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1954: It could have been so very different……..

On the 4th of July, 1954, the so-called ‘miracle of Bern’ took place, as a largely unheralded West German side – dominated and captained by the indomitable Fritz Walter – overcame Ferenc Puskás and Hungary to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for the first time. The 3-2 victory has subsequently been well-chronologed; to the extent of being the subject of a full-length feature film of the same title (‘Das Wunder von Bern’), ensuring the football annuls are replete with the legend of West Germany’s first post-war outings.

However, behind that storied, heady summer lies another far less well-known tale. One that could have changed the course of history…

Everybody is well aware of how the end of the Second World War divided the German state, East-to-West. However, always a far-less reported part was the disputed area of the Saar. Prior to the period immediately after World War Two, the Saarland territory was hotly disputed. Yielding significant areas of coal, and a productive, fertile farming region courtesy of the route of the River Saar, its potential for exploitation appealed greatly to both France and the Prussian (and then German) Empire. At the end of the First World War, the region gained an air of autonomy, but was occupied by the Allied Nations. It was reabsorbed into Germany under the Nazis in 1935, before being handed to the French as a protectorate in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Ahead of the 1949-50 season, 1.FC Saarbrücken were strongly encouraged to apply to join the domestic French league, having competed for the previous campaign on an invitational basis. This encouragement came with strong backing from Jules Rimet himself (then head of FIFA the FFF), but was rejected by both the Saarländischer Fuβballbund and the other French clubs. Two years later, after a plethora of friendlies and one-off tournaments, 1.FC were permitted to enter the West German league system.

However interesting-a-tale this undoubtedly is, perhaps more of a story is that of the international equivalent. On a similar footing to the travails of 1.FC, it was felt that sport in general could play a significant role in the assertion of the true independence of the Saar area. Those efforts led to the creation of the Nationales Olympishces Komitee des Saarlandes (Saar National Olympic Committee), which gave formal, IOC recognition to the State’s self-governance, and culminated in participation at the 1952 Olympic Games. Alongside that, and as a result of rejecting the prospect of joining the French system, came a successful application for recognition from FIFA, and the formation of an international team.

On the 22nd of November, 1950, Saarland played their first ever international; contesting a 5-3 victory at home to a Swiss National ‘B’ Team, in front of a crowd of around 20,000 fans in Saarbrücken’s Ludwigparkstadion. Two goals a-piece from Borussia Neunkirchen’s Erich Leibenguth and FC 1912 Ernsdorf’s Herbert Martin – with a fifth from the boot of the host city’s Karl Berg – settled things. A little over six months later, and another win was secured – this time a 3-2 at home to Austria ‘B’ – before The Saar travelled abroad for the very first time, in a return encounter with Switzerland. Another triumph duly ensued (5-2), and emboldened the SFB sufficiently to submit an application to FIFA to enter qualification for the forthcoming World Cup, which was to also be held in Switzerland.

Packed to the rafters: The Ludwigsparkstadion, 22 November, 1950

At that time, FIFA employed a regionalised basis to their qualification set-up. So, and in the almost script-written inevitability that only sport seems able to induce, Saarland found themselves pitched into Group 1, alongside Norway and, yes, West Germany. And so, on the 24th of June, 1953, Saarland kicked-off what would prove to be their only run of competitive international fixtures; to the relatively imposing backdrop of the Ulevall Stadium in Oslo. Going two-down inside the opening 15 minutes, the minnows then rallied – inspired by defender Theo Puff, who played on to the 40th minute, despite suffering a broken fibula just moments into the game – to level the tie inside half an hour. Then, just seven minutes after the break, the 2-3-5 formation yielded a third for the away side, through Neunkirchen’s Gerhard Siedl (who would later go on to play for Bayern Munich and West Germany)! Somehow, the visitors subsequently managed to weather the ensuing pounding from their hosts, and when the Dutch referee blew for full-time, it was greeted with a mixture of surprise and incredulity from everyone. After Norway then held West Germany to a 1-all draw in the next game, Saarland found themselves top of the Group.

Then came a game that threatened to destabalise the political balance, as they journeyed the short trip to Stuttgart, to take on their former overlords. In a step taken to mitigate against any potential governmental ramifications, the Germans refused to fly the Saarland flag, and then went on to inflict a 3-0 defeat that history reflects as somewhat harsh on their visitors.

