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The Bundesliga Show Episode 34 – No Huub for HSV & Bayern’s Champions League Triumph

** Warning – Podcast recorded before Wednesday Champions League matches **

Terry Duffelen and Jon Hartley, run through the appointment of Huub Stevens at Schalke, and that he wasn’t given the job at HSV. What does it mean for these clubs, before they play each other this weekend. There is also a chat about the Bundesliga action from Matchday 7, plus an interview with James Thorogood from Bundesliga.com and The Munich Times on Bayern Munich versus Manchester City.

The Bundesliga Show Episode 34 – No Huub for HSV & Bayern’s Champions League Triumph by soundoffootball

Rough Times in the ‘Burg

Under typical conditions, a goalless draw would not be a welcome result, particularly for a home side that might have considered a draw in their park as two essential points gone begging. For such a thing to even occur in a 1.Bundesliga arena this season looks a bit anomalous, as there have only been two matches end in such a fashion after seven full weeks of play by all eighteen clubs in the league. When the final whistle sounded at the SGL arena this past weekend, ending FC Augsburg’s match against Hannover 96 at 0-0, though, Jos Luhukay’s moustache probably twitched into something suggesting he was smiling at the outcome.

After all, this was progress for his squad, and a home draw might count for a win these early days.

None expected FCA’s initial foray into top flight German football to be a hugely successful one, but few would have predicted the Bavarian squad would be entering Matchday 8 still in search of its first victory. That other underwhelming ‘Burg in Hamburg recently broke their duck, so now it is FC Augsburg that have yet to clear the good name of ‘Burgs and their ilk. Luhukay must assuredly be hoping FCA do not challenge the record held by 1860 Munich when die Löwen  failed to earn all three points until Matchday 15 of the 1977/78 campaign. By then, it would be early December and it would be less a question of whether Augsburg could beat the drop but whether their bottoming out would reach historic proportions.

Although any Bundesliga club would have to produce some seriously horrid work on the pitch to match the monumental achievements of SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin during their ill-fated 1965-66 campaign. The club set several infamous marks for abysmal performance, including fewest wins (2), fewest points (8), and fewest goals scored (15). With these feats having happened during a 34 match season, Tasmania either had to work very hard at being this terrible or regularly fielded squads where their goalkeeper played as a striker rather than between the sticks.

So, Luhukay should be able to breathe a bit easier aware there have been other clubs historically out of their depth in the top flight, and he should be able to take some positives away from that draw with Hannover, the most obvious being that it was FCA’s first clean sheet of the season. More than that, though, was that Luhukay found a potentially winning formula when he opted for the 4-4-2 formation rather than the 4-2-3-1 he set out on previous occasions. Against Hannover 96, Luhukay had Daniel Baier out on the right wing with Nando Rafael partnering Sascha Mölders up top rather than having Baier centrally located supporting Mölders as the lone striker.

Now, while Baier did seem to cut in a bit more than perhaps he should have when positioned as a wide player, having him there rather than in his more accustomed central attacking midfielder spot made him more of an effective outlet for FC Augsburg to threaten Ron-Robert Zeiler’s goal. He was able to get considerably more positive touches on the ball than he had been while playing in the middle during the first six matches and, when Luhukay substituted Rafael for Akaki Gogia at the hour mark, his natural inclination to play on the interior opened up the right for Gogia to occupy. Perhaps by this point FCA might have been playing for a draw, as Gogia sat deeper than Baier on the right, and here the tactical decision might have been wise by Luhukay, as it prevented Augsburg from being overturned later in the match as they had when Sidney Sam ran amok down this same flank in their previous home match with Bayer Leverkusen.

Again, a draw for FCA at this stage is a sight nicer than a morale-crushing loss late in the game.

Further, this change in formation prevented Hannover 96 from being able to simply isolate Mölders in the middle or be able to defend him in the centre with only one player. In several matches thus far, FCA have seen Japanese RB Hajime Hosogai charge down the right and either cross or cut inside to find Mölders on the GK’s doorstep, only to find a jumble of humanity effectively screening the forward out of an effective shot. At times, it has been Sascha as the lone FCA shirt in a sea of defenders and at other times it has been his own teammate Baier acting almost as the unlikely defender, shielding a cross from either Hosogai or LW Axel Bellinghausen to be capable of producing a quality shot on goal. With the four midfielders, then, FC Augsburg were better able to unclog the middle and make it easier for runners from either side to identify where their target man was in order to test the opposition’s keeper. Granted, a goalless draw suggests this was unsuccessful for either side in this encounter, but for Luhukay and that fantastic lip sweater of his, this might have marked the path toward FCA finding their first 1.Bundesliga victory.

