FC Schalke 04: Bluer than Blue after Bayern Blowout


It was just totally unfair.  Saturday’s late fixture on MatchDay 21 of the Bundesliga season featured a high-stepping Bayern München squad hosting the bluer-than-blue Schalke club led by Jens Keller.  A seeming mismatch of epic proportions.  And a mismatch it was, as the Bavarians pasted the slumping Royal Blues 4-0 at the Allianz. Everything has been going right for Jupp Heynckes’ […]

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The Spanish Exodus to Germany and why the Bundesliga is doing everything right


With Javi Martínez’s impending 36-40m€ transfer from Athletic Bilbao to Bayern München, he will be the latest on a growing list of Spanish players to arrive in the Bundesliga in the last three years. Most famously, Raúl was the first when he arrived at Schalke from Real Madrid after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabéu. Reportedly, Raúl […]

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Schalke 4 – 0 Hertha Berlin – Raul’s farewell and Hertha inch closer to relegation


Raul got a fitting farewell in his last home match for the club after his side convincingly beat Hertha Berlin 4-0 in the sweltering Ruhr heat. Huntelaar scored two with Raul and Holtby rounding off a very one sided match.  The win guarantees Schalke third spot in the standings and automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage while Hertha […]

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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: History weighs heavy on marquee tie


There will be no snarling strut from Stefan Effenberg, there will be no sublime skills from Raul Gonzalez, no sense of doomed brilliance from Mehmet Scholl, no wizardry from Luis Figo or even lung-bursting forays from Roberto Carlos. There will be no vicious elation from Mark van Bommel, nor will there be any tireless running from the boy ‘fetched from […]

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20 Best Players of the 2011/12 Hinrunde – Part I (20 – 11)

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Halfway through the season there is no shortage of talking points in the Bundesliga.  Not surprising of course considering this is the league that brings us Felix Magath and Uli Hoeness.  And where else will you find controversies involving stolen hotel shampoos and club enforced restrictions on nutella products anyways?  Of course, the attention belongs on the pitch where some exhilarating football […]

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News Round Up: Transfer drama, Lahm’s prediction and Naldo’s return


A day before FC Bayern Munich are ready to take on FC Zürich in their Champions League qualifier everything seems to be rosy in the “FC Hollywood” camp.  It is actually Schalke that has actually dominated today’s headlines in the German sports media. Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 and Hannover 96 are all playing their first legs in Europe this week. […]

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VfB Stuttgart vs Schalke 04 – Schalke’s bogey man strikes again


Stuttgart get off to a good start in the 11/12 season. Both Schalke and Stuttgart are considered to be amongst the teams that could snatch a finish in the European places at the end of the season. Going into the match Stuttgart had won 27 of their home matches against Schalke, making the West-Germans their favorite side to play against. […]

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On Champions League Tuesday evening at the San Siro, FC Schalke 04 did something unimagined by most fans, defeating holders Inter Milan 5-2 in the first leg of their quarterfinal series.  Schalke, mired in the Bundesliga midtable and having just undergone a coaching switch as Felix Magath was replaced by Ralf Rangnick, seemed to have little chance against an Inter squad that roared back to […]

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Bundesliga MatchDay 24: What Did We Learn?


MatchDay 24 in the Bundesliga has come and gone, with only ten regular season matches left in the 2010-2011 season.  In Friday’s match, VfL Wolfsburg got a much needed three points in their win over Borussia Gladbach.  Saturday’s fixtures included the match that all fans were looking forward to, with Bayern Munich hosting first-place Borussia Dortmund.  The game was a […]

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