Explaining Taşçı’s Surprise Bayern Munich Move


This article was originally published on Futbolgrad. Spartak Moscow’s German defender Serdar Taşçı has returned to the German Bundesliga. Signed by Spartak Moscow in the summer of 2013, Taşçı has now made the surprise switch to Germany’s perpetual title winning machine Bayern Munich. Taşçı, who was once considered one of the brightest defensive talents in German football, played 14 games […]

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VfL Wolfsburg – so much for becoming the Bundesliga’s “2nd Club”

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Once upon a time, experts predicted the rise of VfL Wolfsburg and the demise of Borussia Dortmund. The 2015 Pokal final was supposed to symbolize this change. In the future, almost everyone was sure, VfL Wolfsburg would be Bayern München’s main opponent. The “Vollgas-Fußball” of Borussia Dortmund under Jürgen Klopp, so it seemed, had been solved by VfL. There were reasons. We find them during […]

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Anticipating the End: Pep, “the Messiah,” suddenly becomes human


At some point a few years ago, we thought that Jesus Christ himself rose from the dead and everyone in Germany sang hallelujah. Jupp Heynckes had just ended his career at the side-line of the Allianz Arena and the most thrilling, exciting and maybe “best” coach (we will come to this later) in the world was knocking on the red-white […]

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Champions League title, or failure – Guardiola under pressure


Pep Guardiola has won the Bundesliga twice and the DFB-Pokal once. From Bayern’s point of view, it possible to think of the Bundesliga and the Pokal as useless. If you win the Bundesliga eight times in ten years, you would not be celebrating either. We all know what ambitions Pep Guardiola had when he came to Bayern. He wanted to infect Bayern with […]

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Bundesliga Matchday 19 Team of the Week


Rain was the theme of this weekend in the Bundesliga, as most of Matchday 19’s fixtures were heavily influenced by mother nature, with Dortmund, Gladbach, Wolfsburg and Bayern all affected by the weather to various degrees. Of course, rain will not be a sufficient excuse for a manager like Pep Guardiola, who has once again stolen the headlines by announcing […]

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The 10 Most Loyal Bundesliga Players


The Bundesliga is in many ways the best football league in Europe. The league’s goal per match, 2.82, is a number that beats that of Premier League, La Liga and Serie A continually year in and year out even though the average age among Bundesliga players is lower than in the three aforementioned leagues. The German supporters are also among the most […]

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Matchday 18 Team of the Week


The Bundesliga finally returned for the spring season. Die Rückrunde (the season’s second half) began on Friday, when defending champions and favorites, Bayern Munich sweated out a 2-1 victory over the pesky Hamburger SV. Thanks to the heroics of Robert Lewandowski, the Bavarians earned a Pyrrhic victory, losing star defender Jerome Boateng to a groin injury, which could have disastrous consequences for […]

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Pyros, Punishments, the DFB, and the Slippery Slope to “Modern Football”

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The Hessenderby between Eintracht Frankfurt and Darmstadt 98 was one of my favorite Hinrunde matches. Eintracht hosted the long-dormant derby on matchday 15 (December 6th), and while the 0-1 scoreline in favor of visiting die Lilien underscored the match’s lack of final product and technical proficiency, the rowdy play and tempers on the pitch plus the loud and tense atmospherics were anything but […]

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Heldt, Eberl, and Allofs: Bundesliga matches on Boxing Day an interesting idea


The sporting directors of FC Schalke 04, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and VfL Wolfsburg spoke about the impending challenges of the new TV deal with German weekly paper Die Welt. The three entertain the idea that match scheduling is the right idea to create new revenue streams. All three are open to the idea of playing matches on Boxing Day to give the […]

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