Just, maybe not this approaching matchday–Augsburg venture into Westfalenstadion with a hope and a prayer.

So, while top flight life might not be for the ‘Burg by the end of this season, they show promise for making their dedicated supporters proud regardless. There will likely be little in the way of funds available come the January transfer window should Luhukay want to recruit seasoned Bundesliga veterans for a 2nd half charge, as benefactor Walther Seinsch indicated he has provided as much financial support in the past as he can to turn FCA into a winner. In essence, he stated last fall that the club must find its own way now, as he has finished his role in reviving the club after it fell into the amateur leagues due to its large debts earlier last decade. Still if Hamburg can find a way to get on track this season, why not Augsburg?

As for Freiburg, that’s a different ‘Burg of issues altogether.

It’s a Mad Tea Party

There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter… Which luckily, I am!

One of the more signficant contributions to pop culture ever made by Charles Lutwidge Dotson was giving Disney theme parks an excuse to create the Mad Tea Party ride. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s a fantastic contraption that sees park-goers voluntarily decide to hop into oversized, pastel-coloured tea cups and spin round and round until either their eyes cross or their meals are involuntarily ejected. Despite these potential unfortunate side effects, the Mad Tea Party is considered one of the most iconic rides of all of Disney’s tehme park attractions and still quite popular.

A mad tea party also describes what we often see when it comes to the constant movement of trainers in Bundesliga of late, quite often with Felix Magath as the Mad Hatter.

So often when the sacking season begins, we refer to it as the “coaching carousel,” but this doesn’t quite fit the description of how things take shape for managers in Germany’s top flight. A carousel simply goes around in a wide circle, rhythmically moving up and down. Someone gets on, such as when Michael Oenning did in March for HSV, once someone else had been chucked of the horse, to begin a ride. The problem here, is that the carousel only goes in one direction, typically at only one speed, and the movements up and down can be timed so that the rider can come to expect when he’s on a high, and when he’s on a low.

Instead, Oenning just got his eyes crossed after having been spun violently every which way but up during his time in charge of Hamburg and from matchday to matchday likely had little notion of how to predict a high or low. Instead, he hopped into that red-shorted tea cup vacated by Armin Veh and gave it a spin for what many might have thought would be a short ride as a caretaker. The club opted to stay with Oenning to begin this campaign, however, and after one point from their opening six matches, could no longer wait to see if he might be able to lessen his vertigo and see the way forward. Even though it is still early doors at this stage of the Bundesliga season, it was becoming apparent the 45 yr old trainer was about to lose his lunch.

What is the hatter with me? Have I gone mad? 

Also, on the carousel, there is usually a large pole the rider can hold onto for security as the seat moves up and down. In Bundesliga, as in all top flight European football these days, there is typically no sturdy pillar with which a manager can cling to for support when his ride is at its ebb. Even a previous record of title triumphs is often not considered secure enough for them to latch onto to ride out the down times. Rather, in these eighteen tea cups, with some moving faster than particles in a CERN accelerator, a poor runs of form are spun so quickly into clubs being in crisis and managers start to look slightly dizzy and lost as the ride keeps speeding up as they try desperately to slow it down.

In the end, those, like Oenning, end up being spun right out of their seats before they decided to end their ride in the tea cup.

Now, there is the announcement that Ralf Rangnick is stepping away from Schalke 04, citing health reasons. Having listened to Rangnick prior to his appointment as the Royal Blues trainer in April, this is not an incredible shock. After Dietmar Hopp began spinning his tea cup in the wrong direction with Hoffenheim, Rangnick sounded like a person who wanted to take some time away from the game, watch the Mad Tea Party from the sidelines for a spell, before hopping back on the ride.

Instead, when the Mad Hatter himself left and took his party back to Wolfsburg, Rangnick was coaxed to come back for another spin, and he accepted perhaps too early for his own health. Those final days with Germany’s richest village team appears to have made him a bit sick of it all, and probably he should have given himself more time to focus on personal matters he most likely set aside while he remained a guest at the mad tea party.

