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DFB Pokal Quarter Finals 2015/16: Wednesday/Semi-final Draw

There was plenty of excitement in the second set of games but ultimately no real surprises. Joining Bayern and Bremen in the next round are Bayern and Hertha BSC. Bayern for their part I’m pleased to say beat Bochum 3-0. Though it was by no means an easy game for them with Bochum getting off to a much better start and getting their first opportunity in just the seventh minute but Terrode put it wide. Lucky too since Neuer watched it sail past the post. Had it been on Terrode’s other foot he may have been in trouble. After taking a little while to get going Bayern eventually took the lead in the 38th minute through Robert Lewandowksi. But there was plenty more drama to come with Arjen Robben being brought down in the box just a few minutes later. Bochum were down to ten men and Bayern had a penalty, at this point you would think they had the game all wrapped up. But no, Thomas Müller’s penalty was saved and Bayern were left waiting until the 61st minute to double their lead. Bochum for their part battled hard considering they were down a man and still had a few more chances. The game was finally put to bed right before the final whistle with Lewandowski getting his second of the night.

Hertha BSC and former Freiburger Vladimir Darida triumphed over 2.B side 1.FC Heidenheim. They didn’t have it easy either, going 1-0 down after just ten minutes. They managed to equalise just four minutes later , with Ibisevic doubling their lead five minutes later. Hertha were in control by that point and had no trouble in adding to their tally in the second half. Though they conceded a penalty just eight minutes from time which could have resulted in a very interesting end to the evening’s events but it wasn’t to be.

So there’s no lower league teams left this year. It’s the top three of the Bundesliga with Bayern, Dortmund and Hertha. And coming up the rear in 16th place Bremen. Hertha will face Dortmund and after their 0-0 draw with them last weekend they’ll certainly be seeing this as a game they can win. It wouldn’t be completely unthinkable for Bremen to beat Bayern either, extremely unlikely but certainly not impossible. Their clash is made all the more interesting by Claudio Pizarro playing for Bremen again, he’s won the competition six times, five times with Bayern and once with Bremen. The games are to be played on the 20th and 21st of April. Dortmund and Bremen is the final I’d like to see. It would be Thomas Tuchel’s first DFB Pokal final were that to happen.

Yesterday it was Thomas Tuchel who provided the night’s amusing moment, today it’s Manuel Neuer. Not once but twice. First him doing his usual thing and living up to his nickname of the ever wandering Neuer. The second moment was him doing something else which is by now familiar but that never stops being funny, him running to find someone to celebrate with:

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Full match of Bochum v Bayern, including the pre-match and post-match:

Full match of Heidenheim v Hertha:

Robert Lewandowski interview:

Manuel Neuer interview:

1.FC Heidenheim v Hertha BSC highlights:

Semi-final draw:

Pictures from Bayern’s game:

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Bundesliga MD8 2015/16: der Klassiker

MD9 was the last weekend before the international break and it ended with a very big game indeed, none other than Bayern v Dortmund. For all the progress Dortmund have made this season they’re still not up to the task of directly competing with Bayern it would seem. They were humiliated, totally and completely defeated in a 5-1 rout bringing their run of seven matches unbeaten to an end. It wasn’t only first the second places team in the league going to head to head but the top scorers too, Robert Lewandowski having scored his 100th Bundesliga goal the previous weekend faced off against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who had scored in all of Dortmund’s seven league games so far. A run which he would extend to this game, scoring Dortmund’s only goal in the 36th minute, just one minute after Thomas Müller had put Bayern 2-0 up through a penalty. It wasn’t to last, there was no equaliser to follow it. Bayern restored their two goal lead just ten minutes later through Lewandowksi. Further humiliation was added by goals in the second half from Lewandowski who scored less than a minute after the start of the second half and Mario Götze who had the pleasure of scoring against his former club.

