Germany player ratings vs Serbia 2019 (1:1 draw friendly)

How did Germany and Joachim Low’s first international game after the axing of key Bayern trio Muller, Hummels and Boateng go? Die Mannschaft drew 1:1 with Serbia. The visitors took the lead through Luka Jovic, who plies his trade in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt. FCB medio Leon Goretzka, a sub for Julian Brandt, equalised for the home side.

Most of Germany’s starting lineup, bar Sane and Gundogan didn’t do very well. Serbia’s starting XI certainly did better than their German counterparts, but Marco Reus and Goretzka both had positive impacts from the bench for the home side.

The worst player on the evening went to Milan Pavkov, the Serbian second half substitute who saw a straight red in second half stoppage time for a horror tackle on Sane.

Ratings for Germany 1:1 Serbia below.

Germany’s next game is against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday.


Team of the Week: German Bundesliga Round 26 2018-19

There were goals in every game in Round 26- the last of the Bundesliga before March’s international break, and here we take a look at the Team of the Round, as nominated by the German media.

Results of Week 26

Gladbach 1:1 Freiburg
Stuttgart 1:1 Hoffenheim
Wolfsburg 5:2 Dusseldorf
Schalke 0:1 Leipzig
Augsburg 3:1 Hannover
Hertha 2:3 BVB
Leverkusen 1:3 Bremen
Frankfurt 1:0 Nuremberg
Bayern 6:0 Mainz

Team of the week: Jarstein (Hertha), Roussillon (Wolfsburg), Hinteregger (Frankfurt), Schlotterbeck (Freiburg), Schmid (Augsburg), Delaney (BVB), Kramatic (Hoffenheim), James (Bayern), Kalou (Hertha), Weghorst (Wolfsburg), Kruse (Werder)

It was a pretty evenly distributed team. Wolfsburg and Hertha both had two representatives while seven other teams had a single player.

Hertha were on the losing side against Dortmund, but had goalkeeper Jarstein and forward Kalou in the TOTW. Wout Weghorst scored a hat trick for Wolfsburg in their 5:2 win over Dusseldorf.

Schalke’s struggles continued as they lost to Leipzig.

Birthday boy Max Kruse scored twice for Werder as they beat Leverkusen. The latter are now four points behind Eintracht and are only ahead of Wolfsburg on goal difference.


Bayern 6:0 Mainz | James Rodriguez stars in FCB win

Bayern bounced back from their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool as they beat Mainz 6:0 at the Allianz Arena. The victory saw the Bavarians remain top of the Bundesliga going into the international break.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac made several changes to the side that had been knocked out of the Champions League. Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller, both suspended for Liverpool’s visit, came back into the starting XI. Defender Mats Hummels and midfielder Javi Martinez made way for Jerome Boateng and Leon Goretzka respectively, while Kingsley Coman was preferred on the left wing to veteran Franck Ribery.

It took Bayern just three minutes to open the scoring, with Robert Lewandowski beating Alexander Hack to Alaba’s near-post cross. They doubled their lead after half an hour- Goretzka chested the ball into the path of James, who netted from close range. An exquisite individual strike on the counter from Kingsley Coman made it 3-0 on 39 minutes and the game was as good as done by half time.

With Zidane returning to Real, James may not have a future at the Bernabeu, and the Colombian appeared to make a case for staying at the Allianz by scoring his first ever Bundesliga hat trick. He netted in the 51st and 55th minutes to make it 5-0 to Bayern, and was also Bayern’s best player on the afternoon as seen in these Bild ratings.

Bayern Mainz Ratings Continue reading Bayern 6:0 Mainz | James Rodriguez stars in FCB win

Man City 7:0 Schalke 2019 | S04 player ratings from German media as Royal Blues drubbed

“Schalke-Schande” (Schalke Shamed), read German newspaper Bild’s headline after the game, and it was pretty much on point as the Royal Blues were thrashed 7:0 by Pep Guardiola’s men in the second leg of their Champions League tie at the Etihad. Given their domestic woes in the lead up to this game, few would’ve expected Schalke to progress, but even fewer would’ve expected them to capitulate the way they did at the Etihad- the biggest ever defeat for a German side in the Champions League era.

