Werder Bremen Come Back to Stun Wolfsburg for First Win (with Video)

In probably the most exciting match in the world on Saturday, hosts SV Werder Bremen showed their heart in a thrilling come-back win over visiting VfL Wolfsburg.  The hard-luck Bremen team had yet to pick up a single point this year, a run that included a gutting last-minute loss earlier this week.  But Werder turned their fortunes around today, scoring twice in the closing stages to pick up the win and delight the home supporters. Continue reading

Dortmund Score Early and Often in 5:1 Win over Wolfsburg (with Video)

In the biggest match of the Bundesliga’s Tuesday schedule, Borussia Dortmund put on a scorching offensive display to earn a 5:1 win over Wolfsburg.  Dortmund took the lead early and looked sharp offensively all day.  Wolfsburg actually had some moments of their own to make it an interesting game for a while, coming close a few times before cutting it to a one-goal deficit early in the second half.  But BVB pulled out a late attacking blitz to close out the game.

Dortmund have now won three from four, with the only loss a close match against RB Leipzig.  Their newcomers appear to be well-integrated into the squad, and they seem to be FC Bayern’s biggest domestic competition.  An injury to CB Marc Bartra provides the only worry on the day for BVB. Continue reading

Hertha Berlin Keep Perfect Record, Set Up Table-Topping Clash vs. Bayern This Week

In the late Sunday Bundesliga match, Hertha Berlin beat Schalke to earn their third win from three tries.  The 2:0 victory ran Hertha’s goal differential to +5 and brought the capital club even with Bayern atop the league table.  Schalke, meanwhile, have yet to pick up a point and are in full-blown crisis mode after another deserved loss. Continue reading

Bayern Survive Scare, Pull Out Tough Win vs. Ingolstadt (with Video)

FC Bayern defeated Bavarian rivals Ingolstadt on Saturday to maintain the perfect league record.  But the win was far from easy – in fact, this was the toughest test Bayern had faced this season.  Not only did FCI deservedly go ahead, but even after Bayern stormed back to take the lead, the visitors had several good chances to score again.

A late Rafinha goal, after a Franck Ribery pass, secured the win.  Ingolstadt have nothing to be ashamed of, though, and Bayern certainly have some improvements to make after a less than perfect day. Continue reading

FC Köln Spank Freiburg, Climb to Top of Bundesliga Table (with video)

In the Bundesliga’s Friday evening, kick-off hosts 1. FC Köln crushed SC Freiburg to keep their strong start to the season going.  FCK will take over first place … temporarily, of course, with both FC Bayern and Hertha Berlin still having a chance to equal or pass them.  But even if they aren’t at the very top of the table at the end of the weekend, the Billy-Goats are definitely in strong shape.  They get effective play down both flanks, they’re getting great net-minding from Timo Horn, and their supporters are behind them in full voice. Continue reading

Preview: Bundesliga Week 3

Two weeks of league play are in the books, and Bayern are atop the Bundesliga table, as expected.  Hertha Berlin, despite a shaky summer, are right up there with FC Bayern: those are the only two teams with perfect records.  We’ve also got some traditional powers that are struggling, both newly-promoted teams in the top six, and two forwards setting a torrid pace with four goals apiece.  And this week, we also have a few teams that will be trying to make a quick turn-around after midweek play.

Read on for a look at the three biggest 1. Bundesliga matches of the weekend … Continue reading

Preview: FC Bayern vs. FC Rostov

In the opening match of the 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League group stage.  Rostov are making their first appearance at this stage, after a history-making run that culminated in a win over Ajax at the play-in stage.  FC Bayern, of course, are regulars in this competition, having made the CL semifinals for five straight years and winning the competition once during this period.  Click through for a preview of the group-stage opener … Continue reading

Preview: Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Manchester City

In the first group stage match of the Champions League season for both teams.  Both clubs had to fight their way through the final play-in stage to get here.  Both were thrown into the toughest group in the competition.  And both are desperate to pick up points before taking on Barcelona later this fall.

This could be the biggest CL match of the week.  City, on the back of a good Manchester Derby win, have to be favored, but the Foals will give a good accounting of themselves.  Read through for a preview … Continue reading