Nationalizing the Bundesliga?  Hoeness suggests a TV Tax
Nationalizing the Bundesliga? Hoeness suggests a TV Tax

What would you pay for Champions League success? “Imagine if we had an extra 100 million euros available, then I’d tell our fans to get ready to celebrate winning the Champions League,” says Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness in an interview with Wirtschaftswoche. His proposal involves an increase of 2 […]

Bundesliga Matchday 23 by the Numbers
Bundesliga Matchday 23 by the Numbers

3 – Likely number of German top goalscorers over the past 10 years by season’s end. With Ibisevic’s injury cementing his tally at 18, it seems likely that Patrick Helmes (17), Mario Gomez or Grafite (14 each) will end up with title of Torschützenkönig. BUT if Grafite were to win, […]

Naked Hannover 96 Fan Shows the Proper Way to Celebrate
Naked Hannover 96 Fan Shows the Proper Way to Celebrate

No images as a lead-in for this story on a pole-dancing Hannover 96 fan at a friendly versus VfL Osnabrück. According to reports the fan stripped down in -4 celsius (~25 fahrenheit) weather, egged on by cheers of „onanieren, onanieren!“ (masturbate, masturbate!). Local police and supporters are not amused, although […]

Bundesliga Winter Break Review: Energie Cottbus
Bundesliga Winter Break Review: Energie Cottbus

Energie Cottbus Rank: 16th Preseason Prediction: 18th What was I thinking? Have you ever had a gut feeling that something was absolutely going to happen? In this case for me it was Cottbus being relegated. It’s no certainty, but that was my feeling before the season started and it remains […]

Bundesliga Winter Break Review: VfL Bochum
Bundesliga Winter Break Review: VfL Bochum

VfL Bochum Rank: 17th Preseason Prediction: 17th What was I thinking? In the final 2007-08 standings I had grouped Bochum among a few sides that I referred to as being consistently adequate, hovering just above relegation. I was prepared to keep them there, too, except for the signings over the […]

Gladbach’s Winter Acquisitions
Gladbach’s Winter Acquisitions

Dülp at the German blog Bolzplatz has an interesting post on Gladbach and the club’s recent winter acquisitions. He’s experiencing a crisis of faith in the club, seeing Meyer‘s recent moves as “Advocaat Reloaded.” In other words, Meyer’s calls for a complete rebuilding of the team and given carte blanche […]

Bundesliga Winter Break Review: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bundesliga Winter Break Review: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach Rank: 18th Preseason prediction: 12th What was I thinking? Gladbach entered the Bundesliga having won the 2. Bundesliga with the most prolific offense and third-stingiest defense. They featured a versatile, if somewhat inexperienced side headlined by Germany’s next can’t miss prospect, Marko Marin. Season High: It all started […]

Preseason Bundesliga Predictions Revisited
Preseason Bundesliga Predictions Revisited

This seemingly inscrutable graphic actually details how my preseason picks (scroll down to the comments) have turned out thus far. We’ve reached the winter break in the Bundesliga and things haven’t quite turned out as I expected. Those of you kind enough to point out that there’s still a lot […]

Photos of a Schalke Fan’s Trip to Leverkusen
Photos of a Schalke Fan’s Trip to Leverkusen

I wanted to point out this great collection of pictures available at Auswärtssieg! (away win!) a German Schalke blog. Unfortunately for Auswärtssieg! Schalke went down 2-1 to Leverkusen, but that shouldn’t prevent us from enjoying these great pictures. Here are a few to whet your appetite: You can look at […]

Bundesliga Matchday 12 by the Numbers
Bundesliga Matchday 12 by the Numbers

1-2-3 – Current ranking of Bochum, Cottbus, and Bielefeld on the “Anti-Fair-Play Table.” Here Bochum has a commanding lead thanks to their 33(!) yellows in 12 games. This trio tops another table as well, but this one’s about “Anti-Results.” All three are currently in the relegation zone. Coincidence? Probably not […]

Bundesliga Matchday 8 by the Numbers
Bundesliga Matchday 8 by the Numbers

0 – The number in Frankfurt’s win column (still, and I’ll keep on mentioning this until Frankfurt take note and do something about it) 5 – Difference in points between 1st (Hamburg) and 11th (Bayern). 6 – Number of goalscorers Hamburg and Werder Bremen have in the top 12 (ie, […]

No Ligapokal for Old Men
No Ligapokal for Old Men

Earlier this year the Ligapokal was cancelled due to fixture congestion in the aftermath of Euro ’08, but was expected to return bigger and better. Understandable, if unfortunate. Now according to kicker the old men at the DFL* have already cancelled the 2009 edition of the competition. The reasoning behind […]

Product Review: Objectivo Soccer Shirts
Product Review: Objectivo Soccer Shirts

Another Germany-Wales match, another game too close for comfort for die Nationalmannschaft. The all-time series record stands at 8 wins for Germany, 2 for Wales and 6 draws between them. I don’t know what it is with the Welsh, but they punch above their weight when playing against Ballack and […]

Borussia Mönchengladbach Fire Trainer Jos Luhukay
Borussia Mönchengladbach Fire Trainer Jos Luhukay

It appeared inevitable and now it’s been confirmed as Borussia Möchengladbach fired trainer Jos Luhukay today in their wake of their defeat to Köln (and their fourth straight). After seven games, six of which they’ve lost, Gladbach sit at the bottom of the table with only three points. The team […]

Week 6 by the Numbers
Week 6 by the Numbers

0 – Number of wins by Frankfurt, the last remaining winless team 5 – Total number of shots by Gladbach in their 0-1 defeat to Hamburg 7 – Goals scored by Patrick Helmes this season, that’s equal to or more than 8 teams (Hertha, Köln, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Bochum, Cottbus, Frankfurt, […]

Bayern’s 2-5 Defeat to Bremen in Historical Perspective
Bayern’s 2-5 Defeat to Bremen in Historical Perspective

Having had the time to digest Bayern’s 2-5 mauling by Bremen (no need to rehash things here, if you need a refresher check out the excellent post at Deutsche Welle’s Ballspiel or the video highlights at 101 Great Goals), I wanted to know exactly how bad it was for the […]

Week Five by the Numbers
Week Five by the Numbers

1 – Number of weeks Hamburg spent at the top of the table 2 – Number of 0-0 draws after five weeks 5 – Clean sheets, tied (alongside week 4) for the most in one week 8 – Minutes it took sub Jonas Kamper to score in Bielefeld’s 2-0 win […]

The Bundesliga’s Most Booked
The Bundesliga’s Most Booked

Football is not always a beautiful game; sometimes bookings are necessary. Thankfully, we’re on hand to keep all these bookings straight. There are 34 distinct offences that the DFB considers bookable. In their honor I’ve written this paean to the punished: We are here not to castigate but to celebrate […]