The final Bundesliga MatchDay 2015/2016 Team of the Week


“Why do all good things come to an end?” That is the question, as noted contemporary thinker Nelly Furtado pondered but they do and we have arrived to the end of the 2015/16 season in which the final matchday of the Bundesliga brought us 29 goals and a lot of weird results. Bayern lifting the trophy and Robert Lewandowski breaking the […]

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All’s Well in Wolfsburg


VfL Wolfsburg finished the Hinrunde in second place behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich, and have continued the season’s restart in fine fashion, capturing seven of a possible nine points early on.  Two stout wins against Bayern and Hoffenheim sandwiched a weaker Wolves’ effort away to Eintracht Frankfurt, a game in which Kevin De Bruyne’s late goal gave Wolfsburg a point, […]

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Germany 2 – 1 Algeria: Schürrle and Özil’s extra-time goals drag Germany into quarterfinals


Well what a scintillating game of football this was and a great advertisement for the beautiful game but at times it was a big struggle for Jogi Löw’s team. Brave and heroic is just a few words you cloud use to explain Algeria but overall the powerful Germans were just too strong for their North African opponent. The game was […]

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Germany’s performance against Ghana leaves Jogi Löw with plenty of work to do


The clock had already ticked past the 90-minute mark in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana, when Jogi Löw could no longer contain his frustration: visibly angry that his team gifted Ghana the chance to score the winning goal on the break just before the end of the match, the DFB coach kicked the Brazuca, which had rolled towards him, away […]

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Germany end World Cup qualifying campaign with 8-goal thriller


Joachim Löw’s Germany finished one of their best ever qualifying campaigns with a highly entertaining 5-3 win against Sweden in Stockholm.  Germany finish as group winners, unbeaten in their ten games and with the best offense in UEFA qualifying.  Andre Schürrle was the standout player on the day, scoring a 19-minute hatrick.  Also on the scoresheet for Germany were Mesut […]

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Remember the Bruchweg Boys? – Mainz are facing Bayern. Again


Thomas Tuchel tries once again to upset the Bavarians. One can’t help, but think about that marvellous match from three years ago between Bayern and Mainz whenever this particular fixture appears on the schedule. Most Mainz fans probably remember their team’s 2-1 away win against Bayern München in 2010 like it was yesterday: Sami Allagui’s delicate back heel, Szalai’s exquisite […]

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Germany are heading to Brazil after 3-0 win against Ireland


Germany officially sealed their place at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year following a dominant 3-0 win against the Republic of Ireland.  Goals from Sami Khedira, Andre Schürrle and Mesut Özil sealed the three points necessary to top the group and continue their unbeaten qualifying campaign.  With the goal of qualification reached, coach Joachim Löw can now use […]

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Performance Analysis – What can Chelsea expect from Andre Schürrle


After what seems like eons of back and forth negotiations, Andre Schürrle finally made his move to Chelsea official this week.  The Bayer Leverkusen attacker joins the London club on a five-year contract in a deal reportedly worth 23 million Euros. Chelsea were linked with Schürrle as far back as the summer of 2012.  And for a while it looked […]

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