Bundesliga review: Dortmund hit rock bottom and Bayern set yet another record – Matchday 13

Free kick goals – check. Long range curlers – check. Derby drama – check. Referee controversy – check. This week’s Bundesliga games have served all this and more excitement, in a week which saw a season high 35 goals being scored. Here, are Matchday 13’s talking points: Oh, Dortmund! What is sadly proving to be a routine affair in this seasons Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund dropped points yet again, in a trip away to Frankfurt this time. After a rather meek display against Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp’s men were hoping to ascend the table for any hope of qualifying for Europe next season. Instead, yet another shambolic display followed on Sunday. Eintracht’s Alex Meier scored his eight goal of the season within 5 minutes of the start after a poorly timed offside trap by Neven Subotic and Matthias Ginter. Pierre-Emerick Aubameryang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan came close to equalising soon, but lack of midfield authority and defensive errors cost the team a valuable […] Read more »

Ballon d Or

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer Make FIFA Ballon d’Or Shortlist

Usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi make the Ballon d’Or three-man shortlist along with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil) and Abby Wambach (USA) were shortlisted for the women’s award. Germany coach Joachim Loew, Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone have been nominated for the Coach of the Year award. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has made the Ballon d’Or shortlist and is the overwhelming favourite to win the award third time in his career. The Portuguese won it last year as well, beating current nominee Lionel Messi to claim it. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid achieve a successful season by lifting the Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo also broke two important Champions League records by scoring the highest number of goals in the group stage in a season with 9 and the highest number of goals in a single Champions League season with 17. The forward also shared the European […] Read more »


Shaqiri’s time at Bayern may be up

What makes a player give it all for his team? Ask any successful coach and the answer is simply “a happy bunch of players.” Just like in any corporate environment, satisfaction of individual players plays a major role in the team scaling greater heights. And in any successful team, some are not quite content with the success. Some move on in search of newer challenges, some demand a better payslip for their contributions to the club and some are not happy with the role they are playing. Xherdan Shaqiri falls into the third category. The Swiss international is clearly not happy at Allianz Arena. It has been evident over the past few months. Both Guardiola and Bayern management expect Shaqiri to stay at the club but limited playing time is bound to make a quality player like him restless. It is worth questioning whether Bayern were right in signing him two years ago. Why was Shaqiri needed at Bayern? After […] Read more »