For thirty minutes S04 kept City at bay, but once referee Turpin pointed to the spot after Bruma had fouled Bernardo Silva, the floodgates opened. Aguero scored the first (with a cheeky panenka we must add!), and the goals kept coming. The Argentine scored two, with five different players on the scoresheet for the other goals. City had thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6:0 in the group stages, and went one step better here, as they scored 7 against Domenisco Tedesco’s helpless side.


The player ratings for the Schalke team also indicated how badly they were outclassed at the Etihad. (6 is the worst, 1 is the best). The 51.518 City supporters present were treated to an attacking masterclass from their side, who could do the quadruple this season.

S04 Ratings v Man City Media Continue reading Man City 7:0 Schalke 2019 | S04 player ratings from German media as Royal Blues drubbed

Round 24- Dortmund finally win but Monchengladbach’s struggles continue

Leaders Borussia Dortmund claimed their first win in nearly a month with a hard fought 3:2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. The victory kept BVB three points ahead of nearest challengers Bayern Munich, who edged Hertha Berlin 1:0

Only two teams lost at home in Round 24, and one of them was Borussia Monchengladbach, who slumped to a 3:0 loss to Wolfsburg. Having taken just a point out of their last three games, third place Gladbach have lost ground on Bayern, with the gap between the two increasing to five points.

Leipzig squandered a golden opportunity to leapfrog Gladbach as they drew 1:1 at home against Hoffenheim. Elsewhere, Schalke’s struggles continued with a 3:0 away loss at Mainz.

The highest scoring game was at Freiburg, who hammed Augsburg 5:1 at home. Perhaps comes as no surprise then that Sandro Schwarz’s men, along with the Wolves, dominate the Team of the Week.

All results

Bayern 1:0 Hertha
Gladbach 0:3 Wolfsburg
Freiburg 5:1 Augsburg
Mainz 3:0 S04
Dusseldorf 2:1 Nurnberg
H96 0:3 Eintracht
BVB 3:2 Leverkusen
Leipzig 1:1 Hoffenheim

BuLi team of the week

Round up- German teams performance in Round of 16 Champions League First Leg

When the draw for the Round of 16 was made, few would’ve expected Schalke as the team to come closest to winning their first leg tie. S04 were up against mighty Man City, who had trampled all over Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, winning 6-0 a few days before their trip to the Veltins Arena.

Schalke were five minutes away from causing a massive upset before a superb free kick from Leroy Sane and a Raheem Sterling goal (set up by City goalkeeper Ederson!) saw the Royal Blues suffer heartbreak. With City having won in Germany (with ten men too!) and scored three goals as well, the odds are against S04.

Man City XI v Schalke

Schalke were the only German team to have their first leg tie at home. Both Bayern and Dortmund had to travel to England. Bayern prevented Liverpool from scoring, and as pointed out by this LFC fan blog, would probably be the happier side- they prevented the Reds from scoring, and a victory at the Allianz should seal the deal for them. Curiously enough, Bayern have travelled to Anfield thrice.

Dortmund were probably the most disappointing of the trio as they were well beaten by Spurs at Wembley. They lead the Bundesliga currently, but didn’t play like BuLI leaders against Pochettino’s men and crumbled to a 3-0 loss that has all but ended their chances of progressing to the last eight.

2.Bundesliga Team of the Week | Round 13 | Season 2018-19 | 5 Effzeh players

Here is the 2.Bundesliga’s team of the week for fixtures in Round 13 of the competition for the 2018/19 season. There were goals galore in this round- more than half the games produced four or more goals in this Game Week. There was only one goalless stalemate, and that was between Sandhausen and Duisburg, with both teams getting some breathing space from the drop zone after sharing the spoils. It also saw SVS goalkeeper Niklas Lomb earn a spot in goal in the Team of the Round.

