Bundesliga, Round 3

In Dortmund, the champions dominated from start to finish, which should settle any arguments whether the Aspirins could challenge this season. The Neons came out attacking from the start, and Bayer had only lame attempts at counterattack. So the result was never in doubt, just a matter of time.

Leaders Bayern München didn’t have many problems with Mainz. Thanks to a blitzstart, the game was basically over in 15 minutes, and then Bayern dicked around. However Dante then was apparently too bored, so his foul gave Mainz a penalty and back into the game. In reality, although Mainz was playing better, in fact Bayern woke up and started pressing again. They wasted many chances, enough to win 3-4 matches, and it wasn’t until injury time that Kroos finally put it to rest. The highlight might have been in the 89th minute, as Claudio Pizarro came on. This was the Peruvian’s 336th Bundesliga match, tying Ze Roberto and Levan Kobiashvili for most foreigner matches. He already leads the foreigner scoring list.

A wild and exciting slugfest in Gladbach saw the emergence of perhaps Shinji Kagawa, Part Zwei. Heretofore unknown Hitoshi Kiyotake was unstoppable and the matchwinner. (I think he even came from the same club as Kagawa, Cerezo). Nürnberg looks determined not to suck this season, and they came out strong and kicked the Gladbachers in the balls early. The hosts reacted with fury and launched all out assault to equalize. New signings de Jong and Xhaka grabbed goals to set up der Club’s Japanese import’s coup-de-grace. Kiyotake took on the heart of Gladbach’s defense (looked like surrounded by 4 defenders), but maneuvered and shot the game winner. Stunning home defeat for Gladbach, great win for Nürnberg.

Furious Nord-derby between the 96ers and Werder. Hannover is unbeaten at home in something like 20, and came out furious. Hungarian import Szabolcs Huszti is the signing of the year so far. Last outing, 4 assists, this time 2 goals, 1 assist. He opened the scoring early, and Hannover piled on the pressure as Bremen was still in shock. However, despite down two after only 10 minutes, Bremen showed spirit clearly lacking last season. They stormed back and assaulted Hannover, eventually tying and pressing for the win. The 96es were barely hanging on, almost happy with surviving with a point, and then in injury time Huszti popped up again and stole the match with a fantastic volley half-bicycle kick. The only negative is that he got a double yellow for his celebration and will get banned for next week as the 96ers travel to Hoffenheim…

Schalke controlled the match in Fürth. Coached by ex-Schalke favorite Mike Büskens, the Greuther were fighting a desperate rear-guard action against the superior Blues, but in reality it was only a matter of time before Schalke would get the win. Draxler had a majestic blast after cutting in on the left side that basically wrapped it up. Schalke played with red jersies, what a disgrace.

A drab but hardfought battle in Augsburg between the Fuggers and VWs. Not much skill on display, but both desperately just wanted points…or at least not a sucky result.

Another crap result for Stuttgart, who still can’t get started. They controlled, as expected, against promoted Fortuna, but basically had diddly-squat. They should probably be happy they didn’t lose to one of the few Düsseldorf counter-attacks. VfB has basically stunk in all 3 matches this season. This is a match where they could have expected to score a few goals and show their fans it’s not over. Fortuna came in with the idea of getting a draw, so they’ve got to be happy.

Sunday matches see struggling HSV and Hoffenheim on the road at Frankfurt and Freiburg…

 	
FC Augsburg	      -   VfL Wolfsburg	        0:0 (0:0)    28,512
 
Borussia Dortmund     -   Bayer Leverkusen	3:0 (2:0)    80,645

                     1:0  Hummels (29., Schmelzer)
                     2:0  Blaszczykowski (39., Piszczek)
                     3:0  Lewandowski (78., Reus)

Bayern München	      -   1. FSV Mainz 05	3:1 (2:0)    71,000

                     1:0  Mandzukic (2.,  T. Müller)
                     2:0  Schweinsteiger (13., Badstuber)
                     2:1  Szalai (59., penalty, Baumgartlinger)
                     3:1  Kroos (90. + 2, Javi Martinez

Borussia M'gladbach   -   1. FC Nürnberg	2:3 (1:2)    52,195

                     0:1  Klose (17., Kiyotake)
                     0:2  Simons (25., Kiyotake)
                     1:2  L. de Jong (45., Herrmann)
                     2:2  G. Xhaka (53., Herrmann)
                     2:3  Kiyotake (55., Balitsch)


VfB Stuttgart	      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:0 (0:0)    55,089

Hannover 96	      -   Werder Bremen	        3:2 (2:1)    49,000

                     1:0  Huszti (6.)
                     2:0  Andreasen (10., Huszti)
                     2:1  Hunt (26., penalty)
                     2:2  de Bruyne (74., Elia)
                     3:2  Huszti (90. + 2, Rausch)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   FC Schalke 04 	0:2 (0:0)    18,000

                     0:1  Draxler (48.)
                     0:2  Holtby (88., Barnetta)

Sunday:
SC Freiburg	      -   1899 Hoffenheim	-:- (-:-)
Eintracht Frankfurt   -   Hamburger SV	        -:- (-:-) 	


 1  Bayern München	  	3     3   0   0    12:2  +10 	  9 
 2  Hannover 96	  	        3     2   1   0     9:4  +5 	  7
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	3     2   1   0     7:3  +4 	  7
 4  Borussia Dortmund (M, P)	3     2   1   0     6:2  +4 	  7
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 5  1. FC Nürnberg	  	3     2   1   0     5:3  +2 	  7 
 6  Eintracht Frankfurt (N)	2     2   0   0     6:1  +5 	  6
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 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf (N)	3     1   2   0     2:0  +2 	  5 
 8  Borussia M'gladbach	  	3     1   1   1     4:4   0 	  4
 9  VfL Wolfsburg	  	3     1   1   1     1:4  -3 	  4
10  Werder Bremen	  	3     1   0   2     5:5   0 	  3 
11  Bayer Leverkusen	  	3     1   0   2     3:5  -2 	  3
12  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (N)	3     1   0   2     1:5  -4 	  3
13  SC Freiburg	  	        2     0   1   1     1:3  -2 	  1
14  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	3     0   1   2     2:5  -3 	  1
15  FC Augsburg	  	        3     0   1   2     1:5  -4 	  1
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16  VfB Stuttgart	  	3     0   1   2     1:7  -6 	  1
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17  Hamburger SV	  	2     0   0   2     0:3  -3 	  0
18 1899 Hoffenheim	  	2     0   0   2     1:6  -5 	  0

3.Liga, Round 9

Bielefeld defended their leadership with a solid win against Babelsberg, while Unterhaching continued on track with a big win st struggling Aachen. Haching is a pretty interesting side, the mini-München-kins being the youngest side in the 3.Liga – despite the “B” squads. The opening goal was scored by Matts Hummels younger brother Jonas. Aachen is in crisis. New coach Rene Van Eck has his work cut out. They actually didn’t play that badly, having a clear edge in the 1st half, but must have had too much beer during the break.

Huge win for Münster in a regional Westfalen derby at Osnabrück. An error by the host reserve keeper led to Münster’s lead, and in injury time they added another. This was their first win against their neighbors in ages. Could they be challenging for the 2.Liga? Perennial elevator-club Osnabrück has to be convinced Münster is legit.

Offenbach and Karlsruhe have both been righting the ship, and they had a hard fought draw. KSC dominated the first half, and should have had the game won. The reverse was true in the 2nd. So I guess a draw is fair.

Erfurt continues to climb from the bottom, getting a win at suddenly struggling Saarbrücken.
Darmstadt had a good comeback on the road to rescue a point at Halle.

On Sunday matches, Rostock finally had a good outing, as they rumpled the idea-less Heidenheimers. The hosts could have grabbed the top spot with a rout, but were outplayed by Hansa. Stuttgarter Kickers stunk at Dortmund’s famed “Rote Erde” stadium (from pre-Westfalem/Signal Iduna days).

