No Bundesliga football, but with the 11mm Football film festival, the Bundesliga Diaries team was kept busy! We speak to a number of the different protagonists present at the event, before our sharing our own personal thoughts. We also discuss Germany and their two matches against Serbia and the Netherlands.
With just eight games left, Dortmund and Bayern are still neck and neck. BVB win 3-2 against Hertha Berlin, whilst Munich hammer Mainz 6-0. Schalke continue their losing streak against Leipzig, whilst Wout Weghorst leads Wolfsburg to a 5-2 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf. In our In Depth section, we review the Champions League performances of the Bundesliga representatives.
Dortmund have led for most of the season, but with the end in sight, Bayern Munich are now on top. They beat Wolfsburg 6-0 on matchday 25, whilst Dortmund triumph 2-1 against Stuttgart. Schalke lose their fifth in the last six against Bremen, whilst Frankfurt and Leverkusen are both victorious. Such are Schalke’s troubles, we concentrate on Die Königsblauen in our In Depth section.
As ever, it was an action packed Bundesliga weekend, with over 30 goals scored across all matches for the ninth matchday this season. Borussia Dortmund lose 2-1 to Augsburg on Friday, and Bayern take advantage by winning 5-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach. The gap is now just two goals. Schalke lost 4-0 at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf to lie just four points above the relegation play-off zone. After discussing all of the action, we talk about the career of Friedhelm Funkel, Düsseldorf’s manager, in our In Depth section.
It was an important week in the European battle, with six of the top eight facing each other. Wolfsburg and Frankfurt record 3-0 victories to jump to fifth and sixth, whilst Leipzig and Hoffenheim play out a 1-1 draw. BVB and Bayern Munich both win to keep the gap at the very top at three points.
After draws against Frankfurt and Hoffenheim, Dortmund were in need of a victory against Nürnberg. However, they are only able draw 0-0 against a side that has now gone 16 games without a victory. Bayern win 3-2 against Augsburg to reduce the gap to three points, while Leverkusen, Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg and Leipzig all win in the battle for Europe. After all of the usual matchday action, we look back at the life and times of Bundesliga legend Rudi Assauer, who passed away on 6th February aged 74.
Will Lucien Favre and co be their collapse against Hoffenheim come the end of the season? That may very well be possible. At 3-0 with 15 minutes left, things looked rosy. But Nagelsmann’s men stage an unlikely comeback to come away with a point. Bayern take advantage with a 3-1 over Schalke, whilst Hannover prevail against Nürnberg in a relegation six-pointer. In our In Depth section, we speak to Josh Sexton of the Anfield Wrap about the upcoming Champions League ties between the English and German outfits.
With just 14 games left, Dortmund steal an extra march on Bayern. BVB draw 1-1 at Frankfurt as Bayern succumb 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen. The gap now stands at seven points. Thomas Doll’s reign as Hannover manager begins with a 3-0 loss at Leipzig, while Augsburg win for the first time in 11 outings.
Plenty of goals, but no upsets as most of the games go to form this weekend. BVB and Bayern Munich continue to tussle for the title, with Borussia Mönchengladbach and RB Leipzig also victorious. Nürnberg, Hannover, Stuttgart and Augsburg all lose as the situation at the bottom remains the same. We discuss all of the action, as ever, before moving on to our In Depth section. With an increase of United States players plying their trade in the Bundesliga, and the record transfer of Christian Pulisic this January, we decided to look at what brings so many footballers from across the pond to Germany.
We waited 26 days for it, but the Bundesliga has finally returned! In this first matchday of the Ruckrunde, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich both win as they continue to battle for the title. There are also victories for Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintrach Frankfurt, with Fortuna Düsseldorf recording their fourth straight win. At the bottom, Augsburg, Stuttgart, Hannover and Nürnberg all lose as the race for survial remains wide open.