A large pat on the back goes to Werder Bremen forward Aaron Hunt who, during yesterday's Bundesliga tie against Nuremberg, illegitimately won his side a penalty when he went sprawling in the box only to stand up and confess to the referee that he had merely stumbled and that a penalty was the wrong decision, with the official duly changing his mind and ordering play to continue.
Short and sweet: Here's Hoffenheim mascot, Hoffi the Moose, charging down the touchline to celebrate a goal during his club's rampaging 6-2 victory over Wolfsburg at the weekend, legging himself up on a low-lying advertising board, coming a cropper and,just to grind a handful of coarse sea salt into the wound, quite literally losing his head in the process.
Sunday's triple word score Bundesliga tie betweenEintracht Braunschweig andBorussia Monchengladbach finished 1-1 and would've probably passed without a mention had the scoresheet not made for such interesting viewing come the final whistle.
Braunschweig opened the scoring for Monchengladbach in the 24th minute when 'keeper Daniel Davari used his thigh to inadvertently divert a corner into his own net at the front post and that was the way the score remained until the 52nd minute, when Monchengladbach returned the favour.
Apologies peeps, for we're a little tardy to the party with this one. This post was scheduled to auto-publish yesterday morning but that was before the system gremlins got hold of it.
Anyway, as you may well have seen, Dortmund lost 3-0 to relegation-threatened Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with Hakan Calhanoglu completing the scoring in the 91st minute with an absolute monster of a free-kick from bloody miles out.
Is Freiburg's Matthias Ginter perfect for Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With Nemnja Vidic already committed to decamping from Old Trafford at the end of the season, and Rio Ferdinand widely considered to be looking at his options when his contract expires at the same time, it's likely that part of Manchester United's summer spending spree will be focused on a centre back, and Freiburg's Matthias Ginter looks to be in the frame.
It's hard to believe just how quickly this season has gone. It only seems a matter of days ago that we were preparing for the opening weekend of the campaign, and here we stand more than two thirds of the way through. In the Premier League, there are just 11 games to go and we're on the brink of seeing this season's first piece of silverware awarded!
With Manchester United needing to strengthen its midfield this summer, there are so many questions revolving around their reported interest in two footballers currently playing in Germany. Are Manchester United thinking along the right lines with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich players, as they look to finally solve their midfield problems?
GIF: Arsenal and Liverpool target scores unbelievable goal for Hamburg - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Hamburg midfielderHakan Calhanoglu, who is said to have been a recent transfer target for both Arsenal and Liverpool, scored an absolutely blinding free-kick against German giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, with the effort being hailed as goal-of-the-season so far.
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich: Key Battles, Tweets and Predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's almost that time again. The UEFA Champions League will hit this week with force not unlike an anvil, with Arsenal thrown into the deep end against current European champions and omnipotent German overlords Bayern Munich.
Stat Attack: Why Arsenal should face Bayern Munich with BELIEF - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
On the day before they take on European Champions Bayern Munich, there's reason for Gunners' fans to be optimistic. Of course their opponents are the reigning champions, and yes, they did win every trophy in their focus last year.
Possible Arsenal starting lineup against Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Champions league will return this week, with both Manchester City and Arsenal involved in blockbuster clashes with two of the world's most dangerous sides.
Both English sides face daunting tasks, with City to face Barcelona on Tuesday, while Arsene Wenger's high-flying Gunners will resume their fight with last year's second round vanquishers, Bayern Munich.
Moyes Eyes £95m Move For German Trio - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With reported midfield targets Pogba and Vidal linked to new deals at Juventus, Manchester United's attention appears likely to be shifted to Germany to recruit the quality currently absent in their midfield engine room.
Felix Magath's appointment as the new Fulham boss brings one of the most enigmatic, controversial and successful Bundesliga managers of the last decade to the Premier League. Magath becomes the first German to manage in England's top flight as well as the first man of American/Puerto Rican descent (his father was a US serviceman) to manage in the Premier League.
