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SC Freiburg’s Football Factory

by Mathew Burt

It’s the first game of the 2012 Rückrunde and bottom side SC Freiburg are facing FC Augsburg at home and neither side have found a way to score as the clock ticks down to 90 minutes. Trainer Christian Streich decides on a final throw of the dice and sends on eighteen year old academy graduate […]

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FC Bayern’s Arabian Adventure – Strictly Business

by Adrian Sertl

FC Bayern are back in Munich after returning earlier this week from their winter training camp in Qatar, only they appear to have brought a little extra baggage with them on the return flight. The club is facing significant backlash following a decision to go ahead with a (sponsor organized) friendly in Saudi Arabia against […]

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Replacing a Weltmeister: Who’ll be Borussia’s next midfield star?

by Conor Garratt

Having helped young midfielder Christoph Kramer into a Bundesliga star, leading to a spot in Germany’s World Cup-winning squad, Borussia Mönchengladbach now faces a number of tough decisions over the next few months with regard to how they can replace their defensive midfielder whose style of play has been so influential in how the club’s success over the […]

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Werder Bremen: One Team, Four Keepers!

by Mathew Burt

The West End and Broadway hit ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ is an acclaimed comedic farce. It seems that Bundesliga strugglers Werder Bremen are keen on acting out their own version of said farce during the winter transfer window entitled ‘One Club, Four Keepers’. How else are fans of the Hanseaten supposed to make sense of […]

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Bundesliga Hinrunde Report Card – Part I

by Niklas Wildhagen

Currently Bundesliga teams are preparing for the Rückrunde, which provides the chance to evaluate their form over the first 17 matches of the season. Here’s a report card for the six teams currently in the bottom third of the table. 18th – SC Freiburg State of affairs: Three points from the last five matches have seen Freiburg […]

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Groundhog Day for Dynamo: How PEGIDA protests put the club in a bind

by Niklas Wildhagen

It’s an old story for Dynamo Dresden officials. Over the last couple of decades, Dynamo fans have not had the most stellar reputation. Many have accused the club of tolerating right-wing elements in their stadium. The last time I was at the ground, however, the club had posted several signs stating “being a Nazi means […]

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Zhang Xizhe- PR stunt or the real deal?

by Mathew Burt

It’s fair to say that the handful of Chinese players to have tried their luck in Europe have largely failed to make the grade. They generally arrive in a blaze of publicity and hype from the Far-East, labelled the biggest thing to come out of Asia’s superpower, before failing to make a real impact and […]

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Bundesliga 2 Mid-Season Review – Part I

by Ben McKenna

With 19 match days of the current Bundesliga 2 season completed and clubs on winter break, it is time to take stock of how every club has performed to date this season. I assessed each club’s performance and graded them on their achievements, using an A-F (A, B, C, D, E, and F) grading scale. FC Nürnberg […]

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The Incredible Lightness of Now Being… a Bundesliga Fanatic

by Gerry Wittmann

Being a fanatic, a fan, a supporter of a sporting club entails the duality of lightness and heaviness.  The heaviness occurs, for example, in being a suffering supporter of a club that seems too often clueless in its decision-making ie perhaps like a certain North German red-shorted side or a Swabian club from the South. […]

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Junior Malanda – A tribute

by Archie Rhind-Tutt

Wolfsburg are set to play Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga’s first game of 2015 in just over two weeks time. It should have been a chance for Junior Malanda to make up for what happened on the opening day of the campaign in Munich. It seemed meaningful at the time in August when Malanda, yards […]

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