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Schalke’s crushing defeat at Revierderby exposes midfield weakness

by Tim Snoddon

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 FC Schalke 04   (Aubameyang 77, Mkhitaryan 78, Reus 85) It was not that Schalke lost. It was not that it was the coveted Ruhr Valley derby. It was about how. At the end of the game, BvB Dortmund had thirteen shots on net compared to Schalke 04’s nil. Dortmund played a game […]

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Spiralling Towards the Bottom – Breaking Down Hannover’s Breakdown

by Ansgar Löcke

This season’s fixture list nicely cuts Hannover’s Rückrunde in three parts: The first six games against beatable opposition, March with little chances of grabbing a point, the final eight games against the rest. So at the end of this first part, it’s time to take a look back and peek ahead. Oh dear… well, we […]

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SC Paderborn Brought Back Down to Earth, but Hope Remains

by Vlado Angelkovski

Last season’s Bundesliga 2 runners up SC Paderborn 07 are now involved in a relegation battle. Ok, let’s be honest that’s what all Bundesliga fans expected of them when they were promoted, but their flying start to the season suggested that the Bundesliga debutants may have been able to punch above their weight. At the […]

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Dost Unstoppable, Wolfsburg Unstoppable

by Gerry Wittmann

VfL Wolfsburg’s undefeated run continued Sunday as they defeated a plucky Hertha Berlin side 2-1 with en fuego Dutch striker Bas Dost providing both Wolfsburg goals. The Wolves, who haven’t suffered defeat since late November (a league loss away to Schalke and a Europa League group stage loss to Everton), are now set up nicely […]

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Werder Watch: Up, Up, and Away

by Mathew Burt

It was pretty tough as a Werder fan in the Hinrunde having to wait nine games for a win, being thumped by Bayern, losing to HSV, and quite frankly having a defence that was leakier than a granny’s bladder.  But then came the ‘Skripniker’ and since the restart after the winter break, it’s been a […]

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Dear Bundesliga, Just Say NO (to the EPL Model)

by Gerry Wittmann

Normally I don’t pay much attention to “talking heads” on bigtime sports talk shows.  Generally, I see them existing to create the controversy to boost ratings and ad revenues, and also generally they too often know less about the teams and individuals that they fulminate about than local writers, broadcasters and fans.  I’d rather actually watch matches […]

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Eintracht Frankfurt and the not given penalties

by Niklas Wildhagen

The Eagles are currently safely positioned in mid-table and their fans can be happy about the fact that Thomas Schaaf’s team are playing some of the most entertaining football in the Bundesliga so far this season. However, the coach and other officials at the club have at times been rather critical of the performance of the […]

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Five reasons for SC Paderborn’s win against Hannover 96

by Niklas Wildhagen

At the start of the season the fans of the Bundesliga were surprised by how well SC Paderborn managed to adapt to first tier football. André Breitenreiter’s team could churn out results against much bigger opponents almost on a regular basis, despite SCP having the lowest wage budget in the entire league. One wouldn’t believe […]

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German Club Football Culture: Tradition in Transition?

by Janek Speight

Germany’s football structures are widely lauded around the world. Their focus on not just quality football but also fan engagement, safe standing and cheap tickets are used as the pinnacle example for other leagues in Europe and abroad. They’re doing it right. Yet news that TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s members have approved billionaire Dietmar Hopp’s quest […]

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Where Have the Foals’ Goals Gone?

by Conor Garratt

They collected six points from an available nine during that packed Englische Woche of early Rückrunde action, but even so, there seems to be room for improvement for Lucien Favre’s Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Swiss tactician will celebrate his fourth anniversary with die Fohlen on Saturday – when his squad take on local rivals 1.FC Köln […]

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