However, despite the loss, Saarland still went into the return fixture with the West Germans with a chance of making it to Switzerland, following a 0-0 against Norway (held in front of over 40,000 spectators, incidentally). In their tenth match, the hosts were buoyed by ten 1.FC Saarbrücken players, and the biggest crowd ever seen in the state, with upwards of 53,000 packed into the Ludwigsparkstadion to witness their heroes (a figure that was more than 1/20th of the entire population). Dominating the first quarter, Martin had a highly-debateable offside decision ruled against him to chalk off a goal, before a West German handball passed by without accord to further frustrations. Max Morlock (who would score the first for the Germans in the following year’s World Cup Final) then compounded matters by opening the scoring just before half-time. Six minutes after the break, that advantage was doubled, before a penalty from Martin restored an element of hope. Seven minutes from time, though, that final flicker was extinguished, as Hans Schäfer added a third.

The obvious disappointment notwithstanding, independence had failed to distil a certain sense of National pride in the majority of the squad, who still saw themselves as inherently German. Indeed, wing-half Kurt Clemens would later be quoted as saying: “I still remember today that I wasn’t really unhappy after both defeats [to West Germany]. I felt that I was ­German and didn’t want to prevent the team that I’d always wanted to play for as a boy from getting to Switzerland. We wouldn’t have had a chance at the World Cup anyway”. Indeed, the squad would later celebrate alongside their former compatriots, in their hotel in Bern (information courtesy of http://www.wsc.co.uk/the-archive/923-Europe/4367-saarland-1950-1955).

In total, across a meagre six years of existence, Saarland contested 19 matches; winning six, with three draws and ten defeats. Three players would earn 19 caps for West Germany over the next five years (Heinz Vollmar – 12 caps, 3 goals; Gerhard Siegl – 6, 3; and Karl Ringel – 1, 0). The coach of the side during their qualification campaign – Helmut Schön – would go on to join the West German National set-up as Assistant Coach, before then taking over the reins and leading them to victory in both the 1972 European Championships and the following World Cup in 1974.

 

The team that once was: The Saarland National Side before their 1953 encounter with West Germany

Matchday reports and appearance/ goal statistics courtesy of http://www.saar-nostalgie.de/Nationalmannschaft1.htm and http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/saar-recintlp.html

Bundesliga Review – Lift Off For Last Season’s Overachievers by Archie Rhind-Tutt

Success can be hard enough to attain but following it up is often the real challenge of a team’s abilities. Until this weekend, two of the Bundesliga’s overachievers from the previous campaign, Augsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, had shown just how difficult it can be. In May, Gladbach earned an unlikely top four place, and in turn a shot at Champions League qualification whilst Augsburg’s mere presence outside the relegation zone was surprising.

Both clubs lost significant figures in the summer, severely denting their chances on building on last season’s good work. Roman Neustadter, Dante and Marco Reus joined the three clubs which finished above the Foals last season whereas last year’s Bundesliga debutants lost coach Jos Luhukay. Respective replacements were found but neither has been able to carry on regardless.

That’s shown by the fact that until this Friday, Augsburg were yet to win in the Bundesliga this season under new coach Markus Weinzierl. He was working in the third tier of German football last year and had struggled to adjust to life in the top flight. The visit of bipolar Werder Bremen on Friday could well prove a seminal moment in his reign at the SGL-Arena, or so Weinzierl will hope.

This was a game Werder were expected to win with relative ease and judging by the performance of Thomas Schaaf’s side on Friday night, the Northerners thought they’d be able to do so with minimal effort too. As much as Augsburg deserved credit for their subsequent 3-1 victory, their opponents were toothless.

Tobias Werner scored the fastest goal of the season (94 seconds) with a diving header after a great cross from Captain Paul Verhaegh. The Bavarians were pegged back by a Kevin De Bruyne free kick soon after but strikes from Stephan Hain and Daniel Baier either side of half time secured a first win of the season for Augsburg. That was enough to lift them out of the automatic relegation places and as if that wasn’t enough, the players were even rewarded with a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest.

Mention the word Munich though to Gladbach fans and it might rekindle memories of their two victories over Bayern last season. As such, those results were just a small part of a cracking campaign under Lucien Favre but, going into their game against in-form Eintracht Frankfurr, the Foals were hovering nervously above the relegation zone after just a solitary win in their first six games.

They didn’t necessarily return to their best as a team on Sunday either but a 2-0 win was just what Gladbach needed. Juan Arango provided a contender for goal of the season in scoring the Foals first. The man with the sweetest left foot in the division struck a 31 yard thunderbolt early on before new signing Luuk De Jong netted his second of the campaign. This in turn ensured Frankfurt’s first defeat of the season, though Oliver Occean’s contender for miss of the season didn’t help their cause on a difficult day in North Rhine-Westphalia.

