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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, […]

The Bundesliga XI

While this is expected to become a weekly column, I have decided to hand out the first Weekly XI based on the cumulative efforts of the first three weeks.  I will use a 3-4-3 formation for my picks. GK: Mathias Schober (Schalke 04) – The veteran backup has taken over […]

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 […]

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Quality of Premiership Slipping on Saturdays?

Is it me or has the quality of live Premiership football matches on TV this past Saturday been extremely substandard? This past Saturday we were subjected to the horror that was Manchester City (remember when they were a fun team to watch?) against Newcastle United, but we also had to […]

Premier League Clubs Finally Getting Smarter Through Innovation

People have been writing about the modern association of soccer with business for many years now. Soccernomics, that beautiful book that marries football passion with economic realities, helpfully points out that the problem with this association is that clubs aren’t often treated with the same rules as a free-market business. […]

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