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The Bundesliga Show Episode 73 – A Double Header Of Bundesliga Action

A packed Bundesliga Show with two matchdays to talk about. This week Jon Hartley is joined by Matthias Suuck to go over the best of the action from rounds 5 and 6 in the 50th Bundesliga season.

Also in the show Terry Duffelen provides another excellent report of what is happening in the 2.Bundesliga.



Bundesliga Review – Surprisingly Superb Starts for Eintracht and Fortuna by Archie Rhind-Tutt


In terms of population the cities of Frankfurt and Düsseldorf both rank in the top ten in Germany. Last season, neither city had a team gracing the top flight of German football. How times can change rapidly in football. After five games of the new season, the promoted pair of Eintracht Frankfurt and Fortuna Düsseldorf each occupy a place in the top five of the Bundesliga.

Their starts are made even more impressive when you consider that between the two teams, they signed an incredible 33 players (Eintracht 13, Fortuna 20) over the summer. The next time a coach complains about the fact his side needs more time to gel, frustrated directors and chairmen would do well to point to the case of Eintracht and Fortuna, who have acclimatized to the Bundesliga with ease. Tuesday night really emphasised this.

With the Bundesliga having an “English week” by playing midweek fixtures, it gave the duo another chance to show their performances in the first four games of the season have been no fluke. Neither Eintracht Frankfurt or Fortuna Düsseldorf disappointed either.

Fortuna actually faced up to the third team promoted from the 2. Bundesliga, Greuther Fürth. Their opponents haven’t been too bad this season but Fürth are the smallest of the trio to arrive in the division. Facing Bayern Munich and Schalke hasn’t helped their cause early on. Still, playing Fortuna Düsseldorf would have been seen as opportunity to get their first home win of the season. The visitors from North Rhine-Westphalia had other ideas as Oliver Fink and Ken Ilsö ensured a 2-0 win Norbert Meier’s side in Bavaria.

It also meant a fifth consecutive clean sheet for Fortuna, leading to Klaus Hoeltzenbein, in Süddeutsche Zeitung, describing Norbert Meier as the man who invented “The Rhine Catenaccio.” These days, when you hear the word “catenaccio” being used, it’s usually in a negative context. Meier can, and should, take it as a compliment, because Fortuna are the only team in Europe’s top leagues who haven’t conceded a goal this season.

You certainly won’t hear any such comparisons for Armin Veh’s Eintracht Frankfurt. They’ve entertained the division and became the first promoted side on Friday night to win their opening four games of the season. Their fifth game was always going to be tricky as they faced up to the current Champions of Germany, Borussia Dortmund.

The way Borussia have started the season has raised questions over whether they’ll be holding onto that tag for a third successive year. Bayern Munich look great, Dortmund’s defence appears dodgy and despite being 31 games unbeaten until last Saturday, BVB have struggled to find the rhythm with which they finished the previous campaign.

Things were going smoothly against Eintracht on Tuesday night. A deflected shot from Lukasz Piszczek and a sumptuous strike from Marco Reus gave Dortmund a two goal lead at half time. “When you lead 2-0, there is the iron law that it cannot be thrown away,” noted Jürgen Klopp.

In the second half Eintracht Frankfurt were to break this iron law as in the financial capital of Germany, Borussia Dortmund paid the price. Within six minutes of the restart the home side were level. Stefan Aigner netted the first with a magnificent half volley before setting up Takashi Inui for the equaliser. Dortmund went back in front through Mario Götze but after wasting further chances, BVB were pegged back again. Anderson headed in a second equaliser for Frankfurt, earning the home side a spectacular point.

“It was the best performance I’ve ever seen from a Frankfurt team,” claimed Klopp, sent to the stands late on for squaring up to an official (and making one of the more incredible facial expressions of the season so far). His frustration would not have been quelled in the knowledge that Bayern Munich had won comfortably against Wolfsburg, leaving the Champions seven points behind the Bavarians.

