Diagnosing Eintracht Frankfurt’s Hellish Season

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Glancing at the league table with only three matchdays remaining, the relegation battle looks as close as always. There are only seven points separating 11th place Hamburg and 17th place Eintracht. The relegation battle looks increasingly bleak for Eintracht Frankfurt (SGE), even after their win Sunday over Mainz.  Die Adler appear ready to join already-relegated Hannover 96 in Germany’s 2nd division next season, […]

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Analysis: The Differences Between Andre Schubert and Lucien Favre’s Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Last season was a very successful year for Borussia Mönchengladbach. The club finished in third place in the Bundesliga, their best league placement since the 1986/87 campaign, with 66 points, their highest points tally in the top flight ever since the three-point rule system was put in place in Germany. This meant that they had qualified for the Champions League […]

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How Martin Schmidt took Mainz from relegation candidates to European contenders

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Ever since Mainz got promoted to the Bundesliga in 2009, they’ve encountered the reasonable problems re maintaining their status as a top flight club that are common for ‘smaller’ clubs. With now Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, Mainz managed to finish in the top half three times in five seasons from 2009 to 2014, though, even qualifying for the Europa League […]

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Is Hamburg’s offense really that bad?

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Entering the 15/16 season, predictions and previews had HSV in the 13-16th range, just above the one and done sides Ingolstadt and Darmstadt (double whoops). So, while the two second division sides have taken the league by surprise, Hamburger SV are right on schedule at the international break, sitting in 12th position in the Bundesliga with 31 points after 27 games. The more alarming […]

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