It was a bad afternoon all round for Dortmund but particularly for their keeper Roman Bürki. The last time he faced off against Bayern he was still a Freiburg player and they won the game 2-1, with the winning goal being scored by former Bayern player Nils Petersen. That day Roman Bürki was very busy indeed as you might expect, but he played excellently. As he did in reverse of the fixture just before Christmas 2014 when Freiburg lost 2-0 to Bayern at the Allianz Arena and he is the main reason why it was only two goals Freiburg conceded.

This time round he didn’t cover himself in glory. Some of his decision making was questionable to say the least and he was at fault for several of the goals. The first goal scored by Müller he made the decision to come out rushing out of his box and he paid the price for such foolishness. Even worse was the two Dortmund defenders who were there and also failed to stop Müller. It was a state of affairs which was to become very familiar by the end of the afternoon, Bürki making several more such errors. The first goal had a touch of comedy to it but the third one was just painful, Bürki looked like he had no idea where he was going. He may not be a Freiburg player anymore and I’m still kind of mad he left but none of that prevented me from feeling sorry for him in that moment. His opposite number Manuel Neuer on the other hand found himself with very little to do, especially in the second half when Dortmund no longer posed anything resembling a threat.

There was also plenty of excitement elsewhere in the league on Sunday in the first game of the day with Köln pulling off a shock 3-0 win at Schalke. The other important result that weekend was Gladbach beating Wolfsburg 2-0 and continuing their run of winning results under new coach Andre Schubert.

As pleased as I am for Köln it wasn’t the most fun I had all weekend, that came from watching Hoffenheim draw 2-2 with fellow strugglers Stuttgart. It wasn’t only a question of being a local derby but a relegation struggle as well. At the time Stuttgart were languishing in 17th with just three points and Hoffenheim not faring much better with only five points and in 15th. So far this season Hoffenheim have struggled to hold on to a lead after having squandered a lead four times this season. Though it has to be said one of those games was against Bayern and luck was involved for both sides, both in regards to Hoffenheim scoring that very freaky goal in the first minute and with Bayern getting a last minute penalty which was nothing of the sort.

They were to make similar mistakes against Stuttgart, after going 1-0 up in the 33rd minute through a penalty converted by Kevin Volland they held on to their lead until the 64th minute when joker Jan Kliment equalised. Unusually Hoffenheim were able to answer back with Volland getting another goal just 13 minutes later, but once again they were to find themselves in a very unlucky situation. For both sides had they won it would have been only their second win of the season. But it wasn’t to be for Hoffenheim, thanks to a last minute equaliser by Timo Werner. It’s a shame because Volland’s second goal was really something special and he certainly worked hard to get it, putting his pace to good use. Up until that point Stuttgart’s keeper Tyton had been having a pretty good game. Werner’s goal was also special, not because of how it was scored but simply because last minute goals like that are always special.

Videos and pictures:

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Hoffenheim v Stuttgart highlights

Gladbach v Wolfsburg highlights

Schalke v Köln highlights

Bayern v Dortmund highlights

And some amusing GIFs:

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More Mini Men/Rückrunde 2015/16

I want to start the post the same way I did last year, with a picture of some more mini-men. Though these are a different kind, compared to the Jogi and Klinsi ones I got last year they really are mini. That is in size, they aren’t actually called mini-men like the others. The other difference is that they’re of Manuel Neuer and Jogi. I’m not sure the Jogi one is a good likeness but Neuer’s isn’t bad.Though the height of them is all wrong, Neuer is way taller than Jogi and pretty much everyone else (except for Mertesacker of course). For fun I added a picture of last year’s mini men too:

IMG_20160122_210706IMG_20150130_114505I also got another Manuel Neuer collectible recently, his shiny sticker from the new Champions League album. To make it even more perfect in the stickers I bought on Thursday I got the shiny sticker of none other than Robert Lewandowski. I kept them to open just before the game started, for good luck. He really does have excellent timing:

Manuel Neuer - shiny Bayern CL 15-16 sticker Robert Lewandowski - shiny Bayern CL 15-16 stickerThe first day of the second half of the season went much better than the first, not so much for Bayern but for me. I learnt my lesson from that day to always have a back-up plan and this time around I got the video of Jogi’s half-time interview plus a short video of him with Pep Guardiola. At least I know that if I don’t get much sleep tonight that won’t be the cause, I won’t spend half the night trying and failing to get that video like I did back on MD1. I can have no complaints about how today went, not everything went perfect but that’s not so important for once. What matters is the things that were most important went right, and as a bonus I got a new Hansi video too.