In contrast, newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt are just two points off the top of the league. Along with Fortuna Düsseldorf, they’ve started the season in sparkling style. Now the real challenge begins for both – maintaining it. A word of warning must go to Eintracht especially. In November 2010, they were 4th in the Bundesliga but ended up getting relegated after a wretched run of form.

Survival remains the goal for both sides. Still, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf may be in Germany’s top ten cities for size and come May, they might each have a team in the Bundesliga’s top ten too, should Eintracht and Fortuna continue their excellent form.

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Matchday 5 Results:

Bayern Munich 3-0 Wolfsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Borussia Dortmund

Fürth 0-2 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Schalke 3-0 Mainz

Augsburg 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Freiburg 1-2 Werder Bremen

Gladbach 2-2 Hamburg

Hannover 4-1 Nuremberg

Stuttgart 0-3 Hoffenheim


Rank Club Matches W* D* L* G* GD* Pts.*
1 FC Bayern Munich 5 5 0 0 17:2 +15 15 CL*
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 5 4 1 0 14:7 +7 13 CL*
3 Hannover 96 5 3 1 1 14:8 +6 10 CL*
4 FC Schalke 04 5 3 1 1 10:5 +5 10 CL* Qual.
5 Fortuna Düsseldorf 5 2 3 0 4:0 +4 9 EL* Qual.
6 Borussia Dortmund 5 2 2 1 11:8 +3 8 EL* Qual.
7 SV Werder Bremen 5 2 1 2 9:8 +1 7
8 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5 2 1 2 7:7 0 7
9 1. FC Nuremberg 5 2 1 2 7:9 -2 7
10 Borussia Mönchengladbach 5 1 3 1 7:7 0 6
11 1899 Hoffenheim 5 2 0 3 10:12 -2 6
12 SC Freiburg 5 1 2 2 7:8 -1 5
13 VfL Wolfsburg 5 1 2 2 2:8 -6 5
14 Hamburger SV 5 1 1 3 7:10 -3 4
15 1. FSV Mainz 05 5 1 1 3 4:8 -4 4
16 Greuther Fürth 5 1 1 3 2:8 -6 4 Play-offs
17 VfB Stuttgart 5 0 2 3 3:12 -9 2 Relegation
18 FC Augsburg 5 0 1 4 2:10 -8 1 Relegation

Table from Official Bundesliga Website

Originally written @ Football Fan Cast

The Yellow Wall – Episode 5: Dortmund lose to Hamburg

After 31 league matches without a defeat, Borussia Dortmund lose 2-3 against Hamburg. Matthias Suuck and Matthew Gerrard discuss this loss, as well as previewing the upcoming matches against Frankfurt and Gladbach. They also have a lively discussion about the Dortmund fan protests surrounding the Hamburg match.

Bundesliga Review – Dortmund shocked as Bayern take early lead – by Archie Rhind-Tutt

Borussia Dortmund losing, Hamburg winning, and Bayern Munich exercising caution in comments to the press – these events have been rare recently but all three took place over the course of a curious weekend in the Bundesliga. Curious because Borussia Dortmund had gone 31 league games unbeaten. Curious because Hamburg have been, as the Guardian’s Raphael Honigstein has put it, the worst side in the league so far and curious because Bayern Munich just don’t do caution.

It doesn’t end there either because newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt, a side albeit not unfamiliar to the Bundesliga, are level with Bayern on top of the table, boasting a 100% record too. This was after they became the first promoted side to win their opening four games, by winning at Nuremberg on Friday night.

Substitute Erwin Hoffer gave the Eagles the lead, only to be eclipsed by his teammate Takashi Inui who scored a superb second goal. The man from Japan cut inside on the left, beat a few players, before planting it into the bottom corner of Raphael Schӓfer’s goal. No wonder people continue to rave about the Japanese influence in the Bundesliga, even after Shinji Kagawa’s summer exit. Hiroshi Kiyotake (Japanese) set up Sebastian Polter for what turned out to be a consolation for Nuremberg as Eintracht Frankfurt held on. Their coach Armin Veh won the Bundesliga with Stuttgart in 2007 but he admitted on Friday that more difficult times might lie ahead.

