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On a day in which the focus will be on Schalke and Freiburg's battle as well as the contenders for relegation, Bremen will step out onto the pitch for the first time in 14 years without Thomas Schaaf.
The Big Games
The Bavarian derby to be played this week will be the most important one of the season. Bayern will not be involved in it. FC Augsburg will take on Greuther Fürth knowing that a win will see them qualify at least for the relegation playoff. They could have qualified last week but failed to do so against the champions. Augsburg, as the story goes often, gave a wonderful account... Read the rest of the article »
The battle for fourth spot could be settled on the day in which the Bundesliga shield will be presented to the 50th champions.
Fates to be decided in Bavaria
Bayern and FC Nürnberg could both be holding the fates of two relegation battlers in their hands. Augsburg has done extremely well since the winter break but has recently wobbled. They lost 2-0 to SC Freiburg last week, thus remaining in sixteenth spot. This week, the task lying ahead of them is a mammoth one to say the least.
They will travel to the... Read the rest of the article »
Last week signaled the return of Klaas Jan Huntelaar to the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga to the top tier of Europe. This week, the European, relegation and pride battles will resume.
Matters of Pride
Bayern München will take on fellow Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund this week in a ‘preview’ of the showdown at Wembley. Neither side will field their strongest lineups after midweek exertions but everyone on the pitch will want to protect the bragging rights of his team. It is important to earn a small step forward psychologically. Bayern will show... Read the rest of the article »
Greuther Fürth, the fairytale story of the 2.Bundesliga last season, could be set to go back down after just one season in the top flight this week.
The Big Games
German champions Bayern München welcomes Freiburg at home in a hugely important clash for the team from the Black Forest. Christian Streich’s team is slowly getting ripped apart as the excellence of his players has been revealed. Max Kruse for example has already decided to leave the club for Mönchengladbach. For Freiburg, qualification for the Europa League might... Read the rest of the article »
In a rather intriguing week for German football, Schalke will travel to Frankfurt while the second DFB Pokal semifinal will be repeated.
The Big Ones
Separated by four points from their Blue rivals, Eintracht Frankfurt will welcome Schalke. Eintracht’s rather weary squad went down to Ji Dong-Won and relegation battling Augsburg last week. This time, a Schalke side which earned a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen will be their opponent. Schalke, on current form, seems to be the winner as Eintracht is seemingly stuck in an... Read the rest of the article »
Despite Bayern being crowned champions last week, there are still a few important matters to sort out in the league.
The Battle for the European Spots
Freiburg and Hannover are separated by four points. Freiburg is primed to qualify for the Europa League as they sit in fifth spot in the league. Christian Streich’s side recorded a victory in Hamburg last week. Hannover away from home is incredibly poor. Somehow, Mirko Slomka has failed to find a cure for Hannover’s poor away form. Freiburg should... Read the rest of the article »
FC Bayern will be crowned this weekend regardless of other results if they manage to beat Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Big Ones
There are many big battles on this week, including one between Thomas Schaaf’s Bremen and lackadaisical Schalke. Schalke was anything but careless last week though as they beat Hoffenheim 3-0. The goals came late but the goal saw them remain in fourth place. They play a Bremen side which picked up a draw against a good Mainz side.
Schalke’s main rivals for the... Read the rest of the article »
The Bundesliga’s Match-day 27 could see the crowning of an old, yet new, champion. During this weekend, the race for fourth place might just have to take a back seat.
The Big Ones
Borussia Dortmund has a great record against most rivals. In recent seasons, they have been able to bat away every domestic opponent rather easily. The only team to not have suffered a loss to Dortmund last season was VfB Stuttgart. Incidentally, during this huge week for German football, BVB travels to Stuttgart.
A 4-4 draw between these two teams was one of the highlights... Read the rest of the article »
After a jaw dropping and disappointing European week, Bundesliga clubs return to action. Is the title really a lost cause?
The Big Ones
Bayern München takes on Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a clash which will not bring back the fondest memories for Bayern. Firstly, Leverkusen handed Bayern their first and only Bundesliga loss to date this season. In a match filled with rather funny and unintended blunders, Leverkusen won 1-2 in Munich. Currently third and with no other competition to focus on, Neverkusen will look... Read the rest of the article »
Who will take that fourth spot in the Bundesliga?
FC Nürnberg is set to take on FC Augsburg in yet another Bavarian derby this season. Bavaria is the second best represented region in the Bundesliga this season with four teams. Augsburg’s form has picked up remarkably after the winter break. They defeated Werder Bremen to pick up yet another valuable win last week. Nürnberg picked up yet another draw in a season... Read the rest of the article »
The race for the ugly salad bowl can said to be almost over. It is now time to decide the other positions in the table.
