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Author Archive for Andy Brassell

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Englishmen, crowds and a ‘greedy piranha’: welcome back Bundesliga | Andy Brassell

Bayern and Dortmund loom large over the rest as Leipzig and Leverkusen adjust after high-profile departuresThere are many knock-on effects of such a short pause between seasons and even though the Bundesliga enjoyed a more civilised rest period than ma…

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Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich’s roadrunner, speeds on to centre stage | Andy Brassell

Teenager born in a refugee camp only moved to left-back in October but now looks forward to a Champions League final“eep meep.” In one old-fashioned phrase uttered immediately after the win at Borussia Dortmund that marked the home straight towards the…

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How Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich became the new Philipp Lahm | Andy Brassell

Bayern’s latest elite utility man is increasingly outgrowing one of the more imposing club shadows of recent timesAfter months of cliche and assumption, they’re finally getting their due credit. It may not have quite been Bayern Munich at their best, r…

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Ter Stegen v Neuer: Barça v Bayern a proxy war for Germany’s No 1 rivals

German goalkeepers at opposite ends of the pitch when Bayern take on Barcelona are locked in an increasingly tense rivalry“Germany is fortunate to have this pair of goalkeepers, although Neuer is truly world-class and Ter Stegen is still on his way to …

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Relief all round as Bayern’s muted party brings Bundesliga curtain down | Andy Brassell

Bayern Munich celebrated in front of empty stands at Wolfsburg, but completing the season safely is the biggest victory of allThere were no torrents of beer being thrown, no families invited onto the pitch and of course, no full stands. As Bayern Munic…

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Werder Bremen stare into the void and are left hoping for ‘little miracle’ | Andy Brassell

A seismic reality faces not just the club but the Bundesliga too, of which the northerners have been such a constantHe has always looked bright as the dark closed in on Werder Bremen, stood up and pointed the way forward. This time was different. Usual…

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After eight in a row for Bayern, what hope is there for the rest? | Andy Brassell

Hansi Flick’s arrival sparked a spectacular and decisive upturn as Bayern Munich made it eight Bundesliga titles in a rowIt ended not with arrogance or effortlessness, but with spirit and defiance. After Manuel Neuer pulled off the last-gasp save from …

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After eight in a row for Bayern, what hope is there for the rest? | Andy Brassell

Hansi Flick’s arrival sparked a spectacular and decisive upturn as Bayern Munich made it eight Bundesliga titles in a rowIt ended not with arrogance or effortlessness, but with spirit and defiance. After Manuel Neuer pulled off the last-gasp save from …

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Bravery fails to favour Fortuna after Haaland’s sickening late blow | Andy Brassell

Uwe Rösler’s side are well organised but fragile and defeat to Dortmund means Wednesday’s trip to RB Leipzig could be crucial to their Bundesliga survivalIn another context and another time, this would have been a day of celebration at the Merkur-Spiel…

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Bayern remind Leverkusen of just where they sit in the pecking order | Andy Brassell

There was ammunition for Peter Bosz’s critics as Bayer Leverkusen made their own problems in the 4-2 home routThey arrived talking about the influence one young superstar might bring to bear on the champions, and they left talking about the contributio…

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Timo Werner’s transfer U-turn in keeping with his bumpy rise to top | Andy Brassell

After abuse with Leipzig and Germany the forward is set to give up on a move to Liverpool because Chelsea want him moreAfter looking destined for Liverpool for so long, Timo Werner is set for his Premier League move – but heading to London rather than …

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Schalke return with a whimper as reality bites for David Wagner | Andy Brassell

Die Königsblauen’s small squad are paying the price as their winless run extends to 11 games with a home defeat by Werder BremenFew teams have been grateful for the eerily empty stands synonymous with the Bundesliga’s restart and Schalke, used to the h…

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Bayern end title race and reaffirm game’s significance in strange times | Andy Brassell

The Bundesliga title is heading to Munich again after a match that was so absorbing it was easy to forget the emptinessAs Joshua Kimmich roared his approval on the final whistle, hearts may well have sunk among newly assembled enthusiasts around the wo…

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Der Klassiker returns with Bayern and Dortmund’s rivalry perfectly poised

Tuesday’s match will be played in strange circumstances but a home win would fire up title race and keep the world watchingEver since the Bundesliga’s fixture list was released way back in July last year, the timing has looked delicious. For neutrals, …

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Der Klassiker returns with Bayern and Dortmund’s rivalry perfectly poised

Tuesday’s match will be played in strange circumstances but a home win would fire up title race and keep the world watchingEver since the Bundesliga’s fixture list was released way back in July last year, the timing has looked delicious. For neutrals, …

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The world watches with relief as Bundesliga makes a safe return

A resumption that passed off without any disasters was greeted with a generally positive reaction by the press, though some fans are still to be convincedThere was, said Thomas Müller, “a tingling sensation because it was starting again”. Not nervousne…

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The world watches with relief as Bundesliga makes a safe return

A resumption that passed off without any disasters was greeted with a generally positive reaction by the press, though some fans are still to be convincedThere was, said Thomas Müller, “a tingling sensation because it was starting again”. Not nervousne…

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Bundesliga back to sate our football thirst but is under the microscope | Andy Brassell

Europe’s first elite league to return has planned meticulously but wants to make the most of its moment in the spotlightHere we go. The phrase Geisterspielen – ghost games – is about to become part of international, rather than just German, football no…

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From the Revierderby to Kai Havertz – a guide to the Bundesliga return

As the German top flight returns from lockdown on Saturday, we give you the lowdown on all nine games• All times BST and broadcast live on BT Sport Continue reading…

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From the Revierderby to Kai Havertz – a guide to the Bundesliga return

As the German top flight returns from lockdown on Saturday, we give you the lowdown on all nine games• All times BST and broadcast live on BT Sport Continue reading…