Bundesliga 2016/2017 ‘Where are they now’ V-2

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Granit Xhaka (Arsenal, EPL) The Swiss midfielder was a substitute in Wednesday’s Arsenal match against the MLS All-Stars, as the Gunners won 2-1.  The Swiss international signed with the London club in May after spending the previous four seasons for Die Fohlen of Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he raised his profile enough that Arsenal paid 3an estimated 30-35 million euros for his signature this summer.  Xhaka began his career with FC Basel and has featured 44 times for his country, scoring six goals. Raphael Holzhauser (Austria Wien, Austria Bundesliga) The former […]

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A German Influence in the 2016 NASL Season

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In what amounted to big news for the NASL, North America’s second division league, the league announced Wednesday that some of its matches will be televised live on BeIN Sports USA. The network, which also holds rights to La Liga, Serie A and Ligue One among other properties, will televise 34 matches during the 2016 season, beginning with the Spring portion of this year’s campaign on this coming Saturday, April 2, when last year’s playoff semi-finalists, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers host the expansion Miami FC , who are coached by […]

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The Bundesliga ‘Where are they Now’ Post V-1

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The Fanatic will do a periodic checkup on former Bundesliga players now earning a living playing outside of Germany.  It’s kinda nice to recall the names of players that once provided fans with some thrills while in Germany. Mario Mandžukić (Juventus, Serie A) The Croatian striker spent four years in the Bundesliga, two with VfL Woflsburg, and the next two with Bayern Munich.  He totaled 53 goals in 110 league matches for the two clubs before spending last year with Atletico Madrid.  He’s already added to his heavily laden trophy shelf with Juve, winning […]

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Best XI Players to Bid A Summer Farewell to the Bundesliga

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The Bundesliga is back! Finally it’s time for football on the pitch to do the talking, as the summer transfer market closed on Monday midnight, with familiar faces Shinji Kagawa and Lewis Holtby marking their return to German football in the closing moments of the window, much to the jubilation of Bundesliga fans. But as much the summer and January transfer windows provide an exciting opportunity for a reunion of old friends with their fans or to see new players in your favorite league, those same transfer openings always leave […]

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Juan Arango leaves ‘The Foals’ after five years

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Many Bundesliga fans have been in awe of The Special Juan and his magical left foot. If ever the cliche of a player not being a great goal scorer, but a scorer of great goals, described a player accurately, it’d probably be applied to Arango. After five years of loyal service, the Venezuelan has chosen to join Xolos Tijuana on a two year deal with an option for an additional third season at the club. Arango is going to be re-united with his former national team coach Cesar Farias in Mexico. […]

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Hinrunde Review: Borussia Mönchengladbach and Favre’s Redux

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You cannot have any Gladbach-related conversation without mentioning Marco Reus, Dante, or Roman Neustädter. The beginning of last season was a euphoric experience for Gladbach. The team that survived certain doom the year before continued its great form under Favre and finished in a Champions League spot. It was special. When Marco Reus returned from the winter break last season, it was known he would be transferring to Borussia Dortmund, a club he played for and supported in his youth. Marco was worried about fan reaction before their match against […]

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Schalke 1 – 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach – Ineffective Schalke gift the Foals a point

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Borussia Mönchengladbach haven’t won an away match in Gelsenkirchen since Udo Lattek coached Schalke in 1992. Today’s wasteful performance by the Royal Blues almost changed that. Schalke were going into this match only having won one of their last five matches in the Bundesliga. Out of the last ten matches between the two sides 9 of them ended in a home win, whilst one ended in a draw. The stats going into the match were firmly in favor of Schalke, who needed a win in order to keep up with Leverkusen, […]

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The Bundesliga Week of Brilliance

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Rarely does a domestic league exhibit such startling brilliance as this past week involving Bundesliga clubs.  While Fanatic readers are most likely well aware of the annual Bundesliga lead among the top five European leagues in attendance and goal-scoring, for the uninitiated and those still holding onto musty thoughts that Serie A, La Liga and the EPL are Europe’s only worthwhile leagues, the week that was had to open eyes as to the quality of German club football.  While a matter of subjectivity, it says here that the Bundesliga takes […]

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Bundesliga Players on International Duty this Weekend

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Once again Bundesliga players represented their home nations across the globe during the first round of games of the international break.  Stuttgart’s  Vedad Ibišević scored a hat trick, while Jefferson Farfan of Schalke had a brace and Bayern München’s Manuel Neuer as well as Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio registered clean sheets over the weekend in international play. UEFA World Cup Qualifying Germany began its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0  Group 3 victory over the Faroe Islands.  Twenty year-old Borussia Dortmund star Mario Götze got Germany on the scoreboard with his third […]

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Dynamo Kyiv 1 – 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach – Favre faces Ukrainian Cul De Sac

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Borussia Mönchengladbach nearly pulled off the impossible and nearly came from behind in Kyiv to advance to the group stage of the Champions League. Alas, their 2-1 win in the Ukraine was not enough after losing 3-1 in the first leg and will have to find consolation in the Europa League.  Despite an admirable comeback the tie showed that Gladbach are not ready for the Champions League just yet but the experience can be an invaluable one for Favre and the team. Lineups and Tactics Dynamo coach Yuri Semin made […]

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Season Preview – Borussia Mönchengladbach – Can Favre deliver more success after spending spree?

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In the space of fifteen short months, Borussia Mönchengladbach went from being almost guaranteed relegation from the Bundesliga to the Champions League qualifying rounds. In that time, coach Lucien Favre created possibly the best defence in the league out of the worst one, nurtured one of German football’s brightest prospects, Marco Reus, and built an excellent team. Despite the loss of Reus during the summer, his €17.5m transfer fee and millions more have been invested in new players, meaning there’s still plenty of reasons for Mönchengladbach to be optimistic ahead […]

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Top 25 Bundesliga Players 2011/12 (10 – 6)

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We resume our countdown of the Bundesliga’s best season’s best players as we narrow the list to the very best.  In this part we encounter the most prolific midfielder in the league, a player with the most cultured left foot in the league, one of its most brilliant playmakers, the Bundesliga’s most prolific ever Polish striker and a player for whom scoring goals comes as easy as breathing air. 10 Martin Harnik The Austrian international has been a vital player for Stuttgart this season. Harnik was arguably the best player […]

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