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Can Schalke 04 find the consistency they need to make the top four?

by Jack Grimse

Despite a great display at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 2nd leg of their knockout match against Real Madrid, Schalke were eliminated. The Royal Blues had lost the first leg 2-0, so last week’s 4-3 win wasn’t enough for them to progress to the quarterfinals. Even though Roberto Di Matteo’s team is out of the Champions […]

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Leverkusen’s Kießling and Drmić Striker Dilemma: One, Both, or Neither?

by Eskender Tamrat

It’s not rare to hear coaches mention something along the lines of having  “a rather desirable selection headache” problem. Although the football business is never short on competitions, at times you find yourself having to choose between players vying for a place in same position. Although some coaches prefer to work with limited squad depth, others, like Felix […]

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Schalke display their Champions League finest in honourable defeat

by Tim Snoddon

Real Madrid 3 (Ronaldo 25′, 45′, Benzema 53′) Schalke 4 (Fuchs 20′, Huntelaar 40′, 87′, Sane 57′) During Tuesday’s match, several tweets from both neutral and Schalke fan sites paraphrased the same message: “Not the same Schalke side.” Not the same Schalke side that was woefully inadequate in losing the Revierderby 3-0 to Dortmund. Not […]

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Change of tactics pays off: Schalke’s Week 24 victory

by Tim Snoddon

Schalke 3-1 Hoffenheim   (Fuchs 12, Meyer 41, 53; Volland 73) Week 24’s game was an attempt from the Royal Blues to come back after the most humiliating defeat to Dortmund at the Revierderby the week before. I among many was convinced this club was not good enough for any Champions League position in the league. My mind […]

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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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