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Influx of nouveau-riche clubs a worry for Bundesliga

espnfc.com — "One for the traditionalists," TV presenter Alexander Bommes joked when VfL Wolfsburg were drawn against second-division RB Leipzig in the round of 16 of the DfB-Pokal on Wednesday night.

European football: talking points from La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1

Gladbach prove their mettle and slow the Bayern Bundesliga juggernaut

theguardian.com — A 0-0 draw at home perhaps wasn't the strongest possible endorsement of Borussia Mönchengladbach's new role as Bayern hunters in chief but in the red empire that is the Bundesliga, one is grateful for every small sign of a rebellion making a stand.

Borussia Dortmund desperate to be themselves once again

espnfc.com — Mimicry is a well-known phenomenon in nature. It happens in football, too. In November 1983, Bayern Munich came out in a "Brazilian kit," with yellow shirts and sky-blue shorts, to banish the curse of the Betzenberg. They hadn't won in eight years at Kaiserslautern, "it's easier to just send them the points by post," Paul Breitner had joked the season before.

Bundesliga Betting: Bayern To Lead Top Of The Table Clash At The Break

bet.unibet.co.uk — VfL Wolfsburg - FSV Mainz 05 After a shaky start to the season, Wolfsburg have won their last three in the Bundesliga which has moved them towards the European places - the region of the table they'll be expecting to finish come the end of the campaign.

Bundesliga Betting: Leverkusen To Inflict First Defeat Upon Di Matteo

bet.unibet.co.uk — Werder Bremen - FC Köln Robin Dutt is under serious pressure at bottom of the table Werder Bremen. He can ill afford a Ioss on Friday night or else he's likely to become the third coach to be dismissed in the Bundesliga this season. Köln arrive at the Weserstadion having turned over Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

Xabi Alonso provides the tempo that makes Bayern's jazz flow

espnfc.com — Like all the best ideas, this one, too, looks incredibly obvious in hindsight. Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer said they needed someone "to help immediately" when Bastian Schweinsteiger was ruled out for an indefinite period of time at the end of August, a few days after Javier Martinez had ruptured his cruciate ligament.

European football: talking points from La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1

theguardian.com — Our experts are back, each with five talking points for this weekend's La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 action

Crisis-point reached as another defeat puts Dortmund in the doldrums

theguardian.com — "Happiness guaranteed," it says in the Bundesliga's official English-language magazine. "For 24 years in a row, the Bundesliga has seen more goals than any other major league". That's a remarkable stat, no doubt, but can we be so sure about the emotional inference?

Bundesliga Betting: Firmino Can Inspire Hoffenheim At Hamburg

bet.unibet.co.uk — Hamburger SV - TSG Hoffenheim It's the second worst team in Germany against the second best - and it should be fantastic. Hamburg have a real spring in their step in the wake of their win v Dortmund before the winter break, whereas Hoffe seem to have managed to shore their notoriously leaky defence without doing any worse in attack as a consequence.
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Oct 31, 2014

"Mache mir keine Gedanken..." Treuebekenntnisse sind auch nicht mehr das, was sie mal waren.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ESPNFC: The rise of "plastic" clubs in Germany is starting to worry fans of the Bundesliga, writes @honigstein. es.pn/1tls1Sw

Oct 30, 2014

@Rich__Goodman don't know what you want from me. some clubs are bigger than others. that's not a matter of debate.

Oct 29, 2014

@Rich__Goodman it's not a concept. it's a fact of life. size matters.

Oct 29, 2014

Always had a soft spot for HSV. Sad to see how they've wasted the last 30 years. (Arguably bigger club than Bayern in 1983)

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