The Bundesliga Diaries Editorial – Match Day 04

The top two teams from last season met in Gelsenkirchen for what was expected to be the star match-up of the weekend. Unfortunately for the neutral fans, Schalke 04 vs Bayern Munich proved to be another convincing win for the Bavarians (0-2), who have managed to start the season with a 100% record despite a challenging fixture list which has included games against TSG Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart or Bayer Leverkusen. Kovac´s side took the lead in unusual fashion through a header from James Rodriguez, who is not known for his aerial prowess. Bayern seem to have no weaknesses, at least in domestic competition.

The game that didn’t disappoint was between Augsburg and Werder Bremen, with the latter leaving victorious (2-3). Die Grün-Weißen climb up to the fourth position and into the Champions League places, which brings back memories of their former regular appearances in the world’s top club competition. For Augsburg, however, this is the second week in a row that they have lost due to individual errors, even though their performance should have been enough to take something positive out of the match.

The old adage “little by little” has been embraced by SC Freiburg, who, after three good but unsuccessful previous performances, were able to clinch their first win of the season against one of the sides who had impressed the most so far this campaign, VfL Wolfsburg (1-3). It was a good performance by both sides, with the difference being clinical finishing from the South-German team, meaning they take home all three points.

We could not end this editorial without mentioning the fan protests that took place all over the country against Germany’s bid for the 2024 European championship. In most nations, being able to even have the chance to host a major international tournament would be a source of great pride and happiness but in Germany, things are different. The supporters groups from several clubs launched a joint protest against the DFL, using said bid as the excuse. We will not state whether we agree with the protests or not, but the fact that fans from different ideologies and different teams came together for “the greater good”, to protect the traditions and foundations of the league they cherish, gives a good grasp of why we love the Bundesliga so much.