The game may not have been much fun and Bayern certainly aren’t at their best yet but at least Jogi was right this time around in his prediction as to who would win. Last year he predicted Wolfsburg and Bayern would draw 2-2, in reality Wolfsburg won 4-1. This time he was right but only just, he said Bayern would hold on to their lead if they didn’t lose concentration. They managed to pull one back after Xabi Alonso’s own goal not long after the first of the second half and that’s how the score stayed, 2-1 thanks to Lewandowski’s second goal. He scored their first as well which was a penalty, given after Adler brought down Müller in the box in the 36th minute. So it’s Robert Lewandowski who gets the honour of scoring the first goal of the Rückrunde. The second goal I particularly like because the first move was a long and(as usual) exceedingly accurate pass from Manuel Neuer to Thiago. Neuer was where he’s often to be found, up near the half-way line. The goal itself was excellent, as was the final pass from Müller, in both cases showcasing their quick thinking. But it’s Neuer’s part in it that I like. Firstly because I always enjoy watching his terrific ability to pick out a pass and secondly because the last time Bayern played HSV in Hamburg he was involved in another incident in the same place. He got a yellow card for a tackle made just before the half-way line. It’s good that this time I’m writing about something positive and not another incident like that.

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Robert Lewandowski goal – HSV v Bayern 2015-16

Manuel Neuer - HSV v Bayern 1 Manuel Neuer - HSV v Bayern 2 Robert Lewandowski - HSV v Bayern 1 Robert Lewandowski - HSV v Bayern 2One final picture I have to add to this post to make it just like last time is a screenshot from YouTube. Last year I was obsessed with one of my Jogi videos beating a Kretschmann one in my stats. Now of course TK has been outnumbered by Jogi several times over. But both of them have been overtaken by the man of the hour Robert Lewandowski, that’s thanks to his two post-match interviews after the Wolfsburg game in the first half of the season. With those two videos alone he racked up precisely 232,846 views. So it’s fitting that he’s at the top of this week stats:

screenshot-www youtube com 2016-01-23 05-00-42On the subject of videos I made and uploaded a special one to celebrate the return of the Bundesliga, one which contains some of my favourite Jogi & Hansi moments:

As expected I got close to nothing done today but I did come up with a few interesting ideas and make some notes. The most important of these being a new alternate time-line. I currently have two Jogi & Hansi time-lines for their adventures, one starting in 2014 and one starting in 2008. I now have another one which starts in 1996 thanks to a very random conversation which I had earlier. Originally I hadn’t planned on talking to anyone at all today but they drew me in talking about some thoughts they had on a story. So intriguing was the following idea I had to make a note of it right there and then, before I even had breakfast. You know an idea’s a good one when it’s more important than getting something to eat. I just wish I could remember the conversation which led to it. I have all of the idea down on paper, all of my thoughts. But I’d really like to know what they said which led to me coming up with this idea. It’ll have to wait, they’re not going to be pleased if I wake them up at 6:00am to ask them about it. Waiting patiently is certainly not going to be easy, it’s hard enough to switch off as it is without that on my mind. I am way too excited right now, mostly because of the prospect of the Gladbach game and also because I can’t wait to get started on my new idea. But I have to get some sleep, at least four hours. I promised myself at the end of the summer that I wouldn’t let what happened on the first day of the season happen again.

