First Nord Derby clash in 3.5 years- Werder vs HSV in September 2021

Werder Bremen and Hamburg will meet in the Nord Derby for the first time in nearly three and a half years when they square off this weekend at the Weser Stadion. The Nord Derby is pretty special for German footy fans, probably only rivalled by the Dortmund Schalke one, and despite Bremen and HSV both currently being in the second division

When did they last meet before this clash?

That was in February 2018 back in the 2017-18 season, with Werder winning 1-0 at the Weser Stadion. Hamburg’s Dutch defender Rick van Drongelen scored an own goal in the 86th minute as the hosts picked up three points. The result was a big one and pushed HSV further towards the drop- they were eventually relegated at the end of the campaign, ending their status as one of the Bundesliga’s ever presents. They’ve never been able to return to the top flight, with three unsuccessful attempts so far. Interestingly, they finished fourth in all three of their second division campaigns since, missing out narrowly on each occasion.

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Official UEFA Euro 2021 Team of the Tournament- No Schick, Ronaldo

Here is a look at the official team of the tournament for Euro 2020, as released today (July 13, 2021). Interestingly, the team doesn’t feature Patrick Schick, the Czech striker who scored one of the goals of the tournament against Scotland.

There is no spot for flying Danish left back Joakim Maehle either, with Spinazzola chosen at left back. There are five Italians in the XI and three English players, with one each from Denmark, Spain and Belgium.

UEFA Team of the Tournament Euro 2021

La Liga on TV in India from 2021/22 season- MTV Channel to telecast Spanish league

India will have La Liga back on their television screens beginning the 2021/22 season after Viacom India signed a three year deal with the Spanish league. La Liga will now be telecast live on youth channel MTV in India. The league was not on TV last year in India, with Facebook showing games for viewers from the country. The deal was officially announced today (July 5, 2021)- the new Spanish season begins on August 13, 2021.

MTV in India is a youth focused channel (music and reality shows), with shows like Roadies and Splitsvilla on it.

The number of top leagues being telecast live on India has declined over the last few years- even the Bundesliga was only available online on Fancode last season.

La Liga’s digital rights for 2021/2022 in India have also gone to Viacom, and the league will be streamed on Voot and Jio platforms.

Player Ratings Gladbach vs Leverkusen 2021 | Borussia MG 0:1 Bayer 04

Bayer Leverkusen prevailed 1:0 at Stadion IM Borussia Park over the weekend, and here are the player ratings from the BMG Bayer game. Patrick Schick scored the only goal of the game.

It was Leverkusen’s first win in nearly a month, and ended their five game winless run across all competitions.

Disappointing game for the likes of Florian Neuhaus and Denis Zakaria, both of whom got a 5 player rating for this game.

gladbach 0-1 leverkusen player ratings

DFB Pokal Semifinal Draw 2021- Kiel draw Borussia Dortmund away

Giant killers Holstein Kiel will face Borussia Dortmund away in the semifinals of the German Cup, with the winner of the Regensburg/Bremen tie set to host RB Leipzig in the other semifinal tie.

The DFB Pokal semi-finals will be played on 1/2 May, 2021.

The German Cup 2021 semifinal draw was conducted on 7 March, 2021 (18.30 CET)

The Jahn/Werder quarterfinal tie will be played on 7 April.

DFB Pokal Semifinal Draw 2021

Bayern-Cologne 5:1 Player Ratings February 2021 | Gnabry, Lewandowski and Goretzka shine

A look at the player ratings from the Bild newspaper as Bayern hammered Koln 5:1 over the weekend. The best ratings were reserved for Leon Goretzka, who set up THREE goals for this team mates, and striker Robert Lewandowski, who found the back of the net twice.

For Koln, Skhiri the only player to get a decent rating (3)- he was also the scorer of their only goal.

Bayern 5-1 Cologne Player Ratings 2021 (1)

No German team in Europa League Round of 16 2021 | Leverkusen & Hoffenheim knocked out in Round of 32

There will be no German team in the Europa League Round of 16 for the 2020/21 season after both Bayer Leverkusen and TSG Hoffenheim crashed out of the competition on Thursday night.

When the draw was made, both Bayer and TSG had winnable ties against Young Boys and Molde respectively. Leverkusen were beaten 2-0 at the Bay Arena, thus giving Young Boys a 6-3 aggregate win after the first leg had ended 4-3 in favour of the Swiss side.

Hoffenheim dominated, but had nothing to show for it in terms of goals and went down 2-0 at home (and 3-5 on aggregate)

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Player Ratings Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich 2021 (Bild + Kicker)

Eintracht Frankfurt stunned Bayern Munich 2:1 over the weekend in what was arguably the result of the round, with Daichi Kamada and Amin Younes scoring for the hosts. Here are the player ratings from Bild and Kicker for the game.

Not a great game for Luka Jovic- Kicker gave him a 4 rating, while Bild gave him a 3 rating. Younes the only player to get the best 1 rating in both papers.

Player ratings Frankfurt 2-1 Bayern 2021

Kicker Ratings Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern 2021

Hat tricks conceded by Manuel Neuer | Occasions where 3 or more goals have been scored against Bayern & Germany goalkeeper Neuer

Which players have scored hat tricks against Manuel Neuer in club and international football?

Bayern Munich and Germany international Neuer is widely regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, but here is the list of players who have scored hat tricks against Neuer.

Robert Lewandowski for Dortmund (BVB 5-2 Bayern, 2011/12 DFB Pokal final, 12 May 2012)

Sergio Aguero for Man City (MCFC 3-2 Bayern, 2014/15 UCL group stage, 25 November, 2014)

Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid (RMA 4-2 Bayern, 2016/17 UCL QF second leg, 18 April, 2017)

Dodi Lukebakio for Dusseldorf (Bayern 3-3 Fortuna, 24 November, 2018- 18/19 Bundesliga)

Ferran Torres for Spain (Espana 6-0 Germany, 17 November, 2020, 20/21 UNL Group 4)

Interestingly, the Lukebakio hat trick is the only time when Neuer has conceded three at home- all the others have been away or at neutral venues.