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Bundesliga Scores and Notes

Hertha Berlin 2-1 Bayern Munich

As we all expected, Hertha go top after a typical home victory over Bayern Munich. Not!

Congratulations to all Hertha fans. It is time to start talking about this fairy tale rather than Hoffenheim. And Rafael Benitez shows that his ability to judge strikers might be as poor as my ability to prognosticate Hertha’s position this season.

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Wolfsburg

Wolves jump Stuttgart to take sixth spot with a road win against a Frankfurt side, once having climbed out of trouble, now falling quickly back into a relegation dogfight. Dzeko scores again and is going to make Grafite sweat.

Hannover 96 3-3 Stuttgart

Stuttgart remains unbeaten since Markus Babbel replaced Armin Veh as they overcome a valiant comeback from the Reds to equalize late on Hitzlesperger goal.

Cologne 0-0 Karlsruhe

Karsruhe get an important road point against as suddenly stagnant Billy Goats side.

Bochum 2-1 Schake 04

After dominating the game, Fred Rutten’s side squandered the chance to move up the table when Bochum scored on both sides of the break. Rutten must be feeling the pressure as his tactics and squad building have shown that not all Dutch trainers are good. Bochum are beginning to show signs of turning their season around with 2 victories since the winter solstice.

Werder Bremen 1-1 Gladbach

American Michael Bradley, coming off a dominating performance against Mexico midweek, leveled for the visitors and gained them another crucial point. Gladbach are playing significantly better since the break and could stay up if they start to turn some of their draws into victories. Werder’s woes continue.

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  1. Muh

    February 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    1:0 win and biggest competitors all lost . First place and comfortable 4 points ahead of second place. Talk now starts about things not heard of in a looooong time… Everybody guess who it is…. ….. ………

    Tada, Berlin of course =)
    Union Berlin

    They are actually heading 3rd league now. Believe it or not, Berlin is THE german football capital right now. Must be something in the water for sure…

  2. Muh

    February 15, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Well u did predict them being the real deal, just a little off with the timing. Cicero didn´t even play yesterday but hes become very important for Hertha. Counting in that Pantelic was out too and Rodnei actually played his first BL minutes ever and eg Stein is not back to full strenghts again it´s even more amazing they actually did beat what amounts to no less then Bayerns best line up in a show off for first place.

    By the way, what´s up with Klinsmann and Donovan? Did their kids go to the same school back in California or what? He substituted him for Toni twice now and with the later catching this ancle injury now he might just go where no Podolski has gone before, next to Klose as a regular starter…
    All the press is focusing right now on the fact that Berlin-Hoeness got the better of Bayern-Hoeness for the first time in like a decade or so, maybe Klinsmann might just be spared the time in the pillory this time after all.

  3. Double Pivot

    February 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    You great thing about having editing power is that I can go back and change my predictions 🙂

    But here is what I said back in my preview

    10th and hope Favre doesn’t get fired

    What to Expect: They are in the UEFA Cup through the Fair Play rule. I’d advise them to avoid red-cards again. This is a team that might be a year away from being the real deal, and if the management gives trainer Lucien Favre time to mold this very young team with a lot of potential, then it could pay dividends by next season. If they put undo pressure on him to deliver the goods, they will surely fire him as Hertha should run hot and cold as the kids gel as a unit. And all the hard work to get rid of the trash (such as Dejegah, Minero and da Prince) and bring in a new core, such as Cicero, Kaka, Domovchiyski, Goyko, Rodnei, Amine Chermiti and Marc Stein, will be for naught. Chermiti signed too late to make my best transfer list, but by all accounts the Tunisian Maradonna is lights-out and this 20 year old kid will make you want to watch Hertha this year.

  4. diana

    February 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    ‘And yes, Klinsmann will now face the press for the second time this season as all the stories will be about him rather than Favre and Hertha.’
    Same sentiments, DP.

    Congrats to Hertha and their win, by the way. Hertha at the top…who will have thought that this will happen at the beginning the season?

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  6. Double Pivot

    February 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t know, I am going to watch the match later and do a Set on the game.

    But HBS has one of the most outstanding defenses in the league. And defense will win a title even in the attack minded Bundesliga. They have what it takes to win this, but will the pressure of now being on top get to them is the question to me. I completely agree about Drobny who has surpassed Adler and Enke as the best keeper in the league.

    And yes, Klinsmann will now face the press for the second time this season as all the stories will be about him rather than Favre and Hertha.

    As always, thanks for you input Muh.

  7. Muh

    February 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    There is not much to say about Hertha. My hometown is actually official partner city of Hertha Berlin but even there nobody actually knows anyone who thinks Hertha is a real team even now. But as I heard some commentator say today, this is all way past coincidence so lots of praise to Favre. And some to Drobny who is a huge factor in their great performance I think.
    Bayern lost 2 out of 3 now after winterbreak. Ugly things happened after far less in Munich before…

    Not convinced about Schalke dominating the game all that much. I think the corner statistic was like 13:3 for Bochum last time I heard someone count.

    Wolfsburg played a great second half season last year, if they can come anything close to that this year they are still in the race for big things me thinks.

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