You’re not the same as you were before You were much more…”muchier” You’ve lost your “muchness.”

So for Rangnick, being a rather seasoned veteran of this particular amusement park attraction, knew he was experiencing that feeling one gets right before they are about to be sick again if they have ridden the Mad Tea Party more than once, and chose to get off the ride on his own terms. As Schalke look for someone to replace him on a permanent basis, the question now becomes if another established Bundesliga manager is offered enough of a sweetener to hop out of their current seat to take a spin in Gelsenkirchen or if another guest is invited to the party.

Either way, it’s a mad ride. And do YOU know how a raven is like a writing desk?

The Bundesliga Show Episode 33 – The Super Sub & the restart of the Managerial Merry-Go-Round

With Terry Duffelen taking a well earned break and sunning himself, Jon Hartley is joined by Eurosport Commentator Ian Holyman this week. The big matter of discussion is the first managerial casualty…HSV’s Michael Oenning.

If that isn’t enough, Jon talks about table toppers Bayern Munich with Bundesliga commentator Phil Bonney.

The Bundesliga Show Episode 33 – The Super Sub & the restart of the Managerial Merry-Go-Round by soundoffootball

The Bundesliga Show Episode 32 – When Podcasts Collide!

Join Terry Duffelen and Jon Hartley for Episode 32 of The Bundesliga Show. After last weeks enforced absence, the show is back with a very special guest…Dan Levy from The Bundesliga Podcast to give his view on Dortmund’s Champions League meeting with Arsenal.

Terry & Jon also look back at last weeks big weekend of scoring in the Bundesliga.

The Bundesliga Show Episode 32 – When Podcasts Collide! by soundoffootball

And So It Begins

Charging forward like a locomotive fueled by ambition and belching steam from all the euros that clubs burned to reach this much celebrated stage, the Champions League begins this week. At least, it feels a bit like group play of the 2011/12 competition has rushed upon us after having seemed so far away previously, still stuck at the station, waiting for more passengers prior to departure. This season’s Bundesliga participants might not be entirely ready for this oncoming freight train either, but the time has passed for flagging down the conductor and asking him to slow down. The whistle is about to blow for things to start–they will just have to hope they weren’t left looking for postcards in the station’s gift shop before getting on board.

Of course, Bayern Munich have ridden these rails so often, the Bavarians were already enjoying cocktails in the dining cart before anyone else in their group took a seat. Jupp Heynckes already had to tell Mario Gomez to stop giggling when Philipp Lahm was asked to show proof of age in order to buy a pint. Twice.

No, Bundesliga’s other two participants, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, might be the ones looking a bit out of sorts before this Champions League play starts. Both sides have had their share of glory and–yes, in the case of Leverkusen–almost glory in this competition, but for both it has been a few years since either have returned to the grandest European contest; this lack of inexperience will likely show at some point during group play one would imagine. The same could be said for the trainers of both clubs, although Dortmund’s rather animated coach Jürgen Klopp has managed Europa League ties, with Mainz 05 (in ye olde UEFA Cup days) and with the Borussians last season. Werkself’s trainer Robin Dutt was just plucked out of the Black Forest not too long ago, though, so he might find the glare of the Champions League spotlight rather bright at Stamford Bridge.

Then again, both BvB and Bayer 04 finished above Bayern in last season’s Bundesliga, so obviously there is top quality in both squads–why should either be given short shrift just because they lack a certain experience? After all, Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Redknapp showed for a time in this competition last season that sometimes all you need to do is run about and things might go your way. A key problem with this rationale, however, is that neither Dortmund nor Leverkusen are the same sides that finished first and second respectively to qualify. Both lost arguably their best players in the close season, with Nuri Sahin becoming the latest Bundesliga acquisition of Real Madrid while Arturo Vidal headed south to join the Old Lady. In fact, Vidal’s so good, they even built a new home stadium just for him at Juventus.

Also, don’t look up that fact for accuracy.

In short, both these sides lost the midfield engines that brought them such great success last season and thus far have been hard-pressed to replace the attributes they exhibited on the pitch. For BvB, Sahin was a perfect link between defence and attack, sparking offensive movements of his own deep in his own half at times and pulling off passes only he could see finding the proper target. As for Vidal, he developed into one of the best tacklers in the German top flight last season, and his confident control on the ball allowed his teammates to re-position themselves appropriately to pose either a scoring threat or be better placed to effectively defend. These types of skills will likely be sorely missed when going up against some of Europe’s better squads, and Bundesliga observers must hope neither side will have their shorts pulled down about their ankles as Werder Bremen did last season.

