The final matchday of the 2014-15 Bundesliga is here with plenty to offer – champions Bayern Munich will lift the Meisterschale, Bundesliga veterans – among them Mainz’s Nikolce Noveski, Leverkusen’s Simon Rolfes and Dortmund’s Sebastian Kehl – say their goodbyes before retiring and the intense relegation battle finally comes to a conclusion. All this and more on matchday 34. Relegation madness In what is turning out to be one of the Bundesliga’s closest ever relegation scuffle, a total of 6 teams (from position 13 and below) will fight for survival. After their victory against Bayern last week, Freiburg host Hannover who are on level points with them. A win for either side will guarantee their safety, as will a draw if other results go their way. Mönchengladbach bound Hannover captain Lars Stindl has saved his team’s skin on numerous occasions this season and will once again be expected to lead from the front. Goal-shy Hamburg face a struggling Schalke as they […]

Sunderland produced a gutsy rearguard action to preserve their Premier League status with a tense 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Wednesday. Dick Advocaat was reduced to tears at the final whistle as his side delivered another great escape despite Arsenal laying siege at their goal during the second-half Arsenal created a host of chances but were held to a goalless draw by Sunderland on a frustrating evening at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners dominated almost from the first whistle, testing Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon through Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in quick succession. With the visitors showing little attacking ambition, Arsène Wenger’s side were free to dictate play as they pressed and probed in search of an opening. Arsenal’s task ahead of the match was straightforward: win and automatic entry to next season’s Champions League was their prize. In fact, a draw would pretty much do it too, considering their superior goal difference to fourth-placed Manchester United. To that end, […]

Arsene Wenger predicted a close game against Hull City, but it turned out to be a one-sided game as the Gunners were seen dominating for most parts of the game. Even though David Ospina failed in his attempts to register a clean sheet, their performance was enticing enough for them to leave the pitch with their heads high. If Arsene Wenger calls it a day next season, he could have won his fourth Premier League title by then. If the onlookers were to choose one Arsenal player as the best on the pitch on Monday night, no player in the red and white strip will get away with the majority. Contribution of every single Emirates Stadium representative was decisive in pulling off an exquisite victory over the Tigers at their own turf. In Francis Coquelin, despite the defensive midfielder not reciprocating his best performances, they had an impervious membrane and the French ironman could well be touted to challenge Nemanja […]

There are only four matches to go in the Bundesliga, and much is still to be decided. Who will avoid the drop? Will it be league dinosaur, Hamburg, or shaky VfB Stuttgart? Will Schalke overtake Dortmund for second? Matchday 31 will tell. Stuttgart Face Uphill Battle Against Schalke It’s not over until it’s over. For VfB Stuttgart, this cliché is all too unfortunately true. Hanging precariously over the drop in 15th place—only one point above Hamburg and two points above Nürnberg—Stuttgart’s season has come to be defined by an uncanny ability to concede goals in the dying minutes of a match. In their last 10 games, they have won only twice, but also only failed to score twice (both resulting in defeats). In the other six matches (three losses and three draws), the Swabians were either leading or tied until the last 10 minutes before conceding a last-gasp goal (or two) to drop three points rather gain one (against Dortmund, […]