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Sixth welcomes ninth in the Bundesliga’s “Battle of the Underachievers” in the Veltins-Arena on Saturday.
Preview: Stuttering Schalke continues search for Consistency
Schalke’s 0-0 draw against Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Champions League in midweek left plenty to be desired. The Blues have made rather hard work of a simple group. They have their fate…
Borussia Dortmund will continue to fight for the league title when they welcome Stuttgart to the Signal Iduna Park on Friday, the 1st of November 2013.
Preview: BVB to continue perfect home start to the season
Dortmund will be hoping for another win on home surface which could take them to the top of the league for a day at least when they face Stuttgart today. Die Borussen have won all seven matches they have played on home soil this season, including a 4-2 victory over defending champions Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.
They will be buoyed by their 3-1 victory over Schalke in the Ruhr derby last time out and also by the fact that manager Jürgen Klopp has extended his contract which will keep him at the club for the next five years.
The 2013-14 season kicked of with a bang in the Bundesliga. Matchday 1 gave an example of its penetrating style and growth.
The Bundesliga kicked-off the European football calendar in style. With seven fixtures on Saturday, fans were treated to a true goal feast, seeing the ball hit the back of the net on twenty-six occasions.
Reigning champions and last year's UEFA Champions League victors Bayern Munich began their title defence with a comfortable 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach with goals from Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic and left back David Alaba along with some wonderful counter-attacking football. It was a satisfactory start at the Allianz Arena for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola on his return to the game following a twelve month break from the dug-out.
The Bavarian giants will search for an elusive treble on a day in which the Bundesliga’s Phoenix will look to rise from the ashes.
Bruno Labbadia and his Stuttgart side have special memories associated with Bayern in this competition. Labbadia scored a hat-trick for the Champions of Europe when he donned the red of Bayern in this competition. Stuttgart meanwhile almost always runs into Bayern in the Pokal. This time, however, they have not run into Bayern. They have negotiated a pathway to the final to meet the most likely of all final opponents.
Last season, Labbadia’s side played Bayern in the quarterfinals and lost 2-0. In the 2010-11 season, Stuttgart and Bayern played out a nine goal thriller in the Cup. Hence, for the third consecutive season, Bayern and Stuttgart will battle it out in the DFB Pokal. They also met in the Cup in the 2008-09 season for good measure. However, this battle will take place on a much grander stage than the rest; this match will be played in Berlin under the floodlights. The winner will receive the golden colored trophy with the green jewels.
Bayern München could become the first German side to win the treble if they beat Bruno Labbadia’s Stuttgart on Saturday.
The scene was set; 2002 was the year. Bayer Leverkusen was two match-days away from the Bundesliga title. They booked their place in the Cup final against Hertha Berlin. They also booked themselves a spot in the Champions League final. It all came tumbling down in a matter of weeks. At the end, Leverkusen despite being amongst the final two survivors in three competitions, could only cry in frustration.
That frustration was etched on the face of Arjen Robben last season as Neven Subotic yelled at him following a penalty miss that handed Dortmund the title. That pain was seen in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s face as he shook the hands of the DFB Pokal winners, Dortmund a few weeks later. That pain was etched in 23 faces and Jupp Heynckes’ face as the Champions League final was lost three times over in 2012.
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…
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…
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…
The German Cup semifinals consist of three teams who are all outsiders in Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Freiburg. The one team which towers above all of them is none other than Bayern München.
The net shook; the Allianz Arena crowd had just witnessed a special moment in the history of German football. And this time, it was Arjen Robben who had created rather than destroyed the moment. Robben’s blaster against defending champions Borussia Dortmund saw Bayern extract a measure of revenge for the 5-2 thrashing they were at the end of in last May in Berlin.
Standing in Bayern’s way to yet another Pokal final, which would be their third in four years, is VfL Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg has massively underachieved in the league. The Pokal is their last chance at a shot at Europe. They have not fared well against the Bavarians in recent times. In fact, in the previous meeting at the Allianz Arena, the venue of the semifinal, Bayern put three past Diego Benaglio.
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…
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…
Ahead of Barcelona’s crunch match against AC Milan in the Champions League’s last 16 on Wednesday, we look at Messi’s best moments in his career so far, at this stage of the competition.
Bad injuries in the 2005/06 and 2007/08 seasons did not allow Messi to get the best out of the Round of 16. Blows against Chelsea and Celtic respectively restricted the player’s contributions to his team’s operation in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Nonetheless, the Guardiola era gave the Argentine a new path to follow; one that would let him showcase his abilities and rip rewards without setbacks. In the next lines, we look at 10 moments in which La Pulga dazzled in the Champions League’s Round of 16.
1) Messi vs Celtic (18’) – 20/2/2008
After Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink daringly stole the lead on 16 minutes at Celtic Park through a powerful header, Lionel Messi ensured his side was back on level terms 2 minutes later – netting his very first goal in the UEFA Champions League’s last 16.
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…