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A Friday-Morning English Week Edition of Monday Morning Center Back: Match Day 16

by Randall Hauk

Winter is coming . . . Such reminders are not nearly as ominous in the world of Bundesliga Fanatics as it is for those living in Westeros, but match day 16 served as a great reminder of what we’ll be missing for five-plus weeks after the final whistle blows in the Hinrunde’s final match Sunday […]

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Monday Morning (PST) Center Back: Match Day 15

by Randall Hauk

The nine-day whirlwind of matches that started Friday and will end at the winter break is a great time to reflect on how tight the Bundesliga competition (outside of the very top) can be, how quickly things can change, and how appearances can be woefully deceiving. The title of “Fall Champion” — at least as far as […]

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Christoph Kramer is unquestionably returning to Leverkusen . . . unless he isn’t.

by Randall Hauk

“Leverkusen? Nothing has been decided.” That is the quote Kicker.de attributed to Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer in a story published Wednesday. “I am under contract to play in Leverkusen as of summer 2015,” quotes Bild.de, “As it currently stands, I’m headed there to play, as of this summer. And not just because I must, but because the […]

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Team of the Week: Match Day 14

by Randall Hauk

Match day 14 featured both a hat trick of goals and a hat trick of assists. A couple stars returned from injury, a couple old guys triumphed, and some new faces graced the headlines. In our picks for this week, one Bayern player reminds us of his club’s presence at the table top, while other […]

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Monday Morning (PST) Center Back: Match Day 14

by Randall Hauk

Saturday was not only the main day of match day 14, but also Sankt Nikolaus day. And what did Santa bring to many Bundesliga sides? A reminder that most of them are in the relegation fight. It should be too early to be cancelling any ideas of a title race, but you may have noticed I’ve been […]

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Monday Morning (PST) Center Back: Match Day 13

by Randall Hauk

What a weird mid-week for the Bundesliga. Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund both had the opportunity to cement themselves as group winners in Champions League play. Instead, both were blanked by their group’s second-place side. The BVB had already clinched their passage into the knockout stage, but allowed Arsenal to hang a 2:0 on them […]

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Monday Morning (PST) Center Back: Match Day 12

by Randall Hauk

“Again, knock it off with this (CENSORED!). I can’t take it any more.” Agreed, Herr Hecking! It’s now a seven-point gap at the top between eventual 2014-15 champion FC Bayern München and second-place (and purported “Bayern Hunter”) VfL Wolfsburg. A few Bayern draws in the midst of Wolfsburg’s hot run had narrowed the gap to […]

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1. FC Nürnberg dismisses Valerean Ismael as coach; replacement being sought

by Randall Hauk

The supervisory board of 1. FC Nürnberg met Monday night in a session called specifically to discuss the current sporting situation at the club, with the end result being the removal of Valerean Ismael as head coach of der Club. “In recent days, we have dealt intensively with the current sporting situation, but also with […]

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Monday Morning (PST) Center Back

by Randall Hauk

Having survived it, I can say that the only way to watch a back-and-forth slug-fest is for your club to come out on top. I only mildly attempt to seem partial when it comes to my club, to the point where I’d be shocked if anyone paying attention does not know which club has me […]

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Charm Alert: SV Darmstadt Fans Pay Club Fine

by Randall Hauk

Be warned! If you have a soul, you will be in deep danger of having at least a slight crush on SV Darmstadt by the end of this article. You’ve been warned. A fan group called “Block 1898” presented their beloved club with 4,000 Euros to off-set the fine levied on Darmstadt as punishment for […]

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