Karlsruher SC v Bayern München friendly – 16/01/2016

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Advent Calendar Day 1/Sticker of the Month

So what does the first day of Christmas bring? Three calendars and three players. Well almost, all the Freiburg one has is a small picture behind the chocolate but that’s where I’m starting. Because even though it’s too small to take a picture of still the rule applies, Freiburg first as always. Waiting behind door number 1 was the ever reliable midfielder Nicolas Höfler.

As for Dortmund and DFB calendars for them I do have images. First up is a trading card of Thomas Müller and then a chocolate wrapper with Marco Reus on it:

Thomas Müller - DFB 2015-16 1 Thomas Müller - DFB 2015-16 2 Marco Reus - Dortmund advent calendarAnd now to something equally special, my sticker of the month, Robert Lewandowski from the Road to Euro 2016 album. He’s so special I needed to get two of him, one for the album and one for my wall of stickers:

Robert Lewandowski - Poland - Road to Euro 2016Though in terms of awesomeness he may have some competition from this fantastic glitter sticker from the Unser Deutschland album of the German eagle:

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Stickers of the day – The Champions League Contingent

Lately I’ve been collecting old Champions League stickers, these are my favourites so far and of course by favourites I mean Germans, with the exception of Lewandowski who is of course Polish:

Manuel Neuer – FC Bayern München – CL 2010-11 Toni Kroos – FC Bayern München – CL 2010-11 Thomas Müller – FC Bayern München – CL 2010-11 Miroslav Klose – FC Bayern München – CL 2010-11 Benedikt Höwedes – Schalke 04 – CL 2010-11 Roman Weidenfeller – Borussia Dortmund – CL 2011-12 Andre Schürrle – Bayer Leverkusen – CL 2011-12 Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund – CL 2012-13 Sven Bender – Borussia Dortmund – CL 2013-14 Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund – CL 2013-14

Bundesliga MD7 2015/16

After the craziness of the “die englische Woche” it was business as usual for the Bundesliga, at least as far as Bayern were concerned. They followed up their midweek demolition of Wolfsurg with a routine 3-0 win over Mainz, Robert Lewandowksi in the process netting his 100th goal. Elsewhere Stuttgart were not able to build on their midweek win against H96, up against a newly resurgent Gladbach they were unlucky. Going 1-0 down and then scoring an own goal just three minutes later. Meanwhile Gladbach continued what’s becoming something of a tradition for them these days, they conceded yet another penalty, the eighth of the season they’ve given away. Daniel Ginzcek successfully converted the penalty but despite their many efforts, they couldn’t find the equaliser. Gladbach put the game to bed in the 90th minute with a goal from Raffael, up until that point anything was possible. The third goal was just cruel, they didn’t deserve that but then in football as in life people rarely get what they deserve. It wasn’t for lack of trying but that’s no doubt of little comfort to perpetually unlucky Stuttgart, if it can go wrong it will as far as they are concerned.

Fellow strugglers Hoffenheim had a better weekend than they did, after drawing 1-1 with Dortmund midweek, they beat Augsburg 1-3. A strange set of results on MD6, several of the results mirroring each other, the pattern only being interrupted by Dortmund’s surprise 2-2 with Darmstadt on Sunday. Just a week previous they beat Leverkusen 3-0 but they couldn’t find their way past newly promoted Darmstadt. They went down 1-0 in the 17th minute thanks to a goal from Marcel Heller. They did retake the lead eventually in the second half thanks to two goals from Aubameyang but Darmstadt did not make it easy for them, nor did they show any signs of being discouraged and their persistence was rewarded with a 90th minute equaliser from  Aytac Sulu. A very exciting end to the weekend’s action, though it’s no doubt not the result Dortmund wanted in light of them facing Bayern the weekend after.

