One day after FC Bayern opened the Bundesliga season with a win, Borussia Dortmund picked up three points of their own with a victory over 1. FSV Mainz. Dortmund’s win was not as emphatic as Bayern’s, as Mainz fought hard and the match was at 1:0 for most of the day (with Mainz having one or two chances to equalize). But at the end of the day, it was a deserved win, with a late penalty sealing the victory. Continue reading
In the 1. Bundesliga season opener, FC Bayern destroyed Werder Bremen by six goals in a dominating display. The match was actually even more lop-sided than the score makes it appear, as Bayern missed a few chances and hit the woodwork twice.
Xabi Alonso got the ball rolling with a well-taken strike into the top shelf from distance before 10 minutes had passed. After that, it was an easy cruise for Bayern, with Robert Lewandowski hitting a hat trick and Arturo Vidal, Alonso and Thiago Alcantara bossing the middle of the field. SV Werder’s few attacks came to nothing, as Bayern put the rest of the league on notice with a convincing display. Continue reading
It’s been a long summer, with a European Championship followed by a Bayern tour of the USA followed by an Olympic tournament that saw Germany advance to the final and finish with a silver medal. But now the long wait is over: we’re back to the 1. Bundesliga main schedule, as the world’s best football league kicks off with a number of interesting ties … Continue reading
UEFA conducted the group stage draw for the 2016-2017 Champions League on Thursday, and the results are in. Bayern and Dortmund each have a familiar (and dangerous) foe in the group stage, but still a fairly clear path to advance. A number of other intriguing matches are on the horizon as well.
Your eight groups for the group stage, which kicks off in September: Continue reading
In the second football semifinal at the Rio Olympics, Germany beat Nigeria 2:0 to advance. An early goal from Lukas Klostermann put Germany on the right foot. Nigeria’s defense and ‘keeper played well to prevent further damage, and the Dream Team had a few good chances of their own, but Germany were able to grind out the win. A late goal from Nils Petersen sealed the deal and set up a final vs. hosts Brazil. Continue reading
In the semi-finals of the 2016 Olympiad. An interesting match-up: the German under-23 team vs. the Nigerian “under-23” team, with the winner headed to the Final to face Brazil or Honduras. Both sides won decisively in the quarterfinals, and both have several established players who play club ball in the big leagues.
Even though Brazil have some talent and the home-field advantage, I think the winner of Germany vs. Nigeria has to be favored in the Final when you consider the entire squad. Read on for a preview … Continue reading
The Germany Olympic side advanced to the semifinals in Rio on Saturday with a comprehensive 4:0 destruction of Portugal. A late first-half goal by Serge Gnabry put Germany in the driver’s seat, and Portugal never really threatened after that. Matthias Ginter’s leaping header doubled the lead, and Germany closed it out in style for an easy four-goal win.
Germany struggled for the first two matches of the group stage. Their decisive win over Fiji was somewhat encouraging, but against a lower-level team, you’re never really sure how much stock to put in that. Today, though, the Germans faced a good opponent and still looked excellent. Continue reading
Despite a group stage performance that had a few hiccups, the German Men’s Olympic team advanced to the knockout stage in Rio this afternoon with an emphatic beating of Fiji. Germany knew that they could well need a big win to advance, and delivered in spades with a 10-goal romp. Ordinarily, you’d want to see the team take their foot off the gas against a totally out-classed opponent, but when you need to increase your goal differential as a tie-breaker, you do what you need to do.
With the win, Germany are set for a quarterfinal match-up against Portugal. Although the team has yet to put together a complete game against a good team, the talent is still there, if Germany can get everything on track before Saturday. Continue reading
As the football world knows, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s future at Manchester United is unsettled. And that’s putting it mildly. Current Man U boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that Schweinsteiger has no future in Manchester, and even banished the German midfielder to the U23 side. Needless to say, a move seems imminent.
A lot of ink has been spilled over the way Mourinho has handled the situation, with a few people criticizing the lack of respect. I can agree with that, I guess, but I don’t want to lose much sleep over it. Bastian is a rich, famous athlete who doesn’t need my sympathy. What I’m more worried about is how the situation unfolds going forward: an iconic German superstar is about to make his next career move. He just turned 32 and still (in my opinion) has a good bit of football left to give. Rather than get angry over how the last year has unfolded, let’s get excited for the next chapter.
Some possible destinations … Continue reading