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The 1st Annual Bundesliga Talk Prediction League

Rafi's Book

Believe it or not, we are just a week away from the start of another glorious Bundesliga season. Having taken the summer off from worrying about football (and cramming in seven Harry Potter books into those months), it is time to dive head-deep into my favorite passion.

The difficult thing about this year is that the season will start nearly a month before the end of the transfer window. That makes it hard to predict as teams still have plenty of time to address issues and change the course of the season early on. However I think it’s important that we do so. This year, rather than me giving my predictions, I think we will run a contest.

Your job is to provide the following:

The top six in order. +1 for each team that you guess in the top six. A perfect spot is an additional 3 and another 2 if you get the Champion correct.

Three relegation sides. +2 for any team directly relegated. +1 if a team is relegated via playoff.

The depth within the competition of the three UCL teams. Options are: out at qualification, out at Group, UEFA Spot, Group Stages, Quarters, Semis, Finals, Winners. +3 if right. +1 if the team makes it to the group stages (and you predicted at least group stage) but progresses further than you predicted. For example if you predict Wolfsburg to make the group stages and they make it to the semis, you get a point.

The Player of the Season. You cannot predict Franck Ribery. We have no idea if he will be here by September 1st. If Franck stays and he’s the player of the year, whoever is second counts for this contest. This one is worth 10 points.

Total points is 50. The final day for entry is August 17th. Any post after that will be erased. This gives you two match days, but precedes the start of the Qualification round of the UCL.

The winner will receive a signed copy of Rafael Honigstein’s new book, which comes out in September and will be reviewed shortly here.

But what would this be, if we were just competing with each other. So you will have 2 experts and an idiot to beat. The soon-to-be famous author Rafael Honigstein (and creator of Footbo) along with broadcaster Derek Rae have graciously provided their picks. So you get to see if you can beat these experts. I have also provided mine and any supporter caught below me on the final table will be handed a bicycle helmet and asked to ride on the short bus.

Derek Rae

Top 6
1. Bayern Munich
2. Bremen
3. Stuttgart
4. Wolfsburg
5. Schalke
6. HSV

Relegation: Mainz, Freiburg, Bochum

Europe:
Stuttgart (CL Round of 16)
Bayern (Quarters)
Wolfsburg (CL Round of 16)

Player: Alex Hleb (Stuttgart)

Rafael Honigstein

Top 6
1. Bayern
2. Hamburg
3. Stuttgart
4. Wolfsburg
5. Leverkusen
6. Hoffenheim

Relegation: Mainz, Gladbach, Hannover

Europe:
Stuttgart: Needs to wait for draw on August 7 (WEAK!)
Wolfsburg: last 16
Bayern: quarter-final

Player: Mario Gomez

Me

Top Six
1. Hoffenheim
2. Bayern
3. Werder
4. Stuttgart
5. Dortmund
6. Hamburg

Relegation: Eintracht, Freiburg, Bochum

Europe:
Stuttgart (UEFA Spot)
Wolfsburg (Group Stages)
Bayern (Semis)

Player: Carlos Eduardo

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Double Pivot

    August 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Joey55 from SC

    1.) Bayern
    2.) HSV
    3.) Stuttgart
    4.) Werder Bremen
    5.) Wolfsburg

    Can’t win this, but he’s a knowledgeable poster. And he ends the entry.

  2. Double Pivot

    August 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    You still have until next week to enter this contest. Trust me, the book is worth it 🙂

  3. Bill_Oddie

    August 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Top 6:

    1. Bayern
    2. Stuttgart
    3. Bremen
    4. Hoffenheim
    5. HSV
    6. Leverkusen

    Relegation:
    Mainz
    Freiburg
    Gladbach

    Europe:
    Bayern – 1/4er Finals
    Wolfsburg – UEFA
    Stuttgart – UEFA

    Player of the Season – Kevin-Prince Boateng (yes, yes, I know). If he doesn’t come in then Mario Gomez.

