Category Archives: German Football

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.

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.

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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)

Bayern 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt | Kovac delivers first trophy in 30 years and EL spot

Eintracht Frankfurt denied Bayern Munich and Jupp Heynckes a League and Cup double as they upset the Bavarian giants 3-1 in the DFB Pokal final. Frankfurt, who had lost the 2017 final to Dortmund, picked up the win thanks to Ante Rebic’s double, and will be competing in the Europa League season. Their manager, Niko Kovac, will be Bayern’s manager next season, and his first competitive game might be against his former charges when the two lock horns in the Super Cup.

It was a disappointing result for Bayern, who had been undefeated in their last fourteen games against Frankfurt going into this final in Berlin.

Heynckes Kovac

VAR again played a factor with Bayern claiming that Rebic’s second goal shouldn’t have been allowed because of a handball in the buildup. They were further incensed when Boateng’s kick on Martinez was not deemed worth of a penalty, with referee Felix Zwayer awarding a corner instead.

It was Bayern’s second straight loss in their new kit after falling to Stuttgart on the final day of the 17/18 league season. Perhaps, one could say, their minds weren’t quite in it after their agonising defeat in the semifinals of the Champions League to Real Madrid

Bayern 1 (Lewandowski) lost to Frankfurt (Rebic x2, Gacinovic)

Hoffenheim 3:1 Dortmund | TSG qualify for Champions League

An impressive performance from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim saw them beat Borussia Dortmund 3:1 and book their spot in the group stages of the 2018/19 Champions League. The result means that Hoffenheim will become the 13th different German team to appear in the main CL tournament (only Spain have had as many representatives)

At the beginning of the day, Hoffenheim, Dortmund and Leverkusen were all in with a shout, but TSG took third with their win, while Dortmund also qualified thanks to their superior goal difference, with Leverkusen’s 3:2 win over Hannover going in vain.

The 30.150 fans present at the Rhein Neckar Arena were delighted at the final whistle, as the pic below shows you.

TSG BVB

It was a disappointing end to the campaign for BVB, who failed to beat any of their fellow top-six sides in the league. It was also veteran goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller’s final game for the club- he was a late substitute for Roman Burki.

Hoffenheim 3 (Kramaric, Szalai, Kaderabek) beat Dortmund 1 (Reus)