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Videos and pictures:

Mainz v Bayern highlights

Stuttgart v Gladbach highlights

Bremen v Leverkusen highlights

Dortmund v Darmstadt highlights

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Roman and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, very Bad Day

Roman I’m sorry, I really am but there was no way I could resist that title. I’ve not seen the film that the title is borrowed from, nor do I know what it’s about but the title is a perfect fit and extremely ironic. For it’s not Alexander who had a bad day. Roman’s replacement in the Freiburg goal, Alexander Schwolow had himself a fairly decent day. True Freiburg did only draw away at KSC but he had a good game and made several very important saves. It’s in large part thanks to him that they have that point.

This is post number 707, I said I wanted to do something special for it, well I think der Klassiker is sufficiently special. Plus it has almost all of my favourite Germans in it (plus Roman who’s Swiss), and just to make it right I have to put Jogi in here too. Can’t have post number 707 without him, it would of course been perfect if Hansi had been at the game too, then he’d be in the post as well but you can’t have everything:

Joachim Löw  at Bayern v Dortmund - 2015-16 1I’m not taking any delight in Bayern’s win over Dortmund yesterday nor am I enjoying Roman Bürki’s misfortune. But I can’t help but point out the irony of the situation. Last time Roman Bürki faced Bayern was when he was still a Freiburg player and that time he was on the winning side. This time not only was he on the losing side but he himself as the title suggests had a truly awful day. Because not only did Bayern absolutely destroy Dortmund but he himself made several critical mistakes. His first der Klassiker will not be a memory he’ll treasure forever, that’s for certain. More like a nightmare he’d do anything to forget. Up until now he’s been mostly perfect in his first season at Dortmund with no major mistakes to speak of. Yesterday afternoon put a halt to that and witnessed some unusually poor decision making from him. For the fourth and fifth goals he was just a bystander, completely helpless, and the first could only be described as comical.

Not that his mistakes take anything away from the quality of the goals of course. But it was embarrassing, hugely so for him to be caught out in such a similar way twice in the same game. Not just for him but for the defence too, to be caught out by such a simple move. Just what Roman was doing I don’t know, especially the second time. I think his reaction says it all, I’m not sure he knows either:

Roman_B_rki_mistake_Bayern_v_Dortmund_1On the subject of reactions, Manuel Neuer’s reaction to the fourth goal was great, not quite as cool as getting to see him run to the touchline to find someone to hug but still worth making a GIF of:

Manuel_Neuer_celebrates_Bayern_v_DortmundIt was also not a good day for Bernd Leno, he had to suffer the embarrassment of putting the ball in his own net when he miss hit a back pass from Jonathan Tah:

Bernd_Leno_own_goal_Leverkusen_v_Augsburg_1 Bernd_Leno_own_goal_Leverkusen_v_Augsburg_2One final GIF, returning to the Dortmund game, this very amusing one of Thomas Tuchel that I just could not resist making:

Thomas_Tuchel_kung_fuThomas Müller opened the scoring in somewhat comical fashion it has to be said, he also got the second, successfully converting a penalty. Robert Lewandowski also scored two, continuing his record breaking ways, his first goal coming 22 seconds after the restart. It’s starting to become a theme with him, quick goals in the start of the second half. Aubameyang also continued with his record breaking, he’s scored in eight games in a row now for Dortmund.

Thomas Müller goal – Bayern v Dortmund

First Robert Lewandowksi goal – Bayern v Dortmund

Second Robert Lewandowksi goal – Bayern v Dortmund

Mario Götze goal – Bayern v Dortmund

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Bundesliga MD6 2015/16: Die englische Woche

If MD5 was a little quiet, MD6 was anything but. It could with much justification be christened the week of Lewandowski thanks to his incredible feat of scoring five goals in eleven minutes. After a fairly quiet first half in which Wolfsburg managed to prevent them from having any real chances, Bayern brought on Lewandowski at half-time and the rest is history. I think it’s safe to say that Bayern got revenge for their defeat in the Super-cup at the start of the season. It makes the prospect of their upcoming clash in the second round of the DFB Pokal at the end of the month just that little bit more mouth-watering.