What next then for Gladbach and their fellow overachievers from last season, Augsburg? Survival remains the aim for Augsburg and it still looks like it will be very difficult to achieve. The same doesn’t apply to Lucien Favre’s side, even if they have lost key players over the summer. The club has invested heavily in an effort to ensure more than a temporary revival of fortunes. Their weekend win will have come as a relief – an emotion Augsburg will understand too. Yet as they continue without significant figures from the last campaigin, both clubs are probably just realising now the extent of which they have been victims of their success.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga

• Bayern Munich pulled further clear at the top of the Bundesliga as they saw off Hoffenheim 2-0 at the Allianz Arena. Franck Ribery scored both and victory at this time could only mean one thing for Bayern – getting down to Oktoberfest.

• There was no celebrating for Champions Borussia Dortmund. Despite an encouraging midweek Champions League performance, they slipped to a 1-1 draw at Hannover. That’s by no means shabby – Hannover’s unbeaten home record stretches back more than a season now. However, conceding another late goal, this time from Mame Biram Diouf, will hurt Jürgen Klopp after doing the same in Manchester on Wednesday. Dortmund’s local rivals Schalke kept their good start to the season going with a 3-0 victory against Wolfsburg, who dropped into the bottom two.

• Meanwhile in mid table, Freiburg beat Nürnberg 3-0, Bayer Leverkusen were held 2-2 at Stuttgart and promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf lost for the first time this season. Mainz became the first side to breach the side’s defence on their travels in a 1-0 victory for the home side. And finally, Hamburg continued their recent revival as the in-form Son Heung-Min scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Greuther Fürth.

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Matchday 7 Results:

Augsburg 3-1 Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich 2-0 Hoffenheim

Freiburg 3-0 Nürnberg

Fürth 0-1 Hamburg

Mainz 1-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Schalke 3-0 Wolfsburg

Gladbach 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Hannover 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Stuttgart 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen

 Table

Rank Club Matches W* D* L* G* GD* Pts.*
1 FC Bayern Munich 7 7 0 0 21:2 +19 21 CL*
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 7 5 1 1 16:10 +6 16 CL*
3 FC Schalke 04 7 4 2 1 15:7 +8 14 CL*
4 Borussia Dortmund 7 3 3 1 17:9 +8 12 CL* Qual.
5 Hannover 96 7 3 2 2 15:10 +5 11 EL* Qual.
6 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 7 3 2 2 11:9 +2 11 EL* Qual.
7 Fortuna Düsseldorf 7 2 4 1 6:3 +3 10
8 Hamburger SV 7 3 1 3 9:10 -1 10
9 1. FSV Mainz 05 7 3 1 3 7:8 -1 10
10 Borussia Mönchengladbach 7 2 3 2 9:12 -3 9
11 SC Freiburg 7 2 2 3 11:10 +1 8
12 SV Werder Bremen 7 2 1 4 10:13 -3 7
13 1899 Hoffenheim 7 2 1 4 10:14 -4 7
14 1. FC Nuremberg 7 2 1 4 7:14 -7 7
15 VfB Stuttgart 7 1 3 3 7:14 -7 6
16 FC Augsburg 7 1 2 4 5:11 -6 5 Play-offs
17 VfL Wolfsburg 7 1 2 4 2:13 -11 5 Relegation
18 Greuther Fürth 7 1 1 5 2:11 -9 4 Relegation

Table thanks to Official Bundesliga Site

Article originally written on Football Fan Cast

The Bundesliga Show Episode 74 – Pubs and Podcasting

This week on the Bundesliga Show, Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen dissect the Bundesliga and Champions League action at the Zeitgeist pub in London.

Prepare for chat about Bayern, Bremen and everything in-between. Also, what is the future for Kevin Grosskreutz?

You can also listen to The Bundesliga Show on the Stitcher iPhone and Android app

Bundesliga 2: Matchday 9 preview

Fritz-Walter-Stadion

The Fritz-Walter-Stadion will be empty this weekend as Kaiserslautern travel to Ingolstadt

Terry Duffelen looks forward to another round of fixtures in the German second division.