Not surprisingly, Koln’s 8:1 thrashing of Dynamo Dresden sees them dominate this TOTW- as many as five of the XI named here are from Effzeh. An important win for them following their previous round loss to Hamburg. It took poor Dresden’s goal difference into the negative, having conceded only 12 goals in their previous 12 games.

Bundesliga 2 Team of the Week | MD13 | 2018-19 season: Lomb (Sanderhausen), Hector (Koln), Correia (Jahn Regensburg), Jorge Mere (Koln), Sakai (Hamburg), Mees (Union Berlin), Schaub (Koln), Narey (Hamburg), Schindler (Holstein Kiel), Terodde (Koln), Cordoba (Koln)

2.Bundesliga Team of the Week

Here are 2.Bundesliga’s results from Game Week 13

Paderborn 4:4 Holstein Kiel Continue reading 2.Bundesliga Team of the Week | Round 13 | Season 2018-19 | 5 Effzeh players

DFB Pokal Round of 16 Draw | German Cup Pre-Quarters Games 2018-19

Here are the list of games to be played in the Round of 16 of the DFB Pokal, as well as their kick off timings. Fixtures to be played in February 2019 (5-6 Feb). Heidenheim, HSV, Duisburg and Dortmund will be hosting games on the 5th, while the 6th sees Kiel, Leipzig, Schalke and Hertha play host.

DFB Pokal Round of 16 Draw Continue reading DFB Pokal Round of 16 Draw | German Cup Pre-Quarters Games 2018-19

Bayern interested in Arsenal’s Ramsey?

According to reports from England, Bayern Munich are considering a move for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh medio is out of contract at the end of the season and the Bundesliga side will apparently attempt to contact his representatives in January- only English clubs are prevented from approaching him till the summer.

Whether Ramsey would get plenty of game time at Bayern, who have a fair number of good medios in their ranks, is another question altogether. Ramsey has also been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool.

Bayern haven’t had the best of seasons under new manager Niko Kovac. For the first time in 7 years, they’re NOT table of the table after Game Week 10, and were held to a draw by Freiburg over the weekend. The visitors produced a smash and grab operation with a late equaliser after Bayern withdrew Serge Gnabry, their goal scorer and of FCB’s better players on the afternoon, for Leon Goretzka. Continue reading Bayern interested in Arsenal’s Ramsey?

MD1- How did German teams fare in the Champions League

Four German teams were in action as the group stages of the Champions League kicked off this week. Bayern, Dortmund and Hoffenheim were all on the road, with Schalke the only German team to enjoy home advantage. Bayern and Dortmund both won their away fixtures, while Hoffenheim squandered the lead twice in Kharkiv to draw with Shakhtar. S04 failed to make home advantage count as they were held by Porto at the Veltins Arena.

Results for German teams on MD1 of the Champions League

Club Brugge 0:1 BVB (Pulisic 85) Group A

Dortmund left it late to beat Brugge in Belgium, with Christian Pulisic scoring the winner five minutes from time. Brugge are probably the easiest of BVB’s opponents in Group A, with further trips to Madrid and Monaco awaiting Lucien Favre’s men

Schalke 1:1 Porto (Embolo 64) Group D

S04 took the lead through Embolo on 64 minutes, but conceded a penalty ten minutes later to allow Porto back into this fixture. They’ll be off to Moscow in a fortnight’s time to play Lokomotiv, who were beaten 3:0 by Galatasaray in their opener

Benfica 0:2 Bayern (Lewandowski, Sanches) Group E

A good result for Bayern, beating Portuguese giants Benfica in front of a 60.000 strong crowd at the Estadio da Luz.

Shakhtar 2:2 Hoffenheim (Grillitsch, Nordtveit) Group F

A draw is a fairly good result for any team travelling to Shakhtar, but Hoffenheim would probably feel they squandered two points here. More importantly, their next opponents are Man City, who will be out for blood after being upset by Olympique Lyonnais at the Etihad.

