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Tag Archives: Werder Bremen
On Sunday Freiburg confirmed their return to the Bundesliga winning their fourth 2.Bundesliga title. But before that came the penultimate weekend of the Bundesliga. Bayern’s hunt for the title has some parallels with Freiburg’s campaign, for one thing it’s their fourth title in a row. For another they both got to confirm their title whilst playing against a neighboring club, Freiburg playing host to Heidenheim and Bayern visiting their newly promoted southern neighbours Ingolstadt. Interestingly enough their manager Ralph Hasenhüttl will be taking over as head coach at RB Leipzig next season in their first ever season in the top flight. The one difference however between Freiburg and Bayern’s quest is that they didn’t get to officially celebrate last weekend, well they did celebrate but they don’t have their trophy yet. The reason being in theory at least Dortmund could have snatched the title from them. That however is not possible after their surprise 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. I always intended to watch Bayern’s last game of the season live and now I most definitely will. It will be a lot of fun, getting to watch Bayern celebrate their title win as H96 officially get relegated.
Random Freiburg fact I have to mention, the first time they were promoted to the Bundesliga was 1993. Promoted alongside them was a team named VfB Leipzig. Also one of the teams relegated from the second tier that year was Darmstadt who are now in the top flight after 33 years in the lower tiers of German football.
Getting back to Bayern and their game Ingolstadt were no pushovers for the champions elect. Bayern took the lead after just fifteen minutes through a Robert Lewandowksi penalty. Ingolstadt however had plenty of fight in them and in fact they almost equalised just two minutes before Bayern scored their second goal. Strangely enough Ingolstadt did get a goal, through a penalty in the 42nd minute. Despite all the goals coming in the first half the second was still more than watchable. Ingolstadt haven’t always been the most watchable of sides this season but this was a most entertaining game, it’s easy to see why they’ve never been in any real danger of getting stuck in the relegation battle this season, unlike Darmstadt who were promoted alongside them last year. They didn’t defend perfectly however, it could have been three or four nil for Bayern but they had a little bit of luck, that and Douglas Costa took far too long and made everything more complicated than it needed to be.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga there was nothing complicated about Eintracht Frankfurt’s surprise 1-0 victory over Dortmund, they scored early on and spent the rest of the game successfully holding Dortmund at bay. Their victory did not come about without a bit of luck however, in the first half Mats Hummels wrongly having his goal deemed as offside. I wanted Frankfurt to win this one, I know normally I’m rooting for Dortmund but I was willing to make an exception for this one game. Especially seeing as how Dortmund’s dream of snatching the title from Bayern was always just that, whereas survival for Frankfurt is a very real possibility. And I would most like Freiburg to be visiting the Commerzbank Arena next season and for Niko Kovac to still be in charge, not forgetting Lukas Hradecky in goal of course. The other result of interest to me was Stuttgart losing 3-1 to Mainz, that is a result I wanted to see and I thought they would lose too. Yet I feel sort of bad about it which is very strange, especially considering who I feel bad for. The person in question being Kevin Groβkreutz who got very emotional after the game. I’m no fan of him so it was a huge surprise to me that I felt somewhat sorry for him. That loss however is fantastic news for both Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt. It also means nothing less than a win can save Stuttgart on Saturday, they have to beat Wolfsburg or they’re relegated. They escaped the same fate on the final day of last season against Paderborn, repeating that feat against Wolfsburg is a whole other story. Eintract Frankfurt play Werder Bremen. A win for Bremen would see Frankfurt in the play-off place, whereas a draw would see them stay as they are. That’s not a result I’d like to bet on and not just because I’m fond of both sides. I really have no idea who’s going to win. The only thing I’m certain of is that the final day of the season will be no less nail-biting than it was last year. Freiburg aren’t involved but I still have a horse in the race so to speak.
Pictures from Bayern’s game:
With just two games left after this one the season is almost at an end but the drama is far from over. The 2.Bundesliga title race is all wrapped up but Bayern are being forced to wait until the very last minute before they can celebrate what will be their fourth title in a row. A win against Gladbach would have seen them confirmed champions but once again they failed to wrap it up with Gladbach again proving to be a thorn in their side. No big surprise really considering Gladbach were the first team to beat them this season. With that draw Gladbach now extend their unbeaten run against Bayern to amusingly enough four in a row. At first it seemed like it would be Bayern’s day with them scoring their quickest goal all season when they took the lead after just six minutes through Thomas Müller. But as it turns out it just wasn’t to be. Dortmund on the other hand had an excellent day, beating Wolfsburg 5-1. They too got off to a flying start against Wolfsburg, scoring two goals in the opening ten minutes.