 	
VfB Stuttgart II      -   Chemnitzer FC	        0:1 (0:0)    1,050
Wacker Burghausen     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	0:0 (0:0)    2,300
VfL Osnabrück	      -   Preußen Münster	0:2 (0:1)   15,000
Hallescher FC	      -   SV Darmstadt 98	2:2 (2:0)    7,022
Kickers Offenbach     -   Karlsruher SC	        1:1 (0:0)   10,137
1. FC Saarbrücken     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	0:2 (0:1)    3,705
Alemannia Aachen      -   SpVgg Unterhaching	1:3 (0:0)   11,902
Arminia Bielefeld     -   SV Babelsberg 03	3:0 (1:0)    7,402
Sunday:
1. FC Heidenheim      -   Hansa Rostock 	1:2 (0:1)    9,000
Borussia Dortmund II  -   Stuttgarter Kickers	1:1 (1:0)    1,610


 1  Arminia Bielefeld	  	9    6 	2  1 	  17:8 	 +9 	  20 
 2  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	9    6 	1  2 	  16:10  +6 	  19
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 3  Preußen Münster	  	9    5 	3  1 	  16:7 	 +9 	  18
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 4  1. FC Heidenheim	  	9    5 	2  2 	  18:13  +5 	  17 
 5  VfL Osnabrück	  	9    5 	1  3 	  10:7 	 +3 	  16 
 6  VfB Stuttgart II	  	9    4 	2  3 	  12:9 	 +3 	  14 
 7  Chemnitzer FC	  	9    4 	2  3 	  12:10  +2 	  14 
 8  Hallescher FC (N)	  	9    3 	4  2 	   8:6 	 +2 	  13 
 9  Stuttgarter Kickers (N)	9    3 	3  3 	  13:8 	 +5 	  12 
10  Hansa Rostock (A)	  	9    3 	3  3 	  12:15  -3 	  12 
11  Karlsruher SC (A)	  	9    2 	5  2 	  10:7 	 +3 	  11 
12  Kickers Offenbach	  	9    3 	2  4 	  12:13  -1 	  11 
13  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	9    3 	1  5 	  11:14  -3 	  10 
14  Alemannia Aachen (A)	9    2 	4  3 	  11:15  -4 	  10 
15  Wacker Burghausen	  	9    3 	1  5 	   8:12  -4 	  10 
16  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	9    1 	6  2 	  11:12  -1 	  9 
17  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	9    2 	2  5 	  10:15  -5 	  8
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18  SV Darmstadt 98	  	9    1 	4  4 	   7:13  -6 	  7 
19  SV Babelsberg 03	  	9    2 	1  6 	   8:15  -7 	  7 
20  Borussia Dortmund II (N)	9    1 	3  5 	   6:19  -13 	  6

WC 2014 Qualifier: Lucky win

The DFB squad hardly put in a good performance, but of course it was Austria they were playing against, so they ended up winning 2-1 in Vienna, even though they didn’t deserve it.

The Austrians had something like nine Bundesligists in their lineup, so in theory they wouldn’t suck. But the Austrians have been pretty lame since the days of the Anschluss back in 1938. The only decent performance in memory is Argentina 78, when Schachner and Krankl led a 3-2 upset win.

Marcel Koller’s Austria team started furiously, but wasted any chances. Germany was slow and plodding, without ideas, but with the confidence of arrogance knowing no matter what would happen, they would get the three points. And that’s pretty much how it went. Austria probably deserved better, but can’t really complain. Germany gets the win and basically says “Next…”


Österreich	 - 	Deutschland	 	1:2 (0:1)

                0:1  Reus (44., Klose)
                0:2  Özil (52., penalty, T. Müller)
                1:2  Junuzovic (57., Arnautovic)

Attendance: 47,000, Ernst-Happel-Stadion (Vienna)

AUSTRIA:
Almer - 
Garics, Prödl, Pogatetz, Fuchs  - 
Baumgartlinger, Kavlak - 
Arnautovic, Junuzovic, Ivanschitz - 
Harnik   

Subs:
55. G. Burgstaller for Harnik
75. Jantscher for Ivanschitz
85. Janko for Baumgartlinger

Reserves:
Gratzei (GK),Lindner (GK)
Dragovic, Suttner, Schiemer, F. Klein, Leitgeb, Pehlivan, P. Bürger

Trainer: Koller


GERMANY:
Neuer - 
Lahm, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer - 
Khedira, Kroos - 
T. Müller, Özil, Reus - 
Klose   

Subs:
46. M. Götze for Reus
75. Podolski for Klose

Reserves:
Zieler (GK), ter Stegen (GK)
Boateng, Mertesacker, Höwedes, L. Bender, Gündogan, Draxler, Schürrle

Trainer: Löw

Regionalliga

Since this is an “off” weekend, perhaps it’s a good time to review the new 4th division Regionalliga structure. Once again the DFB reorganized the lower divisions, but this one actually makes some sense, with true regionalization. (note: the DFB is the federal boss, but the actual running of each league is left to the regional confederations, which also provide the feeder leagues into the Regionalliga.) Promotion will be difficult, as only the league champions advance – and then into a playoff league. The exception is for the SW, as the runner up will also get a chance.

Regionalliga Nord
Back to the tradional north region: the states of Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein, plus the city states Bremen and Hamburg. There are plenty of traditionals that have 2.Liga experience: Kiel, Oldenburg, Meppen, Lübeck and Wilhelmshaven. Meppen was the original “mini-me” as they managed to stay in 2.Liga despite being a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.
However, as you can see, the league also suffers from strong B sides of the bigger clubs, which should do a good job in killing attendance.

Wilhelmshaven is in dire straights, as they suffered a 5 point deduction due to financial shenanigans.

Regionalliga Nord

 1  Hannover 96 II	  	6    4 	 2   0 	 20:9 	+11 	  14
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 2  Werder Bremen II (A)	4    4 	 0   0 	 13:2 	+11 	  12 
 3  VfR Neumünster (N)	  	6    3 	 2   1 	  6:6 	 0 	  11 
 4  Holstein Kiel	  	5    3 	 1   1 	 14:6 	+8 	  10 
 5  VfL Wolfsburg II	  	6    2 	 3   1 	 11:6 	+5 	  9 
 6  VfB Oldenburg (N)	  	6    2 	 3   1 	  9:6 	+3 	  9 
 7  BV Cloppenburg (N)	  	6    3 	 0   3 	 12:15  -3 	  9 
 8  FC St. Pauli II	  	5    2 	 2   1 	  7:10 	-3 	  8 
 9  Hamburger SV II	  	5    2 	 1   2 	  9:7 	+2 	  7 
10  FC Oberneuland (N)	  	5    2 	 1   2 	  7:8 	-1 	  7 
11  Goslarer SC 08 (N)	  	6    2 	 1   3 	  9:15 	-6 	  7 
12  BSV SW Rehden (N)	  	6    1 	 3   2 	  8:9 	-1 	  6 
13  TSV Havelse	  	        5    1 	 2   2 	  4:4 	 0 	  5 
14  SV Meppen	  	        6    1 	 2   3 	  7:11 	-4 	  5
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15  ETSV Weiche Flensburg (N)	4    1 	 0   3 	  6:11 	-5 	  3
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16  Victoria Hamburg (N)	5    1   0   4 	  5:13 	-8 	  3 
17  VfB Lübeck	  	        5    0 	 2   3 	  2:8 	-6 	  2 
18  SV Wilhelmshaven	  	5    1 	 1   3 	  6:9 	-3 	 -2

Regionalliga Nordost

This is basically a structure around the old DDR-Oberliga. (If you like geography, it’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Sachsen, Thüringen and Berlin.) There are definitely some interesting clubs in this group. All eyes are upon the new money bags, RB Leipzig, which is funded by Red Bull. Although like with Hoffenheim there are a lot of nay-saysers, it has raised interest in the city. RedBull purchased the operating license of village club SSV Markranstädt. Some 25,000 showed up for the recent match with Lok Leipzig and there’s little doubt that they’ll be moving up soon. The afore-mentioned Lok Leipzig is of course a traditional ex-GDR club with a decent following.

1.FC Magdeburg is a famous ex-GDR club that figures to challenge, and FSV Zwickau has bounced around quite a bit in the post-GDR area, actually moving up from the 5th division now. Carl-Zeiss Jena just got bounced from the 3.Liga, and is one of the more famous ex-GDR clubs. VFC Plauen is another club that has seen some better days.

