Bundesliga teams made history this week as an unprecedented 7 teams made it through to the knockout stages in Europe. On Matchday 16,Ai??a tight mid-table crush means the race for next season’s European berths is hotter than ever as we approach Hinrunde’s end. TheHardTackle previews all the weekend’s action. Hamburger SV vs.Ai??1899 Hoffenheim Hoffenheim sacked Markus Babbel this week, after an abysmal run of form: the team are in the relegation play-off spot, having gathered only 12 points after 15 matchdays. Hoffenheim won only one of their last 10 matches, including the four straight losses leading up to to Babbel’s departure. With interim coach Frank Kramer at the helm, Hoffenheim now begin their search for redemption at Hamburg.Ai??in the short history between these two teams (dating back to 2008 when Hoffenheim won promotion to the Bundesliga), there have been no away wins for either team ai??i?? and that record does not look ready to break anytime soon. Both teams are […]
TheHardTackle's Bundesliga review column for matchday 15
Another exciting edition of TheHardTackle's special feature, Rival Rendezvous. Will the Bayern fan triumph? Or is a Dortmund fan's guile just too much?
TheHardTackle reviews all the action from a hectic, tiring and surprising matchday 14 in the Bundesliga review column, Beer And Bratwurst.
Bundesliga teams are in for a grueling stretch of competition as a mid-week Matchday 14 arrives right upon the heels of Matchday 13. TheHardTackle previews all the upcoming action. Borussia Dortmund vs. Fortuna DA?sseldorf Borussia Dortmund’s up-and-down start to the 2012/13 Bundesliga season had some critics wondering if JA?rgen Klopp was prioritizing Champions League football this year. Their European performances have been more than impressive. With a ruthless 4-1 beat down of Ajax last week, Dortmund sit atop Group D, above both Real Madrid and Manchester City. But Dortmund’s league form may be finally catching up to their Champions League standard. All told, the reigning champions’ Bundesliga form has not been any worse than that of last season when they won the domestic double. The fact that they are still 9 points adrift of Bayern is a testament to just how good the Bavarian giants have been this season. But with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Mainz over the weekend, […]
TheHardTackle reviews all the Bundesliga action from matchday 13 in their review column, Beer And Bratwurst.
Bayern Munich look to extend their lead at the top as Dortmund and Schalke face tough test this weekend.
Bundesliga fans were in for one shock after another as Matchday 12 unfolded. Bayern dropped points at NA?rnberg, Schalke went down to Leverkusen, and Frankfurt's Alexander Meier just can't stop scoring. All this and more in THT's weekly Bundesliga column, Beer and Bratwurst.
TheHardTackle's weekly preview of the Bundesliga for matchday 12
Over the past few years Dortmund have struggled to perform in Europe. Things have turned around but a balance is still lacking. Guest Author Clarissa Judmann analyses this problem