Is Hoffenheim’s appointment of Stevens symptomatic of the lack of foresight in the Bundesliga?

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On Monday Hoffenheim made official what the entire league and its followers had already known after the final in the match between Hoffenheim and HSV: They fired their coach Markus Gisdol after the club’s worst start to a Bundesliga season. After 85 matches in charge, saving the club from an almost certain relegation and turning the team into one of […]

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Stuttgart Grab a Lifeline in Win over HSV

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It’s been a miserable season for VfB Stuttgart, indeed a miserable last two seasons for the Swabians, but hope for the barest of relegation survivals (bare survival occurred last season) now truly exists after Stuttgart gained a rare home win in downing fellow-relegation battler Hamburger SV 2-0 Saturday.  Only their third home win of the season, the three points lifted […]

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Alles in Ordnung: Bayern back on track with solid win against stodgy Stuttgart


Coming into their third match of 2015, FC Bayern had yet to register a win. They finally got off the mark against an uninspired and highly negative Stuttgart side which, at the end of the day, found themselves rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga table. Having just taken a point from their first two matches of the Rückrunde there was just […]

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Checking in on VfB Stuttgart


The second half of the Bundesliga begins in less than two weeks. Although the top of the table appears to be a foregone conclusion, the bottom is anything but. Only four points separate the entire bottom half of the league. Stuttgart is currently 15th, one position above the relegation playoff spot. An optimist would note that VfB is theoretically one win […]

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Matchday 34: Five Talking Points


Bayern Munich collected their second consecutive league title in the final matchday of the season, while Hamburger SV can still maintain their ever-present Bundesliga status beyond this miserable season, as another week passed with all the bottom three clubs failing to grasp a point, meaning Mirko Slomka’s side booked their place in the relegation playoffs. Meanwhile, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen […]

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Thomas Tuchel, Huub Stevens Step Down after Season Finales

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At season’s end Saturday, it was confirmed that 1. FSV Mainz 05  Coach Thomas Tuchel and VfB Stuttgart headman Huub Stevens will not return to their clubs for the 2014/2015 Bundesliga campaign.  Tuchel led small-budget Mainz to a Europa League play-in berth with the club’s seventh place finish in the Bundesliga table this season, while Stevens took over a sinking […]

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Checklist – Who is going down?

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It’s crunch time in the Bundesliga. Six match days are left and a number of heavy weights are still not out of the battle against relegation: Werder Bremen were in the Champions League as recently as the 09/10 season, HSV are the only team which has been in Germany’s top flight since it came into life back in 1963, and […]

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Schalke Beat Inter Milan in the 1997 UEFA Cup Final


In our first part, we followed Schalke’s on their journey to the UEFA Cup final.  Here we experience the destination, a clash with Italian giants Inter Milan, a clash that would go down in the history books. There they were.  Their first European final.  After decades worth of struggle, beleaguered expectations, relegation, scandals, Schalke was finally in the headlines for […]

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Schalke’s Incredible Journey to the 1997 UEFA Cup Final


Few clubs in Germany have the tradition and history Schalke do. They were one of German football’s first great sides and one of the most successful in the first half of the 20th century. Since though, the club has struggled to live up to that history and remained continuously in search of that storied past. That’s what made their incredible […]

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