Berliner AK07 (actually AK47) made headlines as they embarassed Hoffenheim 4-0 in the DFB Cup.

Regionalliga Nordost

 1  1. FC Magdeburg	  	3    2 	 1   0 	  4:0 	+4 	7
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 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig	3    2 	 1   0 	  6:3 	+3 	7 
 3  VfB Auerbach (N)	  	3    2 	 0   1 	  8:3 	+5 	6 
 4  Germania Halberstadt	3    1 	 2   0 	  4:2 	+2 	5 
 5  Berliner AK 07	  	3    1 	 2   0 	  4:3 	+1 	5 
 6  TSG Neustrelitz (N)	  	3    1 	 1   1 	  4:3 	+1 	4 
 7  Optik Rathenow (N)	  	3    1 	 1   1 	  4:4 	0 	4 
 8  Hertha BSC II	  	3    1 	 1   1 	  3:3 	0 	4 
 9  FSV Zwickau (N)	  	2    1   0   1 	  4:1 	+3 	3 
10  Energie Cottbus II	  	3    0 	 3   0 	  4:4 	0 	3 
11  1. FC Lok Leipzig (N)	3    1 	 0   2 	  4:5 	-1 	3 
12  VFC Plauen	  	        3    1 	 0   2 	  4:6 	-2 	3 
13  Carl Zeiss Jena (A)	  	2    0 	 2   0 	  2:2 	0 	2 
14  1. FC Union Berlin II (N)	3    0 	 2   1 	  3:7 	-4 	2
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15  Torgelower SV Greif (N)	3    0   1   2 	  2:6 	-4 	1 
16  ZFC Meuselwitz	  	3    0 	 1   2 	  1:9 	-8 	1

Regionalliga West

This is the tradional grouping based on the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. This should be pretty interesting. You’ve got some ex-Bundesliga clubs, such as Fortuna Köln, Essen, Oberhausen and the legendary Wuppertaler SV. Ambitious clubs such as Viktoria Köln and Lotte. (Plus ex-Bundesligist KFC Uerdingen waiting one league down, hoping for promotion. They’re the lowest ex-Bundesligist I can think of…)

It promises to be a hard-fought battle at the bottom too. Up to 6 clubs could get relegated, as the league shrinks to 18 clubs.

Regionalliga West

 1  FC Viktoria Köln (N)	6    6 	0  0 	 18:3 	+15 	18
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 2  Fortuna Köln	  	7    6 	0  1 	 15:6 	+9 	18 
 3  FC Schalke 04 II	  	7    5 	1  1 	 15:8 	+7 	16 
 4  Rot-Weiss Essen	  	6    5 	0  1 	 13:9 	+4 	15 
 5  Wuppertaler SV 	  	7    4 	2  1 	 16:7 	+9 	14 
 6  Sportfreunde Lotte	  	7    4 	2  1 	 11:7 	+4 	14 
 7  Sportfreunde Siegen (N)	6    4 	1  1 	  9:2 	+7 	13 
 8  VfL Bochum II	  	6    4 	0  2 	  8:4 	+4 	12 
 9  SC Verl	  	        6    3 	1  2 	 13:8 	+5 	10 
10  FC Kray (N)	  	        6    3 	0  3 	  8:8 	 0 	 9 
11  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen (A)	6    3 	0  3 	 10:13  -3 	 9 
12  Borussia M'gladbach II	6    2 	2  2 	  6:8 	-2 	 8 
13  SV Bergisch Gladbach 09 (N)	6    2 	0  4 	  4:8 	-4 	 6 
14  Bayer Leverkusen II	  	6    1 	1  4 	  8:14 	-6 	 4
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15  MSV Duisburg II (N)	  	7    1 	1  5 	  6:13 	-7 	 4
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16  SC Wiedenbrück 2000	  	6    1 	0  5 	  9:16 	-7 	 3 
17  SSVg Velbert (N)	  	7    0 	3  4 	  3:10 	-7 	 3 
18  1. FC Köln II	  	6    0 	2  4 	  4:14 	-10 	 2 
19  Fortuna Düsseldorf II	6    0 	1  5 	  6:14 	-8 	 1 
20  VfB Hüls (N)	  	6    0 	1  5 	  1:11 	-10 	 1

Regionalliga Südwest

This is interesting because it combines 3 regions that had never really played together. But it actually makes some geogrpahic sense. Rheinland-Pfalz has usually been combined with the West in some fashion, whereas Hessen and Baden Württemburg were usually part of the South. But the clubs are close enough that there are sure to be some good regional rivalries. The number of clubs represented in the regional confederations is the highest, so two playoff spots have been granted to the SW, but it also means that depending on circumstances, up to 6 clubs could get relegated.

The most famous clubs are ex-Bundesliga sides Homburg, Ulm and Waldhof. Trier is known as a giant-killer in several different DFB-Cup seasons. Worms is this season’s SW surprise, and I think it’s where Hagen killed Siegfried. Kassel is most famous for going bankrupt every few years and having to reconstitute the club. Last time, they had to re-start in the 12th division or something, so they’ve certainly climbed back effectively.

Regionalliga Südwest

 1  1899 Hoffenheim II	  	7    5 	2  0 	  22:3 	 +19 	  17 
 2  SV Elversberg	  	7    5 	1  1 	  19:8 	 +11 	  16
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 3  FC 08 Homburg (N)	  	8    5 	1  2 	  16:15  +1 	  16 
 4  Hessen Kassel	  	6    4 	2  0 	   9:3 	 +6 	  14 
 5  Eintracht Trier	  	7    3 	3  1 	  11:7 	 +4 	  12 
 6  SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball (N)	7    4 	0  3 	  10:7 	 +3 	  12 
 7  1. FC Kaiserslautern II	7    3 	2  2 	  10:10   0 	  11 
 8  1. FC Eschborn (N)	  	8    3 	1  4 	  10:11  -1 	  10 
 9  Eintracht Frankfurt II	8    3 	1  4 	  12:16  -4 	  10 
10  Bayern Alzenau	  	7    2 	3  2 	  10:12  -2 	  9 
11  TuS Koblenz	  	        8    2 	3  3 	   9:13  -4 	  9 
12  SC Pfullendorf	  	8    2 	2  4 	  10:13  -3 	  8 
13  Wormatia Worms	  	7    1 	4  2 	  10:12  -2 	  7
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14  SC Freiburg II	  	8    1 	4  3 	   9:11  -2 	  7 
15  SC Idar-Oberstein	  	8    1 	4  3 	   6:8 	 -2 	  7
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16  Waldhof Mannheim	  	8    2 	1  5 	   8:11  -3 	  7 
17  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach	5    1 	3  1 	   4:4 	  0 	  6 
18  1. FSV Mainz 05 II	  	7    1 	2  4 	   8:17  -9 	  5 
19  FSV Frankfurt II	  	7    1 	1  5 	   2:14  -12 	  4

Regionalliga Bayern

Like Nordrhein-Westfalen, the state of Bayern gets it’s own division, but they didn’t want to call it “Süd”. Perhaps what is needed is another Anschluss, and you could integrate Austria into Regionalliga, since that’s about where they seem to belong. Although I suppose like many Germans, you might prefer, um, Abschluss, and kick out Bayern into Austria…

I would say this is the most boring league, in the sense that they’re virtually all village clubs that nobody has ever heard of. Most of the towns in Bavaria that you have heard of already have clubs in divisions 1-3. Plus I’m pissed since Schweinfurt isn’t around. I know nothing about this club, (see my writeup in the club section) but if you are basically calling yourself “Pig-town”, you’ve got to have some balls. (The only better one is if the French town Condom has a club…)

Bayern Hof is probably the only club worth mentioning, and they have sucked since the glory days in the 1970s. And with only 3 goals in 10 matches so far, it looks like they’ll continue in suckitude.

The RL-Bayern is the largest league, so 4 clubs are going down. My guess is that eventually they’ll settle on the German “standard” of 18 clubs.

