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Fear factor meets Rocky: Relegation ramblings

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Dortmund are champions, the other two Champions League spots have been given away, and Mainz and Hannover are already qualified for the Europa League. The three horse race between Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg to avoid relegation is the most exciting battleground on the last match day of this Bundesliga season. Here are some pointers.

All three clubs are going on the road for their most important game of the season. Eintracht Frankfurt have probably the toughest task ahead, playing the already crowned champions Borussia Dortmund on the day they’ll receive the world’s ugliest salad bowl(the Bundesliga champion’s trophy) in front of their own fans. Even if Dortmund have the championship already sealed, signed and delivered, it seems unlikely that the black and yellows will take their foot of the gas paddle. Read the rest of this entry

The last time Netzer scored

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He hated headers, his duel with Wolfsgang Overath for the playmaker role of the German national team is an epic tale, but most of all, I got toe hear about Günther Netzer from my father because his last goal in the jersey of Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Netzer played a total of 297 Bundesliga matches for Gladbach, scoring 108 goals for "the foals".

Netzer started his football career at an early age. Already as a nine year old he played for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s youth division. 1963 Netzer joined Gladbach’s first team, and was promoted with the club to the Bundesliga in 1965.

The youngster became quickly one of the best playmakers in the league, occasionally outshone by Cologne’s Wolfgang Overath. Netzer’s precise long balls, and his menacing free kicks were back then something that hadn’t been seen before.

Additionally his long blonde hair, and his youthful outfits turned the Gladbach man into somewhat of a sex-symbol of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Giving football in Germany a youthful swagger, and James Dean-ish quality back then, Netzer fitted perfectly in to the young and hungry Borussia Mönchengladbach team. Read the rest of this entry

Whatever happened to you, Buzz Aldrin?

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Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. He was the second man to walk on the moon, and therefor he never reached the fame of Neil Armstrong, and never got his moment in the spotlight. One might say, history has forgotten Buzz Aldrin. Football is full of stories about players that were set to change history, but that never got there. Here is the story of Marco Villa.

It is the fourth match day of the 96/97 season. Gladbach are 1-0 down, and coach Bernd Krauss has to turn around the game against a strong Werder Bremen side. He looks to the bench, and on it he finds a boyish looking 18 year old, with curly hair. His name is Marco Villa, and coach Bernd Krauss is betting on him to change the course of the game. Villa fails to do that, but his vigorous performance gives him a place in the starting line up in the next home match against the Hamburger SV. It takes Villa exactly 20 minutes before he gets the ball into the net. Villa is 18 years and 50 days old on that day, and is to this day the youngest goalscorer for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Read the rest of this entry

It is make or break time for “The Foals”

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Last Sunday night saw Borussia Mönchengladbach take an important victory against “The Eagles” from Frankfurt. And, as it turns out, “The Foals” have the chance to climb up the table very quickly in the next few weeks, because Gladbach play seven of the bottom table sides in the next nine matches.

Berti Vogts chasing a player for the national team. Back in Gladbach's glory days pictures in newspapers were published in black and white.

Borussia Mönchengladbach have a rich history, but have given their fans very little to cheer about since their cup victory in 1995. Their autumn season this year has been the worst in the club’s history, with a ten point return from 17 matches.  Gladbach haven’t won a single game at home this season, and given away 19 points from winning positions in matches so far this season. Bundesliga experts like Raphael Honigstein have already said that “The Foals” are destined to go down. Read the rest of this entry

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