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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

Bundesliga wrap up for the 19th match day

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Did you miss any of this weekend’s Bundesliga action. Don’t despair, I will from now on give a quick summation of every match day on this blog. So, let’s dive right into it. Read the rest of this entry

Winter madness

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Cologne and Mönchengladbach are trying to get out of the ditch they are in by buying new players. Will the clubs shopping spree make a difference for the second half of this year’s Bundesliga?

This winter has seen few exciting signings so far. Bremen sold Hugo Almeide and replaced him with a young, Swedish striker nobody has heard of, while Bayern managed to snatch Luiz Gustavo from Hoffenheim.

The clubs that have been the most active so far are 1. Fc Cologne av Borussia Mönchengladbach. Both clubs are obviously trying to get out from the bottom of the table, but will their new signings be able to deliver the goods and bring relieve to the fans?

Will the madness ever stop?
As I mentioned before on this blog, the Fc is always creating controversies. It is almost a law of nature that one controversy happens in Cologne every few month. This time around the coach Frank Schaefer managed to piss of his captain Mohamed, by giving the captain’s armband to Lukas Podolski.

Furthermore Cologne decided to buy a total of four new players in this transfer window. It seems to be the action of a team in panic, trying to see what is working. Let’s take a look at the players the team from the Rhine-city of Cologne has decided to buy.

Michael Rensing has a point to proove.

Replacing Faryed Mondragon in the goal is former Bayern goalie Michael Rensing. (Mondragon managed to create a controversy of his own this season when he said he was as badly treated as Jesus.) Rensing is a solid buy. He is a capable shot saver, and has a decent area control. Having left Bayern has certainly left a bitter taste in Rensing’s mouth. Rensing is a keeper who wants to proove a point. If he prooves his point, he might turn out to be one of the best signings of this transfer window.

The next siging is a unknown man for most football fans in Europe: Tomoaki Makino. The Japanees defender is said to be a solid center back, and has impressed new sporting director Volker Finke. Finke knows Makino himself from his time in Japan.

Polish winger Sławomir Peszko is the Fc’s third signing. Having seen Peszko a few times playing for the national team, I must say that he certainly brings the speed and a goalscoring ability that Cologne has been lacking on the wings. However, one cannot be sure that Peszko will adjust to the Bundesliga imediatly.

Last, but not least, Christian Eichner: the defender from Hoffenheim is already a known quantity in the league, and has been a solid player for a number of years.

While Eichner is a solid signing, there is certain risk factor over the other three signings. I am afraid that restructuring the team in mid-season isn’t the best moves. Not selling some of the weaker players besides Mondragon will probably create some tension in the team. Cologne might have shot itself in the leg. As so many times before.

A defender, a kingdom for a defender
Gladbach have certainly had trouble of their own. Raúl Bobadilla seems to have fallen out of favor, and the strain of bad lack concerning injuries has followed the club throughout the season. However, the club is now trying to lift the club from the bottom and into mid-table.

Håvard Nordtveit makes a return to the Bundesliga.

Signing two defenders, while letting one go is a sound investment. Martin Stranzl was a good defender while he played for Stuttgart, I am sure that the Austrian international will make an imediate impact at Gladbach. Håvard Nordtveit has for a long time been regarded to be one of the most talented Norwegian defenders. Arsene Wenger remarked that he has never met a more mature 16 years old when he signed the west-Norwegian. Having had a loan spell at Nürnberg last season, Nordtveit is used to the Bundesliga.

However, the signing of Mike Hanke might not be a wise choice of the management. Hanke is known to be an unpleasent character when he is sitting on the bench. He is certainly talanted, but his form has varried through the years. It will be exciting to see if he makes an impact at Borussia.

However, I am still convinced that Borussia will be playing at the second highest level next season. Having had bad luck all season long. Furthermore, most people would agree, their underlying problem seems to be in midfield. Nothing has been done to strengthen the midfield, and the club’s unwillingness to part ways with Micheal Frontzeck has already caused a huge amount of damage.

Update on the Bundesliga for newcomers segment of this blog: I will not be able to finnish the segment before friday’s match due to me leaving Norway for a few days. However, I will return next week and I am optimistic that the segment will be finnished before the 19th round of Bundesliga action.

Do you think that these winter signings will make an impact? Leave a comment below.


Time honoured tradition

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With Mainz and Hannover at the top of the table, many clubs have stayed behind their expectations. Here is a list over the managers that might have to look for new employment very soon.

Ralf Rangnick decided to take his hat and leave Hoffenheim after the club decided to sell Gustavo.

The coach of the club is the first guy who has got to go when the team isn’t performing. Most people were hit by a shock when the news broke today that Ralf Rangnick would leave Hoffenheim. Rangnick is the fourth coach that has to leave his club in the 10/11 season. Many Bundesliga experts had expected some of the clubs in the league to change their personal, but Rangnick was considered to be save.

Everyday I love you less and less

While the Hoffenheim fans haven’t fallen out of love with Ralf Rangnick, a number of fans are falling out of love with the men who are steering their clubs.

Steven McClaren

The Brit arrived in the Volkswagen city Wolfsburg with the Dutch championship medal in his suitcase. Expectations were high, and the club spent a massive amount of cash to buy players like Diego and Kjær.

Steve McClaren told reporters after the loss against Cottbus that he didn't know if he can keep his job

19 points, 13th in the league and losing the last cup match before the winter break against 2. Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus hasn’t impressed the fans or the executives at Volkswagen. The Brit will likely be fired if things don’t improve at Wolfsburg.

Micheal Frontzeck

10 points, dead last in the league, the Gladbach coach and his side seem to be doomed. Frontzeck has had a patient supporter in sporting director Max Eberl, but the question is: how long will this patience last?

Armin Veh

Being the coach of Hamburg doesn’t come with a lot of job security. Everybody who has followed German football knows that. The HSV has played brilliant football at times, but also been dreadful at times. Being 9th in the table is certainly not good enough for a side that has ambitions to play Champions League football in the future.

Veh has already said that this is his last coaching job in Germany. He might have to pack his coffers very soon.

Frank Schaefer

Cologne have done better after Schaefer replaced Zvonomir Soldo. But, the team is still not living up to the expectations of the population in the cathedral city.

If the new installed combination of sporting director Volker Finke(earlier legendary Freiburg coach) and Schaefer doesn’t work from the get go, Schaefer might be the one who is getting the boot.

Thomas Schaaf

Werder Bremen have never done worse under Thomas Schaaf then in this year’s season. Having had their asses handed to them almost week after week, sacking the coach of the last 11 years has suddenly become an option.

Thomas Schaaf will probably keep his job. The board will probably expect more of the legend next season.

I will find it likely that the board at Bremen will let Schaaf have one bad season, without a title win and a poor position in the league. Schaaf won’t probably get sacked, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

Louis van Gaal

Bayern has had a bad first half of the season by their standards. The only way a coach stays in charge of the southerners is titles. If van Gaal hasn’t won the cup or done well in the Champions League he might have to go after the end of the season. So it is to early to predict what will happen with Dutchman.

Are there any coaches that I forgot to mention? Who should take over for the coaches that I have mentioned in this article? Should I stop listening to the Kaiser Chiefs when I write my blogposts? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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