Schalke vs. Werder 1–3: Golden oldies turn the match around


Schalke had the chance to slip into 4th spot after most results had gone in favour of the Royal Blues this weekend, but Clemens Fritz and the relegation threatened Werder had other ideas. After a Matip header from a poorly defended Geis corner had put Schalke in front in the 4th minute, the Royal Blues wasted several chances to score […]

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Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. SV Darmstadt 98 – The Foals prevail in a chaotic goalfest


It may seem a fair few days premature to say 2015 is over, but it is. With no Bundesliga games due to be played until mid-January 2016, there’s now a worryingly large gap to be filled for fans of the league – perhaps by other leagues which run during the winter, maybe by other pastimes – until Bayern take on […]

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Der Wunder von Belgrad: Late Bobadilla winner sees Augsburg progress in Europa League


When FC Augsburg made their way into the 1. Bundesliga for the first time in 2011, nobody gave them much of a chance of avoiding the drop straight back down. Having consolidated their place in the top flight against all expert expectations under Dutch coach Jos Luhukay, Die Fuggerstädter then climbed up to eighth place in 2013/14 under Luhukay’s replacement […]

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Bayern Win The Points, Ingolstadt Win The Respect


Bayern Munich returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga after seeing their unbeaten run come to an end last weekend against Borussia Mönchengladbach, but they didn’t have things all their own way as minnows FC Ingolstadt made them really work for their victory. Pep Guardiola’s side ran out as 2-0 winners, but that doesn’t quite tell the whole story of […]

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Bayern’s Unbeaten Run Ends As Borussia Mönchengladbach Run Riot


Who says the Bundesliga is predictable and Bayern have it easy? The Bavarian’s 14-match unbeaten start to the season came crashing to an end with a comprehensive 3-1 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Despite enjoying the better of the first 45 minutes, pressuring the Foals and creating 12 chances, there was just no way through for Pep Guardiola’s side. The second […]

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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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