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Panic on the streets of Bremen

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The team lacks ideas, their performances have been lackluster so far this season. Werder has enormous problems defensively and the otherwise so productive attacking force of the team hasn’t worked either. What are Thomas Schaaf and Klaus Allofs going to do?

Klaus Allofs and Thomas Schaaf have formed one of the best coaching teams of the league for more then 11 years now. While Schaaf knew how to lead his players to victory, Allofs was legendary for finding the right signings. Johan Micoud, Diego, Naldo, Mesut Özil etc. The list of successful signings of Allofs is long.

Bremen in a coma

 

Mertesacker and Fritz doing what Werder defenders have done most of the time this season: Watching their opponent. (Source, 1. FC Köln Facebook page)

However, this year, it seems, Allofs has lost his magic touch. The Brazilian signing Wesley has been used all of the pitch, but hasn’t impressed on many occasions this season. Silvestre has made the left back position to his special disaster area, and Marko Arnautovic hasn’t scored since the second match of this Bundesliga season. Read the rest of this entry

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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.


2010 viewed from the perspective of a Bundesliga fan

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2010 is coming to an end, and fans of the Bundesliga have a lot to be thankful for: the cheapest tickets in Europe and the highest goal scoring average of any league in Europe are certainly among those things. But, besides the fact that we were entertained by what happened on the pitch, there were also a few exciting moments beside the pitch. Here are my highlights of 2010.

January
2010 began on a peaceful note. The Hamburger SV is certain that Bruno Labbadia is the man the club has been waiting for. That is probably why oldie Ruud van Nistelrooy decides to sign for the HSV.

Jens Lehmann tells befuddled journalists that he will guard the national side’s goal during the World Cup in South Africa. Leverkusen, Schalke and Bayern are in a three way race for the title.

Felix Magath is not able to make any mistakes according to Germany’s biggest tabloid paper, Bild. Most people expect therefor Schalke’s surprise winter buy, defender Tore Reginiussen, to be an instant hit.

February
DFB-president Theo Zwanziger finds out that he didn’t extend Joggi Löw’s contract. Team manager Bierhoff and Zwanziger are starting their media feud that would last for some time.

The Peruvian striker Paulo Guerrero manages finally to catch a plane from Peru. Guerrero is according to media reports afraid of air travel.

Hannover are still shocked by the sudden death of goalkeeper Robert Enke. The club hasn’t won a single game after Enke’s death in November 2009.

March
The VFL Bochum doesn’t manage to take home a single point in march. Jens Lehmann is still thinking that he should be the national side’s goalkeeper. Werder Bremen’s four goals at home against Valencia are not enough to take the northerners to the next round of the Euro-League. Bayer Leverkusen lose three of their league games, and are out of the title-race.

Kevin Kuranyi is in the meantime in the form of his life, and scores a boatload of goals for Schalke. That doesn’t impress Joachim Löw, who still won’t take the striker back in his team. Löw’s first choice strikers, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, haven’t impressed anyone in 2010.

April
Hannover 96 helps Bayern Munich by winning 4-2 against Schalke. The team from Lower-Saxony loses its next game 7-0 against, you guessed it, Bayern Munich.

Most German’s think that Kevin Kuranyi should be part of the country’s World Cup side. Bruno Labbadia is no longer the Messiahs the HSV has been waiting for, and has to leave the club.

But hell, nobody is talking about German football anyway, because of an Icelandic volcano that screwed up everyones plans for the holidays.

May
Micheal Ballack is attacked by Kevin Prince Boateng and can’t participate in the World Cup. After Ballack had to pass, so do Rolfes, Träsch, Westermann – and Rene Adler. But none of the 82 million Germans care, because Lena Meyer-Landrut wins the Grand-Prix.

Bayern win the league, and Louis van Gaal parties like an English girl on a holiday on Ibiza.

June
The World Cup starts.

Experts are grumpy, because Argentine and England probably will meet in the early knock-out stages. “The possibility of a dream final ruined”, they yell. Dieter Hoeneß agrees, the English way of playing football is superior to the German way, and decides to hire Steve McClaren, who most certainly will take Wolfsburg to the top of the league.

July
90% of European males are deaf, because of the sound of the Vuvuzelas coming from their television sets. Germany comes in third at the World Cup. Zwanziger and Bierhoff claim that they love each other as much as on the day they first met.

August
The league starts again. Micheal Ballack has returned to Leverkusen, but most of Germany is talking about Philipp Lahm’s demand to keep the captain’s armband in the future. Schalke starts poorly into the league, and Felix Magath is doing everything wrong according to Germany’s biggest tabloid, Bild.

September
The Bruchweg boys conquer the league. Mainz wins the first seven games in a row, and are the front runners of the league. Magath is still doing everything wrong. Bayern Munich are also off to a poor start. Dortmund is the only team that can keep up with Mainz.

Cottbus and Karlsruhe draw 5-5 in Germany’s second highest division.

October
Dortmund are pulling away at the top of the league. Faryed Mondragon loses his place in Cologne’s starting line-up, and feels as badly treated as Jesus.