Friday 05/10/12

Hertha BSC v 1860 München

Hertha surprisingly only managed a draw against bottom club MSV Duisberg last Monday but are much more reliable at home in Berlin. In fact they’ve only dropped points at home once so far this season. Despite being undefeated, 1860 have only won once away from the Allianz so a draw may be a reasonable bet.

St. Pauli v Union Berlin

Definitely a game for the much talked about football hipsters. St Pauli welcome their new coach Michael Frontzeck for his first match in charge after André Schubert was sacked. As Jon Hartley pointed out earlier this week, the former ‘Gladbach coach’s win percentage of is not great and it is difficult for the outsider to see the logic in the appointment. Union are recovering from a pretty awful start to the season. Six of their last seven points have been at home with only two points so far on the road. There may be a volatile atmosphere at the Millerntor which Union may be able to take advantage of. While an away win may seem optimistic I would not be surprised to see the away team score the first goal of the game.

FSV Frankfurt v Paderborn

The other Frankfurt have dropped to seventh in the table after two consecutive defeats. Paderborn are not quite the team that has challenged for promotion in recent seasons and they too have lost their last two games. Well, they can’t both lose. In fairness to Paderborn their last two matches were against a resurgent Cologne and high flying Cottbus. They’re not so good away from home however, so a Frankfurt win seems the most likely outcome.

Saturday 06/10/12

Eintracht Brauschweig v Bochum

Bochum’s travel to the Eintracht Stadium in reasonable form. Just the one defeat in five for the club from the Ruhr and that was against a very good Kaiserslautern side. Having said that their last win was five games ago albeit away from home. Braunschweig are still top and still unbeaten, only dropping points against ‘Lautern and 1860 Munich which is no disgrace. Home win.

Energie Cottbus v MSV Duisburg

Along with Braunschweig, Cottbus are perhaps a surprise early season pace setter. Their first set back came last week at the hands of Union Berlin. What better time to play the bottom club than when you need to put things back on track? A word of caution before you lump your lunch money on a home win. Duisberg managed a draw against Hertha last week and while should not be regarded as in a false position, are dogged opponents.

Sunday 07/10/12

Ingolstadt v Kaiserslautern

Whenever the home side have picked up points it’s been against manageable opposition but as soon as they encountered 1860, they lost. On Sunday they face another promotion contender in the improving Kaiserslautern who I think are the best team I’ve seen in this division. Admittedly, those are dangerous words in what is a very fluid and unpredictable league. However, FCK have won all of their away matches and it would be a surprise if they didn’t leave the Audi Sportpark with at least a point. Interstingly ‘Lautern have always been the first to score in their games on the road.

Erzgebirge Aue v Jahn Regensburg

Two straight wins has moved Regensburg into a reassuring mid table position and should be confident of win number three against a plummeting Aue side who have not once since August.

Sandhausen v Aalen

Five wins for Aalen this season, three of which have been away from home. Sandhausen meanwhile have been wretched just about everywhere with only one point in five.

Monday 08/10/12

Cologne v Dynamo Dresden

It was panic stations a few weeks ago as Cologne sat second from bottom of the table with barely a point to their name. Two wins later and the mass ranks at the Rheinenergiestadion are starting to breath again as is the coach, Holger Stanislawski. Dresden’s win against Aue was their first for four games. Very difficult to foresee the outcome but your suspect that the home side’s squad is starting to click which should give them the edge.

All Change Please – St. Pauli

FC St. Pauli

Jon Hartley looks at the managerial comings and goings at one of Germany’s most popular clubs, St. Pauli.

It was almost like the plastic and inanimate driver of St. Pauli’s legendary sausage train had said ‘all change please’. It has been all go at St. Pauli so far this season and we are only in October. There is an on going facelift taking place at the Millerntor with building work on going to complete the new Gegengerade. There has also been a reappearance of the Jolly Rouge flags of the Social Romantic movement in the stands. And of course on the pitch, results have been terrible. So bad that coach Andre Schubert, who’d had a reprieve at toward the end of last season, was finally made to walk the plank. One win, three draws and as many defeats was enough for the club to part company with him after just over a season in charge.