 1  FV Illertissen (N)	  	11   8 	2  1 	  28:11  +17 	 26
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 2  SV Seligenporten (N)	10   6 	1  3 	  23:15  +8 	 19 
 3  1. FC Nürnberg II	  	10   5 	3  2 	  16:9 	 +7 	 18 
 4  FC Ismaning (N)	  	11   4 	6  1 	  12:6 	 +6 	 18 
 5  Bayern München II	  	11   4 	6  1 	  11:5 	 +6 	 18
 6  TSV Rain/Lech (N)	  	11   6 	0  5 	  16:17  -1 	 18 
 7  TSV 1860 Rosenheim (N)	11   5 	2  4 	  9:13 	 -4 	 17 
 8  1860 München II	  	11   5 	1  5 	  21:16  +5 	 16 
 9  TSV Buchbach (N)	  	11   4 	3  4 	  15:15   0 	 15 
10  FC Memmingen	  	11   3 	5  3 	  12:10  +2 	 14 
11  SC Eltersdorf (N)	  	11   4 	2  5 	  17:16  +1 	 14 
12  SpVgg Greuther Fürth II	10   3 	5  2 	  11:13  -2 	 14 
13  Würzburger Kickers (N)	11   4 	2  5 	  20:24  -4 	 14 
14  SV Heimstetten (N)	  	11   2 	7  2 	  10:10   0 	 13 
15  VfL Frohnlach (N)	  	11   3 	4  4 	  11:16  -5 	 13
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16  Viktoria Aschaffenburg (N)	11   4 	1  6 	  12:21  -9 	 13 
17  FC Ingolstadt 04 II	  	11   3 	3  5 	  19:18  +1 	 12
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18  FC Eintracht Bamberg (N)	11   2 	3  6 	  12:23  -11 	  9 
19  SpVgg Bayern Hof (N)	10   1 	3  6 	   3:11  -8 	  6 
20  FC Augsburg II (N)	  	11   1 	3  7 	  12:21  -9 	  6

WSV: lame result in derby

A lame result for Wuppertal in the local derby with Velbert. WSV dominated from start to finish, got the dream start, but basically dicked around and instead of finishing off the Velberters, got kicked in the nuts and lost two points. What a disgrace!

Even though Velbert is less than 10 miles away from Wuppertal (I remember going there to play with ASV Wuppertal, and I think it took me less than it took to go to the Zoo Stadion…), only some 800 WSV fans made the trip. And of course you would think that the “locals” would be overflowing to see the mighty WSV. No dice, although who knows, perhaps a decent crowd by Velbert standards.

This was actually what you might call a “make-down” (as opposed to make up). Supposedly the two sides were to meet in Round 18, but the match was moved up since there was the “open” weekend.

Things started reasonably enough. New signing Mehmet Boztepe punted a long ball that Christian Knappmann ran under and cooly slotted past GK Manuel Lenz. 0-1 for WSV and it looked like the route was on. In the 13th minute Boztepe had a hard shot saved brilliantly by Lenz, who certainly rose to the occasion on a busy afternoon. WSV continued to press for the second, but a combination of Lenz, poor marksmanship and non-calls on penalty suspect fouls kept the score even.

In the 2nd half, it was more of the same, but WSV continued to waste chances. So the punishment was soon to come. A Velbert counterattack, Jeffrey Tumanan crossed to Onucka, and his header gave Semmler no chance. WSV reacted with furious assaults against the Velbert goal, but got nothing.
The Wuppertalers left the field with hanging heads, as they didn’t get a point, they lost two. WSV remains in 5th place, but could have closed the gap against a side that is still looking for their first win.

SSVg Velbert   -   Wuppertaler SV	1:1 (0:1)
	
  	      0:1 Knappmann (2.) 
              1:1 Onucka (68.) 

Attendance: 1,632  Christopeit-Sport-Arena (Velbert)

VELBERT:
Lenz - 
Nachtigall, Schweer , Pappas    , Mondello - 
Kneifel    , Zent    - 
Ferati , Tumanan    , Mikolajczak    - 
Onucka  
  
Subs:
Janas (20., Zent)
D. Yilmaz (46., Kneifel)
Mühlhause (80., Mikolajczak)
	
Trainer: Leese

WUPPERTAL:
Semmler - 
Schumacher, Reichert, Wiwerink, Moosmayer - 
Fleßers, El Hammouchi - 
Quotschalla, Boztepe, Landers - 
Knappmann 
   
Subs:
Schlieter (33., Reichert) 
Wassinger (64., Boztepe) 
Cornelius (80., Quotschalla)

Trainer: Bruns

Show me the money…

Here’s an interesting list of the top 10 salaried players in football today. It only takes into consideration actual club paycheck, so players like David Beckham, who get massive amounts of promotional income, not to mention a percentage of gate receipts, are not included.

Also, to try and even the field, all sums are net after tax.

Based on this list, you can certainly say that Messi is underpaid, hehehe.

The only real surprise is Dario Conca. The Argentine midifielder led Fluminense to the Brazilian title in 2010, and was Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Then he jumped to Chinese Club Guangzhou for a ridiculous amount. No question he’s a good player. BUT: He’s not even good enough to make the Argentina squad! You really can’t blame him for taking the money.

Now we can speculate why Cristiano Ronaldo is so sad, because he’s at the bottom of the list.

So how does the Bundesliga do? Well, the top earners are Philipp Lahm and Bastian Scweinsteiger of Bayern. Both are estimated to make 9-10 million euros, but that’s *before* tax. So you can see why the German clubs are quite a way behind some of their richer cousins.

Top paid footballers

(millions of euros after tax)

 1.  Samuel Eto'o         (Anzhi Makhachkala)     20.0
 2.  Zlatan Ibrahimovich  (Paris SG)              14.5
 3.  Wayne Rooney         (Manchester United)     13.8
 4.  Yaya Toure           (Manchester City)       13.0
 5.  Sergio Aguero        (Manchester City)       12.5
 6.  Didier Drogba        (Shanghai Shenua)       12.1
 7.  Fernando Torres      (Chelsea)               10.8
 8.  Dario Conca          (Guangzhou Evergrande)  10.6
 9.  Lionel Messi         (Barcelona)             10.5
10.  Cristiano Ronaldo    (Real Madrid)           10.0
10.  Kaka                 (Real Madrid)           10.0

WC 2014 Qualifying: Ho-hom start

The DFB squad started the World Cup Qualifying with a rather disappointing 3-0 win against the Faroe Islands. Disappointing in the sense that they should beat a team like this at least 6-0, and perhaps even double digits. On the other hand, the Faroese did pack the box and defended stoutly, and GK Gunnar Nielsen was brilliant, with several great saves. Overall, the German attackers (especially Klose, Müller and Khedira) wasted enough chances to win several matches in a rout.

Still, I suppose this is basically just a Pflichtsieg, and they got the required points.

Germany	 - 	Faroe Islands  3:0 (1:0)

        1:0  M. Götze (28., Hummels)
        2:0  Özil (54., T. Müller)
        3:0  Özil (71., Reus)

Attendance: 32,769 AWD-Arena (Hannover)

GERMANY:
Neuer - 
Lahm, Mertesacker, Hummels, Badstuber - 
Khedira - 
T. Müller, M. Götze, Özil, Reus - 
Klose   

Subs:
68. Schürrle for T. Müller
75. Podolski for Klose
87. Draxler for M. Götze


FAROES:
Nielsen - 
Naes, Baldvinsson, Faerö, Justinussen - 
Hansson - 
Holst, Benjaminsen     - 
Samuelsen, Udsen    - 
Edmundsson   

Subs:
46. S. Olsen for Udsen
65. Elttör for Samuelsen
85. K. Olsen for Edmundsson

Transfer Summary, Part 3

1.FSV Mainz 05 +670.000 €

Grade: C-

OK, so Mainz has no money. They made a profit on selling some players they weren’t going to keep, which was nice. But even though they only spent 2 million, it’s probably wasted money. It’s not clear if those signings will even contribute, so why spend anything?
Note: After I wrote this, Mainz signed Ivan Klasnic to a one year deal. The Croatian striker had been released by Bolton, so he was free to sign after the deadline. Mainz swooped in Monday night…

