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Once Bundesliga giants, Northern Derby rivals Werder Bremen and Hamburg are now slugging at the bottom

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By Terry Duffelen

These are strange times for football in North Germany. The region's traditional giants, HSV and SV Werder Bremen, are in decline and supporters of both clubs are living in the shadow of the monied but plastic Wolfsburg and perhaps more embarrassingly the traditionally much smaller, Hannover 96.

Werder Bremen vs VfB Stuttgart: How two former champions fell massively from grace

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Ignoring the Bavarian behemoth that is Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga has had a predictably unpredictable start. Newly promoted Köln didn't concede a goal in their first four games, Borussia Mönchengladbach look unbeatable, tiny Paderborn are on track for a Europa League spot and Borussia Dortmund are in the relegation zone after losing seven of their first ten games.

Forget Bayern v Dortmund: why De Klassiker isn’t even the Bundesliga’s biggest game of the weekend

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by Jack Dowell

Imagine that this weekend the Bundesliga isn't one of the most highly rated leagues in the world but actually a coliseum a few millennia ago, and as you enter the amphitheatre, full of excitement, you notice two fights are being advertised this weekend.

After struggling at Manchester United, Shinji Kagawa returns to the Bundesliga with a point to prove

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by Jack Dowell

When young fledgelings fly the nest and leave the place they are most comfortable for life's next step it's easy to point the finger on their premature return, questioning their lack of moral fibre, ability or drive to succeed.

10 Of The Bundesliga Best Young Players To Watch This Season – The 10 Series 2014/15 Edition

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We've rated and slated the most exciting young players to watch in 2013 on Just Football, youngsters from England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and The Netherlands.

Are Leverkusen title contenders? Six key questions for the Bundesliga season after Matchday One

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by Jack Dowell

The Bundesliga 2014/15 got underway this weekend and wasted no time in restoring last season's breathtaking entertainment as records were smashed, history was made and shocks and surprises sprung up across Germany's stadia.

Germany – 2014 World Cup squad

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It is not hard to see why Germany are fancied by many as the European team most likely to win in Brazil, with an abundance of creative, attacking midfielders in their 2014 World Cup squad. This makes up for their lack of strikers, an area in which they'll be relying on 36-year-old Miroslav Klose, who stands just two goals short of breaking Ronaldo's World Cup goalscoring record of 15 goals.

Man Utd line-up Bastian Schweinsteiger as Fabregas alternative

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Manchester United have made Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger their back-up option if a third and final bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas fails this week. United will bid £35m plus £5m in add-ons for Fabregas, with Schweinsteiger waiting in the wings if Barca refuse to do business, the Sunday Mirror reports.

Thomas Müller and the future of the modern striker

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by Rob Brown

Thomas Müller is not a striker in the conventional sense. He does not position himself between the centre-backs and act as an offensive pivot. He does not perpetually loiter on the shoulder of the last defender, ready to burst through on goal.

The Case for Kiessling – Best Strikers in the World, Statistical Analysis Part III

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Following an overwhelming response from you all on the topic of the top 10 best strikers in the world in 2013, with over 500 votes counted so far and 39 players named, Strikers Week is now Strikers .

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund – An alternative Champions League Final Preview

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Claude Levi-Strauss. Not the famed hawker of denim attire. The French anthropologist and ethnologist. Granted, it's not quite the conventional opening shots of what ostensibly is a preview of the Champions League Final but he nevertheless is relevant to what will duly follow.

The German final

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Without Lionel Messi Barcelona never seemed really to believe in a historic comeback from 0-4 down to Bayern Munich. And without Carles Puyol down in defense FC Barcelona looks like a pretty ordinary side. It must be time for some reflection and perhaps a new coach? Tito Vilanova simply is not cut out for leading the side.

Bayern Munich: The Story of a Record-Breaking Season

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by Cristian Nyari

Another weekend, another win for Bayern Munich. That seems to be the trend this year in the Bundesliga.

The recently-crowned German champions rolled over Hannover with an emphatic 6-1 on matchday 30, prior to that they got their their 100th win at the Allianz Arena with another imperious 4-0 win against Nürnberg, and with a squad of second choice players no less.

Bayern Munich: Bavarians clinch 23rd German title with six games left

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Philipp Lahm of FC Bayern (Muenchen-Photo by Maksim Malinouski/EuroFootball)

Bayern Munich clinched their 23rd German Bundesliga title when they defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 on Sunday Apr. 7, 2013. The club hoisted manager Jupp Heynckes up in celebration as they broke their own record in the race to another championship.

