Five Bundesliga Players who Are Facing a Critical Season in 2016/17

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Now that the Bundesliga season is finally upon us, we can look back on all that happened in this summer’s international tournaments and transfer window to see what teams and players look ready for the grind that is the Bundesliga season. From new look teams to players donning new shirts, the upcoming season is important for a lot of the teams that spent money this summer. But besides the teams, there are plenty of players who need to step up this term for a variety of reasons. Either their club […]

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Gute Woche / Schlechte Woche: Matchday 12 Edition


You cannot accuse the Bundesliga of failing to offer something for everyone. For those who want some feisty and aggressive football, there was Derby drama to be had this weekend. For those who enjoy predictability, there was a routine Bayern Munich victory to whet the appetite. For those who anticipate the surprise and shock factor of the game, there was a defender netting a brace in the Rhine derby and a Salomon Kalou hat-trick. The 2015-2016 Bundesliga campaign is really starting to heat up, and while the league is beginning […]

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Der Torschützenkönig: 2015/16’s Runners and Riders


The crowning of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier as the leading goal scorer in the Bundesliga last season came as a surprise to many- especially when you consider that die Adler frontman missed the last seven games of the campaign with a knee injury. This season should see another hotly contested race for the much coveted Torschützenkanone with a host of the German league’s top strikers looking to have their name etched on the famous trophy alongside the likes of Gerd Müller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Völler. So here’s a look at […]

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Wolfsburg hand an early loss to Bayern in DFL SuperCup


Bayern Munich failed to put away a resilient VfL Wolfsburg Saturday evening as “Lord” Nicklas Bendtner led the club to an early piece of silverware, scoring the equalizing goal late in the game and then knocking in the deciding penalty kick to earn a trophy for the Wolves after the game was deadlocked 1-1 at 90 minutes. . There aren’t many things one can truly take away from these “league winners vs. domestic cup champions” matches, as they’re usually just early fitness tests for players days before the regular season begins. However, some […]

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Ten Bundesliga Doppelgängers


They say there is a person out there somewhere that is your exact likeness- your doppelgänger. The Bundesliga too is rife with players, trainers and presidents who bear an uncanny resemblance to another famous person. Take a look at these pairs separated at birth for a bit of light-hearted merriment. First up we have Hannover 96 president Martin Kind. Aside from when he is running the Niedersachsen club, does Herr Kind have a side job in Springfield managing the nuclear power plant in the Simpsons? Or perhaps Montgomery Burns fancied […]

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Top 25 Bundesliga Players 2014/15: 5-1


Need to catch up on the countdown? Review our earlier selections 25-21, 20-16, 15-11 and 10-6 by clicking the links.  The countdown of our choices for top 25 players of the 2014-15 Bundesliga season ends with a top five that’s hard to beat.  Two of our picks missed the end of the season with injury, but were so outstanding when healthy that they graded out among the best. 5. Jerome Boateng If, for just one minute you are able to erase the sight of Lionel Messi sitting Jerome Boateng on the seat of his pants in […]

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Bizarre horror show at Allianz ends Bayern’s Pokal dream


Sometimes you just have to disappear for a while, clear your head, and hope against all hope that it was all just a bad dream. But after rubbing your eyes on more than one occasion and even dunking your head in a basin of freezing cold water, the horrible vision still remains. On the evening of Tuesday 28th March 2015, FC Bayern München had one of those evenings. That’s right. One of those evenings. An evening where not just one or even a couple of marginal decisions went the wrong […]

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The “It’s Cool to Think Der Klassiker Doesn’t Matter” BVB-Bayern Match Preview


Fancy yourself a cool kid now, huh? Think you’re too cool for gettin’ all excited about Saturday’s BVB-Bayern der Klassiker match in Dortmund, eh? Think again. You know you’ll be watching. You can’t help it. And it’s totally okay. Remember the good old days just a season or two ago when der Klassiker was the Bundesliga’s best show in town? We were like … But now we’ve wised up. Our hipster ways demand higher standards. Der Klassiker? So 2013. And you tell yourself it’s okay to act unimpressed ‘n all […]

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Insipid Bayern ridden roughshod by well-drilled Foals


This week’s report was always going to be a little different, with my being in the south stand of the Allianz Arena in Munich to watch FC Bayern live in what was arguably a modern revival of the age-old Klassiker of the 1970s against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Sadly, for Bayern fans the game wouldn’t quite match up to our expectations – and in what was surely the cruellest twist of fate I ended up having witness at first hand what was probably Bayern’s most insipid display of the season. Coach Pep […]

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Geissböcke have their horns trimmed by birthday boys Bayern

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27th February 2015 marked the 115th anniversary of the foundation of FC Bayern, and the Red Dragons London gathered in force for what would turn into a memorable birthday party. The evening ended with the presentation of a special “Allianz Arena” cake and a club history quiz, but the main meal – a Friday evening match up against one-time old school rivals 1. FC Köln – helped kicked things off nicely as Bayern scored two goals in each half to stay well on course for a twenty-fifth Bundesliga title. However, […]

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Stats review – Who are the most frequent goal scorers in the Bundesliga?


The Bundesliga has provided its fans with some high scoring matches after the league’s return from the winter. Two Dutchmen have made headlines for their prolific form in front of goal after Germany’s top flight kicked back into action. Bayern’s Arjen Robben seems unstoppable at the moment, having scored a staggering 10 goals in his last 8 appearances(and 6 in 5 in the Rückrunde), whilst Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost managed the incredible feat of scoring 8 goals in 8 days (6 in the Bundesliga and 2 in the Europa League). With […]

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Six of the Best from Bayern as they overpower ten-man Paderborn


FC Bayern returned to Bundesliga action with a journey north-west to Paderborn, with normal service being resumed. The home side must surely have taken some heart from Bayern’s lack of sharpness in front of goal against Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, but any hopes of pulling off a shock were quickly quashed as Bayern once again clicked into gear at a packed Benteler-Arena. Coach Pep Guardiola made two changes from the team that had started in the Ukraine. Holger Badstuber returned to a four-man defence strengthened by the return of Jérôme […]

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