IN:
Shawn Parker 	        1.FSV Mainz 05 II 	
Júnior Díaz 	        FC Brügge 	           80.000 €
Chinedu Ede 	        1.FC Union Berlin 	1.200.000 €
Tobias Schilk 	        1.FSV Mainz 05 II 	
Nikita Rukavytsya 	Hertha BSC 		  900.000 €
Petar Sliskovic *	FC St. Pauli 	
Ivan Klasnic            Bolton Wanderers
	
OUT:
Eugen Gopko 	        (unknown)
Mohamed Zidan 	        Baniyas SC 	
Zoltán Stieber 	        SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	 900.000 €
Fabian Schönheim *	1.FC Union Berlin 	  50.000 €
Sami Allagui 	        Hertha BSC 	       1.600.000 €
Malik Fathi *		Kayserispor 		 200.000 €
Deniz Yilmaz *		SC Paderborn 07 	  50.000 €
Petar Sliskovic *	Dynamo Dresden 	 	  50.000 €
Anthony Ujah *		1.FC Köln 	
Mario Gavranovic *	FC Schalke 04 	

Hamburger SV -24.000.000 €

Grade: B-

HSV needed to make a move, and to management credit, they invested 27 million. However it will come down to whether ex-HSV hero Rafael van der Vaart still has it. If he can regain his old HSV form, he’ll be a hero again. Otherwise, an expensive fee just to get more pictures of his wife Sylvie in the tabloids. The other signings might be useful, but Hamburg has a lot to prove. There is some question on who is going to score goals. They also spent money on Calhanoglu, and then turned around and sent him back to KSC.

IN:
Artem Rudnev 	        Lech Posen 		 3.500.000 €
René Adler 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen 
Christian Nörgaard 	Hamburger SV II 	
Paul Scharner 	        West Bromwich Albion 	
Milan Badelj 	        GNK Dinamo Zagreb 	 4.000.000 €
Hakan Calhanoglu 	Karlsruher SC 		 2.500.000 €
Petr Jirácek 	        VfL Wolfsburg 		 4.000.000 €
Rafael van der Vaart 	Tottenham Hotspur 	13.000.000 €
Maximilian Beister *	Fortuna Düsseldorf 	
Lennard Sowah *		FC Millwall 	
	
OUT:
Romeo Castelen 	        (unknown)
Gökhan Töre 	        Rubin Kazan 	         3.000.000 €
Lennard Sowah 	        Hamburger SV II 	
Macauley Chrisantus 	UD Las Palmas 	
Kevin Ingreso 	        Hamburger SV II 	
Mladen Petric 	        FC Fulham 	
Dániel Nagy 	        VfL Osnabrück 	
Miroslav Stepanek 	FK Senica
Sören Bertram 	        VfL Bochum 	
Mickaël Tavares 	Chernomorets Burgas 	
David Jarolím 	        FC Évian Thonon Gaillard 	
Hakan Calhanoglu *	Karlsruher SC 	
Muhamed Besic 	        Ferencváros Budapest 	

SpVgg Greuther Fürth -1.200.000 €

Grade: C-

Promoted Fürth spent 2.5 million, but it’s not clear what they got. Fall and Stieber figure to see decent playing time, but not sure about the others. Losing Occean hurts their attack, although it’s not clear whether he’s Bundesliga quality. They’re basically going in with a 2.Liga squad, so they’ll have to fight to stay up. (I’m not saying they’re automatic relegation fodder, just that their buys don’t look like a lot of help)

IN:
Ilir Azemi 	        SpVgg Greuther Fürth II 	
Tobias Mikkelsen 	FC Nordsjaelland 	  500.000 €
Issa Ndoye 	        Volyn Lutsk 	
Zoltán Stieber 	        1.FSV Mainz 05 	 	  900.000 €
Abdul Rahman Baba 	Dreamz FC 	
Lasse Sobiech *		Borussia Dortmund 	  100.000 €
Thanos Petsos 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	   50.000 €
Michael Hefele 	        SpVgg Unterhaching 	
Wolfgang Hesl 	        Dynamo Dresden 	
Thomas Pledl 	        TSV 1860 München U19 	
Djiby Fall 	        KSC Lokeren 		  800.000 €
Franck Ohandza *	Buriram United 	           50.000 €
Edu *		        FC Schalke 04 	          100.000 €

OUT:
Dani Schahin 	        Fortuna Düsseldorf 
Olivier Occéan 	        Eintracht Frankfurt 	1.300.000 €
Asen Karaslavov 	Botev Plovdiv 	
Fabian Baumgärtel *	Alemannia Aachen 
Jasmin Fejzic 	        VfR Aalen 		
Franco Flückiger 	Hallescher FC 	
Christian Dorda 	SC Heracles Almelo 
Stephan Schröck 	TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 		
Christian Rahn 	        Jahn Regensburg 	
Kingsley Onuegbu *	SV Sandhausen 	 

Eintracht Frankfurt -5.150.000 €

Grade: B

As a “big” club, Frankfurt had a little more moeny to spend. However, they went for quantity instead of proven quality. They held much of their talent in the 2.Liga. They brought in several players that look to contribute.

IN:
Erik Wille 	        Eintracht Frankfurt U19 	
Vadim Demidov 	        Real Sociedad              500.000 €
Olivier Occéan 	        SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	 1.300.000 €
Takashi Inui 	        VfL Bochum 		 1.200.000 €
Marc-Oliver Kempf 	Eintracht Frankfurt U17 	
Marc Stendera 	        Eintracht Frankfurt U17 	
Martin Lanig 	        1.FC Köln 	
Bastian Oczipka 	Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	   500.000 €
Stefano Celozzi 	VfB Stuttgart 	V
Julian Dudda 	        Eintracht Frankfurt U19 	
Alexander Hien 	        Eintracht Frankfurt U19 		
Stefan Aigner 	        TSV 1860 München 	
Kevin Trapp 	        1.FC Kaiserslautern 	 1.500.000 €
Anderson 	        Borussia Mönchengladbach   800.000 €
Erwin Hoffer *		SSC Neapel 	           200.000 €
Carlos Zambrano 	FC St. Pauli 		 1.200.000 €
Dorge Kouemaha *	FC Brügge 	           200.000 €
	
OUT:
Matthias Lehmann 	1.FC Köln 	
Mohamadou Idrissou 	1.FC Kaiserslautern 	   450.000 €
Gordon Schildenfeld 	Dinamo Moskau 		 1.500.000 €
Marcos Álvarez 	        Stuttgarter Kickers 
Dominik Schmidt 	Preußen Münster 	
Habib Bellaid 	        CS Sedan-Ardennes 	
Ümit Korkmaz 	        FC Ingolstadt 04 	
Ricardo Clark 	        Houston Dynamo 	
Caio César 	        EC Bahia 	
Georgios Tzavellas 	AS Monaco 	           300.000 €
Thomas Kessler *        1.FC Köln 	
Anderson *		Borussia Mönchengladbach

Fortuna Düsseldorf -2.050.000 €

Grade: A or F

Seldom does a transfer period TOTALLY determine a club’s future. But that’s Fortuna this season. They basically dismantled their promotion squad and brought in all new players (on the cheap no less). IF they stay up, it was a brilliant move! A++! If they get relegated, it’s F. No middle ground here.
The only interesting moves made were bringing back Du-Ri Cha, who has bounced around in Germany quite a bit, and signing oldtimer Andrei Voronin, now with his 6th Bundesliga club. (See if you can name them, no cheating!). His other claim to fame is getting the 1,000th red card in the Bundesliga.