His tenure hadn’t been all bad, after all he took St. Pauli to the edge of the play-offs last season and it was only on the final day of the campaign that the dream was finally snuffed out. Gallantly, the pirates of the league drew their cutlasses and struck down fellow challengers Paderborn 5-0, but even that wasn’t enough. In the end it was only goal difference that separated St. Pauli from eventual promoted side Fortuna Düsseldorf. Unfortunately, this heroic appraisal is a bit of a rose coloured glasses view of how it went. The truth of the matter is that throughout the season St. Pauli threw away too many points. Just one more draw or win would have been enough to see the club into the play-offs. Take these as examples:  St. Pauli led 1-0 in Munich until the 88th minute against 1860, only for a mistake by Patrick Funk to be punished as the game ended in a draw. That win alone would have been enough. St. Pauli also conspired against themselves and allowed FSV to go 3-0 up before fighting back with gusto and guile to claim a draw. As great as the fight back was, that game should have ended with a win. Those extra two points would have been enough at the end of the campaign.

But I don’t want all this to sound like sour grapes. It is not necessary to have watched club for decades to know that the St. Pauli way is not necessarily the easy way. That idea has continued this season as well. Schubert’s team were all to willing to give up cheap goals and offensively were infuriating to watch. There are teams that fall at the final hurdle and just can’t get the ball in the back of the net and there are teams that fail one step before that. Schubert’s side were the latter. They could play the ball around, counter attack, or work themselves into good positions – but when it came to delivering the killer pass or cross they failed miserably. There wasn’t a magic cure after Schubert’s departure either. The interim team of club legends Thomas Meggle (174 league games for St. Pauli), Mathias Hain (69 league games) and Timo Schultz (129 league games) couldn’t lift the players and they suffered a 3-0 defeat to newly promoted Jahn Regensburg.

The club have now acted swiftly to bring in Schubert’s permanent replacement and have appointed Michael Frontzeck as the new manager. For many the name Michael Frontzeck conjures up visions of a tumbling Borussia Mönchengladbach. At the first half of the season in 2010/11, Frontzeck’s Gladbach were rock bottom of the Bundesliga having only amassed 10 points in 17 matches. They had a goal difference of -21 by the time Christmas had arrived – not exactly a great selling point for a manager looking for a new club. Nor really are his career stats. He was relegated with Alemannia Aachen in 2007 and would have been with Arminia Bielefeld as well, had he not departed shortly before the end of the season. All in all, Frontzeck’s win record as a coach stands at just 23.65%. If that continues then St. Pauli will surely be playing 3.Liga football next season.

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This all sounds very ‘doom and gloom’, but I’d like to think that I’m an optimist when it comes to new appointments. The chance of a fresh start and perhaps new ideas is always exciting. What is an unknown quantity about Frontzeck is what he has learned since departing Gladbach in February 2011. Armin Veh looked in no great shakes after his time at Wolfsburg and HSV, yet has turned around Eintracht Frankfurt. Elsewhere, Ian Holloway left management after failed attempts and became a student of the game. He reassessed his footballing philosophy and has applied what he learned with success at Blackpool. So while the announcement of Michael Frontzeck will not have most of the Millerntor in raptures, I for one will wait to see if he has learned from his mistakes.

If this doesn’t work, the club might want to avoid follically challenged coaches!

Bundesliga Review – Birthday Boys Hamburg Must Take Care by Archie Rhind-Tutt

Organising a birthday party usually means you have to do a few things. Get a cake, send out the invites and a few balloons shouldn’t go amiss either. Hamburg’s special anniversary was a little different. They celebrated 125 years of history on Saturday evening with 1000 guests and 10,000 fans in attendance for a gala at the O2 World Arena. That’s situated next to HSV’s very own Imtech Arena, a place where Hamburg were performing poorly at the start of this season. With the anniversary fast approaching, the Hamburg hierarchy must have been worried. After all, the mood of this weekend’s celebration was always going to be heavily dependent on how Hamburg were performing in the Bundesliga.

President Carl E. Jarchow joked on Saturday night that he was thankful Hamburg’s founding fathers hadn’t launched the club two weeks earlier. Indeed, it would have been a much more sombre and embarrassing occasion had the club’s anniversary been a fortnight ago after the horror start the Northerners made – three games, three losses.

The return of Rafael van der Vaart, dubbed the Messiah by some, coupled with the most unlikely of victories against Champions Borussia Dortmund lifted spirits tremendously. Throwing away a midweek lead against Borussia Mönchengladbach checked Hamburg’s adulation and on their anniversary weekend, they had high-flying Hannover to contend with in a Northern derby.

Come Saturday evening though, Hamburg had reason to celebrate their 125 years of existence with gusto, after a slender victory over their Lower Saxony counterparts. The only goal of the game was provided by HSV favourite van der Vaart. The Dutchman volleyed Artjom Rudnevs through on goal and he  smashed past Ron-Robert Zieler with aplomb.

