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Podcast # 6: Matchday 31 and Schalke – Manchester United talk with the brilliant Ed Barker!

Niklas subs in for Gerry Wittmann, and Cris and Zulquar tag along to discuss all things Bundesliga.

Segment 1: Cris and Niklas take on Match Day 31, rehash all the action and discuss the prospects of the remainder of the Bundesliga season.

Segment 2: Ed Barker from the United rant joins the podcast to discuss the upcoming Champions League match between Schalke and Manchester United with Zulquar and Niklas. How will the red devils handle their away game against Die Knappen? What will happen with Manchester United next season? How should Schalke go into this match? All of it is wrapped up into this delicious segment.

Segment 3: Zulquar, Cris and Niklas take on the Bundesliga’s “poor” performance in Europe and the alternatives to improving that performance.. And just in time, we have an email address for your opinions, suggestions and questions for future podcasts.  You can forward them to: bundesligafanatic@gmail.com

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BUNDESLIGA REWIND: Eintracht Frankfurt v. Bayern München 1975-76

In light of this weekend’s encounter between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern München, Wolfgang Steiner continues the Bundesliga Rewind series by taking a look at one of Frankfurt most illustrious performances way back on Match Day 15 of the 1975-76 season.  That performance is still regarded to this day as arguably the greatest in Frankfurt’s Bundesliga history.  Their opponent on that day were none other than Bayern München 

Eintracht Frankfurt 6 : 0 Bayern München 

Place: Frankfurt, Waldstadion

Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Date: 22 November 1975

Attendance: 55,000

Referee: Eschweiler (Bonn)

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Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 – 0 Dortmund – A Statistical Glance

Introduction  –  Much to play for 

This weekend served up some interesting match ups.  With three match days remaining after tomorrow, the proverbial fire lit up even hotter under teams racing to stay up and those hoping to catch their desired European spot.

Dortmund were in a position to clinch the title with a win against bottom dwelling Gladbach, provided Leverkusen fail to win against Hoffenheim.  Leverkusen’s loss to Bayern last week put Dortmund in a pole position to wrap up the title early and some 4000 eager supporters made the journey to Gladbach anticipating a potential championship celebration.

Gladbach have improved since Favre took over in February but are still up against it and need to get points out of each of their remaining games if they are to stay up.   They were unlucky to lose to a late goal Mainz goal last week and against Dortmund they were missing influential defender Dante to boot.  Suffice to say, Favre and his men face an unprecedented task if they want to stay up.  No team has yet managed to avoid relegation with the points total Gladbach collected in the Hinrunde.

Formations with average positioning and movement.

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Bundesliga Action on U.S. TV Weekend of April 23-24

American viewers will be able to watch four Bundesliga games this weekend.  On Saturday, GolTV will televise the Eintracht FrankfurtFC Bayern Munich match at 9:30 am ET.  Also on Saturday at 9:30 am ET, ESPN 3 will stream the game between FC Schalke 04 and 1.FC Kaiserslautern, and then will stream the Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia Dortmund matchup at 12:30 pm ET.   On Sunday, GolTV will bring us the VfL WolfsburgFC Koln fixture at 10:30 am ET.  (ESPN Deportes will televise the Frankfurt-Bayern Munich match at 9:45 am ET Saturday and the Gladbach-Dortmund clash at 12:55 pm ET Sunday).

Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are back in fourth place in the table entering Saturday’s game after Hannover downed SC Freiburg 3-1 Thursday. Bayern Munich romped last weekend against 2nd place Bayer Leverkusen, with Mario Gomez striking another hat trick in their 5-1 win.  That result, at least, seem to verify some player claims’ that they were stifled under Coach Louis van Gaal.  The win was a nice way to start off caretaker manager Andries Jonker’s five-game reign before Leverkusen Coach Jupp Heynckes takes over Die Bayern at season’s end.
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A Journey Through History – An In Depth Interview with Uli Hesse – Part I

Uli Hesse - A name synonymous with German football writing.

Amidst the continuing growth and popularity of German football and the Bundesliga, few voices are more prominent than those of author, historian and journalist Uli Hesse.  Uli is the author of the popular and comprehensive “Tor!”, which definitively traces the history and evolution of German football.  Uli also penned books on the history of the European Cup, “Flutlicht und Schatten:  Die Geschichte des Europapokals” and put together collection of diverse anecdotes and stories of the beautiful game, “Wie Österreich Weltmeister wurde: 111 unglaubliche Fussballgeschichten”. 

He is also a regular contributor to ESPN Soccernet and countless other publications, past and present including Champions magazine (UEFA’s official Champions League magazine), the German sports magazine “11 Freunde” and the German Rolling Stone amongst others. 

We at the Bundesliga Fanatic are delighted to bring you an in depth interview with one of the leading and most insightful voices on German football.

 In Part I of the interview we meet Uli Hesse the writer and person as he opens up about what motivated him to pick up the pen in the first place as well as the writing process he undertakes when working on a book or article.  We also explore some of Uli’s unique personal interests and how they are connected to his writing.  Finally Uli indulges our readers with an interesting recommendation of his own.

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Kyle Kaveny: An American in Neustrelitz Part 1

Kyle Jameson Kaveny is a 26 year-old American defender who plays for TSG Neustrelitz in the German Oberliga NOFV-Nord.  Born into an athletic family (Dad was a javelin thrower, Mom played professional softball and Kyle’s sister played and coached college volleyball), the Cupertino, California native has known success as a member of the 2006 NCAA national champion University of California -Santa Barbara Gauchos, and later as a member of the 2009 PDL champion Ventura County team.  Kyle has also experienced adversity, suffering a broken leg right before his senior season that caused him to miss his final collegiate campaign.  But through it all, Kyle has had faith in his ability, the loving support of his family and the persistence to go forward.  

That persistence has led him to Germany, where he’s playing regularly at center back for Neustrelitz, and scored the last-minute winning goal Sunday in Neustrelitz 2-1 victory over Malchower SV.  TSG Neustrelitz are currently fourth in the 16-team Oberliga NOFV-Nord, in the fifth division of German football, and Kyle has been a regular contributor to the team’s winning record, playing over 1600 minutes so far this season and scoring four goals.

In part 1 of our two-part interview, Kyle will share with Bundesliga Fanatic readers his career up to signing with Neustrelitz.  In the second part, Kyle will recount his experiences living in Germany and playing in the Oberliga NOFV -Nord.
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The Art of the Counter Attack – A Look at Slomka’s Efficient Hannover Side

Introduction – Turnaround

Exactly a year ago Hannover were sitting in 17th place in the standings and were staring relegation directly in the face.  It had been a brutal year for the Reds. Between the tragic death of club captain and icon Robert Enke and the drawn out fight for survival, the season took a heavy toll on players and supporters alike.  Fast-forward a year and the club is on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League.  With 4 matches remaining, Hannover have long surpassed their greatest ever points total in the league and have done so in impressive fashion.

How exactly did this remarkable turnaround happen?  Behind Hannover’s historic season lays an astute tactical plan that restructured this team and optimized the performances of many of their  individual players.   Mirko Slomka, former Schalke coach and Hannover player himself, has redefined and reorganized the team tactically and made them one of the most efficient teams in Germany. This piece will examine Slomka’s dynamic counter attacking team and explore how they have employed this tactic to overcome all odds.

“The accent in the counter attack style of play lays on the defensive team

function, with the emphasis being on the defender’s own half of the field

and letting the opponents keep the initiative of the game. This is to take

advantage of the space behind their defense for the buildup and the attack.”

 – Rinus Michels

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