Still, both could be set to ride this Champions League train for a while given the groups in which they have been placed. With Woolwichmund approaching (because it seems labeling the Arsenal v BvB encounters “Arsemund” is something rather disgusting) and the Gunners not in the greatest of shapes entering group play, Klopp and Dortmund might have the early upper hand at the Westfalenstadion. Really, in Group F the other three sides are all out of sorts thus far, with Arsenal having recently been humbled by an 8-2 drubbing from Manchester United in the Premiership, Olympique Marseille having yet to record a win in Ligue Un, and Olympiakos…uh…for playing in the Greek league?

This is a Bundesliga site, not a Hellenic one–please be gentle. What this could mean, though, is Group F looks set to be evenly matched at the outset, and Borussia Dortmund could find themselves blitzing through as group winners should Klopp employ the frenetic, lung-bursting attacking style his squads seemed built to do.

As for Bayer Leverkusen, the Werkself might have less of a chance with Chelsea and Valencia expected to top Group E. The Michael Ballack farewell tour appears to have the makings of a mucky midfield scrap, and  if AVB employs the proper tactics befitting his reputation, Dutt might ask to borrow his chalk board. Bayer 04 might have thought they received a reprieve when midfielder Juan Mata was allowed to leave Valencia, but he’ll be opposing them at Stamford Bridge for the Blues instead. Rene Adler will likely be out until at least October, and while Bernd Leno has performed well in goal for Leverkusen in Bundesliga, he will be manning the net against extremely seasoned Champions League campaigners without an equally experienced centre back pairing in front of him to act as a security blanket.

The hope for Bayer, perhaps, lies in the Torres factor. Having recently had his comments regarding his Chelsea teammates come under club scrutiny, along with his rather poor rate of return following January’s sensational transfer from Liverpool, Fernando Torres has yet to discover how to win friends and influence his neighbours in London. He came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s most recent Premiership match, perhaps with an eye to saving him for this Champions League encounter with Leverkusen. With the club investigating his disparaging remarks about the squad and with Didier Drogba unavailable, might AVB opt for a forward partnership that includes young Daniel Sturridge instead of Torres, or does he start Torres and hope everyone plays nice?

Mario Gomez is still giggling in the dining cart, by the way.

As for Bayern Munich, what could be said as they prepare for Wednesday’s trip to El Madrigal? Considering the Red Shorts just completed putting seven past SC Freiburg and Villarreal began their La Liga campaign by shipping five to Barcelona, this might be the least intriguing Champions League match involving a Bundesliga side. Expect much to be made of their tussle with Manchester City in a few weeks instead, when Germany’s No. 1 squares off against England’s No. 1 at the Allianz Arena. This week, however, one might imagine the Bavarians should sink the Yellow Submarine and announce to the other clubs they will be fighting for the second spot in Group A.

So, the train has left the station. How far will Bundesliga’s representatives be riding it? For those of us following the fates of these clubs, here’s hoping none of their campaigns become derailed too soon, particularly when the final destination stops in Munich.

Fines A Sign of Bad Times for Wolfsburg?

There is an eerie calm during the two weeks international breaks intrude upon top flight league schedules. Pubs near stadiums likely find their trade less brisk on these weekends while fans entertain themselves with other leisurely activities typically omitted from their usual football rituals. Players not participating in their national squad fixtures are permitted more time to rest and recover, granted a brief reprieve from the weekly grind along with the incessant “Will he play?” type questions for those with nagging injuries.

When the break comes on the heels of a transfer window having just slammed shut, or closed softly, or simply concluded, it can be downright crickets. This is all well and good though for the club trainers, most of whom might appreciate the time to assess their squads after all the comings and goings during the transfer season without having to busily cobble together a plan of action in a matter of a couple days. For some, it might be a welcome break from the media glare, particularly if the season has not gone as swimmingly as planned. Of course, not a bit of that matters to Wolfsburg’s trainer Felix Magath, for he is a slave to the rhythm.

And we all know rhythm is a dancer, don’t we? It’s our soul’s companion, and all that nonsense.

