Features | Bundesliga RSS feed for this section

FIFA, the German Judge, and other entanglements

by Niklas Wildhagen

It somehow looked like a scene from a mafia movie: the widow and children of the deceased walked ahead of her husband’s three business associates on a day in April 1987. The three men following Monika Dassler today are the makers and shakers in the sport’s world. That April day, Joao Havelange, Juan Antonio Samaranch […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Team of the week – Match Day 12

by Niklas Wildhagen

Schalke averted a crisis by beating Wolfsburg 3-2 at the Veltins Arena and Bayern are now 7 points clear at the top of the table despite their injury worries. The 12th match day of the season offered goals galore and plenty of surprising results. Here’s our team of the week. Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich – The […]

Continue Reading

Sunday’s Nordderby – a match between two suffering giants

by Niklas Wildhagen

In the past the match between Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen were top table clashes, but these days both teams are at the bottom of the table desperately trying to get back to the good old days. Funnily enough, there are some parallels between the two teams current suffering. The Red Shorts restructured their club’s economic […]

Continue Reading

An Englishman’s Football Excursion into Eastern Germany

by Jon Godfrey

Our previous four trips had seen my brother and I conquer vast swathes of the West, the North and the South of Germany, so it was inevitable that we’d focus our next adventure on the relatively mysterious East. I use the word mysterious, because having grown up during the latter stages of the Cold War […]

Continue Reading

Mainz and Pierre Bengtsson looks like a perfect match

by Nicolai Lisberg

As soon as the international break is over, Mainz is very likely to sign Swedish left back Pierre Bengtsson. The 26-year-old defender who plays for FC Copenhagen is a free agent when his contract with the Danish club expires on January the 1st and according to Swedish newspaper Expressen he has already agreed terms with […]

Continue Reading

Uli Hoeness and Pep Guardiola – A special relationship

by Niklas Wildhagen

Describing Uli Hoeness, the person, is a difficult task, as author Juan Moreno notes in his excellent biography, Alles Auf Rot. Hoeness’ trial for tax evasion is certainly testimony to the fact of how much the perception of Bayern’s former president varies within the German public. On one side, there are those who protested outside the court, […]

Continue Reading

Getting tickets on the sheep – Four tickets for the match between Paderborn and Dortmund needed

by Niklas Wildhagen

Getting your hands on tickets for Paderborn matches used to be a lot easier back when the team was playing in the 2. Bundesliga. Last season, the Benteler Arena was visited by 10,998 spectators on average. Since the club from East-Westphalia has gained promotion, matches have usually been sold out. The upcoming tie against Borussia […]

Continue Reading

We need to talk about Kevin

by David Morris

With nearly a third of the season complete, there have been two major plots to the Bundesliga campaign. At the top of the table,, we have been left asking whether any side can match Bayern Munich, who after 11 games, are sitting pretty and remain undefeated. The other major story has come at the other end […]

Continue Reading

Counter- or Gegenpressing

by Rene Maric

This article was originally published on spielverlagerung.com and was translated from German into English by @rafamufc. Gegenpressing has been a buzzword in football tactics for the last five years and has garnered more and more attention in the media recently. Because of the success of FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, gegen- or counterpressing has been […]

Continue Reading

Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Google Plus