Posts Tagged ‘Bayern Munich’

The German national team – a winning machine

Friday, March 25th, 2011

No Bundesliga action this weekend but instead we have some qualification games to look forward to. As I usually try to put the focus on the Bundesliga I have this weekend chosen to cast some light on the German national team, also called die Nationalmannschaft in German.

The German national team is a success story. As individuals the Germans aren’t the best players in the world, but when they come together they form a group that grows and become stronger than most other teams in the world. It doesn’t seem to matter in what form the players are in when coming in to the team, they always seem to come out on top of their game. A good example of this is the German striker Miroslav Klose. He hasn’t been very successful in Bayern Munich the last couple of years, but as soon as he puts on the white shirt with the eagle on the chest he transforms in to a world class striker who scores for fun.

But what is it that actually makes the German players grow and become better players than the English, the French and the Italian players who often perform well in their club teams but don’t seem to bring it when playing for their countries? My theory is that tradition and mentality play huge roles. The German national team has a winning tradition. They have always been successful and managed to grow a winning culture within the team and their surroundings. This winning mentality is something that is cultivated in many youth teams in Germany. They are brought up to be winners with a winning mentality. In many countries young players are hindered from competing at a very young age since the focus is on participating and having fun rather than competing. In Germany the tradition of competing and winning is greater than participating and socialising. Arguably you could have opinions about this. But on the other hand, this mentality will bring winners. Winners that won’t complain about the media pressure and other things when failing in the world cup. Pressure is nothing new to the German players, they have dealt with pressure since being 7 years old and competing in their local youth team.

Have a look at this weekend’s qualification games!


Leverkusen – the team that never win

Friday, March 18th, 2011

It’s been an intensive week for all Bundesliga lovers. Last weekend we saw Bayern destroy HSV at home (6-0), Dortmund lose to Hoffenheim and Stuttgart win another crucial game in the relegation battle. In the week Bayern had a golden opportunity to knock out Inter of the Champions League. They were 3-1 ahead on aggregate at half-time, only to concede two goals in the second half and leaving their fans in grief and despair. It’s quite apparent that Bayern have one of the best attacking lines in Europe with Robben, Ribery, Gomez , Müller etc. It’s, however, just as apparent that their defensive line-up is way too poor to compete on an international level. I guess the board of Bayern Munich will have defenders on their shopping list this summer.

Looking ahead of the upcoming weekend, we have some really interesting encounters to look forward to. Tonight we have a battle in the releagation zone between Mönchengladbach and Kaiserslatuern. Tomorrow evening we will see if Dortmund can bounce back after last weeks defeat, when facing Mainz at home. On Sunday we have a derby in the West of Germany when high-flying Leverkusen take on the Champions Leauge team Schalke 04. Speaking of Leverkusen, the West German club is one of the clubs that never has managed to win the Bundesliga. The club has been very close some times, but never gone all the way. 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 the club finished second in the league which rendered in the nick names “Vize-kusen” and “Neverkusen”. They have, however, won the UEFA cup and the German cup in the years of 1988 and 1993.

This year, the chances to win the Bundesliga look slim. If Dortmund would completely lose track of their winning style  they would probably be in for it. The odds on Dortmund not to win the league are very high at the moment, but everything can happen in the world of football. At the moment you would get 15 times the stake on Leverkusen to win the Bundesliga. Why not take a shot and celebrate alongside the fans of “Neverkusen” when they finally gets to call themselves “Deutsche Meister” (eng. German champions).

Leverkusen


Bayern München vs VfL Wolfsburg, Bundesliga Preview [Video]

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The Bundesliga is back and we are also back with yet another video preview ahead of a new campaign. Last season’s champions Bayern München are at home to 2008/09 season’s champions VfL Wolfsburg in the first match of the year. What’s your thought?


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Miloš Jovanović looks in to the Bundesliga starting again after the festive season

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The festive season is over, and football is ready to start again in Germany and it’s a great start – the opening fixture for this part of Bundesliga features the perennial championship candidate Bayern Munich hosting those lovable upstarts from Hoffenheim, who, despite their modest budget, keep defying the odds since coming up from “Zweite” two years ago.


The team commonly known as “FC Hollywood” hasn’t enjoyed much fortunes against the blue boys from Hoffe of late. As a reminder, Bayern’s championship chances last year took a lethal blow after a 2-2 draw at Rhein-Neckar-Arena, and this year they also contrived to drop points at the same venue, except this time the scoreboard read 1-1.


Despite all those things, it will be difficult not to forecast Bayern as a huge favourite heading into tomorrow’s match. The Bavarians will miss the mercurial Frenchman Franck Ribery running down the right flank, but Arjen Robben is fit again, and the strikeforce duo Mario Gomez – Ivica Olić is as potent as ever. Hoffenheim have some big guns of their own – Bosnian hitman Vedad Ibišević is finally reminding us of his halcyon days of late 2008 – but still Bayern has the definite edge here, especially on their own turf. Betting Bayern at 1.45 is a good pick, but the more adventurous will surely try the attractive looking 3.5 line, where “over” pays at 2.40.


The competition also resumes in Bundesliga 2, where three matches will take place. Of those, the most interesting encounter is in Berlin, with local Union playing host to the lowly Rot-Weiss Oberhausen. Union, currently ranked 7th, is somewhat of a long shot in a fiercely contested promotion battle, but the former East German side, which never attended top flight in post-Berlin Wall Germany, is still a romantic choice to enter the Bundesliga next fall. A win against Oberhausen will definitely help their chances, and odds 1.70 make for a tempting bet.