Bayern Munich To Wrap Up 23rd Bundesliga Title This Weekend- Plus Philipp Lahm & The Yogi Mascot

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It's a crucial weekend for Bayern Munich and their Yogi Mascot above (possibly bowing to Jupp Heynckes in complete zen mode!)- who could be crowned Bundesliga Champions tomorrow with six games to spare if they beat Frankfurt.

Toni Kroos is becoming the real deal at Bayern Munich

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by Tim Palmer

It is easy to see why the 4-2-3-1 formation is so popular. The back four is protected by the security of two midfielders, while there is natural width high up the pitch to flank a central striker.

Everton manager David Moyes plots Germany move

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David Moyes has revealed he would like to manager abroad one day and has singled out Germany as a possible destination. The Everton manager said he was 'fascinated' by the Bundesliga and suggested that he and German football would be a great match for each other. Moyes told France Football, home of the slightly controversial [.

Arsenal turn to Germany for transfer talent

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Arsene Wenger is very happy with the German players he has already got in the Arsenal team, and the two youngsters knocking on the door of the first team. The Frenchman may soon have some more teutonic talent as Arsenal are keen to get their scouts to find more up and coming players in Germany.

Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have been two of Arsenal's best and most consistent performers this season, while Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld have been very impressive for the under-21s and look like being the next youngsters to break through into the first team.

Talking Tactics: Borussia Dortmund’s three at the back

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Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Schalke 04: Jurgen Klopp, the Borussia Dortmund manager, used this weekend's Ruhr derby match against Schalke to experiment with a back three but his plan backfired.

We bid farewell to a German class act, Auf wiedersehen Ballack

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By Ross Dunbar

Michael Ballack has been rarely missing from the forefront of German football. But this week, the 36-year-old brought an end to a stunning 17-year senior playing career, despite public interest from clubs spread across the globe, including those in North America and Australia.

The Pot 4 Club – Borussia Dortmund

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After Dinamo Zagreb, Montpellier and Malaga the Pot 4 Club continues now with a look at returning members Borussia Dortmund, as presented by Terry Duffelen, editor of the Bundesliga Lounge:

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Country: Germany

Group: D with Ajax, Manchester City and Real Madrid

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Bayern Munich

Bankrupt World Cup-Winner Andreas Brehme Offered Job Cleaning Toilets By Former Teammate

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By Chris Wright

Andreas Brehme was an intrinsic part of the Germany team that won the World Cup in 1990 having scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina, though it would appear that life for the former Bayern Munich left-back is far less salubrious these days.

According to reports in the German press, Brehme got himself into considerable debt after retiring from active duty last working in football during a short, ill-fated stint asGiovanni Trapattoni's assistant at VfB Stuttgart in 2005.

Bayern Munich’s Oktoberfest 2013: Arjen Robben, Dante and Ribery’s Family Day Out – Plus Guardiola’s Hat

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Bayern Munich kicked off their annual Oktoberfest festivities over the weekend, with the first team players (and their fabulous families) arriving in Theresienwiese, Munich, for the 180th edition of the festival.

The club dinner and celebrations has been an ongoing tradition at the German club and usually takes place on the final weekend of Oktoberfest (Read last year's edition here!

Thiago Alcantara Joins Bayern Munich, Ready To Compete For Place Against Gotze, Kroos, Mueller

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Spain's U-21 Championship star aka the Brazilian Betrayer (just kidding, ya'll!) Thiago Alcantara has officially joined Bayern Munich's Tiki Taka Globalisation movement. Indeed, after Mario Gotze's arrival last month, he has finalized a move to join the Champions League winning side.

Bundesliga : Bayern Munich Win 23rd Title, Jupp Heynckes Confident Of Treble – Plus Victory Photos

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Following an (expected) 1-0 victory at at Eintracht Frankfurt and a goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich picked up their 23rd national championship with six games at hand. If that isn't recordbreaking, Bayern achieved a similar feat in 1973 and 2003, when they won the title with four games to go.

Pep Guardiola Goes to Build in Germany

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Bayern are the perfect fit for Guardiola. He will be allowed to innovate, to adapt the Barcelona ways to Germany's technical style. Can he design a Bavarian soccer cathedral that will dominate European soccer?

Noticias : Understanding Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich Move In Relationship Terms

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According to a poll, the three clubs Barcelona fans do not want their former 'jefe' to be coaching next season are Manchester City (for obviou$ reasons), Real Madrid (no brainer) and *drumroll*... Bayern Munich! Unfortunately, you can't always get what you wish for Bayern Munich announced last night that Guardiola will take over the club's sock-watching duties from Jupp Heynckes when the 67-year-old's contract expires this July.

