1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Yunus Malli - A Great Signing for Wolfsburg

    9th January 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    After the departure of talented, wantaway sensation Julian Draxler, Wolfsburg knew they needed a talented attacking midfielder to replace the 2014 World Cup winner, who'd just joined PSG in a deal worth a staggering £34 million.

    They didn't waste any time settling on his replacement, however, with Wolfsburg quickly bringing in the ingenuitive, creatively gifted Yunus Malli from Mainz 05 for roughly a third of what they received from selling Draxler, paying just £10.7 million.

    Having been a mainstay within the Mainz squad for the last three and a half seasons, Wolfsburg astutely swooped on Malli, taking advantage of a clause in his contact that stated he could leave for less next summer, which forced Mainz's hand into offloading their prized asset.

    Mainz's loss is certainly the Wolves' gain, for they've got a player who should be able to come in and make an immediate impact, as they search to get their so far turbulent season back on track. After all, he's already made 129 Bundesliga appearances, which have yielded an impressive 29 goals and 19 assists, so he shouldn't have too many issues integrating.

    The fact he's a player who's so adept at both creating and scoring goals, a somewhat rare commodity, it's little wonder Wolfsburg manager, Valerien Ismael, is over the moon with the capture of Malli. "With Yunus Malli, we have gained further flexibility and strength in the attacking areas, whilst naturally adding to the competition for places in the midfield," he explained.

    "He's dangerous in front of goal, but is also capable of creating as well as being a good set-piece taker. Of course, it's also a bonus that he knows the Bundesliga well and won't need any time to adapt."

    While Mainz, who are currently sitting tenth on the table, four points ahead of thirteenth placed Wolfsburg, were sad to lose their star man, they recognised that with the player expressing his desire to leave a

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  4. A Preview of the Champions League

    22nd March 2016
    On March 18th, the UEFA officially announced the draw for the Champions League quarterfinal round. For the most part, the matchups for the next round of Europe's most prestigious soccer tournament look to have clear favorites. However, as we saw from the semifinals-where Bayern Munich of all teams had to win their second leg match in extra time-there is no such thing as a sure thing in this ultra-competitive tournament.

    The lineup for the quarterfinals shows beyond a doubt that the La Liga is the strongest league in European football right now. The Spanish top-flight accounts for three of the eight quarterfinal spots, with FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid all earning spots. Two Bundesliga teams are also in the mix (Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg), while England, France, and Portugal grabbed one slot apiece (for Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain, and Benfica, respectively).

    Perhaps the biggest surprise in this crop of teams is that there are no Italian clubs left in the competition. Juventus, last season's UCL runners-up, were the victims of Bayern Munich's second-leg, extra-time win in the round of 16 and will not progress further. Also out of contention are Gent, Roma, Chelsea, Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Zenit Saint Petersburg, and Dynamo Kyiv.

    Analyzing the Match-ups

    As mentioned previously, three of the four match-ups on the schedule for the Champions League quarterfinals have fairly natural frontrunners. Barcelona will be favored to outstrip Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid should have no problem getting past Wolfsburg, and Bayern Munich will likely steamroll Benfica. Let's start by analyzing these three supposedly "predictable" draws.

    Barcelona vs.

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  5. Wolfsburg End 2015 with a Four Game Dry Spell

    VfL Wolfsburg ended the 2014 2015 Bundesliga campaign in second place, with an impressive record of 20 wins, nine draws, and five losses. To be sure, the football club benefitted from an off year for the usual runners-up at Borussia Dortmund. However, the Wolves were also just a very solid soccer team, finishing just 10 points behind Bayern Munich at the final tally and managing a +34 goal difference in a season where even the fifth-place team landed at a GD of zero.

    Led by the 16-goal performance of striker Bas Dost, the Wolves scored 72 goals in 34 fixtures-just eight points off Bayern's goal total of 80. Wolfsburg had only won one title in the history of top-flight German football, in the 2008 2009 season. However, based on how well the soccer club did last season, some fans and pundits alike were wondering whether or not the Wolves might contend for the Bundesliga title in 2016.

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    A Middling First Half

    Unfortunately for fans in the Wolfsburg home shirt 2015/16, it appears like the Wolves will have to wait for another season to bring their national title count to two. The first half of the current Bundesliga season, which concluded on Saturday, December 12th with the football club's 1-3 loss against Stuttgart, has been mostly middling. In fact, 17 games into the 34-game season, Wolfsburg are stuck back at seventh place in the league standings-a distant 20 points away from leaders Bayern Munich.

    Things started well enough for the Wolves this season. After a season-opening win against Eintracht Frankfurt, the team managed notable wins against Schalke 04 (3-0) and Hertha Berlin (2-0) and made it through five weeks of competition without losing

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  6. Draw Announced for Champions League 2016 Round of 16

    Competitive play won't resume in the 2015 2016 UEFA Champions League until well into the New Year, but already, fans are getting excited for the next stage of Europe's most prestigious club football tournament. On Monday, December 14th, the UEFA announced the draw for the Champions League 2016 round of 16, with the first leg matches to take place on February 16th, 17th, 23rd or 24th and second leg matches scheduled for early to mid-March. Let's take a look at the match-ups!

