Category Archives: Match Report

KSC vs. HSV – Diaz and Müller save the dinosaur from extinction


Bundesliga dinosaurs Hamburger SV have survived for another season, thanks to a late goal from Marcelo Diaz and an extra-time winner from Nicolai Müller, after promising midfielder Reinhard Yabo had put hosts Karlsruhe SC a goal ahead in Monday’s relegation play-off. Even Müller’s 115th minute goal wasn’t enough to stave off the late drama in Karlsruhe, as the 2. Bundesliga side […]

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Tactical Analysis: VfL Wolfsburg 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund, DFB Pokal Final


Saturday’s DFB Pokal final featured a fascinating tactical battle. In this piece, I will discuss tactical adjustments that changed match, as well as adjustments that could have changed the match. From the start, both sides lined up in their customary 4-2-3-1 shapes:   BVB Pressing and VfL’s Wide-Area Weakness On paper Dortmund, played a 4-2-3-1 formation, but practically they transformed into something like […]

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DFB Pokal Final: VfL Wolfsburg are Winners !!!


The DFB Pokal at a sold-out Olympiastadion in Berlin Saturday offered viewers a match featuring two clubs looking for a trophy to cap their seasons amidst great emotional motivation.  For Borussia Dortmund, a season of ups and downs saw them at least earn a Europa League play-in berth, but more importantly, it was the club’s final game with the irrepressible […]

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Hamburger SV 1 Karlsruher SC 1. Late Iličević strike gives HSV hope


A late Ivo Iličević goal gave HSV a lifeline in their Relegation Playoff first-leg match against a feisty Karlsruhe side, who will have mixed feelings about the result because despite it being a good one it could have been much, much more. Nerves, nerves, nerves The match could not have started better for the visitors and it seemed scripted by HSV’s worst […]

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MatchDay 34: The final straw for Schalke, and Di Matteo


HSV: 2 -0 Schalke 04 (Olic ’49, Rajikovic ’58)  On a rational level, this game lacked meaning. With a Europa League position already guaranteed and a failed season already well established, the result would matter little for the Royal Blue, while Hamburg were playing with all it’s force and might to stay barely alive once again. What happened, however, did […]

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Bayern Falls to Freiburg as Slump Continues


With no more interest in the cup competitions and the Bundesliga title already sewn up, FC Bayern took on relegation-threatened SC Freiburg in their penultimate game of the season. Despite the bright start and the lion’s share of possession Pep Guardiola’s side were handed a stinging blow right at the death, with their desperate opponents grabbing a last-minute winner through […]

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Schalke’s Week of Utter Chaos Ends in Utterly Banal Victory


Schalke 04 1 (Hunemeier OG, 88′); Paderborn 0 Schalke are not often the focus of German soccer in the media. That privilege is usually left for the mighty Bayern with Dortmund sometimes intervening. This week, for better or worse, the status quo changed when a desperate Horst Heldt put his team in the headlines after Week 32’s defeat to Köln with the indefinite suspension of […]

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Stuttgart Grab a Lifeline in Win over HSV

BAU // 16.05.2015 Stuttgart Fußball 1. Bundesliga 33. Spieltag Saison 2014 / 2015 VfB Stuttgart vs. Hamburger SV ,  Jubel VfB , von links: Florian Klein / Daniel Schwaab / Christian Gentner / Alexandru Maxim

It’s been a miserable season for VfB Stuttgart, indeed a miserable last two seasons for the Swabians, but hope for the barest of relegation survivals (bare survival occurred last season) now truly exists after Stuttgart gained a rare home win in downing fellow-relegation battler Hamburger SV 2-0 Saturday.  Only their third home win of the season, the three points lifted […]

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Werder’s Euro Hopes Dented by Gladbach Loss


Europa League hopes for Bremen were dented, but Champions League dreams were fulfilled for Mönchengladbach as ‘die Fohlen’ ended an awful record at the Weser Stadion to secure a 2-0 win Saturday. After 28 years without a victory at Werder, Lucien Favre’s side secured a place in next season’s Champions League with a deserved victory over the Grün-Weißen thanks to […]

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