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  1. Son Heung-Min’s Football Career

    Son Heung-Min (손흥민) has been making a name for himself in international soccer since he joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2015. And to acknowledge his achievements in recent seasons, we have put this article together to showcase his journey from South Korean youth soccer to the Premier League. Here is the general player profile of Heung-min Son, but to find out more about this key player, then keep on reading:

    Hangul - 손흥민

    DOB – 8th July 1992

    Height – 1.83m

    Weight – 77kg

    Nationality – South Korean

    Current Club – Tottenham Hotspur

    Signed – 28th August 2015

    Position – Forward

    Heung-Min’s Youth Career

    Born on the 8th July 1992, Heung-min grew up with a considerable amount of football in his life. His father Son Woong-Jung is a retired football player that upon retirement became a football manager who also represented his country in the South Korean national team B during his prime.

    With this large soccer influence surrounding his childhood, there was no doubt that Heung-Min was going to follow in his father’s footsteps and take up football. He attended the FC Seoul academy which was a considerable distance from his hometown. He then progressed throughout the academy and made an appearance for the FC Seoul team as a ball boy in a match during 2008.

    According to his agent Thies Bilemeister, Son has always been keen to take his football career into Europe and is fluent in both German and English as well as his native language – Korean. So, when Son left the Dongbuk High School (FC Seoul U18 Team) to join Hamburger SV’s youth team as part of the Korean FA Youth Project, this was the start of his journey into European soccer. He only spent one year with the Hamburger SV junior team before returning to South Korea for the FIFA U17 World Cup. After this tournament had ended, he then formally joined Hamburger SV’s academy in 2009.

    Son spent from 200

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  2. Looking Ahead to the Bundesliga 2018/19

    Established in 1963, the Bundesliga league is the top-flight soccer tournament which takes place in Germany. The founding members of this were Werder Bremen, Schalke 04, FC Koln, Hertha BSC, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart. Also, they have most recently welcomed RB Leipzig back in 2016. With such a fantastic mix of teams, this league is most definitely one to look out for this season.

    With the beginning of the 2018/19 fixtures just around the corner, we wanted to put together this article to explore the scheduling of the games. From who has the best stakes at getting to the final, to how the overall tournament could turn out, this post covers it.

    Fixtures and Notable Dates

    The beginning of this year’s tournament kicks off on the 24th August 2018 and is expected to end on the 18th May 2019. Starting off the fixtures, current Champions Bayern Munich play in their home grounds at Allianz Stadium against Hoffenheim. And the last match scheduled is Eintracht Frankfurt against Bayern Munich.

    From the results seen in 17/18, the top 5 teams were Bayern Munich, Schalke 04, Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. Below is a breakdown of all of the matches featuring these top teams battling it out against one another. So, make sure you make a note of these dates as they are most definitely key games to look out for this season.

    • Bayern Munich – 24/08/18, 1/09/18, 15/09/18, 22/09/18, 10/11/18, 19/01/19, 2/02/19, 09/02/19, 06/04/19
    • Schalke 04 – 22/09/18, 1/12/18, 08/12/18, 19/12/18, 09/02/19, 20/4/19, 27/04/19, 11/05/19
    • Hoffenheim – 24/08/18, 15/09/18, 22/09/18, 1/12/18, 08/12/18, 19/01/19, 09/02/19, 30/03/19, 20/04/19
    • Borussia Dortmund – 22/09/18, 29/09/18, 3/11/18, 10/11/18, 09/02/19, 23/02/19, 06/04/19, 27/04/19
    • Bayer Leverkusen – 15/09/18, 29/09/18, 3/11/18, 19
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  3. Fight to Stay Above the Bundesliga Relegation Zone

    2nd March 2017. By Danni Biggs
    The well-known teams that are Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and Hamburg are up against each other to avoid dropping to Bundesliga relegation zone this 2016/17 season. Currently, Werder and Wolfsburg are on level points while Hamburg is 2 points below and sitting in 16th place and are all in a fight to stay above the Bundesliga relegation zone. On Friday we saw Bremen grab a 2-1 win against fellow strugglers Wolfsburg, which saw them rise above the dreaded bottom two.

    Although not in the bottom two Hamburg are not out of the woods as the 16th place holder (which they currently are) has to play in a play-off game against third place 2. Bundesliga finisher. The winner of this game determines who will play in the Bundesliga next season. Hamburg finished mid-table last season showing that this season they are struggling as well as Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen who also had decent results in the previous season.

