Explaining Taşçı’s Surprise Bayern Munich Move

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This article was originally published on Futbolgrad. Spartak Moscow’s German defender Serdar Taşçı has returned to the German Bundesliga. Signed by Spartak Moscow in the summer of 2013, Taşçı has now made the surprise switch to Germany’s perpetual title winning machine Bayern Munich. Taşçı, who was once considered one of the brightest defensive talents in German football, played 14 games […]

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Player Profile: Norwegian Rune Jarstein at Hertha BSC

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Hertha Berlin have certainly been one of the surprise packages of this Bundesliga season. The club from the capital is currently sitting in third in the Bundesliga and surpassing expectations. An integral part of Hertha’s surprising success under Hungarian Coach Pál Dárdai has been their strong defensive record – it is the joint 3rd best in the league behind Bayern and Ingolstadt. […]

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Ex-Bundesliga Midfielder Thorsten Legat’s journey to reality television

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It’s not often you see a former Bundesliga winner forced to chow down on insects and the slightly less edible parts of various larger animals, but for viewers of German television at present, this is an everyday reality. Former Bochum, Bremen, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Schalke midfielder Thorsten Legat, a midfielder who made 243 Bundesliga appearances over a career spanning fifteen […]

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There Can Only Be One Martin: Can Hinteregger Replace Stranzl and Save Borussia’s defence?

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Back in August, Borussia Mönchengladbach began the season away in Dortmund with a centre back pairing who were aged just nineteen and twenty. Both Andreas Christensen, loaned for two years from Chelsea, and Marvin Schulz, a product of the club’s youth academy, made their Bundesliga debuts at the Signal-Iduna-Park as Borussia were thrashed by Thomas Tuchel’s new club 4-0. Many […]

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A name to note: Christian Früchtl – Bayern’s 15 year-old goalkeeping sensation

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So who just is he? The youngster has been asked to join up with Pep Guardiola’s side ahead of the their winter pre-training regime in Doha, Qatar. Born on Janurary 28th 2000 in Bischofsmais, the teen sensation is one of the hottest prospects in German football. He is currently part of the Bayern Munich under 16 side managed by Wolfgang […]

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Richard Hofmann: One of Jimmy Hogan’s Discoveries – Part 2

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Developing youngsters at the club and turning them into first-team players was one of Jimmy Hogan’s top priorities. The Englishman had a knack for finding talent where nobody else would bother to look. Despite being employed by the DFB to hold lectures and training sessions after arriving in Germany, Jimmy Hogan never stopped looking for talented youngsters. On one of his […]

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The Rise of Matthias Ginter

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When youngster Matthias Ginter signed a five-year deal for Borussia Dortmund after joining from boyhood club SC Freiburg on 17th July 2014 for £8 million, most Bundesliga fans had never heard of the young defender. He was a key member and standout performer in the heart of the Freiburg defence before making the move, and helped his former side to […]

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