Bayern Munich were treading a similar line, even after their 2-0 win at Schalke on Saturday. The home side had their chances in the first half but were punished by Bayern Munich early in the second. Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller scored the goals which ensured the Bavarians have four wins from four. “Just because we are currently ahead of Dortmund does not mean we will automatically win the league,” warned Arjen Robben. Bayern Munich director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge echoed this. “We cannot allow euphoria. Last season, we were eight points clear of Dortmund, and we know how it all ended.”

Still, the Bundesliga’s record Champions have looked clinical so far this season whilst the current Champions haven’t exactly raced out of the blocks. For whilst Borussia Dortmund were 31 games unbeaten before Saturday, their performances just haven’t been on the same level as they were at the end of last season. Nevertheless, you’d have expected to see BVB pick up three points against a Hamburg side that have been woeful to date.

This didn’t happen though as HSV managed to secure the most unlikely of victories. Son Heung-Min gave the home team the lead after a great cross from returning Hamburg hero Rafael van der Vaart. Dortmund equalised through a fortunate Ivan Perisic effort just 24 seconds after half time and it was at this point, you’d have expected the northerners to crumble, but not so. Five minutes later, some poor goalkeeping from Roman Weidenfeller allowed Ivo Ilicevic to grab a second for Thorsten Fink’s side on the break. Soon after, it wasn’t inappropriate to say that Hamburg were walking on “Sonshine” as the Korean scored a brilliant third, unleashing a cracking effort into the corner from 25 yards. Perisic pulled another back for Dortmund but despite plenty of chances and pressure, keeper René Adler stood firm for Hamburg as they clinched their first win of the season.

In the context of the Bundesliga as a whole, Hamburg overcoming Borussia Dortmund isn’t a big deal but in the context of this season, it’s huge. BILD proclaimed (perhaps prematurely) that Hamburg “is a happy family again,” whilst Jürgen Klopp was understandably unhappy with his side’s performance. “That was really s***y,” was his rather honest reaction to Dortmund’s first defeat in just over a year, leaving the Champions five points behind Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Borussia Dortmund won’t panic. After all, they’re no stranger to early season defeats having endured three in their first six games during the last campaign. A trip to high flying Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday will be a good test of their character but Bayern Munich will be delighted with the position they’re in. Their summer of spending has been justified so far with new players such as Mandzukic and Shaqiri showing Bayern have a new level of strength in depth – something they missed dearly last season. Yet, his weekend is likely to be the first of a few twists in this year’s Bundesliga title race. Bayern Munich certainly have the edge, for now.

Matchday 4 Results:

Nuremberg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-0 Freiburg

Hamburg 3-2 Borussia Dortmund

Mainz 2-0 Augsburg

Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

Wolfsburg 1-1 Fürth

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Gladbach

Hoffenheim 3-1 Hannover

Werder Bremen 2-2 Stuttgart


Rank Club Matches W* D* L* G* GD* Pts.*
1 FC Bayern Munich 4 4 0 0 14:2 +12 12 CL*
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 4 4 0 0 11:4 +7 12 CL*
3 Hannover 96 4 2 1 1 10:7 +3 7 CL*
4 Borussia Dortmund 4 2 1 1 8:5 +3 7 CL* Qual.
5 FC Schalke 04 4 2 1 1 7:5 +2 7 EL* Qual.
6 1. FC Nuremberg 4 2 1 1 6:5 +1 7 EL* Qual.
7 Fortuna Düsseldorf 4 1 3 0 2:0 +2 6
8 SC Freiburg 4 1 2 1 6:6 0 5
9 Borussia Mönchengladbach 4 1 2 1 5:5 0 5
10 VfL Wolfsburg 4 1 2 1 2:5 -3 5
11 SV Werder Bremen 4 1 1 2 7:7 0 4
12 1. FSV Mainz 05 4 1 1 2 4:5 -1 4
13 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4 1 1 2 4:6 -2 4
14 Greuther Fürth 4 1 1 2 2:6 -4 4
15 Hamburger SV 4 1 0 3 5:8 -3 3
16 1899 Hoffenheim 4 1 0 3 7:12 -5 3 Play-offs
17 VfB Stuttgart 4 0 2 2 3:9 -6 2 Relegation
18 FC Augsburg 4 0 1 3 1:7 -6 1 Relegation


