops Hammer on 1. FC Köln for Hooligan Action

by Randall Hauk

The 1. FC Köln has known for months that punishment for fans having flares in the away stands in the second-round DFB Pokal match at MSV Duisburg was coming. In the wake of another incident involving the forbidden Bengalos at Mönchengladbach, the club knew that whatever fines were to be levied would be increased. When […]

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Cathedral City Catharsis as Köln Breaks Home Doldrums

by Randall Hauk

A quick reaction to FC Köln’s 4-2 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. What it Means Catharsis. When it’s said that “winning is the world’s best deodorant,” it’s exemplified by what happened Sunday in Köln after an awful February trickled into March to put a gun-shy fan base on edge. Five-match run without a win? Ended. Seven-match […]

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MMCB: VfL Wolfsburg Emerges as Last Unbeaten in 2015

by Randall Hauk

Sidebar: I don’t know if it’s even allowed to start with a sidebar, but I’m going to do it anyhow and ask that you pretend I have awesome photo-editing skills and put Bas Dost’s face on Connor MacLeod’s in the header of this story. Another Sidebar: If you haven’t seen Highlander, some of the references […]

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Match Reaction: Köln Shows Fight, Takes Loss in Bavaria

by Randall Hauk

A quick reaction to FC Köln’s 4-1 loss at FC Bayern München. What it Means Despite a week filled with talk about not getting pummeled the way recent opponents have and repeated mentions of maybe launching a sensation, the 1. FC Köln took their turn at the Allianz Arena and came away with no points […]

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MMCB 22: Who wants to go on a Europapokal anyway?

by Randall Hauk

For a moment, it seemed as if the top six clubs in the table were simply going to float away from the lower twelve and sort the Champions League and European spots among themselves. And while the names among the top six have yet to change, the gap between those clubs sitting in European spots […]

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Köln Breaks Goal Drought in Draw with Hannover

by Randall Hauk

A quick reaction to 1. FC Köln’s 1:1 draw with Hannover 96. Starting line-up and formation What it Means Official company line: “We are in the relegation fight we anticipated we would be in. Hence, every point is important.” So, yes, a point is good news in that respect. Also good news, a goal! The […]

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