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die Tabelle lügt nicht! (Bundesliga Week Four)

Comolli and Jol

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 putting in inquiries to a plot for their beloved Director of Football, so he knows his place: beneath Martin Jol.

2. Bayern Munich

After two draws, they have beat up on weak opponents to crawl near the top. There are worrying sings at Bayern though, because Lucio has forgot his position and may well become a problem for Klinsman’s team, who can’t afford to have their most experienced defender leaving their young keeper exposed.

3. Schalke 04

Yes he allowed three goals, but stand-in Ralf Fahrmann made a solid debut. He was not at fault for any of the goals, and made a brave save that preserved the points. Some good news, after their collapse against BVB, is that Orlando Engelaar played in their midweek victory over Nicosia.

4. Borussia Dortmund

I have stated that Klopp needs an upgrade over Kringe on the left wing; however, he was the perfect player to have in this tense derby. He was a tenacious hard-man down the left flank against Rafinha and dished out some bruising tackles.

5. Stuttgart

Jan Simak was a handy signing for Armin Veh. He had excellent movement and was a tireless worker in the impotent display by the heavily injured Swabians. He and Lehmann were the only positives.

6. TSG Hoffenheim

They thoroughly deserved a win against Stuttgart. Who would have thought that a point would be a disappointing result for die Hoffe against the recent champions? Their midfield was able to dominate although they were effectively outnumbered by two due to Veh’s odd lineup. Sejad Salihovi? found acres of space in a congested midfield.

7. Bayer Leverkusen

I have to question the decision to adjust to Freidrich’s dismissal by replace Djakpa with Kladec. Why a defender for a defender, when you have a lead? Replacing Keissling or Helmes with Kladec would have made much more sense as it wouldn’t have ruined the midfield shape as either forward can play alone. Labbadia’s choice effectively took Augusto, who dominated the first half hour, out of the game and gave midfield dominance to Hamburg.

8. Wolfsburg

They break a five year drought in the capital and are close to matching their longest streak without a defeat. Yet, you get the feeling that they are doing it with smoke and mirrors. The defense is much shakier than last year, which is a worry considering who they signed in the summer.

9. Werder Bremen

was the game changer for Werder as he replaced Frank Baumann in the 63rd and three goals followed. Will he be a supersub or can he be that dynamic for 90 minutes? A lackluster showing against Famagusta points to the former.

10. Hertha BSC

On Saturday, Lucian Favre had designated Cicero to be the penalty taker. This had to do with the fact that Marko Pantelic had missed his last three penalties. When a penalty was awarded in the first half, Pantelic demanded the ball and subsequently missed number four and probably cost The Old Lady the game. The biggest question I have is what was their captian Freidrich doing during the argument over the ball?

11. Bochum

Bochum won their first game at home since last March. This is a positive step forward for Marcel Koller’s men if they hope to avoid relegation.

12. Hannover 96

Jan Schlaudraff had been Hannover’s best performer this season, but hadn’t been able to score yet. He scored a brace in the Reds romp over Gladbach as retribution against the team that once sold him to Aachen.

13. FC Köln

Playing Kick and Rush football against one of Europe’s elites is usually a recipe for disaster. Novakovic was left stranded and Petit was absent from the game as the Billygoats had only 43% possession.

14. Karlsruhe

The good news is that they didn’t lose their third straight.

15. Borussia Mönchengladbach

The only referee to have a worse weekend than Lutz at the Reiver-Derby was Markus Schmidt, who gave away two awful penalties against Gladback this past week. Unfortunately, the penalties were the least of the Foals problems as their midfield was overrun, especially on the right.

16. Eintracht Frankfurt

Only Eintracht could be involved in a controversy involving Madonna that didn’t involve sex.

17. Arminia Bielefeld

They are off to their worst start in 24 years and have now made it 400 days without a road victory.

18. Energie Cottbus

Bojan Prasnikar has taken his team to train at a local brothel. You know the rest.

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  1. diana

    September 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Luke, it's hot and humid at where I live (Singapore is near the Equator). It's the unwritten law in our family that like jams, it's best being left at the fridge.

  2. Luke

    September 18, 2008 at 10:16 am

    DP: No biggie. I seem to remember composing a post somewhere about Helmes' impact for Cologne this season about 2 months after his transfer had been announced…

    Diana: I should hope you don't find Nutella in the fridge, it shouldn't be kept there! Ok, maybe it should at your latitude, I don't know, but I always do what the jar tells me and keep it strictly in the cupboard. 🙂

  3. diana

    September 18, 2008 at 4:06 am

    I hate you, Jan! 🙂 I am laughing non-stop over that video. You made me rush to the kitchen and check is there any Nutella in the fridge. None, by the way. Sigh, considering chocolates is one of my guilty pleasures and my parents do buy Nutella from time to time.

    DP, amen.

  4. Mark

    September 17, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I liked it… brought back fond memories of ol' Trapattoni

  5. DoublePivot

    September 17, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    You're completely right Luke and I am going to modify that. Thanks for pointing out the glaring error.

    So if you are reading this post edit, I said that Dortmund had lost 7 straight to Schalke, which was me writing the piece with too little sleep, too much caffeine and no editing 🙂

  6. Luke

    September 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    7 straight defeats for Dortmund against Schalke? I thought it was only 2 prior, since the “Meisterschaft-Spoiler” match in Dortmund in late 07'. At any rate, I'll go as far as saying the point was deserved even though the late penalty was not.

    I guess the thing I liked least about the Bayern match was that Oddo seemed quite rusty. That, and I would like it if Lukas Podolski celebrated scoring against someone at some point. If he scores on Bremen will we hear he didn't feel celebrating was appropriate because he had once been linked with Bremen in transfer rumors?

    Is it me, or does it seem the more Leverkusen has changed, the more they've stayed the same? I still don't think any lead is safe, and that's saying something when you have Adler in the net.

    Couldn't agree more re: Wolfsburg. In the next 5 game weeks, they get Schalke and Bayern away, plus Hamburg at home, plus the unfamiliar feeling of playing mid-week. We're likely to get an early verdict on this one.

    Bielefeld would be well advised to sign 9 or 10 other guys named Wichniarek and hope opponents become confused which to key on.

    I think Cottbus picks up a point this week. Note, I didn't say goal.

  7. DoublePivot

    September 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I need an icon for me spitting my water out. And LMAO doesn't cut it.

  8. Jan

    September 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    ” The biggest question I have is what was their captian Freidrich doing during the argument over the ball?!”

    Filming yet another bad Nutella commercial with Kuranyi, Jansen and Borowski:

  9. DoublePivot

    September 17, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Danke. I am learning the language so any foray into it isn't smart on my part 🙂

  10. LanguagePedant

    September 17, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    “Die Tabellen lügen nicht” or “Die Tabelle lügt nicht” =-)

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