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Gertjan Verbeek out at Nürnberg; Roger Prinzen to finish the season

by Randall Hauk

The 1. FC Nürnberg has decided to end the Gertjan Verbeek era at 22 matches, putting their U23 coach, Roger Prinzen, in charge for the three remaining matches of their struggle to retain the class. Under Verbeek, der Club has lost eight of nine matches, dropping from 12th to 17th in the table and, hence, […]

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2.Bundesliga Matchday 31 in Review: 1. FC Köln back where they belong!

by Randall Hauk

Another exciting weekend in the 2.Bundesliga yielded 28 goals and its first secured departure of the season, as 1. FC Köln secured the league title and, hence, direct promotion to the Bundesliga Monday night with their wildly celebrated victory over VfL Bochum. Meanwhile, 1. FC Kaiserslautern drew nearer to the two remaining spots in the […]

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2.Bundesliga Matchday 31 Preview: Your fast-like-the-Easter-bunny rundown

by Randall Hauk

It’s an early start to the matchday this week, with 2.Bundesliga kicking off Thursday morning. So, no time to dilly-dally. Hop to it, all rabbit-like! Thursday Energie Cottbus : FC St. Pauli This is it for Energie Cottbus. Should Cottbus fail to grab at least a point from visiting St. Pauli, the last embers of hope for […]

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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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