  4. Luke

    August 7, 2009 at 11:28 am

    1. Bayern
    2. Bremen
    3. HSV
    4. Stuttgart
    5. Dortmund
    6. Wolfsburg

    Relegation: ‘Gladbach, Mainz, Freiburg

    Europe:
    Bayern: CL quarterfinals
    Wolfsburg: Europa League
    Stuttgart: Europa League

    Player of the year: Marko Marin

  5. Chris

    August 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Top 6
    1. Bayern
    2. HSV
    3. Wolfsburg
    4. Stuttgart
    5. Bremen
    6. Schalke

    Relegation: Mainz, Freiburg, Gladbach

    Europe:
    Stuttgart: Group stage
    Wolfsburg: UEFA spot
    Bayern: Quarter final

    Player of the Year: Marko Marin

  6. Vedi

    August 3, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Top 6
    1. Bayern
    2. Hamburg
    3. Wolfsburg
    4. Hoffenheim
    5. Stuttgart
    6. Bremen

    Relegation: Mainz, Freiburg, Bochum

    Europe:
    Stuttgart: Group stages
    Wolfsburg: quarters
    Bayern: quarters

    Player: Mario Gomez

  7. Albert

    August 3, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Top Six
    1. Bayern
    2. Hamburg
    3. Werder
    4. Wolfsburg
    5. Koln
    6. Leverkusen

    Relegation: Nurenberg, Mainz, Bochum

    Europe:
    Stuttgart (Group Stage)
    Wolfsburg (CL round of 16)
    Bayern (Final)

    Player: Podolski

  8. Jurgen

    August 2, 2009 at 8:54 am

    1.Bayern
    2.Bremen
    3.Wolfsburg
    4.Hamburg
    5.Schalke
    6.Hoff

    Relegation: Bochum, Mainz, Nurnberg

    CL
    Bayern- Semis
    Wolfsburg- Quarterfinals
    Stuttgart-UEFA spot

    Player- Gomez

  9. Klose

    August 2, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Top 6:

    FC Bayern
    VfB Stuttgart
    Hoffenheim
    HSV
    Wolfsburg
    Werder Bremen

    Relegation: Mainz, Bochum, Freiburg

    Europe:

    FC Bayern – Semi’s of the CL
    VfB – Round of 16
    Wolfsburg – Round of 16

    Bremen – Uefa cup winners
    HSV – Semi’s of the Uefa cup
    Leverkusen – Quarter
    Hertha – Group stage ele

  10. sam

    August 2, 2009 at 8:15 am

    TOP SIX:
    BAYERN, HAMBURG, WOLFSBURG, STUTTGART, HOFFENHEIM, SCHALKE

    Relegation: Mainz, Freiburg, Bochum

    UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:
    WOLFSBURG: CL Round of 16
    BAYERN: Quarters
    STUTTGART: UEFA spot

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR: MESUT OZIL

  11. Luka

    August 2, 2009 at 3:37 am

    LOL, I forgot Wolfsburg in my top 6! Akh, what a poor effort on my part.

  12. Luka

    August 2, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Top 6:
    Bayern M.
    Stuttgart
    Schalke
    Bremen
    Hamburg
    Bayer Leverkusen

    Relegated:
    Freiberg
    Mainz
    M’gladbach

    UCL:
    Stuttgart – UEFA spot
    Bayern – Quarter Finals
    Wolfsburg – Bottom of their group

    Player of the season:
    Ozil (as I am having a complete brain freeze at the moment). Can I guess that it won’t be a Bayern player?

  13. Jose

    August 2, 2009 at 3:12 am

    TOP SIX:
    BAYERN, HAMBURG, BREMEN, WOLFSBURG, SCHALKE, LEVERKUSEN

    BOTTOM THREE: (16th-18th)
    BOCHUM, FREIBURG, MAINZ

    UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:
    WOLFSBURG: EUROPA LEAGUE
    BAYERN: SEMI-FINALS
    STUTTGART: EUROPA LEAGUE

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LUKAS PODOLSKI (COLOGNE) 20 plus goals!!!

  14. Victor

    August 2, 2009 at 3:07 am

    1. Bayern
    2. Werder
    3. Hamburg
    4. Wolfsburg
    5. Stuttgart
    6. Schalke

    Relegation:
    Mainz, Freiburg, Bochum

    Europe:
    Wolfsburg: UEFA spot
    Bayern: Quarters
    Stuttgart: UEFA spot

    Player of the year: Mesut Ozil

  15. Eric

    August 2, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Top 6
    1. Bayern Munchen
    2. HSV
    3. Schalke
    4. Stuttgart
    5. Cologne (Podolski)
    6. Bremen

    Relegation: Hoffenheim, Frankfurt, Freiburg

    Europe
    Stuttgart: UEFA Spot
    Wolfsburg: Group Stage
    Bayern: Semis

    Player of the year: Mario Gomez

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