Kagawa, Sahin, Gotze The Curse Of The Ex-Dortmund Players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With the January transfer window finally picking up as the early pace-setters look to reinforce and those lagging behind attempt to inject some impetus into their ailing campaigns, there will doubtlessly be plenty of eyes on Jürgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side.
It's definitely crisis o'clock at Stuttgart. The Swabians are one of the Bundesliga's biggest clubs and regular European competitors who last won the championship as recently as 2007. Their coach back then was a guy call Armin Veh. He is now the coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, who were responsible (in part at least) for Stuttgart eighth consecutive defeat on Sunday.
Arjen Robben has come out and vehemently denied spurious claims that he spat on Bacary Sagna during last night's Champions League last-16 tie at the Emirates.
Twitter, Facebook and the like were awash with consternation and diatribe last night when television footage appeared to show Robben allowing a dangle of spittle to fall on the French right-back as he lay face-down on the turf, but the Dutch winger has claimed that it was a bead of sweat and nothing more.
From the factories of Pakistan to the Champions League Final
"The handiwork of the east, as many Sialkotis boast, isn't easily rivaled. Now, the Forward Sports Factory produces over 18,000 footballs a day, including those used in Major League Soccer, the Bundesliga in Germany, and the European Champions League.
Here's Kevin-Prince Boateng, settling his nerves before his doping test in the Schalke dressing room following his side's 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen a couple of Saturday's agoby happily chuffing away on a cigarette and sipping an ice cold beer...
The image has apparently caused a smidgen of controversy within Bundesliga for obvious reasons, but Schalke general managerHorst Heldt has since claimed that it's common practice for dehydrated players to have a beer before doping tests to help them urinate, while it's also no secret that Boateng often takes in victories with a celebratory post-game ciggie.
I will be the first to admit when the Bundesliga Player Of The Year signed for us in the summer of 2012 for £12 Million I was squealing with joy. Okay, maybe not squealing but you understand! I was beside myself with happiness! I had previously been a fan of the Japanese play-a-maker (yes that is an @evilkagawa reference) and had already watched him play a few times at Dortmund under Klopp and he had impressed me every time.
The first season Pep Guardiola managed FC Barcelona in 2008-09, his side became the first Spanish squad to accomplish the continental treble. Currently in his first year at the helm of Bayern Munich, the Catalan native is on pace to accomplish the same feat. While he's only halfway through his debut with Die Roten, an interesting debate has arisen about which Guardiola-led team is better.
Despite being the most successful manager in the history of FC Barcelona, there are those who consider the current Bayern Munich manager to be overrated. Guardiola won thirteen trophies in four years as manager of FC Barcelona, including two UEFA Champions League titles, beating English powerhouse Manchester United in 2009 and once more in 2011.
One of the DFB's anti-doping doctors has resigned from his post today over the furore caused when a leaked photo of Schalke's Kevin-Prince Boateng smoking a post-match cigarette was published in Bild earlier in the week.
The image shows Boateng sat on the dressing room sink at Bayer Leverkusen's stadium, still dressed in his match kit and chuffing away on a cigarette while halfway through a bottle of lager as he waits to be tested by the DFB doctors following his side's 2-1 victory a week a fortnight or so ago.
"It was the best goal of my career" said Hakan Çalhanoğlu after his 40 yard free kick made a fool of Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper, Roman Weidenfeller and sealed a 3-0 win that even a week ago would have seemed fanciful.
Çalhanoğlu is only 20 years old so he has many years to try to score a better goal.
There is a line of thought being peddled today that Manuel Neuer was able to swat away Mesut Ozil's penalty at the Emirates last night with such ease as the pair of childhood friends know each other inside out, having grown up and even gone to school together in Gelsenkirchen as boys.
Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk just barely escaped with his job last weekend after the 3-0 defeat to Hertha. This weekend the axe finally came down and after 143 of the longest days of his life the former Dutch national team coach was paid off.
The decision was taken shortly after Hamburg lost their relegation six pointer at bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig, 4-2.
It would seem that Robert Lewandowski had the rims and tires nicked off his Porsche Cayenne from directly in front of his house on Monday night, with the thief/theives leaving the car jacked up on paving stones right outside the Dortmund striker's apartment.