Bundesliga Research 17th March 2011

Bundesliga Research 17th March 2011

We are kind of hanging in there…just about. A 0.5pt+ profit last week was accrued on the back of Nurnberg’s late winner. Over all though it is hard to get really any teams’ bearings in Germany, in this season of shocks. Only Nurnberg appear to be playing consistently well. This week, The Bundesliga looks especially hard. Their are clouds hanging over the key staff roles at Bayern, Schalke, Hamburg and Werder Bremen that overshadow these clubs – and also rival teams, as the whispers begin in anticipation of a manager/coach merry-go-round.

I neither particularly like the fixtures or the prices this week – especially within the context of the off-field tensions at a number of key clubs. I reckon this is a week to sit out and take stock.

Most Recent Results, Highlights and Analysis

Fixtures This Weekend

Fri 11/03/11

Köln 4 – 0 Hannover 96


This was a result that made a mockery of the recent form…..though perhaps Bayern are no form yardstick at all this season and should be dealt out of any analysis like a rogue stat.

Sat 12/03/11

Hoffenheim 1 – 0 Borussia Dortmund


Press: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/mar/14/bayern-hamburg-s04-wolfsburg

“Dortmund suffered a rare off-day and went down 1-0 away to Hoffenheim (Vedad Ibisevic, 63), who did a decent job in nullifying Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender at the heart of Borussia’s midfield. Bender will miss a couple of weeks with a dislocated shoulder, which seemed to hurt Jürgen Klopp more than the (largely irrelevant) defeat. “We were lacking the punch upfront,” said the manager.”

Bayern München 6 – 0 Hamburger SV


Bayern bounce back and remain as unpredictable as ever. Here they had a rare clean sheet – prior to being knocked out of the CL by Inter.

Schalke 04 2 – 1 Eintracht Fran…


Another defeat for Frankfurt but the win wasn’t enough to save coach Felix Magath who has been a dead man walking for some time. Frankfurt scored their first goal of the calendar year – from 73 yards. Yes, that’s right, 73 yards. Schalke super-keeper Manuel Neuer then redeemed himself with a driven clearance that set up the Royal Blues’ winner.

Press: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/mar/14/bayern-hamburg-s04-wolfsburg

“Frankfurt’s first goal of the calendar year has been a long time coming, in more than ways than one – 793 minutes of futile, fruitless football had passed when the left-back Georgios Tzavellas hoofed it up front for Theofanis Gekas deep in his own half. The ball missed everybody, however, including Manuel Neuer in the S04 goal, and bobbled in for the longest-distance goal in the history of the Bundesliga. Tzavellas’s unwitting record-strike from 73 metres was not enough for Michael Skibbe’s side to rescue a point in the Veltinsarena though. The Greek striker (and Rehhagel protege) Angelos Charisteas scored a late winner for the soon-to-be managerless Royal Blues.”

Kaiserslautern 2 – 1 Freiburg


Another topsy turvy scoreline in a topsy turvy Bundesliga campaign.

Wolfsburg 1 – 2 Nürnberg


Nurnberg left it late to garner a win and a profit from the week. Wolves coach Littbarski looked even nearer to tears in the highlights. Not least as Wolfsburg had a perfectly good goal disallowed. Over the piece I think this was a lucky winner but in Germany it always pays to side with the good setpiece teams attacking-wise. So many goals are scored from balls pumped into the box.

Werder Bremen 1 – 1 Borussia M’gla…


Sun 13/03/11

Mainz 05 0 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen


Press: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/mar/14/bayern-hamburg-s04-wolfsburg

“Leverkusen closed the gap on the leaders to nine points but needed a lazy mistake from the Mainz defender Bo Svensson to claim all three points. The Swedish Bo didn’t know … that Renato Augusto was lurking behind him and lost the ball to the Brazilian who smashed a shot into the roof of the net. Michael Ballack was back in the starting XI but was largely anonymous. The Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes, a contender to succeed Van Gaal at Munich, would not be drawn on his future.”

St. Pauli 1 – 2 Stuttgart


Two bald men fighting over a comb. These teams could play again for the next three weeks and produce different results each week.

Results: Köln 4-0 Hannover, Bayern 6-0 Hamburg, Kaiserslautern 2-1 Freiburg, Wolfsburg 1-2 Nürnberg, Schalke 2-1 Frankfurt, Hoffenheim 1-0 Dortmund, Werder Bremen 1-1 Gladbach, Mainz 1-2 Leverkusen, St Pauli 1-2 Stuttgart.

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Fixtures This Weekend

Fri 18/03/11

Borussia M’gla… 19 : 30 Kaiserslautern

Sat 19/03/11 Freiburg 14 : 30 Bayern München

Nürnberg 14 : 30 Werder Bremen

Hannover 96 14 : 30 Hoffenheim

Hamburger SV 14 : 30 Köln

Eintracht Fran… 14 : 30 St. Pauli

Borussia Dortmund 17 : 30 Mainz 05

Sun 20/03/11

Bayer Leverkusen 14 : 30 Schalke 04

Stuttgart 16 : 30 Wolfsburg

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