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Maicosuel Moves Back To Brazil After Hoffenheim Stint

Hoffenheim’s attacking midfielder Maicosuel has moved back to Brazil with Botafogo after failing to settle in with Hoffe last season. Before Maicosuel joined Hoffenheim, he was on loan at Botafogo in Brazil from Cruzeiro. After impressing in the Brazilian State Championship with Botafogo, Cruzeiro opted to sell the young midfielder […]

The Set: The 7 Best Transfers of the Summer (so far)

I tend to get too excited about the young kids, when they move. I will often over-value the transfers of the the Zuculini, Sven Bender and Lewis Holtby’s of the footballing world. I will see Ralf Fahrmann’s move to Eintracht as the bargain of the century. But youth takes time […]

German Youth Success Reflects Positively On Bundesliga

With this weeks 4-0 drubbing of England u21s by the German u21s, Die Mannschaft completed a hat-trick of youth level European Championships (winning the u17, u19, and u21 tournaments). Such success indicates that the future of the Bundesliga is bright, and that while the Serie A begins a period of […]

The Silly Season (€54.5 million! What Recession)

Armin Veh was announced as Wolfsburg’s new manager after their title celebrations. The ex-Stuttgart manager will now try and replicate his 2008 Champions League form. It should be easier with the imminent loss of Dzeko and Misimovic. Mario Gomez became the most expensive player in Bundesliga history, swapping Stuttgart red […]

Could Cinderella Ruin The Bundesliga’s Ball?

With Hamburg’s win today over Energie Cottbus, the Dinosaurs join Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich in a three way log jam in second place behind surprise front runners Hertha Berlin. All four are four points behind the pace with upstarts Hoffenheim a mere five points off the pace with just ten […]

die Tabelle lügen nicht! (a look back at round 20 of the Bundesliga)

1. Hertha Berlin (2-1 home win against Bayern) Just think how good this team could be with half their starters back. Actually it probably wouldn’t be much better as those injuries haven’t been significant to their back line, and that is where the strength of the Old Lady lies. I […]

Strikers from former Yugoslavia thrive in Bundesliga

Talented strikers from the former Yugoslavia are a valuable commodity in the Bundesliga this season. A wave of Yugo-nostalgia has spread across the German league and is following a trend of Soviet Chic in Germany. Matchday 19 highlighted the dependence many Bundesliga squads have on their striking stalwarts from nations […]

die Tabelle lügen nicht! (Bundesliga Week 12)

Edin Dzeko Against Cottbus 1. Bayer Leverkusen The subtitle to their season should be “how we got to the top with a crap defense”. They conceded goals by a misdirect from the wall on a free kick, allowing Tim Sebastian to waltz freely on another and letting 5’9 Iashvilli outjump […]

die Tabelle lügen nicht! (International Break Edition)

Please click on picture to see all the caricatures of German footballers from Pit Hammanns Hamburg SV The Dinosaurs face Schalke in the most intriguing game of the weekend. They have lost three of the last four matches against the Royal Blues at Nordbank. Chances for this weekend’s game don’t […]

die Tabelle lügt nicht: Week 5 (Now w/ the Bundesliga XI)

Here’s this week’s Bundesliga XI. It is packed with Bayer 04, Hoffenheim and Werder players. It does include a special shoutout to the man who ended Energie’s goal drought, an under appreciated defender from Arminia and a goalkeeper who lost. 1. Schalke 04 Now 10 of their last 13 have […]

die Tabelle lügt nicht! (Bundesliga Week Four)

1. Hamburg SV HSV have just opened up a cemetary next to the Nordbank Arena. With Martin Jol leading the way, Hamburg top the table for the first time in nine years. Meanwhile, the big man’s old club are in last place in the EPL. Supporters of Tottenham Hotspur are […]

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

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 […]

die Tabelle lügen nicht! Preview

1st Schalke What You Know: If baseball’s Chicago Cubs had a baby with the Red Sox prior to 2004, Schalke would be the offspring. What You Don’t: All things both good and bad must end. What to Expect: Yes, Campeones! I say that, bucking all trends, and knowing full well […]

Opening Day Fixtures for 2008/2009 Bundesliga Season

The fixtures for the opening day of the 2008/2009 Bundesliga season have been announced. All of these matches will be played on Saturday, August 16: FC Bayern v Hamburg Schalke v Hannover Wolfsburg v Cologne Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund Eintracht Frankfurt v Hertha Berlin Karlsruhe v Bochum Energie Cottbus […]

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Is the Premier League In Decline?

For years the Premier League has been branded as the “best” league in modern day football. Yet as this season has shown, this statement can no longer be the case. The abject failure of many English clubs in Europe has totally transformed the myth and the reality is something altogether […]

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 18: Open Thread

For a change, we have eight Premier League matches in store today. And while it sounds like a cliche, there really are some intriguing match-ups today. The early kickoff between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal should be a walk in the park for the Gunners. Or will it? Wigan is one […]

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MLS conference finals: Top seeds Dallas, New York hope for turnarounds at home

FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls seek home triumphs Sunday in second-leg semifinal matches for a chance to launch themselves into next week’s Major League Soccer Cup final. The Portland Timbers beat Dallas 3-1 in last Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal opening leg while the Red Bulls fell 2-0 […]