    Can Werder Bremen and Hamburg Avoid Relegation?


    Both Werder and Hamburg finished last season around the 40 point mark. However, already played 22 games out of the 34 these teams as well as Wolfsburg are just on half the points they finished on last year. Can the teams finish the season on a high?

    Things have gone from bad to worse for the Hamburg club. Just as things start to look up for Hamburg, along came Bayern Munich. The side faced a punishing match against German giants Bayern as they suffered an 8-0 defeat by top of the table. Following a start of a shambolic season for Hamburg we thought they were turning a corner. Hamburg went into the Munich match with being undefeated in four continuous

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  4. Kyriakos Papadopoulos: Proving His Former Team's Wrong with Hamburg

    17th February 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Kyriakos Papadopoulos continued his strong form with Hamburg since joining on loan in January by scoring against a former employer for the second Bundesliga match in a row.

    Firstly in matchday 19, he scored the winner against Bayer Leverkusen, the club that currently owns him. And then, on the weekend, he came back to haunt RB Leipzig ,who only afforded him one 27 minute appearance throughout his loan there for the first half of this season, by finding the back of the net with a towering header. Indeed, Papadopoulos' demonstrative celebration, where he sprinted towards the sideline to flex his bicep at the Leipzig crowd, certainly showed there's no love lost between him and the Red Bulls.

    Importantly, struggling Hamburg didn't concede on their way to winning both fixtures, 1-0 and 3-0 respectively, which has now propelled them three points clear of the relegation zone.

    For the imposing 24-year-old defender, who's had an injury ravaged career to date, it's been terrific to see him return to full fitness and back playing regularly again. His strong performance v's Leipzig was arguably his finest showing yet too, as he put in a shift full of authority, conviction and intelligence.

    Operating on the right side of central defence, the Greek international set the tone beautifully for his teammates to follow, not only with the intensity of stopping work but also through his leadership qualities. In a game where he was relentlessly gesturing and barking instructions to his teammates, his forceful presence undoubtedly helped Hamburg remain focused, while also ensuring his colleagues were exerting themselves fully - just like he was.

    Coming up against Leipzig's dynamic attacking unit is never an easy proposition, but Papadopoulos and his defensive partners in crime

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  5. Alen Halilovic Joins Las Palmas After Tough Spell in Germany

    27th January 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    After a decent spell on loan at Sporting Gijon last season, where he produced plenty of glimpses of his extraordinary talent, Alen Halilovic returned to Barcelona hoping to kick on with the Catalan giants.

     

    But despite Halilovic and his agent stating the player's intentions to stay with Barca and fight for a place in the squad, they quickly came to a realisation that with such fierce competition, from the likes of Lionel Messi, Arda Turan, Denis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and countryman Ivan Rakitic for a place, a move away would be best for his development.

     

    Following plenty of consideration, Halilovic chose to join Hamburg for a transfer fee of €5.5 million that included a buyback clause of €10 million for Barca. Upon signing, the Croatian was full of excitement about the challenge that lay ahead, and even decided on taking the number 23, which was previously worn by former Hamburg star, Rafael van der Vaart. "I am delighted and proud to be here. HSV are a big club, Hamburg is a big city, and thus it's a big challenge for me to play here," Halilovic explained to the club's official website.

     

    "I know the No. 23 has a special meaning here. Of course I know Rafael van der Vaart, an outstanding player who set the world on fire at Hamburg. It just feels right."

     

    Unfortunately for the man dubbed the "Balkan Lionel Messi", things just haven't worked out for him at the struggling former giants, with many questioning his attitude, application and character.

     

    Having only made one start, which came against Eintracht Frankfurt and ended in him being substituted at

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  6. Bayern Munich Tightens Hold on Bundesliga Title Race 2015/16

    Wolfsburg scored a massive victory, Borussia Dortmund snapped their seven-game winning streak, and Bayern Munich continued to avoid defeats in the 13th week of the Bundesliga title race 2015/16. The Bavarians are widening their lead over the rest of the table, with Dortmund's loss allowing the defending league champions to move from a five-point advantage to an eight-point lead. With 12 wins and only one draw on their record this season,
    Munich already seem like a foregone conclusion to clinch yet another German football championship next spring.