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    The Games to Watch

    Probably the highest profile draw for the round of 16 is the match-up between Bayern Munich and Juventus. Bayern won five of their six group stage fixtures, only dropping one game (against Arsenal). Juventus, meanwhile, have struggled to find their groove this fall, both in domestic and European play. After a dismal start to the Serie A season, though, the Zebras have begun a slow and steady march back toward the top slot, winning six matches in a row in Italy. Add their status as last season's UCL runners-up, and Juve have to be considered a threat to Bayern Munich here-even if the German heavyweights have reached the finals or semifinals in each of the past four Champions League tournaments.

    Also extremely intriguing is the match-up between FC Barcelona and Arsenal. Barca are, of course, the reigning tournament champions and, therefore, the clearest favorites to clinch the title again in 2016. Arsenal, Arsenal Home Shirt 2015 - 2016meanwhile, have struggled so far in the UCL, only just inching into the round of 16 with a last-minute win against Olympiacos.

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  7. Germany's Top Four Clubs Do Battle in Bundesliga 2015 Week 15

    It was an exciting weekend for football fans in Germany, as the country's top four soccer clubs did battle in the Bundesliga 2015 week 15. Reigning league champions and perpetual frontrunners Bayern Munich traveled for an away fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach while 2014 2015 runners-up VfL Wolfsburg faced off against this season's revitalized Borussia Dortmund squad.

    Bayern Munich Pick Up a Loss

    The most fascinating thing about the weekend was that it brought Bayern Munich's incredible undefeated run to a close. The Bavarians have been on fire this season, winning 13 of their first 14 league matches and drawing the other. Their only losses since August were Super Cup defeat against Wolfsburg, a friendly fixture defeat at Jahn Regensburg, and a Champions League loss to Arsenal.

    Donning the Bayern Munich away shirt 2015/16 for their December 5th match against Borussia Monchengladbach, though, the Bavarians finally picked up a Bundesliga loss. Despite a scoreless first half and a dominant possession Bayern Munich Home Shirt 2015 - 2016performance from Bayern Munich, the home team found their groove early in the first half, scoring three goals in the space of 15 minutes. Considering the fact that Bayern rarely concede more than one goal in a match, the three-point deficit was a shock for both fans and players alike. The visitors did eventually get on the board, with an 81-minute goal from Franck Ribery, but it was too little, too late to forge Borussia Monchengladbach Home Shirt 2015 - 2016

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  8. 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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  9. Week Three Breaks the Stalemate in Champions League Group B

    Leading up to the third week of play there was stalemate in Champions League Group B 2015 2016, with each of the team's on exactly the same number of points. In week one, Wolfsburg beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 and PSV Eindhoven topped Manchester United 2-1. In week two, however, Man United bounced back with a 2-1 win against Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven crumpled in a 2-3 loss against CSKA Moscow. Those outcomes left each team in Group B with three points in the standings and goal difference tallies at zero. PSV Eindhoven technically had the edge, since they'd scored the most goals (four) across the first two fixtures, but for all intents and purposes, Group B was anyone's game.

    Week three of 2015 2016 Champions League competition officially breaks the stalemate in Group B-at least for now. The matches played on October 21st saw Wolfsburg pulling ahead with a 2-0 home win against PSV. CSKA Moscow and Manchester United, meanwhile, played a soccer match that ended in a 1-1 draw.

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    Still Anyone's Game?

    Wolfsburg Home Shirt 2015 - 2016Those stats leave Wolfsburg in the lead with two games won and one game lost, for a point total of six and a goal difference of +2. Man United and CSKA Moscow are essentially tied for second, each having four points in the standings and each having a GD of zero after having scored and conceded the same number of goals (four apiece). PSV Eindhoven, finally, bring up the rear with three points and a goal difference of -2.

    Although Wolfsburg are emerging as the frontrunners in Group B, the top two spots in this group are still wide open. All four

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  10. Manchester United Grab Champions League Win in Wolfsburg Match

    Emboldened, perhaps, by his club's recent ascension to the top of the English Premier League, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that the Red Devils had a "realistic" chance of winning the Champions League by 2017. The Dutchman wouldn't go as far as to predict a UCL victory for this team this year though. The Red Devils did get one step closer to that goal as Manchester United grab Champions League win against Wolfsburg last Wednesday at Old Trafford.

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    A Long-Awaited Champions League Win

    Manchester United's last win of the 2013 2014 Champions League took place on March 19th, 2014, with a 3-0 triumph against Olympiacos. 560 days later, they beat Wolfsburg to end their lengthy drought of wins at Europe's most prestigious club football competition.

    Chasing the Title

    Not that a single good game puts Manchester United in range of a Champions League title. After all, the Red Devils still have some catching up to do from their first game of the soccer tournament, which they lost 1-2 to PSV Eindhoven.

    Still, with Eindhoven losing 2-3 in their September 30th match against CSKA Moscow, and with Wolfsburg's loss to United (following a win over Moscow earlier in the month), things are incredibly even in Group D. All four teams have one win and one loss, three points in the standings, and goal difference ratings of zero. PSV have the slightest edge, having scored more goals (four) than the rest of the teams in the group. But for all intents and purposes Group D is a four-way tie.

    Manchester Untied vs. Wolfsburg

    The tie is good news for the Red Devils, especially since

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