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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 He also demonstrated his ability to play anywhere across the centre of the park in a more withdrawn central midfield role.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 →

Germany vs Argentina: 2014 Fifa World Cup Final Match Preview

DAY 32 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup sees the curtain fall down on what is arguably the best finals tournament of all time. Germany and Argentina will face off in the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, where one of them will become champions and win the most prestigious prize football has to offer.

It is expected to be pulsating clash with both teams looking to win their first crown in over 20 years. Indeed the last time they both got their hands on the trophy they beat each other. A Maradona-inspired Argentina defeated the Germans 3-2 in Mexico 86 and a Lothar Matthaus-led Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in Italia 90.

Both sides went into this tournament with high hopes and boasted a fierce attacking outlook however for Argentina that hasn’t been the base for their success.
Much of their good work has come down to their defence who have proved… Continue reading →

Germany vs Portugal: Match preview

ONE OF THE most eagerly anticipated matches of the World Cup group stage takes place today in Salvador.
Three-time winners Germany meet Portugal in what is sure to be a spectacle to behold at the Arena Fonte Nova on day five.

Most of the pre-match build up has been centred around injury news for both sides but for one man in particular.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been struggling with tendonitis in his left knee in the past few weeks and was a major doubt going into the tournament, however he has recovered in time to for Portugal’s opener.

The Portuguese fans would have breathed a huge sigh of relief back home when it was announced the Real Madrid forward, World Footballer of the Year and recent Champions League winner, was ready to lead his side once again.
Portugal had to thank their talisman for getting to these finals after his one-man… Continue reading →

World Cup preview: Group G

THE DAY HAS arrived! Tonight sees the start of the 20th FIFA World Cup. We continue our preview of the groups with a look at Group G, which will be one of the most exciting and open. European giants Germany and Portugal will be expecting to qualify however Africa’s Ghana and CONCACAF’s United States of America will fancy their chances of causing an upset.

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Can the Germans go all the way this time?

At every World Cup tournament Germany are considered one of the favourites to lift the famous trophy and 2014 is no different.
Joachim Low has a mixture of young and exciting talent at his disposal to choose from and can name two starting line-ups, both of which will be good enough to go far in the competition.

In a recent poll in leading sports magazine, Kicker, 86 per cent of the readers said that they expect… Continue reading →

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