Bundesliga Statistics: Week Four
Bundesliga Statistics: Week Four

Goals Total – 29 goals Season Total – 109 Season High – 33 (Week 3) Season Low – 18 (Week 2) Average/Game – 3.63 Season Average/Game – 3.11 Season High Average/Game – 3.67 (Week 3) Season Low Average/Game – 2.00 (Week 2) Most/Game – 6 (Dortmund vs. Schalke; Hannover vs. […]

Impossible is Nothing: Adidas’ Video for Kahn’s Farewell
Impossible is Nothing: Adidas’ Video for Kahn’s Farewell

As you may know former longtime Germany and Bayern no. 1 Oliver Kahn had his testimonial exactly a week ago in Munich. The match, between Bayern and Germany, ended 1-1, but the score was less important than the man honored that night. His accomplishments are legion and well-known, including, perhaps […]

Schalke’s Keeper Worries Grow: Schober Injured
Schalke’s Keeper Worries Grow: Schober Injured

Schalke, currently sitting at the top of the Bundesliga, have surged ahead to the peak of another, less prestigious table – the goalkeeper injury table. First choice keeper Manuel Neuer has yet to make an appearance this season, having broken his fifth metatarsal during a pre-season friendly against SpVgg Erkenschwick […]

Bundesliga Statistics: Week Three
Bundesliga Statistics: Week Three

A belated welcome to the third edition of Bundesliga Statistics, covering matchday three. As you may have noticed this post has been a long time in the making. I have returned from my unannounced vacation, so have no fear, timely updates will reappear. “But Mark,” you may begin to ask, […]

AC Milan’s Oddo on a Season-long Loan to Bayern
AC Milan’s Oddo on a Season-long Loan to Bayern

The unexpected bookend to yesterday’s surprising transfer of Marcell Jansen to Hamburg is Bayern’s acquisition of right back Massimo Oddo on a season-long loan from AC Milan. The 32-year old brings both international class and a warm body to shore up the team’s dangerously thin defense. According to Bayern’s general […]

Marcell Jansen transfers from Bayern to Hamburg
Marcell Jansen transfers from Bayern to Hamburg

Defender Marcell Jansen has transfered from Bayern München to Hamburg today. The 22-year old played 73 games over 3 seasons for Borussia Mönchengladbach before switching to Bayern. Now after only a single year and 17 games in Bavaria he has moved north to Hamburg for an undisclosed sum. He reportedly […]

Bundesliga Statistics: Week Two
Bundesliga Statistics: Week Two

Welcome back to Bundesliga Statistics for week two. Standing alone at the head of the table? Newly promoted TSG 1899 Hoffenheim with two wins from their first two games. Astounding stuff, but we’re here to talk numbers not newcomers. Last week five categories were featured, this week it’s been expanded […]

Bundesliga Statistics: Week 1
Bundesliga Statistics: Week 1

If you’re anything like me, you love reveling in statistics. While in isolation, especially at the beginning of the Bundesliga season, they don’t reveal much. But as time goes on it should be possible to discern patterns between some of these statistics and how the table shakes out. Here are […]

The New Gaffer: Introducing Labbadia at Bayer Leverkusen
The New Gaffer: Introducing Labbadia at Bayer Leverkusen

A look at Bayer Leverkusen’s Bruno Labbadia concludes our The New Gaffer: Introducing… series this week. So far we’ve examined, in order: the journeyman, the company man, the stranger and, er, Martin Jol. Labbadia is a mix between a poor man’s Jürgen Klinsmann and a poor man’s Christian Bale (take […]

Hamburg Captain van der Vaart transfers to Real Madrid
Hamburg Captain van der Vaart transfers to Real Madrid

It’s finally official, Rafael van der Vaart the Netherlands midfielder and Hamburg’s captain is on his way to Real Madrid pending the results of a medical. The Bundesliga’s own version of the Ronaldo affair has come an end. Although the clubs themselves have not released the details regarding the transfer […]

Schalke Draw Atletico Madrid in CL 3rd Qualifying Round
Schalke Draw Atletico Madrid in CL 3rd Qualifying Round

Yesterday was the draw for the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League, the last hurdle before the group stages commence. There are plenty of interesting ties (Steve McClaren’s FC Twente vs. Arsenal topping the list), but in pure footballing terms the best fixture pits Schalke 04 against Atletico Madrid. […]

The New Gaffer: Introducing Jol at Hamburg
The New Gaffer: Introducing Jol at Hamburg

Fred Rutten isn’t the only new Dutch manager in the Bundesliga, as ex-Tottenham Martin Jol took over the reigns of Hamburg earlier this month. It’s been nearly 30 years since Jol’s last appearance in Germany. He made 9 appearances for Bayern Munich as a midfielder in 1978/79 before returning to […]

Bundesliga Coaches Unanimously Choose Bayern as Preseason Favorites
Bundesliga Coaches Unanimously Choose Bayern as Preseason Favorites

The Deutsche Presse Agentur released a poll yesterday about predictions for the upcoming season. Bayern Munich was the unanimous favorite of Bundesliga coaches to repeat as champions. The most common reason given was the quality of Jürgen Klinsmann’s squad. What follows is a hasty translation of what each of the […]

The New Gaffer: Introducing Rutten at Schalke 04
The New Gaffer: Introducing Rutten at Schalke 04

This week we make the short trip west on the A40 from Dortmund past Bochum to Gelsenkirchen, home to Schalke 04 and their new coach, Fred Rutten. Much like his new Ruhr rival, Jürgen Klopp, Rutten has been a one club man for almost his entire 30-year playing and coaching […]

The New Gaffer: Introducing Klopp at Borussia Dortmund
The New Gaffer: Introducing Klopp at Borussia Dortmund

Continuing our series introducing the Bundesliga’s newest gaffers is Jürgen Klopp now with Borussia Dortmund. For those of you at home wondering why Klopp was chosen to follow Klinsmann wonder no more. Was it to juxtapose the long-serving Klopp with the journeyman Klinsmann? Was it because both were football commentators […]

The New Gaffer: Introducing Klinsmann at Bayern München
The New Gaffer: Introducing Klinsmann at Bayern München

July 1st saw the formal beginnings of five coaches’ tenures at the helms of Bundesliga clubs. Over the next several weeks every Thursday we’ll introduce these men to you. Our series of profiles begins with Bayern München’s Jürgen Klinsmann, striker par excellence and noted diving enthusiast. We detail the man, […]

UEFA Cup Draw: Hertha Berlin to face FC Nistru Otaci
UEFA Cup Draw: Hertha Berlin to face FC Nistru Otaci

Only one German club was involved in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round draw as Hertha Berlin drew FC Nistru Otaci. Last year Hamburg, this year Hertha… that’s right, we’re off to Moldova again! Last year Hamburg won 5-1 on aggregate, and nothing less than a win is expected of […]

German (In)discipline: The Bundesliga’s Most Booked
German (In)discipline: The Bundesliga’s Most Booked

Football is not always a beautiful game; sometimes bookings are necessary. This season was no different in Germany, even if statistically player discipline was comparatively better than in the past several seasons. While goal scorers have the Torjägerkanone (awarded by the magazine kicker) to shoot for, no comparable trophy exists […]