MD32 was a special weekend and not just because it could have seen Bayern confirm a record breaking fourth title in a row. The other reason it was special is because of the Monday night game, a rare occurrence in the Bundesliga and only the 15th such game. It was a game well chosen, Bremen v Stuttgart, their 100th encounter. Two teams who have the second worst and worst defensive record in the league. A fixture which guaranteed goals, though just how many there were was quite a surprise. I thought Bremen could beat Stuttgart but I hadn’t expected them to score six goals in the process. Having lost four games in a row all of a sudden Stuttgart find themselves back in trouble. Bremen on the other hand move up to a place of safety. To make things worse for Stuttgart on Saturday Eintracht Frankfurt beat Darmstadt, meaning they move up to the play-off place. The only thing for sure is that nothing will be decided until the final day, just like last season it goes right down to the wire. Last season Stuttgart saved themselves by defeating Paderborn on the final day of the season. This year they end their season against Wolfsburg and with the form they’ve been in Stuttgart pulling off a similar feat wouldn’t be completely impossible. The one to watch however on the final day is Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt. It’s a good thing in one way that H96 are already relegated, because on the final day of the season they face Bayern. That would be a horrible game to face at the end of the season knowing you needed to get something from it, not that I have any sympathy for them either way. I shall enjoy watching Bayern beat them on the final day of the season, hopefully they can correct their goalscoring problem by then. I wouldn’t mind watching Bayern put a few past them. With the title race being a lot closer this time round Bayern certainly won’t be taking it easy on the final two match-days.
Videos, matches first:
Pictures from Bayern’s game:
This was one of those prompts I had no ideas for, not until I saw Köln’s game against Mainz anyway. It’s probably an overused expression, saying that something takes your breath away. Yet that’s what their turnaround of the game did, though not as much as Bremen’s victory over Wolfsburg did. Not only did the latter mean so much more, given that Bremen are closer to the relegation battle than Köln are but also because I have a soft spot for Bremen. Partly because they’re the former team of Freiburg striker Nils Petersen. Petersen and Bremen’s now record goal scorer Claudio Pizarro have something in common, they’ve both played for Bayern and for Bremen. Though unlike Pizarro hopefully Petersen won’t be going back there anytime soon. Or rather I hope he will be but in the red of Freiburg next season, they get promoted and Bremen avoid getting relegated and that can happen.
On the matter of breathing this weekend feels a bit like I’ve been holding my breath the whole time, the reason being both Leipzig and 1.FCN lost.What a stroke of luck that is. And I wasn’t home to see the former, having made the decision to see “Despite the Falling Snow” at the cinema. A film which turned out to be tedious and almost caused me to fall asleep. To think if I had come straight home after seeing Deadpool I could have watched Leipzig lose. Just to make it even sweeter Sandhausen are a Hansi team, meaning Freiburg got a helping hand from Hansi.
Both of them losing sets up the match for tomorrow perfectly as far as Freiburg are concerned and ramps up the pressure even more, they need to win anyway but knowing that you can open up a three point gap, it just makes it all the more tense. Then of course there’s the question of continuing their record breaking run, a victory would make it nine in a row, a club record in the 2.Bundesliga. It’s best playing on a Monday, knowing you don’t have to wait for other results but it doesn’t make the wait any easier.
Sometimes my mother likes to ask what the prompt of the day is, she asked today and when I told her she asked if I was going to write about Jogi. And I’m the one who’s obsessed, it’s funny that he wasn’t my first thought but he was hers. I’m not going to write about Jogi, I already have enough stories to work on. I don’t need anymore distractions, finishing the one I’m working on is tricky enough. Besides the pictures I got of him yesterday are enough, I don’t know if they’re breathtaking but they are pretty damn good:
The Bundesliga certainly wasted no time getting back into the swing of things after the international break.The weekend kicked off with Leverkusen v Wolfsburg in an encounter amusingly dubbed “El Plastico.” That’s even funnier when you consider Wolfsburg’s next opponents were Real Madrid who the same weekend beat Barcelona 2-1 in the real “El Classico.” Strange indeed, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 yet a few days later lose 2-0 to Wolfsburg, and the latter find themselves outclassed by a team that got knocked out of the Europa League.
