Julian Draxler’s unhappy marriage with the Wolves continues

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Calmer surroundings and Champions League football – those were the two motivating factors behind Julian Draxler’s move from Schalke to VfL Wolfsburg last summer. The player himself had over the last few years been expected to be the saviour of the Royal Blues and whenever Schalke was getting into a new crisis he needed to step up both on and off the pitch. A lot was expected from the kid who made his Bundesliga debut when he was 17-years and 111 days old and who scored his first goal in […]

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Bad boy Kruse axed by Jogi after Bild campaign keeps roaring onwards

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Max Kruse has had a tough season so far at Wolfsburg. 6 goals and 6 assists in 25 league matches is not what Coach Dieter Hecking and Sporting Director Klaus Allofs would have hoped for when they took out the cheque book to pay 12 million Euros for the national team player. When Wolfsburg signed the 28-year-old attacker Kruse’s career had been on a steady rise which saw him make the way from being a Bundesliga 2 goalgetter with FC St. Pauli all the way to the national team. Besides Kruse’s […]

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VfL Wolfsburg: Die Wölfe’s De Bruyne-less Decline

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Last season, Wolfsburg, led by Kevin de Bruyne, finished second in the league and won the DFB-Pokal for the first time in their history. They had overtaken Borussia Dortmund as Germany’s #2 power, something they had been planning on doing for some time and had finally managed to achieve. With the club also in a healthy financial position thanks in no small part to their connections with Volkswagen, it seemed like things were only going to get better for Die Wölfe going forward. But, following the club record sale of […]

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Niklas Bendtner: “The Lord’s” Time at Wolfsburg

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Niklas Bendtner, even just saying his name alone is enough to make Arsenal and Juventus fans squirm in their seats. With the winter transfer window soon coming to a close and Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Hull City all recently linked with a move for the striker and Wolfsburg seemingly willing to listen to offers it appears increasing likely that “Lord Bendtner” will be back plying his trade in England sooner rather than later. His time in Germany has not gone as smoothly as he had hoped and in all […]

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2015-16 Season Preview: VfL Wolfsburg

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Full Club Name: VfL Wolfsburg Nickname: Die Wölfe Founded: 12 September 1945 Ground: Volkswagen Arena Colors: Green and White Rivals: Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig 2014-15 Finishes Bundesliga: Runners Up DFB Pokal: Champions Europa League: Quarterfinalists Top Goal Scorer: Bas Dost (20 goals in all competitions, 16 in Bundesliga) “60-second dossier” Number of Matches won by 2 or more goals: 18 Number of Matches won by 1 goal: 2 Number of Matches drawn: 9 Number of Matches lost by 1 goal: 3 Number of Matches lost by 2 or more […]

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DFB Pokal Final: VfL Wolfsburg are Winners !!!

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The DFB Pokal at a sold-out Olympiastadion in Berlin Saturday offered viewers a match featuring two clubs looking for a trophy to cap their seasons amidst great emotional motivation.  For Borussia Dortmund, a season of ups and downs saw them at least earn a Europa League play-in berth, but more importantly, it was the club’s final game with the irrepressible Jurgen Klopp at the helm.  For VfL Wolfsburg, the car accident that caused the death of young, popular teammate Junior Malanda during the winter break seemed to bring the players […]

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Is the Party Already over for VfL Wolfsburg?

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Football can be cruel. As I’ve written before, success itself is sometimes ironic – something I’m well acquainted with as a Borussia Dortmund lover. Increasingly in modern football, success contains the seeds of its own demise, unless you’re Real Madrid, Barça, Bayern, Man U, or possibly Chelsea (it’s too soon to judge for Man City and PSG). For everybody else, the party always ends, sooner rather than later. Besides, given our indomitable propensity for cutting into the Procrustean boxes of compelling narratives, how do we even know that a party even happened in the first […]

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Wolfsburg Advances to Europa League Quarterfinals

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Thank you, Dieter Hecking. The knockout stages of this year’s European competitions have not been kind to Bundesliga clubs, and these last few weeks have been kind of a drag for boosters of Germany’s domestic league.  Only Bayern Munich will represent German football in the quarterfinals of Champions League play, as Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund were eliminated in the Round of 16 while in the Europa League, Borussia Monchengladbach was sent packing, leaving only VfL Wolfsburg to fly Germany’s colors IF they could get past the 2nd leg of […]

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Wolfsburg Convincing in Europa League Win

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Coach Dieter Hecking’s VfL Wolfsburg side did most everything right Thursday evening at home, downing iconic Italian side Inter Milan by a 3-1 score.  The Wolves will carry that two-goal advantage to Milan next Thursday when they face Inter in the 2nd leg of the Europa League contest. Wolfsburg have been quite impressive in the new year, as 2015 has seen seven wins, two draws and only one loss in Bundesliga, Europa League and Pokal competition combined.  But the loss was in the Wolves last game, as an always determined […]

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Bas Dost Starring in Role as Bundesliga’s Comeback Kid

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It was shortly after scoring his fourth, and the game’s decisive goal, in Wolfsburg’s 5-4 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday that Bas Dost let all his emotions out. Having netted the injury time winner, Dost ran off at speed, arms wide apart, roaring with delight. Only a couple of months beforehand, he had seemed destined to depart Lower Saxony. How quickly matters can change in football. The Dutchman’s fourth goal settled a pulsating, riveting and at times draining encounter between two of the Bundesliga’s European hopefuls, and provided the […]

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All’s Well in Wolfsburg

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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, albeit a lucky one according to Wolves’ headman Dieter Hecking.  Nevertheless, Wolfsburg’s undefeated run to begin the Ruckrunde shows that this indeed is a club to consider, a legitimate second […]

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Zhang Xizhe- PR stunt or the real deal?

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It’s fair to say that the handful of Chinese players to have tried their luck in Europe have largely failed to make the grade. They generally arrive in a blaze of publicity and hype from the Far-East, labelled the biggest thing to come out of Asia’s superpower, before failing to make a real impact and then returning home. Dong Fangzhuo arrived at Manchester United in 2004 with Sir Alex Ferguson promising a bright future for the striker, but he managed just a solitary outing for the Red Devils in his […]

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