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The race for fourth place will reach its conclusion in the heart of the Black Forest. The rich and mighty Schalke will be playing the brave Freiburg.
Freiburg’s win last weekend over Greuther Fürth proved invaluable. While few had seen this coming, Schalke managed to break down against Stuttgart, going down at home, 1-2. Stuttgart has nothing to play for aside from the DFB Pokal this season. Yet, the Royal Blues managed to lose! This loss came at the worst possible time; Schalke had just tied down Julian Draxler to a contract extension.
This weekend, this clash will form the basis of the futures of both the clubs. This Schalke side is greatly talented. Missing out on the Champions League will hurt this club, considering the manner in which they exit the competition earlier in the season. For Freiburg, a ticket to the Champions League qualifiers will book them a ticket to the Europa League at least. Those who are lovers of the league will hope Schalke comes through for the sake of the Bundesliga.
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 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…
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…
Separated by a mere two points, two giants of the German game will take on each other in a direct battle for fourth place.
Oka Nikolov stood firm in goal instead of yet another victim of injury, Kevin Trapp. Michel Bastos struck the penalty. The veteran saved. Frankfurt held on to a 1-0 victory. Last week, Schalke was presented with a golden chance to push ahead of their competitors in fourth as well as eliminate a direct rival in the competition. Instead, Schalke allowed Frankfurt into the race and opened up a five way competition for one Champions League qualifying spot.
One of the teams they allowed back into the hunt was Hamburger SV. Hamburg recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf last week and now sits just two points behind Schalke. HSV is seemingly pushing above their weight as they rely on Rafael Van der Vaart to produce the goods in midfield heavily. Van der Vaart is one of the reasons that they are still in contention for a place in Europe’s premier club competition.
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…
Schalke proved that they have what it takes to compete with the best of the Bundesliga in their 2-2 draw against Leverkusen last week; their next opponent is none other than the Eagles, Eintracht Frankfurt.
Ji Dong-Won stole the headlines at Frankfurt’s cost during the last Bundesliga weekend. A team fighting for their lives in the league performed exactly as they were expected to against a rather weary opponent- with plenty of will. Augsburg took down Frankfurt, 2-0. Frankfurt’s incredible first half of the season is definitely what is keeping them up at the moment. Die Adler’s form in 2013 would have otherwise surely left them in the relegation zone.
Schalke meanwhile is holding on to fourth spot tightly for the moment. They were expected to finish in the top three at the beginning of the season; considering the events of November to March, the Royal Blues are indeed lucky to even be in the Champions League qualifying spot. They have finally found their feet again and they will not let go of Frankfurt easily.
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…
Two giants of the German game who have never won the Bundesliga play each other in the biggest match of Matchday 29 in Germany.
Schalke and Frankfurt were locked in a heated battle for fourth place recently. Schalke even spent some time outside the top four. Frankfurt’s inconsistency, including a loss against Bayern last week, gave Schalke the opportunity to take fourth place for itself. Schalke did exactly that, beating Werder Bremen in the late game on Saturday 2-0.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen has been one of the more consistent sides of the Bundesliga this season. They could only draw with Wolfsburg despite taking the lead. Leverkusen performed well against Fortuna Düsseldorf the week before; they played well against Bayern too prior to the international break too but lost 1-2. Bayer 04 will look to hold on to third place; a win over Schalke would virtually guarantee that spot.
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…
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…
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 of the 2011-12 season. Another such draw or even another stalemate like this season’s meeting, could bring down the curtains on the title defence of the Ruhr side.
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…
A Schalke side which is slowly turning around its fortunes takes on a strong Galatasaray side which is winless in two matches on Tuesday.
For Schalke, things just do not get easier. Ibrahim Afellay, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Ciprian Marica and Lars Unnerstall are all injured. Midfielder Raffael, on loan from Dynamo Kiev, is ineligible.
On top of that, Klaas Jan Huntelaar picked up an injury in the Revierderby on Saturday which is set to keep him out for four weeks.…
Two teams from the same region with different histories are set to take on each other.
The wonders of Borussia Dortmund these past couple of seasons have tended to undermine the good work at Schalke. Schalke has not won the Bundesliga; however, they have steadily progressed. Last season’s third placed finish saw them enter the Champions League, a competition in which they are still unbeaten, despite the happenings in the league.
Schalke has not won as many trophies as their stature warrants. The same can be said about Dortmund. Following a 3-0 demolition of Shaktar Donetsk and progression into the Champions League quarterfinals, Dortmund will be looking to win the Revierderby. The title is almost seemingly lost; however, even at this point, the bragging rights still count.
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.…
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…
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…
The Turkish giants take on a side which has finally found some respite following endless troubles in Germans Schalke.
Tomas Ujfalusi and Johan Elmandar are both out for Galatasaray. Schalke’s poor form has coincided with a whole host of injuries.
The loss of Atsuto Uchida has definitely hurt them as has that of Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
Both will miss this one out as will another important member in Ibrahim Afellay.…
Midweek packed with UEFA Champions League action; Soccer fans in USA guaranteed of seeing Arsenal vs Bayern, Porto vs Malaga, Milan vs Barcelona, and Gala vs Schalke on Fox channels
Miami Beach, Florida (February 18, 2013) – Fox Soccer Channel is the home of USA and Mexico’s 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship matches. However in between the coverage of this youth competition, Fox Soccer Channel’s midweek action will offer its American viewers two UEFA Champions League fixtures. Arsenal vs Bayern Munich and Milan Barcelona have been listed on Fox Soccer Channel’s live broadcast list. Fox Deportes, dedicated to showcasing the Copa Libertadores live, will also feature Fox Soccer Channel’s double selection of UEFA Champions League matches.
Watch the Gunners’ battle against Jupp Heynckes’ side at 14:45 EST on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The London club is looking to avoid the ‘B curse’ after losing to Bradford in the Capital One Cup and, just last weekend, to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. Will Bayern Munich be Arsenal's next exterminator?