IN:
Ronny Garbuschewski 	Chemnitzer FC 	
Stelios Malezas 	PAOK Thessaloniki 	450.000 €
Aliosman Aydin 	Fortuna Düsseldorf II 	
Nikos Papadopoulos 	Olympiakos Piräus 	 50.000 €
Mazin Ahmed Alhuthayfi 	Al-Ittihad Dschidda 	
Gerrit Wegkamp 	        VfL Osnabrück 	V 	250.000 €
Tobias Levels 	        Bor. Mönchengladbach 	200.000 €
Stefan Reisinger 	SC Freiburg 		200.000 €
Bastian Müller  	FC Bayern München II 
André Fomitschow 	VfL Wolfsburg II 	
Du-Ri Cha 	        Celtic Glasgow 	
Nando Rafael 	        FC Augsburg 	
Fabian Giefer 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	400.000 €
Leon Balogun 	        SV Werder Bremen II 	
Axel Bellinghausen 	FC Augsburg 	
Bruno Soares 	        MSV Duisburg 	
Dani Schahin 	        SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	
Ivan Paurevic 	        Borussia Dortmund II 	
Andriy Voronin *	Dinamo Moskau 	 	500.000 €
Adriano Grimaldi *	SV Sandhausen 
	
OUT:
Sascha Rösler 	        Alemannia Aachen 	
Adriano Grimaldi 	VfL Osnabrück 	
Sascha Dum 	        (unknown)
Ranisav Jovanovic 	MSV Duisburg 
Kai Schwertfeger 	Alemannia Aachen 	
Michael Ratajczak       (unknown)
Thomas Bröker 	        1.FC Köln 	
Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti SV Werder Bremen 	
Markus Krauss 	        Stuttgarter Kickers 
Jules Schwadorf 	Fortuna Düsseldorf II 	
Maximilian Beister *	Hamburger SV
Tobias Levels *		Borussia Mönchengladbach 
Villyan Bijev *		FC Liverpool Reserves 	
Adam Matuschyk *	1.FC Köln 	

Transfer Summary, Part 2

Hannover 96 -2.180.000 €

Grade: B, could grow to an A

The 96ers have no money, so a modest 5 million expediture would have to bring in some gems. They did get some defensive help with Felipe, and based on the first two matches, a diamond in Huszti, who would probably be Player of the Year if the season ended today. After Kagawa, unknown Japanese players are all the rage, so we’ll see if Hannover picked up a winner in Sakai. They didn’t really lose anyone, except perhaps Pogatetz.

IN:
Hiroki Sakai 	        Kashiwa Reysol 	        1.200.000 €
Felipe 	                Standard Lüttich 	2.500.000 €
Adrian Nikci 	        FC Zürich 	          600.000 €
Sascha Schünemann 	Hannover 96 II
Yannik Schulze 	        Hannover 96 U17 	
Niko Gießelmann 	Hannover 96 II 	
Szabolcs Huszti 	Zenit St. Petersburg 	  750.000 €
	
OUT:
Jannis Pläschke 	Hannover 96 II 	
Willi Evseev 	        Hannover 96 II 	
Daniel Royer *		1.FC Köln 	          120.000 €
Moritz Stoppelkamp 	TSV 1860 München 	  250.000 €
Emanuel Pogatetz 	VfL Wolfsburg 	        2.500.000 €
Erdal Akdari 	        Kayserispor 	
Altin Lala 	        FC Bayern München II 	
Carlitos 	        GD Estoril-Praia 	
Christopher Avevor *	FC St. Pauli 	
Henning Hauger *	Lilleström SK 	

VfL Wolfsburg +1.000.000 €

Grade: C-

It’s drunken sailor time, Felix Magath in da house! Actually, Magath was kind of restrained in that he only spent 19 million, and the Wolfies actually made a profit, since he’s been dumping a lot of his other purchases he doesn’t like anymore. Of course, it helps that he got 13 million for Mandzukic, who looked fed up with Wolfsburg towards the end of last season.
A lot of the players he brought in are questionable. Perhaps Olic still has some miles left. And this Bas Dost, who knows whether he can cut it in the Bundesliga. They’ll need it, since Helmes is out injured for about 6 months.
The best buy might be veteran Naldo, since the Wolfsburg defense seems like the usual Hühnerhaufen. Look for some wild spending in the winter window…

	
IN:
Vaclav Pilar 	        FC Hradec Králové 	 1.500.000 €
Ivica Olic 	        FC Bayern München 	
Patrick Drewes 	        VfL Wolfsburg U19 	
Emanuel Pogatetz 	Hannover 96 	         2.500.000 €
Bas Dost 	        SC Heerenveen 	         7.000.000 €
Kevin Pannewitz 	FC Hansa Rostock 	   300.000 €
Naldo 	                SV Werder Bremen 	 4.800.000 €
Fágner 	                Vasco da Gama Rio 	 3.000.000 €
Akaki Gogia *		FC Augsburg 
Simon Kjaer *		AS Rom 
Diego *		        Atlético Madrid 	
Thomas Kahlenberg *	FC Évian Thonon Gaillard 
Srdjan Lakic *		TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 	
Sotirios Kyrgiakos *	AFC Sunderland 	
	
OUT:
Mario Mandzukic 	FC Bayern München 	13.000.000 €
Giovanni Sio *		FC Augsburg 	F	   100.000 €
Akaki Gogia *		FC St. Pauli 	            50.000 €
Ibrahim Sissoko *	Panathinaikos Athen        100.000 €
Nassim Ben Khalifa *	Grasshopper Club Zürich 	
Bjarne Thoelke *	Dynamo Dresden 	            50.000 €
Caiuby 	                FC Ingolstadt 04 	
Kevin Scheidhauer *     VfL Bochum 		   100.000 €
André Lenz 	        (retired)
Hasan Salihamidzic 	(unknown)
Thomas Hitzlsperger 	(unknown)
Chris 	                TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 	
Sebastian Polter *      1.FC Nürnberg 	           200.000 €
Petr Jirácek 	        Hamburger SV             4.000.000 €
Patrick Ochs *		TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 	
Peter Pekarík 	        Hertha BSC 	
Ashkan Dejagah 	        FC Fulham	         2.500.000 €
Tuncay Sanli 	        Bursaspor 

SV Werder Bremen -650.000 €

Grade: C+

Bremen seemed to take a “clean house” approach, jettisoning a lot of expensive talent who basically failed last year. It’s a risky strategy, because if they suck, it could mean the end of the Schaaf-Allofs era. Werder made a slight profit, after spending almost 13 million. But they were really making a conscious decision to reduce salary…so they weren’t getting as much as you would expect. I think foisting Marko Marin onto Chelski and getting 8 million was a good bit of business. Marin is a talented player, but looks to be a poor man’s Reus, older and not as good. He had a fling in the national team, and is a good dribbler. But appears to lacking in determination and finishing. I would think he’ll warm the bench at Stamford Bridge before getting loaned out to Leyton Orient. Naldo they would have liked to keep, but he wanted to leave, so getting money was nice. Tim Wiese is still a top GK, but costs too much. Pizarro was excellent last year, but he wanted a presumably bigger paycheck to warm the bench at Bayern, although at the time Bayern hadn’t signed Mandzukic. They might have gotten a steal in Czech defender Selassie, who looked good in the Euros. But Elia didn’t exactly set the league on fire in his previous stay at HSV.

IN:
Sokratis 	        FC Genua 1893 	      3.500.000 €
Kevin de Bruyne *	FC Chelsea              450.000 €
Eljero Elia 	        Juventus Turin 	      5.500.000 €
Nils Petersen *		FC Bayern München       500.000 €
Theodor Gebre Selassie 	FC Slovan Liberec     1.800.000 €
Cimo Röcker 	        SV Werder Bremen U19 	
Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti Fortuna Düsseldorf 	
Richard Strebinger 	Hertha BSC II 	H
Raphael Wolf 	        SV Kapfenberg 	        200.000 €
Levent Aycicek 	        SV Werder Bremen U19 	
Joseph Akpala 	        FC Brügge 	      1.500.000 €
	
OUT:
Marko Marin 	        FC Chelsea 	      8.000.000 €
Sebastian Boenisch 	(unknown)
Onur Ayik 	        (unknown)
Sandro Wagner 	        Hertha BSC 	
Tim Borowski 	        (unknown)
Tim Wiese 	         TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 	
Mikaël Silvestre 	(unknown)
Naldo 	                VfL Wolfsburg 	      4.800.000 €
Claudio Pizarro 	FC Bayern München 	
Lennart Thy 	        FC St. Pauli 	
Markus Rosenberg 	West Bromwich Albion 	
Denni Avdic *		PEC Zwolle 	
Francois Affolter *	BSC Young Boys 	-

1.FC Nürnberg +2.800.000 €

Grade: C

Der Club hasn’t had money for some time, so they have to make due. They cashed in on Wollschied, so they made a profit. Of the others leaving, only Didavi they wanted, and he was a loanee from Stuttgart anyway. They brought in a bunch of nobodies, so we’ll have to see if any of them pan out. If they do, their grade will go up.

