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 […]

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, […]