Category Archives: Match Report

Tactical Analysis: Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Schalke


Issues in Leverkusen’s build-up structure Both teams fielded similar basic shapes, 4-2-3-1, but displayed different positional play. As ever, the front four (Calhanoglu, Mehmedi, Bellarabi, and Hernandez) in Roger Schmidt’s system frequently switch areas and narrow their shape. The 6 duo of Kampl and Kramer played a specific role, particularly during Leverkusen’s first phase of build-up. Back to his time at Red Bull […]

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Tactical Analysis: Schalke 1 – 3 FC Bayern


Andre Breitenreiter fielded his Schalke side in a 5-4-1 basic shape that would be transformed into something like 3-4-3 during attacking build-up. This was a defensive-minded approach with a deep block and quick counters whenever the opportunity occurred. Keeper Ralf Fährmann was shielded by a five-men-back shape, consisting of Sascha Riether and Dennis Aogo at right and left back, while Joel Matip, Benedikt Höwedes […]

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Hertha Berlin: Winning Ugly is Still Winning


On a snowy November Sunday in Germany’s capital, Hertha Berlin hosted a Hoffenheim side desperate for points, but it was the Berliners who came away with all three points, winning 1-0.  The win was more ugly than an artistic triumph, as Berlin could only manage one shot through the entire ninety minutes, but yet another victory leaves Coach Pál Dárdai’s […]

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1. FC Köln Cross the Rhine to Grab Three Points Before the Karneval


Thoughts on the 1. FC Köln 1:2 victory at BayArena over neighbor Bayer Leverkusen: How We Got There  After his Leverkusen side delivered a 5:1 win in Roger Schmidt’s first meeting with neighboring 1. FC Köln, the second-year Bayer boss was openly critical of Peter Stöger’s highly defensive game plan. “Everyone has their own philosophy. I could not play football the way […]

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Bayern vs. Arsenal 5-1 – Pep’s team on cruise control against lacklustre Arsenal


In Wednesday night’s Champions League match Pep Guardiola’s team were looking for revenge after their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates on the last match day of the Champions League. During the previous match against Arsenal Bayern had a lot of possession, but couldn’t create enough chances to get the job done. The first few minutes of the match started off with […]

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Wolfsburg Take Care of Business Saturday


The highlight contest of MatchDay 11 was Saturday’s clash between Champions League clubs VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.  With Bayern Munich dropping their first points of the Bundesliga season Friday in their 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, there became the rare opportunity for Bundesliga title contenders/pretenders to make some ground on the record title-holders in Saturday’s matches, adding more importance […]

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Leverkusen 4 – 4 AS Roma: Schmidt’s Zunkunftfußball on Tour


Regardless of what happens today, yesterday’s 4-4 feast of a draw between Bayer Leverkusen and AS Roma at the BayArena is the match of the round. Perhaps feast is the wrong descriptor. Let’s try avant-garde installation piece instead. Adapting this descriptor instead, has avant-gardeism ever been so much fun? (Hmmmm.) Of course, all the fun should be attributed to Roger […]

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Bayern Munich Roll Past Borussia Dortmund Sunday


Bayern Munich turned the much-hyped Der Klassiker match with unbeaten Borussia Dortmund Sunday into simply a Bayern Klassiker, as the Bavarians defeated visiting BvB by a 5-1 margin at the Allianz Arena, and in doing so built their lead in the Bundesliga table to seven points over the runnerup BvB and eight points over their Ruhr Valley counterparts, Schalke, going into the […]

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Friday Night Coface – Malli Inspires Mainz to Magnificent Win


Late evening kick off under the floodlights, the warm buzz of anticipation in a mostly-full stadium, the knowledge that you’re about to see two teams of highly talented players go head to head in a game everyone at home’s also watching. Is there anything better when it comes to football? Not much. On Friday I made the very short trip […]

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An Old-School Klassiker: The Greuther Fürth-Nürnberg Frankenderby


Bayern versus Dortmund. Bayern versus 1860. HSV v Werder. Dortmund versus Schalke. Some more recent, some more traditional, but classic encounters all the same. However there is a Klassiker that is arguably more steeped in history and tradition than any of these. FC Bayern München against Borussia Dortmund is a recent “classic encounter”, with the label only being applied in […]

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