Ander Herrera at CB- United crash to defeat against Spurs

Perhaps a reflection of the faith (or the lack of it!) that Jose Mourino has in Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. The duo were criticised by fans for their role in the second round defeat against Brighton and Mourinho, wanting to play 3 at the back, opted to ask Ander Herrera, normally a central midfielder by profession, to play alongside Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

It didn’t matter- United’s defence continued to be poor, none more so than for Spurs’ third goal and Lucas Moura’s second, when the Brazilian sent Smalling straight back to Maidstone United, with the latter failing miserably in a one on one situation. That’s not how United defenders of the past would’ve performed, and it indicates how badly things have fallen at Old Trafford.


United had their chances, the best of which fell to Romelu Lukaku, who took advantage of a poor backpass from Danny Rose. Continue reading Ander Herrera at CB- United crash to defeat against Spurs

Bayern 3:1 Hoffenheim- Bavarians kick off new season with win

Champions Bayern Munich kicked off the new Bundesliga season with a hard fought 3-1 win at home over TSG Hoffenheim. The fixture, which saw late drama with VAR being involved, also had Kingsley Coman stretchered off, with fears that the French international could be set for a long stint on the sidelines.

The game, Niko Kovac’s first BuLi one in charge of Bayern, saw the home side go ahead in the 23rd minute when Thomas Muller headed in Joshua Kimmich’s pinpoint corner.


Adam Szalai’s low, drilled finish, aided by some lethargic Bayern defending, brought Hoffenheim level just before the hour mark. Szalai, for those not in the know, is a former Liverpool player- the Reds are themselves in action tomorrow night against Brighton, a game they’re expected to win.

There was however late drama when Robert Lewandowski converted from the spot seven minutes from time to put Bayern ahead. He had missed the original spot kick, but was asked to retake it- a VAR decision, and made no mistake from the second attempt. Hoffenheim, deflated, were then caught out by a quick throw in, with Arjen Robben capitalising to give the hosts a 3:1 win.

Bayern 3 (Muller, Lewandowski pen, Robben) beat Hoffenheim (Szalai 1)

Chelsea 3:2 Arsenal | Late Alonso goal condemns Unai Emery to another defeat

A late goal from Marcos Alonso condemned Unai Emery to the second straight defeat of his Arsenal managerial career as the Gunners went down 3-2 to Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal had been beaten by Pep Guardiola’s clinical defending champions on the opening week, but Emery would’ve been hopeful of a result against Chelsea- a team against whom the Gunners have enjoyed success, and like them, only just settling into a new system under a new manager. Continue reading Chelsea 3:2 Arsenal | Late Alonso goal condemns Unai Emery to another defeat

Kevin de Bruyne picks up knee injury in training

Star Man City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne is set for a stint on the treatment room after injuring his right knee in training. The extent of the injury is unknown, but initial estimates suggest that De Bruyne would probably miss the next two months of City’s season. He is expected to be treated by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona.

If De Bruyne is out for about 2 months, the games he’ll miss (Premier League ones) would be the ones against Huddersfield, Wolves Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff, Brighton, Liverpool and Burnley. Not a very tough set of fixtures- you’d expect City, with their squad depth, to comfortably get through all those fixtures, with the trip to Anfield being the only really testing one for Pep Guardiola’s side. Continue reading Kevin de Bruyne picks up knee injury in training

Croatians at Inter Milan- Modric mulls switch

Inter Milan could have another Croatian in their ranks for the upcoming 2018/19 season after it was revealed that Real Madrid star Luka Modric was mulling a switch to the San Siro. Modric, 32, was a key figure for his country at the recently concluded World Cup, winning three MOTM awards as his side finished runners up to France.

Luka Modric

Inter already have Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic in their ranks and have taken Sime Vrsaljko on loan. With three Croatians already on the Nerazzurri’s books, the San Siro looks like an attractive destination for Modric, who has pretty much everything there was to win at Real Madrid.

However the question remains whether Real will be willing to sell both Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same transfer window. This may be Real’s best opportunity to cash in on Modric, and the move will also potentially allow more first team football for Mateo Kovacic.

Inter are also in the market for Arturo Vidal, but the Chilean’s transfer may not materialise if they get Modric.