IN:
Noah Korczowski 	FC Schalke 04 U19 	
Timo Gebhart 	        VfB Stuttgart 	       1.000.000 €
Hiroshi Kiyotake 	Cerezo Osaka 	       1.000.000 €
Sebastian Polter *	VfL Wolfsburg 	         200.000 €
Roussel Ngankam 	Hertha BSC U19 	
Marcos António 	        Rapid Bukarest 	
Christoph Sauter *	VfR Aalen 	
Felicio Brown Forbes *	Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 	
Rubin Okotie *		SK Sturm Graz 	
	
OUT:
Philipp Wollscheid 	Bayer 04 Leverkusen	5.000.000 €
Felicio Brown Forbes 	1.FC Nürnberg II 	
Juri Judt 	        RB Leipzig 	
Rubin Okotie 	        SK Sturm Graz 	
Dominic Maroh 	        1.FC Köln 	
Christoph Sauter 	Karlsruher SC 	
Manuel Zeitz *		SC Paderborn 07 
Albert Bunjaku 	        1.FC Kaiserslautern 	
Christian Eigler 	FC Ingolstadt 04 	
Julian Wießmeier *	Jahn Regensburg 
Wilson Kamavuaka *	ahn Regensburg 
Jens Hegeler *		Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Daniel Didavi *		VfB Stuttgart

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim +9.450.000 €

Grade: D

Ah, for the Hopp-im-Heim of old, when Dietmar Hopp’s flowed in their cups. Well, the Hoppers are no longer the free spenders. They did put out 12 million, but still made a 10 million profit! So from an economic standpoint, they’re golden. However, the team seems weaker every year, and although they’ve brought in some high priced talent on frees (like Hildebrand, Wiese and Babel), they’ve generally flopped. They spent on an unknown Spaniard from Real Madrid’s academy, which isn’t exactly known for producing great players lately. And Derdiyok, who might be a good pick, is off to a horrible start. He sucks so much, I might have to call him “Eren Love” (you fans of Brazilian soccer know who I’m talking about!) Well, Derdiyok can probably regain his form, but Hoffenheim looks shaky at many levels.


Chris 	                VfL Wolfsburg 	
Ahmed Sassi 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II 	
Takashi Usami *		Gamba Osaka 	             300.000 €
Eren Derdiyok 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	   5.000.000 €
Matthieu Delpierre 	VfB Stuttgart 	
Joseph-Claude Gyau 	TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II 
Tim Wiese 	        SV Werder Bremen 	
Stephan Schröck 	SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	
Filip Malbasic 	        FK Rad Belgrad               750.000 €
Joselu 	                Real Madrid Castilla       6.000.000 €
Patrick Ochs *		VfL Wolfsburg 	
Kevin Volland *		TSV 1860 München 	
Michael Gregoritsch *	SV Kapfenberg 	
Jens Grahl *		SC Paderborn 07 
Jukka Raitala *		CA Osasuna 	
Franco Zuculini *	Real Saragossa 	
	
OUT:
Chinedu Obasi 	        FC Schalke 04 	           4.000.000 €
Dominik Kaiser 	        RB Leipzig 	             100.000 €
Denis Thomalla 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II 
Gylfi Sigurdsson 	Tottenham Hotspur         10.000.000 €
Jukka Raitala 	        SC Heerenveen 		     800.000 €
Franco Zuculini 	Real Saragossa 	
Manuel Gulde 	        SC Paderborn 07 	
Peniel Mlapa 		Bor. M'gladbach 	   2.500.000 €
Andreas Ibertsberger 	(unknown)
Daniel Haas 	        1.FC Union Berlin 	
Tom Starke 	        FC Bayern München 	
Knowledge Musona *	FC Augsburg                  100.000 €
Wellington 	        (unknown)
Joseph-Claude Gyau *	FC St. Pauli 
Isaac Vorsah 	        Red Bull Salzburg 	   4.000.000 €
Ryan Babel 	        Ajax Amsterdam 
Edson Braafheid *	FC Twente Enschede 	
Srdjan Lakic *		VfL Wolfsburg

SC Freiburg -1.050.000 €

Grade: C

Freiburg has no money, so they didn’t really spend. The two players they paid for have already seen action. They didn’t have anyone really to sell.

IN:
Max Kruse 	        FC St. Pauli 	 	750.000 €
Marco Terrazzino 	Karlsruher SC 	
Christian Günter 	SC Freiburg U19 	
Erich Sautner 	        SC Freiburg II 	
Mounir Bouziane 	SC Freiburg II 	
Vegar Eggen Hedenstad 	Stabaek IF 	        500.000 €
Ezequiel Calvente *	Real Betis Sevilla 	
Christian Bickel *	Jahn Regensburg 	
	
OUT:
Oliver Barth 	        VfR Aalen 	
Andreas Hinkel 	        (unknown)
Simon Brandstetter *	Karlsruher SC
Stefan Reisinger 	Fortuna Düsseldorf 	200.000 €
Erich Sautner *		Hallescher FC 	
Christian Bickel 	SC Freiburg II 
Michael Lumb *		Zenit St. Petersburg 	

Transfer Summary, Part 1

Obviously you can only judge at the end of the season. So this is just a sort of rambling status at the first deadline. Basically, it’s a subjective account of whether the squad got better and whether the club did some good business.

Borussia Dortmund -350.000 €

Grade: A

The champions pulled a major move when they signed Marco Reus from Gladbach. They sold on favorite Shinji Kagawa to Manchester United and needed someone big to replace him. Kagawa liked playing for the Neons, but his dream was to play in the EPL, so there was no holding him. Reus was probably the hottest property and should fit in nicely. They also did a nice bit business in getting big money for Lucas Barrios from China. Good player, but wasn’t going to get on the field much. Schieber looks like a decent buy as well. I’ve always thought Florian Kringe was a decent player, but he wasn’t going to get in the lineup.

(* - indicates loan)

IN:
Leonardo Bittencourt 	FC Energie Cottbus 	  2.700.000 €
Marco Reus 	        Bor. Mönchengladbach 	 17.100.000 €
Zlatan Alomerovic 	Borussia Dortmund II 	
Koray Günter 	        Borussia Dortmund U19 	
Marvin Ducksch 	        Borussia Dortmund U19 	
Oliver Kirch 	        1.FC Kaiserslautern 	    350.000 €
Julian Schieber 	VfB Stuttgart 	          5.500.000 €
Mustafa Amini *		Central Coast Mariners 		
Marc Hornschuh *	FC Ingolstadt 04 	
	
OUT:
Johannes Focher 	SK Sturm Graz 	
Dimitar Rangelov 	FC Luzern 	            300.000 €
Daniel Ginczek *	FC St. Pauli 	            100.000 €
Shinji Kagawa 	        Manchester United 	 16.000.000 €
Lasse Sobiech *		SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	    100.000 €
Marco Stiepermann 	FC Energie Cottbus 	    200.000 €
Julian Koch *		MSV Duisburg 	            100.000 €
Lucas Barrios 	        Guangzhou Evergrande 	  8.500.000 €
Florian Kringe 	        FC St. Pauli 	
Antônio da Silva 	MSV Duisburg 	

FC Bayern München: -69.800.000 €

Grade: A to F

When you can spend like Bayern, it’s easy to fix your problem areas. But they appear to have done a decent job. Bayern reacts to a “poor” season by spending. So what else is new? They spent 70 million, but the bulk was on Javi Martinez right at the deadline. The Mandzukic move appeared to be crazy, with getting Pizzarro, but with Gomez out, it looks pretty clever now. Dante seems a decent pickup, Shaqiri a major talent, and supposedly Weiser is another youngster that just seems to be cropping up in Germany lately. Starke a fine GK backup now that Butt retired. Getting rid of Olic was probably good, and loaning Petersen AND getting 500,000 was clever too. Petersen wasn’t going to play, but if he does well at Bremen, there could be a nice sell on factor. (Can you say “Bernd Leno”?) Since money is no object with Bayern, you can really only judge them if they win it all. Bundesliga title = A-, Champions League = A…anything else is probably a failure.