As has become customary this season when playing Hamburg, the opposition will always have quite a few opportunities but what is becoming equally constant is how René Adler will also be present to save his side on numerous occasions. Saturday’s encounter with Hannover was no different as Adler made a string of fine stops to ensure his first clean sheet of the season – something he deserves for his endeavours since his summer move from Bayer Leverkusen.  Most importantly, the goalkeeper’s performance helped to secure a second Bundesliga win for Hamburg, as Thorsten Fink’s side climbed away from the relegation zone.

Slipping out of the top tier hasn’t been unthinkable such has been the quality of performances in recent months. Naturally the club are proud of the fact they are the only team in the Bundesliga to have never been relegated. What’s more, since 1919, Hamburg have always played in whatever has been Germany’s top flight.

This weekend did help to show what is special about the club but despite their recent resurgence, HSV are not out of the woods. Asides from René Adler, their defence looks poor and that continues to be a major worry but since van der Vaart’s arrival, goals haven’t looked hard to come by.

Prior to the Dutchman’s return, Hamburg had gone 6 hours in the Bundesliga without a goal but when van der Vaart’s played, they average two goals per game. So long as that statistic continues, the Bundesliga’s dinosaur will remain in the top flight for yet another season. Still, Saturday showed how big a club Hamburg are and there won’t (or shouldn’t) be any celebrations for a mid-table finish come the end of the campaign. The weekend’s anniversary was enjoyable for Hamburg but there’s quite a way to go until there’s reason to properly celebrate the efforts of the current team.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga

  • Bayern Munich continued their perfect start with a clinical 2-0 win at Werder Bremen. Newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt, somehow, remain just two points behind them after recording their fifth victory of the campaign against Freiburg.
  • Borussia Dortmund bounced back from their recent away day misery by thrashing last season’s surprise package Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-0. Dortmund’s Ruhr rivals weren’t so ruthless as Schalke threw away a two-goal lead at the impressive Fortuna Düsseldorf, another promoted side yet to lose this season.
  • Stuttgart finally got their first win of the campaign, winning 2-0 at Nuremberg whilst Bayer Leverkusen won by the same scoreline against lowly Greuther Fürth. Mainz were another team to win by two goals, shocking pre-season dark horses Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony.
  • However, what marred this weekend’s Bundesliga action was a car crash involving Hoffenheim’s Boris Vukcevic. The midfielder sustained serious injuries and is still in an induced coma. Vukcevic’s parents insisted Hoffenheim’s game against Augsburg went ahead but as the 0-0 scoreline suggests, thoughts were probably elsewhere on both sides.
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Matchday 6 Results:

Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-2 Schalke

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Fürth

Hamburg 1-0 Hannover

Hoffenheim 0-0 Augsburg

Nuremberg 0-2 Stuttgart

Werder Bremen 0-2 Bayern Munich

Borussia Dortmund 5-0 Gladbach

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Freiburg

Wolfsburg 0-2 Mainz

Table

Rank Club Matches W* D* L* G* GD* Pts.*
1 FC Bayern Munich 6 6 0 0 19:2 +17 18 CL*
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 5 1 0 16:8 +8 16 CL*
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 3 2 1 16:8 +8 11 CL*
4 FC Schalke 04 6 3 2 1 12:7 +5 11 CL* Qual.
5 Hannover 96 6 3 1 2 14:9 +5 10 EL* Qual.
6 Fortuna Düsseldorf 6 2 4 0 6:2 +4 10 EL* Qual.
7 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 9:7 +2 10
8 SV Werder Bremen 6 2 1 3 9:10 -1 7
9 1899 Hoffenheim 6 2 1 3 10:12 -2 7
10 Hamburger SV 6 2 1 3 8:10 -2 7
11 1. FSV Mainz 05 6 2 1 3 6:8 -2 7
12 1. FC Nuremberg 6 2 1 3 7:11 -4 7
13 Borussia Mönchengladbach 6 1 3 2 7:12 -5 6
14 SC Freiburg 6 1 2 3 8:10 -2 5
15 VfB Stuttgart 6 1 2 3 5:12 -7 5
16 VfL Wolfsburg 6 1 2 3 2:10 -8 5 Play-offs
17 Greuther Fürth 6 1 1 4 2:10 -8 4 Relegation
18 FC Augsburg 6 0 2 4 2:10 -8 2 Relegation

Table thanks to the official Bundesliga Website

Article originally written at Football Fan Cast