Table from the Official Bundesliga Site

Article originally written @ Football Fan Cast

The Bundesliga Show Episode 72 – Armin Veh and Ooh La la

After a goal packed match day three of the new Bundesliga season, Matt Hermann and Jon Hartley are back to talk about the most important subjects of the weekend. They are also joined by France based man of all things Bundesliga, Ian Holyman. Ian also gives the low down on the french opponents of Bundesliga sides in Europe this season.

And as always, Terry Duffelen is on hand to with a report of what is going on in the 2. Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!

Bundesliga Review – Yet ANOTHER entertaining weekend in Germany by Archie Rhind-Tutt

Talking up the Bundesliga – it’s very chic at the moment, isn’t it? It’s really hard not to especially after another engaging and entertaining weekend in Germany. Now, that might not seem apparent were you to focus on the fact there were two goalless draws and that last season’s top three all secured relatively comfortable victories. Delve deeper though, look to some of the division’s supposed lesser lights and there’s entertainment aplenty.

Saying lesser lights is perhaps a bit harsh.  After all Eintracht Frankfurt are effectively standing shoulder to shoulder with Bayern Munich at the moment, with only an inferior goal difference keeping them off the top of the table. Eintracht’s win on Sunday ensured their best start to a season since 1966 – a great achievement when you consider they were relegated from the Bundesliga in May 2011. Relegation may not be too far away for the side Frankfurt overcame on Sunday either – Hamburg. The northerners were edged out 3-2 as some appalling defending cost them.

This was despite the return of Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutchman was keen to make clear last week on his homecoming that he was not the messiah. It’s worth asking then if he’s not the messiah, is he a very naughty boy? The answer is no because that was left to Petr Jiracek, sent off during Sunday’s game for a dangerous lunge and one word too many to referee Wolfgang Stark. As much as Hamburg look in heaps of trouble, credit must be paid to the offensively impressive Frankfurt who punished HSV’s errors, in what was a very open encounter. Still, it could be worse for Hamburg – they could be bottom of the Bundesliga.

That’s where Hoffenheim are as they were involved in another Sunday game where the defending was rather generous. Die Hoffe may have taken the lead early on but their match against Freiburg proceeded to ebb and flow in a manner you wouldn’t have expected prior to kick off.  With the game standing at 3-3 with ten minutes to go, Freiburg finally won the game, but not before they were given a helping hand from the Hoffenheim defence. An unmarked Cedric Makiadi was allowed to slam home from a corner before super sub Sebastian Freis, on for less than five minutes, rounded the erratic Tim Wiese to seal victory. The words “it’s five for Freiburg” have not been heard all too often in the Bundesliga – in fact it was the first time they’d hit five in the top flight in just over 11 years. For Hoffenheim, it was another result that belied pre-season optimism about them being the division’s dark horses.

That honour instead falls to Hannover, another team who were involved in a “crazy game,” as Coach Mirko Slomka called it. He would have been thrilled by the 96’s great start against Werder Bremen. They raced into a two goal lead after just ten minutes courtesy of Szabolcs Huszti and Leon Andreasen. Werder would eventually draw level, after Aaron Hunt’s first half penalty was followed by a Kevin de Bruyne equaliser with just less than 15 minutes to go.