Bayern Munich’s Training Camp In Doha : Bastian Schweinsteiger & Toni Kroos Fined For Wearing ‘Wrong’ Socks

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Bayern Munich are "enjoying" a mid-season training camp/boot camp in Doha, Qatar. In a similar arrangement, Hamburg are escaping the harsh winters to train in the United Arab Emirates with the cameras firmly following Van der Vaart.

In more bizarre news, Jupp Heynckes, has apparently imposed a fine on Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos because both players have been turning up at training with their own pair of white socks instead of the prescribed black socks.

POTD : The Franck Ribery Mini Inflatable Doll

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Ahead of Bayern Munich's Champions League meeting against Lille tonight, here's a mini "blow-up" doll of Franck Ribery and his teammates at a fan shop in Munich. Thankfully, life-sized ones aren't available at the shop the Mario Gomez ones would be sold out in 5 seconds! / Photo : Gettyimages

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Bayern Munich Celebrates Oktoberfest, Philipp Lahm Toasts To Mueller’s Blue Eye – Plus German WAGS

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Bayern Munich celebrated the 2012 Edition of Oktoberfest in typical Bavarian style yesterday, except this time, they had new recruit Javi Martinez within their ranks. Granted, the Spaniard looked a little confused by the dress code (the Spanish don't do Bavarian Fancy dress bring on the 'beret', which is the traditional Basque costume!

Podolski wants to be an Arsenal legend

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Arsenal's German international striker Lukas Podolski has settled in to life as a Gunner in astonishing fashion. At 27-years old, Podolski has a good few years of football at the peak of his powers and, from what he says, Arsenal will get the benefit of all of those years.

His transfer to Arsenal is the second time in his career that he has moved from the club where he began his career, Cologne, to further his career.

Transfer News

Gündogan vs Fabregas: which player is best for United?

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Over the past month Iker Gundogan & Cesc Fabregas have emerged as two of the fans favourites for a central-midfielder purchase this summer, both Cesc and Ilkay are fantastic players & would...

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Radamel Falcao and Mario Gotze to Manchester United?

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Talking about the recent rumours surrounding the two players!

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Champions League

Football Lookalikes: Gerard Pique’s own goal and the Bundesliga logo

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Faced with the inevitability of defeat in the Champions League semi-final, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique paid homage to the rise of German football.

Luuk De Jong Decision Expected Within 24 Hours

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Borussia Moenchengladbach Sports Director Max Eberl has been quoted in the German Football magazine Kicker, but he only alludes to saying the Luuk de Jong  is one of the targets of the Bundesliga club. Max Erbel Borussia Moenchengladbach Sports Director Borussia finished 4th top last season and qualified for the Champions League, after finishing 3rd bottom the [.

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German Safety Assessment Bods Ban Use Of Vanishing Spray In Bundesliga For Fear Of It Being ‘Hormonally Active’

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By Chris Wright

Bad news, folks. Thanks to a ruling made bya prominent German product safety organisation, the free-kick vanishing spray that has revolutionised the way football is played across the world will not be allowed to be used by referees in Germany's Bundesliga.

POTD : This Epic DFB Pokal Trophy Is Waiting To Be Claimed By Either Stuttgart Or Bayern

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VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich will fight it out on June 1 for rights to the DFB Pokal football trophy. The stunning piece was presented to the media during a ceremony in Berlin yesterday and features the names of all the past winners dating back to 1953. Interestingly, the original trophy, Goldfasanen-Pokal, was substituted in 1965 by today's trophy because the original reminded DFB President Peco Bauwens of the Nazi era.

Noticias : Rafael van der Vaart Staying “Focussed” Despite Divorce News

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After the shocking announcement of Rafael van der Vaart's divorce from his wife of eight years on Tuesday (after hitting Sylvie at a NYE party), six camera crews and 25 reporters eagerly awaited the Dutch striker's arrival in Abu Dhabi last night.

Naturally, everybody was expecting to see him in tears, but men are not allowed luxury of showing their emotions (!

SEVEN SPANISH PLAYERS IN "KICKER" IDEAL EURO 2012 TEAM

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European & German Football magazine "Kicker" has published their Ideal 11 Euro 2012 Team. Their are 7 Spanish Football players, 2 Portugues , 1 German & 1 Italian in the "Kicker" team. Spain Euro 2012 Champions The Spanish names are Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Andres Iniesta & Cesc Fabregas.

SC Freiburg Nike 2012/13 Home, Away and Third Kits

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Sport-Club Freiburg, commonly known as SC Freiburg, is a German football club, based in the city of Freiburg in the Breisgau district of Baden-Württemberg. The upcoming season will see the...