November
The first half of the 10/11 season is coming to an end. Dortmund seem already like the winners of the championship, while Bremen and Bayern are struggling. Things turn around at Schalke. The reason for that turn of event is because Magath never makes any mistakes, according to Germany’s biggest tabloid, Bild.

Dortmund player Kuba manages to miss an empty goal and his miss goes viral on YouTube.

December
Dortmund are winter champions, and the World Cup in 2022 will be held in Qatar. The Hamburger SV is convinced that Armin Veh is the coach they have been waiting for since Ernst Happel. Stuttgart have sacked their second coach for the season, but is convinced that Bruno Labbadia will be able to turn things around.

Nobody in Germany remembers who Tore Reginiussen is.

2011
Nothing is for certain, but this will probably happen in 2011:
Magath continues to do well. The Bild Zeitung demands that pope Benedict steps aside, to leave all his duties to Felix Magath.

Jens Lehmann thinks about a comeback, and tells Schalke 04 that he is willing to replace Manuel Neuer. The 41 year old tells German journalists that he should play for Germany in the 2012 European Championship.

Thomas Schaaf makes a shock move to the HSV, and leaves his former partner Klaus Allofs behind. Allofs, shocked by the loss, tells the Bild Zeitung that he never will love again. HSV manager Bernd Hoffmann says that Schaaf is the coach the club has been waiting for.

Did I forget to include any highlights? Leave a comment.

Go north for a bargain

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On January 1st the transfer window will be open and struggling clubs are looking to strengthen their side. Here are 5 Norwegian players that might be ready to move from dreary Tippeliga football and into the big leagues.

Hannover 96 in particular know that the Tippeliga includes many bargains. Having spent just over 1.5 million euros has bought them their attackers Didier Konan Ya(former Rosenborg player) and Moa(ex Våleranga). Money well spent according to most experts.

It is already rumored that talented youngster Håvard Nordtveit is on his way to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Making him the second Norwegian after Moa Abdellaoue to make the move into the Bundesliga this season. Here is a list of the five most promising Norwegian players that might make the move to the Bundesliga or another European league in the near future.


May return: Håvard Nordtveit has already gathered some Bundesliga experience when he was on a loan spell at Nürnberg.


Erik Huseklepp

Has for a long time been regarded as one of the most talented players in the Norwegian Tippeliga. Mainz have already tried to sign the speedy and technically well versed winger, but dropped him when they felt ill-treated by Huseklepp’s club SK Brann Bergen.

Having found his place in the national side under Egil «Drillo» Olsen, it is high time for the 26 year old to make his move from the rainy city of Bergen and into one of Europe’s top-league’s. The boyish looking winger’s contract is running for another three years, and it is unclear how high Brann’s asking prize is. Moa Abdellaoue was in similar position before moving to Hannover, and had to be bought free for around 1 million euros.


Highlights: Erik Huseklepp has set the Norwegian Tippeliga on fire during his last few seasons at SK Brann.

Markus Henriksen
The talented youngster has already drawn the attention of Bundesliga club Werder Bremen. Hard working, the 18 year old is already able to read the game of football as if he has been playing at the top level for a long time. Being described as one of the greatest talents Norwegian football has ever produced, he certainly has a lot to prove.

Playing 26 of 30 matches in this years season(2010 season), he managed to get his name on the scoring sheet 7 times and 2 assists to his name. Having a long time contract he will certainly be a pricey man, but probably a lot cheaper then a player of his caliber who plays in one of Europe’s top-leagues.

Rune Almenning Jarstein
The hot tempered keeper has been among bottom-side Viking most stable players in his first season in Norway’s oil-capital. Jarstein has been capped 30 times at the youth level and 8 times at the senior level for his national side, and has had trials during his teens at European top clubs.

Jarstein has often been described as a good shot saver with a good areal control. The east-Norwegian seems certainly ready to move out of Norwegian and onto greater things. Having two years left of his contract, it is likely that Jarstein might move in one of the next two transfer windows.

Per Ciljan Skjelbred
Having already been linked with Schalke 04 last summer, the 23 year old Norwegian midfielder has already drawn the interest of several European sides. The young Norwegian has constantly been described as one of Europe’s most talented players, and will most likely move in the near future. Former Rosenborg manager Per Mathias Høgmo has been quoted saying: The sky is the limit for Per Ciljan.

Having scored 8 times in 136 Tippeliga matches, Skjelbred certainly has shown a lack of killer instinct in front of the goal.


The sky is the limit: Per Ciljan Skjelbred has been regarded as one of the most talented Norwegian players(Photo by Vegard Holen).

Mohammed Fellah
The 21 year old former team mate of Moa Abdellaoue is packing a hell of punch in front of goal, and is usually among the most committed players on the pitch when his team his in a tight fight.

Fellah has definitely shown that he might be ready for greater things, but might have to wait a season before he gets his big chance abroad.


Hammer blow: Mohammed Fellah proved that he packs a hell of punch in this year’s game against Viking F.K.

Should any names be added to this list? Leave your comment.