Yet just like in their last away game at Bourssia, they were unable to stay level until the end. In fact this time round, they had two disallowed goals but they were defeated in injury time by Hannover’s man of the moment – Szabolcs Huszti. Into the net flew his (deflected) ove head kick and then came the celebration. Off came the shirt, over the advertising hoardings Huszti went and rapidly he climbed the fence. (BILD even labelled him the “fence king”.) However, referee Deniz Aytekin wasn’t prepared to be lenient with Hannover’s Hungarian hero. When Huszti, already on a yellow card, eventually returned to the pitch, Aytekin sent him on his way. It is the only stain on what has otherwise been a magnificent return to Lower Saxony for Huszti. At this rate, Hannover look like they could be outsiders in the title race – something  Borussia Mönchengladbach did so well last year.

Gladbach so far haven’t been able to match their stunning performances of last season. They’re still entertaining though – just not in the way fans of the Foals quite want them to be. In what was the weekend’s fourth Bundesliga game to produce five goals or more, Gladbach were unable to hold off Nuremberg at Borussia-Park. The Bavarians were another side this weekend to take a two goal lead and to have it erased. The difference on Saturday though was Hiroshi Kiyotake. He’s one of quite a few players of an Asian persuasion to be excelling in the Bundesliga at the moment. Having set up Nuremberg’s first two goals, Kiyotake scored the third as Der Club became only the second team to win at Gladbach in 2012.

This game, along with the other three highlighted, did help to show off the best of the Bundesliga on a weekend the DFL were keen to show what was great about the league. (Every club in the division wore the slogan “Geh Deinen Weg” (Go Your Way) on their shirts as the Bundesliga looked to promote integration.) Still, it’s always good when the main focus of the weekend’s action is on the football and not the politics surrounding it. Whereas handshakes dominated the agenda elsewhere, Germany offered quite the footballing spectacle this weekend, even if the standard of defending left something to be desired for.

Matchday 3 Results:

Augsburg 0-0 Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich 3-1 Mainz

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Gladbach 2-3 Nuremberg

Hannover 3-2 Werder Bremen

Stuttgart 0-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Fürth 0-2 Schalke

Freiburg 5-3 Hoffenheim

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 Hamburg


Rank Club Matches W* D* L* G* GD* Pts.*
1 FC Bayern Munich 3 3 0 0 12:2 +10 9 CL*
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 3 3 0 0 9:3 +6 9 CL*
3 Hannover 96 3 2 1 0 9:4 +5 7 CL*
4 FC Schalke 04 3 2 1 0 7:3 +4 7 CL* Qual.
5 Borussia Dortmund 3 2 1 0 6:2 +4 7 EL* Qual.
6 1. FC Nuremberg 3 2 1 0 5:3 +2 7 EL* Qual.
7 Fortuna Düsseldorf 3 1 2 0 2:0 +2 5
8 SC Freiburg 3 1 1 1 6:6 0 4
9 Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 1 1 1 4:4 0 4
10 VfL Wolfsburg 3 1 1 1 1:4 -3 4
11 SV Werder Bremen 3 1 0 2 5:5 0 3
12 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3 1 0 2 3:5 -2 3
13 Greuther Fürth 3 1 0 2 1:5 -4 3
14 1. FSV Mainz 05 3 0 1 2 2:5 -3 1
15 FC Augsburg 3 0 1 2 1:5 -4 1
16 VfB Stuttgart 3 0 1 2 1:7 -6 1 Play-offs
17 Hamburger SV 3 0 0 3 2:6 -4 0
18 1899 Hoffenheim 3 0 0 3 4:11 -7 0

Table thanks to the Bundesliga Official Website

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Article originally posted on Football Fan Cast

The Bundesliga Show – The DFB-Elf & Matchday 3 Preview

A short but sweet Bundesliga Show this week. Jon Hartley and Matt Hermann wrap up what happened in Germany’s World Cup qualifiers and look ahead to the matchday 3 in the league.

Enjoy the show!

The Bundesliga Show Episode 70 – Matchday 2 and the International Break

Back for another packed Bundesliga Show is Matt Hermann and Jon Hartley. In this weeks episode, all the best and the worst from matchday 2, and ask the question ‘which teams are and aren’t looking forward to the international break?’.

Also in the show, a chat about the up-coming matches for the German national team…and as always Terry Duffelen round up all the action from the 2.Bundesliga

Enjoy the show!

