Category Archives: Bundesliga

Schalke without coach

Some interesting news are coming from the German Bundesliga. Ralf Rangnick, the coach who led  Schalke in the Champions League semifinals last season,  announced his resignation yesterday, a gesture that shocked everybody.

Ralf Rangnick said that the medical problems have pushed him to take this decision:
“I have analyzed very good the situation and I decided that I needed a break. It is a very difficult decision, but I feel that right now I do not have the energy to achieve performance at Schalke.” Ragnick said.

The Club General Manager Horst Heldt said he was shocked by the news of the resignation of Ragnick. Until the appointment of a new coach, the German team will be led by Ragnik’s former second in command.

German media announced that the most likely option for Schalke’s bench would be the bringing of Hans Flick, the assistant of Joachim Low at Germany’s national team. Until then, Schalke is facing Steaua Bucharest in Europa League and in Bundesliga are on the 9th position with 9 points in 6 games, next game will be with Freiburg.


German Cup full of surprises

The German Cup is one of the competitions with the highest number of surprises per season. The games are very equal , the teams are very close in value, so you can be sure that a game is won only after the final whistle, no matter the score.

After Wolfsburg which was eliminated by a team of amateurs in the same competition in the first round, came among another former champion of Germany to be humiliated.

Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 was the leading team in the match with Dynamo Dresden after Derdiyok, Sam and Schurrle’s goals taking the score to 3-0. But the opponent drew and scored the decisive goal in 117 minutes killing all hopes for Leverkusen. Dynamo Dresden is a team that just promoted from the second league in Germany.

This score is not a very positive one, taking in mind that is not the best way to start a championship, talking about the team morale. What will happen from now on will be catchy for the eye and I can say that this season of Bundesliga will be a disputed one.


Schalke is starting right!

Schalke 04 defeated great rivals, Borussia Dortmund, after the penalty shoots with 4-3, and won their first Supercup of Germany. At the end of 90 minutes of play, the result was 0-0. Although no goal was scored, the game held in Gelsenkirchen was a very spectacular one, with Borussia holding the lead in most of the time.

How the German Supercup regulation does not provide any extensions in case of a draw at the end of 90 minutes, they went right to the execution of penalty shoot where the goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann came out in front for Schalke, transferred this summer from Eintracht Frankfurt to replace Neuer, who went to Bayern.

The 23 year old goalkeeper has defended the executions of Groskreutz and Perisic, while Holtby, Edu, and Jurado Howedes managed to score for Schlake, Gelsenkirchen team obtaining the victory with 4-3 and gathering their first trophy of the 2011 – 2012 season in Germany.

This victory is a great satisfaction for me. I tried to give everything to fill the gap left by the departure of Neuer” said Ralf Fahrmann.


Bundesliga has new champions

Borussia Dortmund is the new king of Germany’s Bundesliga after today’s victory, 2-0, in front of FC Nuremberg, the game played in round number 32 of the german first league.

This result, combined with the defeat of Leverkusen on their field with FC Koln made ​​the yellow and black team to win the seventh title in Bundesliga history.

“A week ago I was congratulated prematurely, now I have to calm people down by saying, Folks, we are still on top!” , Jürgen Klopp said.

Yellow-Black Holes have been successful Paraguayan Lucas Barrios, in minute 32 and by the Polish Robert Lewandowski, two minutes before the end of the first half.

The team coached by Jürgen Klopp has managed again to take the national title after a gap of nine years.

With 2 more stages in Bundesliga remaining, they gathered 72 points, with 8 points more than the next title competitor, Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

The happiest people are those who placed a bet on Borussia to win the title, the odds being 21.00 for the German team.


Bayern, change from staff to style

Approaching the final of this season, Bayern Munich is renewing everything. Starting from next season they will have another coach on the bench in the person of Jupp Heynckes, another goalkeeper in the person of Manuel Neuer from Schalke, and going even further in changing style with a different equipment than that which is currently worn by the players.

The club management decided to abandon the retro style, reminiscent of the ’70s in favor of a combination of red and gold. T-shirts and shorts will be red and the other elements (stripes on the arms, the emblem of the manufacturer, Adidas, the four stars on his chest) will be golden.

Gold was also present in the away equipment of multiple champions Germany from 2004-2006. Then the germans developed completely yellow shirt and black shorts.

Bayern Munich is currently in third place in Bundesliga with 55 points, with 14 points behind the leader Borussia Dormund and with only 6 points behind Leverkusen, the second in lead.

With only 4 stages remaining from this season of Bundesliga, Bayern Munich is already thinking to the next season, with big hopes and expectations.