Tag Archives: Lucien Favre

2015-2016 Season Preview: Borussia Mönchengladbach


Borussia Mönchengladbach Nickname: Die Fohlen. Founding: 1st August 1900. Ground: Stadion im Borussia-Park. Colors: White, Green and Black. Rivals: 1.FC Köln. 2014-15 Finishes: Bundesliga: 3rd. DFB Pokal: Quarter Final, losing to Arminia Bielefeld on penalties. Europa League: Round of 32, losing 4-2 to Sevilla on aggregate. Top Goalscorer: Patrick Herrmann, 16 goals in all competitions. “60-second dossier” Number of Matches […]

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Borussia Mönchengladbach: The awakening of a sleeping giant


As the dust settles on the 2014-2015 Bundesliga season we can look back at what has been one of the most entertaining seasons in recent memory and take stock of all that has happened – Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich steamrolling their way to a 3rd successive league title, Vfl Wolfsburgs emergence as a genuine force, Borussia Dortmund’s inexplicable 1st half […]

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Tactical Analysis of Favre’s Flexible 4-4-2 System against Leverkusen

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Around 3-4 years ago, the 4-4-2 system was considered extinct, because of the ease by which this system could be dominated by a system comprising 3 central midfielders (e.g. Mourinho’s 3 midfielder system as a prominent example). However, in last couple seasons, the 4-4-2 formation has had a bit of a renaissance with teams such as Simeone’s Atlético and Schmidt’s Salzburg and Bayer Leverkusen (B04) […]

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Wolves and an Angstgegner: Gladbach’s Climb to Qualification


What has following Borussia Mönchengladbach been like of late? Well, as they say, when it rains, it pours. That’s if the cliché had a more positive equivalent obviously; the club have raced into the Champions League spots thanks to the incredible job done both on and off the pitch by pretty much everyone involved with the club in recent years, […]

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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 – […]

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Herrmann brace helps Borussia to dominant win


A vintage performance at Borussia-Park on Sunday evening ensured that Borussia Mönchengladbach go into next weekend’s clash with Bayern with a comfortable five point gap on fifth-placed Schalke. A brace by Patrick Herrmann – thanks to two of the simplest finishes in his career for Gladbach  – set die Fohlen on their way to three points and their sixth consecutive home […]

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A Game of Two Parts: Raffael Sparkles but Gladbach Collapses to Draw


Saturday evening played host to a game which was very nearly another sign of the incredible maturity Lucien Favre’s Borussia Mönchengladbach side has developed over the course of the current season: a tough away fixture to Mainz successfully hurdled with the return to form Raffael, one of the club’s marquee talents, who delivered a brace in an overall excellent performance. A […]

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Late Xhaka Show Earms Mönchengladbach a Rheinderby Win


A last-gasp Granit Xhaka header secured Borussia Mönchengladbach a 1-0 victory, and bragging rights, in the first Rheinderby with local rivals 1.FC Köln at Borussia-Park since 2012.  While the afternoon was marred somewhat by a pitch invasion from a small pocket of Köln fans at the end of the game, the picture of match-winner Xhaka celebrating with his Swiss teammate Yann […]

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Champions League Chasers: Can Augsburg and Gladbach upset the top 4 hierarchy?

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With match day 21 on the horizon,the second half of the season is well underway, as is the fascinating scramble for 3rd and 4th places and the possibility of Champions League football. The past few seasons have seen four or five of Deutschland’s finest become custodians of the coveted top four positions in the Bundesliga, similar to the Premier League. […]

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Schalke-Mönchengladbach Preview: A Tough Call at the Veltins


The Bundesliga’s been back a matter of a week and already it’s hard to remember what that pesky Winterpause felt like – how did we last so long without football? Friday evening will play host to yet another exciting game in the German top flight, and indeed one of the key games of Matchday 20 – especially when looking at […]

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The Rise of Christoph Kramer


When Christoph Kramer’s name was included in Germany’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil, plenty of eyebrows were raised. Understandably so, as he was not even selected for Germany’s initial 30-man provisional squad, having only been promoted later by Jogi Löw for tactical purposes. Much like the case of tennis player Goran Ivanišević, who became the first […]

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