Category Archives: Match Report

Bayern Falls to Freiburg as Slump Continues

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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

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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

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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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Tactical Analysis of Bayern 3-2 Barcelona in UCL Exit for Die Roten

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During Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final (leg 2) in Munich, Bayern Munich played in roughly a 4-4-2 / 4-4-1-1 shape, which focused on congesting their right half of the field. To achieve this goal, Rafinha covered the touchline, while Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller alternately occupied the right side “half space” and made diagonal runs down this channel into Barcelona’s defense. Bastian Schweinsteiger started […]

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