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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The 10 Best Signings of the 2014-15 Season

by Niklas Wildhagen

Nearly one-third of the Bundesliga season has been played. Teams like Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach have tried to shake up things on the transfer market in order to upset the natural balance of a top four which hasn’t been changing an awful lot over recent seasons. Meanwhile, newly promoted sides Köln and Paderborn have tried […]

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Bundesliga clubs still in the running for Martin Ødegaard’s signature

by Niklas Wildhagen

Dutch and Norwegian newspapers recently reported that Strømsgodset talent and midfield jewel Martin Ødegaard was set to sign a deal at Ajax Amsterdam. According to the German newspaper SportBild, this may not yet be the case and Bundesliga clubs can still hope to secure the 15-year-old’s signature. In an interview after the final match of […]

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