Gary Campbell, Author at Football Hub

Gary Campbell

Louis Van Gaal: The First Days Are The Hardest Days

 

It’s only been 11 days since Manchester United lost the Premier League curtain raiser to Swansea at Old Trafford, however the team, and more importantly their manager has received widespread criticism after no wins from 3 games. Louis Van Gaal’s time at Bayern probably offers the best scope for comparison (similar type of club, similar circumstances surrounding his aims for the club, similar restructuring of the squad required). Van Gaal even made startlingly similar claims upon his inauguration at Bayern on 01 June 2009, boldly declaring ‘I want to make history here’. In May this year, Van Gaal stated to the world press that on his appointment at United that ‘together I’m sure we will make history’.

Van Gaal enjoyed a strong pre-season with Bayern, but drew both of their opening 2 league matches 1-1 (away to Hoffenheim, home to Werder Bremen) and lost his third game 2-1 away to Mainz. He… Continue reading →

Bundesliga Round One: Weekend Round Up

 

After the opening weekend of the Bundesliga, it appears that normal service has resumed for Bayern Munich. Bayern undeniably have looked off colour much of pre-season, culminating in their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Super Cup 2 weeks ago. Despite loosing Toni Kroos to Real Madrid and Javi Martinez to an expected season long cruciate ligament injury, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben eased Bayern to a 2-0 lead at home against Wolfsburg. Ex Bayern striker Ivica Olic pulled one back on 52 minutes with a fantastic 18-yard shot. Despite Bayern dominating the statistics, the Belgian midfielder Junior Malanda came agonisingly close to equalising when he missed from point blank range following a shot rebounding off the crossbar.

The shock of the weekend was arguably Borussia Dortmund losing 0-2 at home to rivals Bayer Leverkusen. Leverkusen stunned the home crowd with the fastest ever recorded Bundesliga goal after… Continue reading →

Monchengladbach offer ‘make or break’ season for Chelsea’s Hazard

In acquiring Eden Hazard’s younger brother Thorgan Hazard on a season long loan from Chelsea, Borussia Monchengladbach have acquired a creative midfielder who shone in last years Belgian league and is determined to prove his worth to Chelsea.   During his time with Zulte Waregem, Hazard (21) was deployed largely in the number 10 role, playing behind a lone striker. He also demonstrated his ability to play anywhere across the centre of the park in a more withdrawn central midfield role. Hazard flourished in his native Belgium as part of a system that allowed him to play as the key playmaker.   If Hazard improves on his impressive 2013/14 season with Zulte then Gladbach could conceivably have made one of the shrewdest transfers in the Bundesliga this season. In 53 appearances, Hazard returned 17 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, which suggests that his undoubted raw talent is beginning… Continue reading →
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