The real excitement was on Saturday though with Dortmund hosting Bremen. They have a pretty good record against Dortmund, though admittedly not at Signal Iduna Park. Regardless one thing was for sure, this was a fixture which guaranteed goals. The best attack in the league up against the worst defence in the league, you wouldn’t expect anything else. Say what you like about Bremen, more often than not they are good value for money as regards entertainment. Even when they lose they manage to be watchable and exciting. It was a big game for both teams but for very different reasons, Dortmund looking to keep up the pressure on Bayern and Bremen doing their best to distance themselves a little bit further from the relegation struggle.
It was as promised a very entertaining game, even though all the drama came in the last 25 minutes. Given their respective strengths it’s a surprise that Bremen started slightly better. Even with their obvious defensive emphasis (not taking any chances they lined up with five at the back) they managed to get a few chances early on. Dortmund were a team frustrated. After a slow start they managed to get going and pretty soon it was raining down on Felix Wiedwald’s goal but he denied them, several times. He’s been unable to keep a clean sheet all season, in fact he’s the only keeper in the league not to have done so but he was world class on several occasions in this game. Even Zieler with already condemned H96 has managed to keep at least one clean sheet, ironically enough against Bremen was the first time he did so. Here’s one of those saves from the first half:
It’s thanks to such efforts that Bremen went into the break with the scores at 0-0. Considering it’s Dortmund they were up against that’s an achievement in itself. Though obviously it couldn’t last forever. Sure enough just seven minutes after the restart Aubameyang made it 1-0 to Dortmund. He had little trouble outrunning the last two defenders, for Vestergaard it was a case of almost but not quite. He just got there but too late to do anything and Aubameyang put the ball over a helpless Felix Wiedwald. The drama was not done however and the game far from over. The next goal did not as you might expect come from Dortmund, though I suppose in a sense it did seeing as how the next goal was an own goal scored by Gonzalo Castro. A stroke of luck for Bremen but they wouldn’t have cared, the celebrations would suggest so. It enlivened them and gave them the confidence to look for an equaliser. Dortmund were once again frustrated and more than a little rattled. Which may have had something to do with Bremen taking the lead in the 73rd minute. Not to take anything away from Zlatko Junuzovic, it was an excellent goal. Unluckily for them however Dortmund had not one ace up their sleeve but two in the form of Shinji Kagawa and Adrian Ramos. The latter rescued them against Augsburg and he did so again here, getting the winning goal. Dortmund left it late to get their result but then it’s not the first time they’ve done so this season. Better late than never and the three points meaning they at least theoretically have a chance of winning the title. It would be incredible were it to happen but I’m not sure it will. I just can’t see Bayern dropping any points between now and the end of the season, maybe against Gladbach but that’s all. Dortmund on the other hand, it’s not unthinkable to think of them doing so.
On the subject of Bayern they had a fairly uneventful game against Eintracht Frankfurt, winning 1-0 with a pretty awesome goal from Franck Ribery. It wasn’t a great game to watch, no doubt Bayern were saving their energy for their impending Champions League clash against Benfica. Niko Kovac said they were going to Munich with the intention of trying to win, brave words indeed but not as foolhardy as they may sound. Eintracht did draw 0-0 with Bayern earlier in the season after all. As it stands they of course lost but only 1-0, that could prove to be important in their fight against relegation. Speaking of relegation H96 continued their inevitable slide down into the 2.Bundesliga with a 3-0 loss to HSV. I don’t think anyone was surprised on Sunday morning when they announced the sacking of Thomas Schaaf. I got the impression his time was up from his post-match interview and his comments after the game. I guess the only question was would he leave of his own accord or be fired. As it turns out H96’s problems are too big for even him to solve. Meanwhile elsewhere on Sunday Hoffenheim made inroads to safety with an important 1-1 draw against Köln. They left it late, very late in fact, Kevin Volland scored the equaliser in the 90th minute. In the other game Gladbach humiliated Champions League hopefuls Hertha BSC 5-0 in a hugely entertaining affair making the battle for the Champions League spots just that little bit more interesting.
Picturesfrom Dortmund’s game: