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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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The Bundesliga and German Society – A Virtuous Circle

The Bundesliga and German Society – A Virtuous Circle

by John Fisher

In parts 1 and 2 in my series, I first looked at how the financial fair play rules in German football have an effect on the strengths of German soccer and then looked I looked at the cost of being a German football fan, particularly when contrasted with the fan experience in the English Premier […]

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Each Bundesliga Club’s Splashiest Summer Signing So Far

by Navneeth Sridharan

With the World Cup done and dusted and with slightly more than three weeks before the new Bundesliga season kicks off, each of the 18 top tier clubs have been hard at work looking to boost their squads. To catch you up, here is an outline of what clubs and their fans can expect from […]

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The Price of Being a Bundesliga Fan

by John Fisher

In my first article looking at the Bundesliga model and in particular, how the 50+1 rule impacts the financial side of the game in Germany, it became increasingly evident that at the heart of the entire football society in Germany is the fan. In English football, it is often said that fans are the lifeblood […]

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The Lineups They Carried: Reviewing the Bundesliga’s Tactical Formations from 2013/14

by Travis Timmons

The 2014-15 Bundesliga season starts in a matter of weeks. The transfer market is humming along to its usual dadaist tale, while our jangled nerves rest after the extra summer assignment of World Cup viewing. Meanwhile, in picturesque country towns, Bundesliga clubs are training and even playing friendlies. Bayern has even already won its first […]

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