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Tag Archives: FC Bayern München

The Undervalued Importance of Assistant Managers

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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It’s safe to say that if an average soccer fan were shown a picture of José Mourinho and asked which club he managed, he would know the answer straight away. Same would be said for Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, or … Continue reading

Manchester United’s Old Trafford Is No Longer the Dream Destination for Young Talent

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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After Manchester United wrapped up a nervy three points against the Premier League’s bottom club on Saturday, many people were quick to praise the display of 18-year-old, Adnan Januzaj. The young Belgian showed a rare combination of skill and poise … Continue reading

Why A Soccer Manager Has The Toughest Job in the World of Sports

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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On April 22 2012, Josep “Pep” Guardiola announced to the world that he would be stepping down as manager of FC Barcelona. That declaration was made by a forty-one year old man who had guided his club to thirteen titles in … Continue reading

Nationalizing the Bundesliga? Hoeness suggests a TV Tax

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

Bundesliga Matchday 8 by the Numbers

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

The Bundesliga’s Most Booked

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

The Bundesliga XI

Posted on by Double Pivot

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. Schober (S04) … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

The Set: Seven Reasons the Bundesliga Is Better Than the EPL

Posted on by Double Pivot

st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } 1. Parity Okay, let’s not kid ourselves.  Not any team can win the Bundesliga.  But since the inception of the EPL in 1991, four teams have won the title: United, Blackburn, Chelsea and Arsenal, but United has won … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

Marcell Jansen transfers from Bayern to Hamburg

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

Tactical Analysis: BVB

Posted on by Double Pivot

I have just returned from my summer holidays, where I had a lovely respite from footie. However, here we are with the season two weeks deep and I am behind. But I am afforded the luxury of making my tactical … Continue reading

die Tabelle lügen nicht! Preview

Posted on by Double Pivot

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! … Continue reading

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Interview With Raphael Honigstein

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The new Bundesliga season is just days away, so Bundesliga Talk writers Mark Moll and Double Pivot decided to interview one of the preeminent writers and authors on the topic of German soccer, Raphael Honigstein. Many readers may know Honigstein … Continue reading

The New Gaffer: Introducing Labbadia at Bayer Leverkusen

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

Schalke Draw Atletico Madrid in CL 3rd Qualifying Round

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading

The New Gaffer: Introducing Jol at Hamburg

Posted on by Mark

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 … Continue reading