As the 2013/14 Bundesliga season enters its homestretch, Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz fight it out for the fourth spot. The winners of this mini battle will have a chance to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League and grab their share in the ever increasing revenue generated by this blue riband competition. With Bayern Munich already confirmed as champions for this yearai??i??s Bundesliga, and Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 having all but sown up the automatic spots for next seasonai??i??s Champions League there is still a lot to play for as far as the battle at the top is concerned. The four clubs below them namely ai??i?? Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz have four games in which they can claim the fourth spot and hence enter the 3rd qualifying round of next seasonai??i??s Champions League. Here, TheHardTackle analyzes which team amongst these four has the best chance to get that elusive […]

Bayern Munich are the best football club in the world presently but if the current state of German teams in Europe are taken into account then it can be safely assumed that all is not well in the Bundesliga. Economically speaking Germany is supposed to be a superpower, especially if the discussion is limited to the European Union. It is deemed to be the only country in the EU which has managed to stave off recession, atleast amongst the countries that matter. But on deeper introspection all of this could be a mere illusion as Germany is ageing and shrinking and will soon be overtaken by France and Britain, in terms of population. It is also primarily a manufacturing based economy whereas the rest of the world seems to be migrating towards services. Immigrants are also not welcome in this part of the world and the localsai??i?? grasp of English leaves a lot to be desired as well. So while […]

David Moyes has endured a nightmare so far in The Old Trafford hot seat and how he handles the case of Robin Van Persie may well define his future at Manchester United. Any manager worth his salt would tell you that it is best to get rid of a player whose heart is not ai???in itai??i?? anymore. Such an individual would not only give less than a hundred percent on the field but his reduced levels of motivation would also have an effect on others in the squad. If reports are to be believed this is the exact scenario facing David Moyes. The player in question ai??i?? Robin Van Persie is reportedly unhappy due to multifarious reasons ranging from an altered training regimen which is not to his liking to team mates who are taking up his positions on the pitch to the club having a disastrous season under new management. So what should Moyes do? He could cut short […]