Equally mouth-watering is the prospect of der Klassiker this weekend, Bayern v Dortmund. Lewandowski v Aubameyang. 1st against 2nd in the goal-scoring stakes. Aubameyang continuing his record breaking run, having scored in all six of Dortmund’s league games so far.

I’m not a fan of the so called English week, especially with Freiburg being in the 2.Bundesliga. It’s a crazy week and is a nightmare in terms of scheduling, but as far as this particular week is concerned I don’t have many complaints. Lots of fun at Bayern, not only footage of Jogi at Dortmund’s game, but a half-time interview and plenty of fun elsewhere too. Plus on Thursday night Freiburg got themselves a well deserved and much worked for point away at Leipzig. With Bochum also drawing mid-week and then losing to Kaiserslautern on Friday, it means Freiburg once find themselves at the top of the table.

Gladbach picked up not only their first win but their first points of the season in a very exciting 4-2 win over Augsburg. Stuttgart also picked up their first win and points against fellow strugglers H96 meaning they find themselves at the foot of the table. At the other end of the table, Dortmund ended their winning ways and dropped their first points of the season as they drew 1-1 at Hoffenheim, the point salvaged thanks to yet another goal from Aubameyang.

Because Bayern beat Wolfsburg, that means Dortmund cede their stake to the top spot, Bayern claiming it for themselves once more. And Gladbach and Stuttgart finally start moving upwards:

Bundesliga table MD6 1 Bundesliga table MD6 2Videos:

Bayern v Wolfsburg highlights

Hoffenheim v Dortmund highlights

Gladbach v Augsburg highlights

H96 v Stuttgart highlights

Pictures from Bayern’s game and a few from Dortmund’s:

Philipp Lahm – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 3 Mario Götze – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Philipp Lahm – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Philipp Lahm – Bayern v Wolfsburg 3 Philipp Lahm – Bayern v Wolfsburg 4 Philipp Lahm – Bayern v Wolfsburg 5 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 4 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 3 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 4 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 5 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 6 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 7 Philipp Lahm – Bayern v Wolfsburg 6 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 8 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern v Wolfsburg 9 Manuel Neuer & Julian Draxler – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Manuel Neuer & Julian Draxler – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Manuel Neuer & Andre Schürrle – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Manuel Neuer & Andre Schürrle – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 5 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 6 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 7 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 8 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 9 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 10 Manuel Neuer – Bayern v Wolfsburg 11Manuel Neuer & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Manuel Neuer & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 3 Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 4 Robert Lewandowski & Thomas Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 5 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 1 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 3 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 4 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 5 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 6 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 7 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 8 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 9 Mario Götze – Bayern v Wolfsburg 2 Mario Götze – Bayern v Wolfsburg 3 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 10 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 11 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 12 Lahm, Lewandowski & Müller – Bayern v Wolfsburg 13

Matthias Ginter - Hoffenheim v Dortmund Roman Bürki - Hoffenheim v Dortmund 1 Roman Bürki - Hoffenheim v Dortmund 2 Matthias Ginter - Hoffenheim v DOrtmund 2

Sportschau vor Acht – 2/10/2015 – Der Klassiker

A nice little prelude to der Klassiker this weekend in the form of a video from Sportschau. It contains short footage of the Bayern players at Oktoberfest, plus snippets of interviews with Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and Roman Bürki. For the latter it’s his first time playing in der Klassiker.

The video: Sportschau vor Acht – 2/10/2015 – Der Klassiker

Pictures:

David Alaba – Oktoberfest 1 Robert Lewandowksi – Oktoberfest 1 Robert Lewandowksi – Oktoberfest 2 Robert Lewandowksi – Oktoberfest 3 Robert Lewandowksi – Oktoberfest 4 Robert Lewandowksi – Oktoberfest 5 Thomas Müller interview Roman Bürki interview Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Darmstadt 1 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Darmstadt 2