Mario Mandzukic 	VfL Wolfsburg 	       13.000.000 €
Xherdan Shaqiri 	FC Basel 1893 	       11.800.000 €
Mitchell Weiser 	1.FC Köln U19 	          800.000 €
Patrick Weihrauch 	FC Bayern München U19 	
Tom Starke 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 	
Dante 	                Bor. Mönchengladbach 	4.700.000 €
Lukas Raeder 	        FC Schalke 04 U19 	
Emre Can 	        FC Bayern München II 	
Claudio Pizarro 	SV Werder Bremen 	
Javi Martínez 	        Athletic Bilbao        40.000.000 €
	
OUT:
Rouven Sattelmaier 	unknown
Hans Jörg Butt  	(retired)
Ivica Olic 	        VfL Wolfsburg 	
Danijel Pranjic 	Sporting Lissabon 	
Breno 	                (1.FC Gefängnis)
Nils Petersen *		Werder Bremen 	          500.000 €
Takashi Usami *		Gamba Osaka 	

FC Schalke 04 +200.000 €

Grade: A-

Schalke is struggling financially, so they don’t have lots to spend. Losing fan favorite Raul was huge, but you can’t begrudge the Spaniard one last giant paycheck, and what he gave to Schalke was inspiring. But they did some business, sending out players that weren’t really going to play, and getting
Neustädter and Barnetta on free was excellent. They even made a tiny profit. Then they swooped on a major loan deal, getting Afellay, who can perhaps fill some of the Raul loss.
The Obasi loan was made permanent, and he’s good cover for Farfan and can help out in attack. The major move was one that wasn’t made: supposedly Zenit St.Petersburg offered 20 million for defender Papdoupoulos. I seriously doubt it was that much, but keeping him was definitely good.

IN:
Sead Kolasinac 	        FC Schalke 04 U19 		
Roman Neustädter 	Bor. Mönchengladbach
Chinedu Obasi 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim	4.000.000 €
Tranquillo Barnetta 	Bayer 04 Leverkusen	
Ibrahim Afellay *	FC Barcelona    	  500.000 €
Vasilios Pliatsikas *	MSV Duisburg

OUT:
Carlos Zambrano 	FC St. Pauli              750.000 €
Andreas Wiegel 	        FC Erzgebirge Aue 
Philipp Hofmann *	SC Paderborn 07           100.000 €
Hans Sarpei 	        (retired)
Tim Hoogland *		VfB Stuttgart             300.000 €
Peer Kluge 	        Hertha BSC 	          250.000 €
Ciprian Deac 	        CFR Cluj 		  700.000 €
Mario Gavranovic 	FC Zürich 
Jan Morávek 	        FC Augsburg 	 	  700.000 €
Raúl 	                Al-Sadd Sports Club 
Mathias Schober 	(retired)
Levan Kenia 	        Karpaty Lviv 
Alexander Baumjohann 	1.FC Kaiserslautern
Anthony Annan *		CA Osasuna 	          300.000 €
Edu *		        SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	  100.000 €
José Manuel Jurado *	Spartak Moskau 	        1.500.000 €

Borussia Mönchengladbach -7.050.000 €

Grade: C? F?

This is one where you really have to “wait and see”. Gladbach spent over 30 million, and I’m not sure what they got. We certainly know what they lost – 3 key starters from last years team. OK, if they had cashed in, understandable. But they spent big, so unless they finish at least same as last year – 4th – it has to be considered a major fail. I think the players they brought in are “iffy”. They could hit, or they could flop. Very risky for a club that had financial problems not too long ago.

IN:
Granit Xhaka 	        FC Basel 1893l 	          8.500.000 €
Peniel Mlapa 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 	  2.500.000 €
Branimir Hrgota 	Jönköping Södra 	    400.000 €
Álvaro Domínguez 	Atlético Madrid 	  7.000.000 €
Luuk de Jong 	        FC Twente Enschede 	 12.000.000 €
Alexander Bieler 	Bor. Mönchengladbach II 
Anderson *		Eintracht Frankfurt 
Lukas Rupp *		SC Paderborn 07 
	
OUT:
Marco Reus 	        Borussia Dortmund        17.100.000 €
Roman Neustädter 	FC Schalke 04 
Dante 	                FC Bayern München         4.700.000 €
Mathew Leckie *		FSV Frankfurt                50.000 €
Elias Kachunga *	Hertha BSC                  100.000 €
Logan Bailly 	        Oud-Heverlee Leuven 
Tobias Levels 	        Fortuna Düsseldorf          200.000 €
Anderson 	        Eintracht Frankfurt         800.000 €
Yuki Otsu 	        VVV-Venlo                   400.000 € 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen -6.350.000 €

Grade: C

Bayer addressed their issue by firing their coach, they were too boring last season. They didn’t spend a ton of money (less than 14 million), but they didn’t get much in return. They sold Derdiyok, one of their better players last season. A top GK in Adler left (but Leno had made him redundant. Getting Rensing as a cheaper backup was a good move for Bayer). Wollschied was probably a good pickup, but who knows about Carvajal. Spanish players seem overpriced in many cases. Let’s see if Michael Ballack catches on with RedBull Leipzig, since he looks like only a benchwarmer at Eintracht ESPN, based on his Euro 2012 performance…I half expected him to say something like “Wenn ist die nunstuch git und schlottermeier? Ja!! Beierhund die oder das flipperwalt geschput!!”

	
IN:
Niklas Lomb 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Daniel Carvajal 	Real Madrid B                   5.000.000 €
Júnior Fernandes 	Club Universidad de Chile	3.500.000 €
Dominik Kohr 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Carlinhos *		Desportivo Brasil Ltda (SP)       100.000 €
Erik Zenga 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Kolja Pusch 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Samed Yesil 	        Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 
Philipp Wollscheid 	1.FC Nürnberg                   5.000.000 €
Michael Rensing 	1.FC Köln 
Jens Hegeler *		1.FC Nürnberg 
Lucas *		        1.FC Kaiserslautern 
Hajime Hosogai *	FC Augsburg 
	
OUT:
Michael Ballack 	(Eintracht ESPN)
Zvonko Pamic *		MSV Duisburg 
Lucas 	                Vasas Budapest 
Nicolai Jörgensen *	FC Kopenhagen 
Danny da Costa *	FC Ingolstadt 04 
Bastian Oczipka 	Eintracht Frankfurt 	          500.000 €
Fabian Giefer 	        Fortuna Düsseldorf 	          400.000 €
Tranquillo Barnetta 	FC Schalke 04
Thanos Petsos 	        SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	           50.000 €
René Adler 	        Hamburger SV 	
Eren Derdiyok 	        TSG 1899 Hoffenheim             5.000.000 €
Samed Yesil 	        FC Liverpool                    1.300.000 €
Michael Ortega *	Atlas Guadalajara 	
Vedran Corluka *	Tottenham Hotspur

VfB Stuttgart +6.200.000 €

Grade: B

Again, it depends what they do. Stuttgart didn’t spend at all, although with Didavi and Hoogland, perhaps some addition to the squad. But they lost some talent as well.

IN:
Raphael Holzhauser 	VfB Stuttgart II 	
Antonio Rüdiger 	VfB Stuttgart II 	
André Weis 	        VfB Stuttgart II 	
Kevin Stöger 	        VfB Stuttgart II 	
Tunay Torun 	        Hertha BSC 	
Tim Hoogland *		FC Schalke 04 	         300.000 €
Daniel Didavi *		1.FC Nürnberg 	
	
OUT:
Matthieu Delpierre 	TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 
Timo Gebhart 	        1.FC Nürnberg 	        1.000.000 €
Khalid Boulahrouz 	Sporting Lissabon 
Stefano Celozzi 	Eintracht Frankfurt 
Julian Schieber 	Borussia Dortmund 	5.500.000 €