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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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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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Season Preview 2014-2015: 1. FC Köln

by Randall Hauk

nicknames: Geißböcke (billy goats), Effzeh (local dialect for ‘FC’) founded: 13 February 1948 club colors: white and red primary rivals: Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Düsseldorf fan friendship: Borussia Dortmund trophies Bundesliga champion(2): 1963-64, 1977-78 DFB Cup winner(4): 1967-68, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1982-83   stadium: RheinEnergieStadion (formerly Müngersdorfer Stadion) opened: 1923 (renovated 2001-2004) 2013-14 Finishes: 2. […]

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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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