Category Archives: Profile

The coincidences which brought Robert Lewandowski to the Bundesliga


Robert Lewandowski’s five goals were the talk of Europe on Wednesday morning. As it turns the Pole managed to establish a new European record, as the quickest five pack had been scored by the Hungarian Spaniard Laszlo Kubala, who scored five goals within 19 minutes in a league match in Spain back in 1959. Furthermore, the 27-year-old scored more goals within […]

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A Look at CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg’s Tuesday Champions League Opponent


Introduction CSKA Moscow squeezed into the second Champions League qualification place in the Russian Premier League with only two minutes of the season to spare. This, and the hair-raising entrance to the competition with a 4-3 aggregate playoff victory against Sporting, was no less dramatic. The 2005 UEFA Cup winners still have six players in their current squad from 2009-10 when they […]

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Bayern’s Impressive Douglas Costa


Bayern Munich exceeded last season’s results en route to the first international break of the season with three consecutive league triumphs, as the aura surrounding the Bavarian camp hints at a team destined to meet extraordinary expectations set at the Allianz Arena. Two home victories against Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen have been fairly straightforward, and Pep Guardiola’s men still created […]

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German Soccer Legend Oka Nikolov Hopes to Coach in MLS


Oka Nikolov, a German born goalkeeper that played for the Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt is a legend in Germany. His professional career spanned 21 years, beginning in 1992 and he played with and against Germany’s best, including current USA Soccer coach and soccer great Jurgen Klinsmann. Affectionately referred to as “The Eternal Oka” by the Frankfurt faithful, he is revered throughout Germany […]

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Hakan Çalhanoğlu- The Bundesliga’s Free-Kick King


Each generation produces one or two outstanding free-kick kings, but it is safe to say that Bayer Leverkusen have the fortune to possess today’s master. Hours devoted on the training pitch to perfect technique often pays dividends on match day and leaves fans in ecstasy and opposition goalkeepers looking stunned. We are of course talking about the set-piece expert, the […]

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A matter of the heart – Niklas Brandt’s return to the football pitch


It was the 110th minute of a proper Pokal fight between 1. FC Magdeburg and Bayer Leverkusen. The second round match on October 29th 2014 had seen the Regionalliga side surprising the Bundesliga team by being well-organised and rather effective going forward. Defensive midfielder Niklas Brandt had taken a run from the mid-circle of the pitch and up towards the […]

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Player profile – Charles Aránguiz


“We’re pleased that our persistence paid off and that Charles Aránguiz has decided to join us,” said Leverkusen’s general manager, Michael Schade, on the Bundesliga club’s website. Pleased? If Chilean midfielder Aránguiz lives up to the potential that many people believe he has, then the Werkself hierarchy should be doing somersaults to a background of fireworks, dancing girls and a […]

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