    Bayern were in-form in their away fixture against Schalke 04, winning 3-1 to improve both their point total and their goal difference. Even with their star striker, Robert Lewandowski, going scoreless, the Bavarians still racked up three goals, including a last-minute contribution from Thomas Muller. Anyone waiting for the wearers of the Bayern Munich home jersey 2015/16 to show signs of weakness is going to keep waiting, in other words.

    Disappointment for Dortmund

    Still, even though Bayern Munich are virtually always dominant in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund have looked like worthy contenders and rivals for much of the 2015 2016 campaign. Coming off a disappointing season and the resulting resignation of manager Jurgen Klopp, Dortmund's Black and Yellows have surprised fans and pundits alike with their speed, hunger, and consistency.

    Other than a loss against Bayern in early October, Dortmund hadn't dropped another Bundesliga fixture all season. The football club were also enjoying a seven-game winning streak heading into Bundesliga match day 13, having won their last four league matches, as well as additional competitive soccer fixtures in the Europa League and the DFB Pokal.

    The Black and Yellows showed some serious weakness over
    the weekend, though, losing 1-3 in their away match against Hamburger SV. Hamburger,

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  7. Bayern and Borussia Back on Top after Opening Week of 2015 Season

    In 2013 2014, the German Bundesliga season ended with Bayern Munich as the champions, Borussia Dortmund as the runners-up, and Schalke 04 in third place. Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg rounded out the top five. Now, in the wake of the opening week of 2015 - 2016 Bundesliga play, it's as if we've found a time warp back to the 2013 2014 season, for how similar today's standings look like the final rankings from that season.

    Indeed, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Schalke 04 are the opening week's top three performing football clubs. Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, are in fifth, while VfL Wolfsburg are just outside the top five, at sixth place. Talk about déjà vu.

    Two Returns to the Top

    For Bayern Munich, returning to the top of the Bundesliga table is more or less a foregone conclusion at this point. The soccer club has won 25 German championship titles since inception, including six of the past 10 Bundesliga trophies. This year, players will don the Bayern Munich home jersey 2015 2016 to go for a fourth title in a row.

    So far, the odds of the Bavarians winning the German Bundesliga competition once more seem pretty sterling. The football club had one of the best season starts of any team in Europe, crushing Hamburger SV 5-0 in a thrilling home match. The game, which saw two goals from Thomas Muller and one apiece from Robert Lewandowski, Medhi Benata, and summer signing Douglas Costa, gave Bayern three points in the standings and an untouchable +5 in goal difference.

    Borussia Dortmund Home Shirt 2015 - 2016For Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, a return to (or near) the top of the table in 2015 2016 is anything but a foregone conclusion. For the most part, Dortmund's past 10 years have been stellar, featuring two Bu

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  8. A Team Profile for Hamburg SV: Assessing Club's Depth, 2015 - 2016 Season Prospects, and More

    The past few years haven't exactly been easy for fans of Hamburger SV. Not only have the Hamburg-based football club not won a trophy of any kind since 2007, they've also been up against the ropes for relegation in each of the past two seasons. They successfully won the relegation playoffs for the second consecutive year, which means that they will be back to fight another day in the 2015 2016 Bundesliga. But will the reprieve help to bring the Red Shorts back to prominence in the German top flight? Or would they be more at home in the second division? Keep reading this team profile for Hamburg SV for answers to these questions and more.

    The Title Draught

    Part of Hamburger SV's problem in recent years has likely been an inability to attract strong players, and Hamburg Home Shirt 2015 - 2016you can blame the football club's lengthy title draught for that. While Hamburg do have six German championship titles to their name, they haven't won the top flight since 1983, and haven't been runners-up since 1987.

    Things seemed to be looking up for Hamburg late last decade, when they managed two top-five Bundesliga finishes in a row in 2008 and 2009. Since then, the soccer squad has ping-ponged between solid, if unremarkable performances (seventh or eighth place finishes in 2010, 2011, and 2013) and dreadful off years (15th or 16th place turns in 2012, 2014, and 2015).

    To make matters worse, the Red Shorts haven't won any other trophies recently, either. Their last DFB Pokal and DFB Supercup titles came in 1987, and they've only managed one title apiece in the Europa League (in 1982) and the Champions League (in 1983). In fact, Hamburg's only semi-recent football title came in the now-defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup, which they

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