No, not content with utilizing the time to evaluate his club’s concluded player transactions along their rather recent woeful defensive record as a team–having conceded 7 goals over the last two matches–Magath appears to have singled out two of his more attack-minded players during this time off and shine the media spotlight on them (and himself) instead. Charging Patrick Helmes and Mario Mandzukic with being “lazy runners” during the side’s 4-1 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach, the pair were fined € 10,0000 each by that noted lover of medicine balls over this internationals weekend. While this is not something unprecedented for that crazy cat Felix, it is rather odd, considering neither player has ever come across as being particularly consistent up and down the pitch ever nor have either been regularly considered defensive assets to their squads.

Honestly, if Magath is going to fine Helmes for not moving about that much, he might as well charge him for being, well, Patrick Helmes. He could pursue the matter retroactively and tell Patrick he owes Bayer Leverkusen a few thousand euros while he’s at it.

The matter, though, might be rather amusing now to some Bundesliga observers, as this is Magath’s modus operandi, but for Wolfsburg supporters, it could spell the continuation of a poor run of form. As the experiment under English manager Schtunning Schteve McClaren crashed and burned at the VW Arena near the close of last year’s campaign, VfL returned to Magath, the only trainer to have taken die Wölfe to the Bundesliga summit, in an attempt to bring form to function. Most of the club McClaren had inherited fit Magath’s championship-winning system, and try as they might, McClaren’s tactics and his squad just could not get on the same page; thus, Magath picked up his poisoned chalice after having parted ways with Schalke 04 earlier in the season.

So, the cat is back, but will this type of old school encouragement work on his current Wolfsburg squad? Magath demonstrated last season during Schalke’s woeful 2010/11 league campaign this sort of managerial style works only in the proper circumstances, and can often backfire with lacklustre results. Last season, Magath isolated players such as Jermaine Jones and Alex Baumjohann in a similar fashion, labeling them as lazy and opting for them to rot on the reserve squad of the Royal Blues during his tenure. This, of course, was the same Jones who was vital in Schalke’s midfield just the previous 2009/10 season and impressive when he was finally able to escape the final days of Magath’s reign while on loan to Blackburn earlier this year. As for Baumjohann, he was returned to the side when Ralf Rangnick took over, and looks to be a first choice substitute as Rangnick rotates his midfield during the Bundesliga and Europa League campaigns this season.

Also, ask Zvonomir Soldo how effective going old school can be. Anyone know where he is these days?

With Wolfsburg likely needing their goal scorers on quality form while players on the back line like the two-footed Sortirios Kyrgiakos get sorted following the departure of the lad Simon Kjaer, this might not be the best of moments to unsettle them via negative motivational tactics. Having observed Helmes at Bayer 04, he seems to be a player who needs more confidence spewing forth from the trainer’s box than other strikers, he needs time on the pitch, and he needs to be allowed to sort out his own mistakes for positive results to take place. As for Mandzukic, his form has always been slightly spotty; in one match, he’ll appear as active as a sea turtle beaching itself to lay eggs, the very next match, he can be found darting vertically all over the pitch like a hare with his ears pinned back.

In short, this is probably a decision waiting to backfire on Magath like an old Beetle.

The break, then, is ending. Players on international duty will soon be rejoining their respective clubs, with a new matchday approaching like a freight train of relief for league enthusiasts bored out of their gourds the past weekend. For Magath and Wolfsburg, whether his decision to fine VfL players for sleeping on the job proves motivational or detrimental can only be determined on the pitch, and what better way to find out than with a home match against Schalke, featuring many of the players Magath treated in a similar manner last season along with a few he loaned out completely for not fitting his style. It should be a right family get together, then. 

Profile – Mirko Slomka

To look at Hannover 96 coach Mirko Slomka is to look at a man who, seems a tad older than that he actually is. But, while Bundesliga fans fete younger coaches such as Thomas Tuchel at Mainz and Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, it is perhaps easy to forget that Slomka will only be 44 this month and is still a young man.

However, football club management can take its toll and Slomka has been through a lot in his managerial career, hence the grey locks and emerging worry lines.

Not that the Hildeheim born Slomka seems worried by his lack of poster boy status. In fact, his somewhat reserved, off the pitch, profile seems consistent with his approach to football.  When asked by Sport 1 why he was not as celebrated as other coaches he replied. “I think it’s a good thing… The team has no star, we act as a collective. The same counts for me as the coach.” The sense of collective spirit is a key motivator, especially for clubs competing with limited resources and can act as a shield for the coach when the pressure is on and fans are calling for change.