The Champions Elect and the Surprise Package Elect
Two years of hurt are being put down the drain this season. Bayern is angrier than ever this season. Each performance is more magnificent than the previous one. The Bavarians official retook the title of the best club in Germany, at least for the time being, by defeating Dortmund 1-0 in the Pokal.
This week, a Hoffenheim side coming off... Read the rest of the article »
The Bundesliga resumes after a week of European action with Frankfurt set to take on Freiburg.
The Big Matches
Separated by just three points, fourth placed Eintracht Frankfurt plays fifth placed SC Freiburg. Freiburg is actually ahead of Frankfurt as far as goal difference is concerned. They beat Bremen 2-3 in yet another bizarre night of football at the Weserstadion. Frankfurt, on the other hand, lost in embarrassing fashion.
Julian Schieber, in for the suspended Robert Lewandowski... Read the rest of the article »
Many intriguing matches are in store in Bundesliga Match-day 22; Bayern’s battle against Wolfsburg and Frankfurt’s match against Borussia Dortmund are amongst them.
The important battles
Dortmund, off the back of a lackluster draw in Ukraine, takes on Frankfurt. A 2-2 draw is a great result in a Champions League away tie. However, Dortmund could have perhaps gotten more out of the match. The performance spoke volumes about their strength nonetheless; on a day in which BVB could not produce their best, they had more possession and scored two good goals.
Generally... Read the rest of the article »
Bayern will aim to keep a huge gap between themselves and Borussia Dortmund when they take on crestfallen Schalke this weekend.
The Big Matches
Sacking Huub Stevens was supposed to be the answer to an upturn in fortunes for the Royal Blues. In truth, Schalke’s poor form at the end of the previous calendar year was perhaps down to weariness rather than poor management. Jens Keller has done a poor job so far; Schalke has been consistently poor aside from one game against Hannover.
Currently down to perhaps... Read the rest of the article »
The Bundesliga table has a slightly different look about it this week than it had last week. Bayern has increased their lead at the top; the difference between the second and third placed sides has decreased.
The Big Ones
Second takes on third in a battle for second place on Sunday in the final match of the weekend. Dortmund has looked fantastic since the resumption of the Bundesliga following the winter break. Leverkusen started off well but looked slightly lackluster against Freiburg last week. Dortmund now has more options to choose from with the return of Nuri Sahin from loan.
Dortmund... Read the rest of the article »
FC Bayern takes a hefty lead of nine points over second placed Bayer Leverkusen into Match day 19 of the Bundesliga.
The Difference a Win Makes
Struggling Schalke last week beat out Hannover 96, 5-4. Lewis Holtby’s goal turned out to be the winner. Holtby is seemingly Spurs bound already as Chairman Daniel Levy has hinted that they require the Schalke man’s services immediately. They take on Augsburg; Augsburg registered a win over Düsseldorf last week.
While this might have been surprising... Read the rest of the article »
The Bundesliga resumes this week with a Bavarian derby on the menu along with a high profile “top four” clash.
The Bavarian Derby
FC Bayern kick starts their half season against Bavarian strugglers Greuther Fürth. Bayern did little in terms of winter transfers during the break. They sent out young Mitchell Weiser on loan to Kaiserslautern and they signed Jan Kirchhoff from Mainz on a free transfer. Kirchhoff will arrive in Munich in June 2013.
However, Bayern pulled off what some might say... Read the rest of the article »
The DFB Pokal is back for the Round of 16 this week. Who will make the quarter-finals?
The Big Matches
Schalke takes on Mainz on Tuesday. Mainz has risen to sixth in the table, leaping over Schalke in the process. They have been playing very well and consigned VfB to a 3-1 defeat. Their opponents Schalke recently sacked their longest serving manager Huub Stevens due to a long run of poor results which saw them fall from second in the Bundesliga table to seventh.
They are... Read the rest of the article »
We have arrived to the final match-day of the first half of the Bundesliga season. Plenty of exciting matches are on offer before the Bundesliga heads into its annual mini slumber.
The Big Ones
In a clash steeped in tradition, Bayern takes on Borussia Monchengladbach in the final competitive fixture of 2012 at the Allianz Arena. Bayern was at the receiving end of two defeats at the hand of these opponents last season. They did beat them however in a third meeting which took place in the DFB Pokal semi-finals. However, even that match was decided by penalties.
Dante... Read the rest of the article »
The Bundesliga had another great week in Europe. This week, the second placed side in the table has a tough challenge in the form of Hannover 96.
This weekend kicks off with Hoffenheim taking on HSV. Hoffenheim’s manager Markus Babbel was finally sacked; the decision was inevitable. It had been coming for a while. Under their interim manager Frank Kramer, they will look to beat an HSV side without Rafael van der Vaart. HSV is coming into this one on the back of a draw against Wolfsburg while Hoffenheim is coming... Read the rest of the article »