Time for Salad? Die Meisterschale

Object of Desire - Die Meisterschale

Weighing in at 11kg (the same as the Mask of Tutankhamen), with a diameter of 59cm (about the width of your average fridge door) and a value of some €25,000, the Bundesliga Shield casts an impressive shadow. And the race is most assuredly on for the honour of hoisting it aloft for the fiftieth time in Bundesliga history.

The Original 'Viktoria', and Her Replacement

Yet the history of Die Miesterschale actually dates back way beyond the inaugural 1963 season, recording every German top-flight winning team since the foundation of the National league format in 1903; starting with VfB Leipzig.

Cast from over 5kg of Sterling silver, and emblazoned with five large tourmaline diamonds (along with eleven smaller ones, and five tourmaline-cabochons), it was originally designed and fabricated by a pioneering artist from Cologne as a replacement for the Viktoria, which was lost during the Second World War.

Elisabeth Treskow

A Lesser-known Light: Elisabeth Treskow

Born five years before the National football league – in August, 1898 – Elisabeth Treskow was the only child of Max and Hedwig. By the age of 20, she had attained teaching-grade qualifications in gold-and silver-smiths. After two decades in which she opened her own studio and workshop (in Essen, in 1923), studied in Paris (1927), begun work into redefining granulation techniques that would shape her art for the Twentieth Century, been awarded the Ring of Honour (1933), Jewellery Cross (1935), Love Ring (1936), Paris Worlds’ Fair Gold Medal (1938), and moved to Detmold to open a larger workshop, she crossed paths with the sphere of football.

The 1947-48 season marked the rejoining of competition following World War Two, and saw 1.FC Nuremberg crowned Champions once again. Ironically enough, however, Der Club never received their trophy, which was lost – and never recovered – during the War. Thus, a new trophy was commissioned. By this time, Treskow had been appointed Head of the Cologne School of Artists, and was seen as the foremost artiste in the Country (a remarkable feat for a woman, particularly in the immediacy of the post-War era). She was hand-picked to carry out the commission and, around six months later, presented designs for today’s Meisterschale to the Association. Immediately acclaimed as a reward truly befitting Champions, the trophy also quickly assumed the nickname of ‘The Salad Dish’, due to its shape and structure.

1981 – A Miscalculation

The stereotypical impression of Germany holds for an always-attentive, efficient nation. However, in 1981 – just 31 years into its presentation – space on the plate ran out for carving the names of Winners! Due to the admiration for the shield, and the history attached to it, rather than resort to seeking a replacement, the DFB had an additional ring added – with silver bolts, and inkeeping with the design  – to the original; allowing space for another 60 years of Champions.

Etched into the metal surrounds are the names of a relatively elite – if varied (by today’s standings) – band of Clubs. Just 29 sides have taken the title of being Germany’s best; ranging from the likes of Holstein Kiel (in 1907), Viktoria Berlin (1912) and Eintracht Braunschweig (1936), through to the heavy-hitters of the modern era. In the past 50 years, however, that number count is just 12 strong. Bayern head that list (with a mammoth 21 titles to their name), followed by current holders – Dortmund – and ‘Gladbach on five each.

One thing is for sure, each and every Club honouring the top-flight during this historic campaign will take especial note of the opportunity to write their name in the Bundesliga annuls. And the big two have been quick to attempt to subvert the media glare, with Jürgen Klopp following the general consensus by expressing how “Who’ll finish on top? I don’t know. I don’t think anyone knows. There’s one team for whom success is the only option, and that’s FC Bayern Munich. I’m just pleased we’re up there”; and his counterpart in Münich – Jupp Heynckes – responding equivocally “If a team wins back-to-back titles, you can’t deny them their favourites’ tag. But of course we want to get at Borussia Dortmund, and we will risk everything to bring the title back to Munich”.

Keep Your Mits Off!

Either way – and it’s hard to look outside of those two this year – there’s an added element of desperation to be chomping on salad come the 18th of May next year. Guten Appétit!



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