After a modest career as a player, Slomka  began his coaching career at Hannover in charge of the Under 19s. After a brief sojourn to Tennis Borussia Berlin he returned to Hannover as assistant to Ralf Rangnick in 2001. Slomka was at Rangnick’s right hand through the teams promotion to the First Bundesliga and subsequent survival in the division. When the call came from Gelsenkirchen for Rangnick to have a crack at bringing the Salad Bowl to Schalke, Slomka joined him. When Rangnick left, Slonka succeeded him and embarked upon a journey that took the Konigsblauen to Champions League glory and to the very brink of success, domestically.

In his first full season in charge (2006/07) Schalke narrowly lost the title to Stuttgart. A heart wrenching 2-0 defeat to their hated rivals Borussia Dortmund played a significant role in their downfall. However, the following season Schalke finished in the quarter final of the Champions League after seeing off Porto in the Round of Sixteen. But, the Bundesliga trophy eluded Slomka and inevitably he was given his cards in April 2008.

Perhaps damaged, reputationally, Slomka did not return to work until nearly two years later and it was to his local club, his first club: Hannover 96. However, his return was at a time when the club was deep in crisis.

A dreadful start to the 2009/10 season saw off coach, Dieter Hecking. He was replaced by Andreas Bergmann who had been promoted from within. Tragedy struck  in November 2009 when goalkeeper Robert Enke took his life. With the club in crisis on the field and grieving off it, Bergamann moved to one side for Slomka to return.

The first win did not arrive until his seventh game in charge and that was down to an own goal by Freiburg’s Pappis Demba Cisse. They won five from their last even games, including a 4-2 thrashing of Slomka’s old team, Schalke and a 6-1 drubbing of Borussia Monchengladbach. Survival was only secured on the last day of the season with a 3-0 win at Bochum which sent the home side down in their stead.

Last season, Slomka has rebuilt Hannover and his reputation, steering his charges to a magnificent fourth place in the Bundesliga and only their second appearance in the Europa League.

Tactically Slomka is a pragmatist and not much of a fantasist.. “I’d rather win 2-0 than 7-4” he once told Der Spiegel (after watching his Schalke side beat Leverkusen 7-4). This pragmatism is evident with Hannover 96. A gloriously practical side who play on the break and with pace.

From the back, the former Manchester united Keeper Ron Robert Zieler is giving Sir Alex Ferguson cause to wonder if he may have made a rare mistake in letting the youngster leave Old Trafford. To watch Emanuel Pogatetz in the centre of defense is to watch a very different player to the one who laboured at Middelsbrough, in the Premier League. In the midfield, Konstantin Rausch and Sergio Pinto facilitate that transition of the ball from the back in good order.

Up top, the two front men (separated by injury somewhat this season) Mohamed Abdoulaye and Didier Konan Ya are battering rams with guile. Konan Ya is more obviously skillful but Moa’s directness belies his technique. According to Holger Ruhl (OptaFranz) the Norwegian had one of the best shots to goal ratio in the Bundesliga, last season. While he scored just the ten goals, in the last campaign, he is out of the starting blocks quickly this season. He scored that precious goal in Spain that helped see the 96ers through to the Group stages of the Europa League against a Sevilla side of whom you would have got fairly short odds to win the competition.

Slomka believes that Hannover can and should be a consistent top ten side, likening the club to Mainz or Freiburg in size and stature. Hardly a spectacular ambition but realistic and sensible for a club that has spent much of its recent history worrying about the bottom of the table. However, this season, he has a chance to boost the international profile of his club through the Europa League. This, in turn, may boost his own image, perhaps attracting the interest of bigger clubs and giving him a chance to have a crack at that Salad Bowl, once again.

The Bundesliga Show Episode 31 – Seven Goal Thrillers & Transfer Talk

Terry Duffelen and Jon Hartley review Bundesliga Matchday 4, including the seven goal thriller between Hamburg and Cologne. They also cast their eye’s over the last action in the transfer window and what that could be mean for those clubs and players in the rest of the season.

The Bundesliga Show Episode 31 – Seven Goal Thrillers & Transfer Talk by soundoffootball