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Growing Pains (The Weight Of Expectation)

by Will Sharp

When a young footballer outgrows their youth academy and the time comes for them to impress on the senior stage one of a few things will inevitably happen. Whether the player is slowly transitioned into the squad, being afforded the odd substitute appearance, or is thrown straight in at the deep end – through necessity, […]

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The story of Robin and Debtman

by Niklas Wildhagen

Sitting in the Weserstadion, one can’t help but feel that Werder Bremen’s fans do have an impressive support going for their team. I was there for the match against Hoffenheim, and it was lovely to see the way Davie Selke was applauded off the pitch despite not having had the best of matches. The attitude […]

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If the Bundesliga Season Ended Today …

by Travis Timmons

Yawn. It’s international break time. And so soon – too soon – as only two matchdays have been played for this new 2014-15 Bundesliga season. Just as we were settling into a semblance of a football-spectating weekend routine, season-time pauses and we can ponder our mortality, purpose in life, then watch mediocre international friendlies and […]

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Toni Kroos among the Galacticos

by Chalkontheboots

When the opportunity arises to sign a player of the calibre of Toni Kroos for around £20million, it’s not really a difficult decision to make. And when you’re the President of Real Madrid, you don’t really consider if you need an elite level player. If one becomes available, you sign him. It’s a policy that […]

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Are Bayern’s recent transfers a mistake?

by Aleix Gwilliam

The news came up on Thursday morning like a flash: Xabi Alonso was a Bayern München player to all effects, signing for a fee of 10m€ and with his contract stating wages of 8m€ before tax. The Basque midfielder was the third Spanish signing Guardiola has made this summer and he will join Javi Martínez, […]

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What the Premier League Needs to Learn from the Bundesliga

by John Fisher

In the last part of this series about finances in German football, we will take a look at what the Premier League can learn about its own successes and failures and whether it should take any inspiration from how the Bundesliga and its incumbent teams are organised and governed. While acknowledging that there are many […]

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Fans protest against RB Leipzig

by Niklas Wildhagen

RB Leipzig have entered the Bundesliga 2 with a bang, managing to secure 7 points from their first three matches in addition to a famous win over Bundesliga side SC Paderborn in the first round of the DFB Pokal. However, those who have followed the close up shots from the fan blocks on match day […]

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The Curious Case of Nicklas Bendtner

by Rhys Johnson

The often maligned and mocked striker Nicklas Bendtner has signed a 3 year deal with the often mocked VfL Wolfsburg. One is seen as a “plastic” footballer and the other is seen as a “plastic” football team. It almost seems like Bendtner and Wolfsburg were meant to be together, a bit like Dimitar Berbatov and […]

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Bookmakers Sponsorship in the Bundesliga: A Missed Opportunity?

by John Fisher

In part 4 of his series on the Bundesliga’s financial and supporter model, John Fisher explores It is not often that the Bundesliga and German sports in general, get a decision wrong, but back in March of 2006, that may well have been the case – the repercussions of which may still be unfolding. After […]

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Shirts on Parade: Reviewing the 2014-15 Bundesliga Kits

by Travis Timmons

It’s Bundesliga Fashion time. And what better time to cue up the generic house music, flashing lights, and roll out the catwalk than right now, as we await the new season’s start in a couple weeks. The new kits have all been released. Friendlies have been played, as we adjust to the new colors and […]

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