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No Christmas gift for Schalke against Freiburg but happy holidays await | Andy Brassell

There was no ‘Disney’ sheen for either club but an entertaining 2-2 draw highlighted the sides’ enhanced qualities this seasonThere were regrets, maybes, could-have-beens but ultimately, neither camp could have much cause for complaint. Schalke and the…

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Flashes of brilliance fail to mask Dortmund’s flaws after Leipzig drama | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead against title rivals RB Leipzig, leaving manager Lucien Favre to rue the mistakes that cost them a potentially crucial three pointsIt never rains but it pours for Lucien Favre this season. Having spent most …

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Flashes of brilliance fail to mask Dortmund’s flaws after Leipzig drama | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead against title rivals RB Leipzig, leaving manager Lucien Favre to rue the mistakes that cost them a potentially crucial three pointsIt never rains but it pours for Lucien Favre this season. Having spent most …

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Gisdol rolls the dice as Köln’s kids kickstart survival bid with derby win

Manager trusted his youngsters and showed he may be more tactically astute than many believe in win over LeverkusenFortune favours the brave, they say. Maybe FC Köln had little option this weekend after six matches without a win, leaving them stuck in …

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Gisdol rolls the dice as Köln’s kids kickstart survival bid with derby win

Manager trusted his youngsters and showed he may be more tactically astute than many believe in win over LeverkusenFortune favours the brave, they say. Maybe FC Köln had little option this weekend after six matches without a win, leaving them stuck in …

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Gladbach dare to believe after stirring win over Bayern in the ‘real Klassiker’

More than 40 years since Borussia Mönchengladbach were champions, rising hopes for them are a boost for the BundesligaThis, the more gnarled of Bundesliga followers would tell you, is the real Klassiker. Years of mere intermittent threats to Bayern Mun…

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Leon Bailey and lucky Leverkusen hold their nerve to beat Bayern

Bayern-Dusel normally dictates fortune favours Munich but the heroics of Leon Bailey and Lukas Hradecky proved decisive It’s hard to get too far into the general lexicon of the Bundesliga without Bayern-Dusel coming up. It’s more than the rub of the gr…

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Lucien Favre hanging by a thread after Dortmund horror show | Andy Brassell

Reus salvaged a 3-3 draw against bottom side Paderborn but the mind-bendingly bad display overshadowed the club’s AGM On the surface, Borussia Dortmund’s annual general meeting on Sunday was a globally positive affair. Reinhard Rauball was, as expected…

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Lucien Favre hanging by a thread after Dortmund horror show | Andy Brassell

Reus salvaged a 3-3 draw against bottom side Paderborn but the mind-bendingly bad display overshadowed the club’s AGM On the surface, Borussia Dortmund’s annual general meeting on Sunday was a globally positive affair. Reinhard Rauball was, as expected…

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Hansi Flick weaves magic as Borussia Dortmund curse their Bayern Munich jinx | Andy Brassell

Lucien Favre had said his side had nothing to lose, but lose they did – their six successive Bundesliga defeat at the Allianz ArenaEvery team has their blind spot, their house of horror, where they can’t put a foot right. On the weekend of Der Klassike…

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Dortmund and Schalke both have cause for Revierderby regrets | Andy Brassell

The questioning of Lucien Favre is only intensifying after a 0-0 draw for BVB against their local rivalsThe cliche about draws between rivals keeping the peace may be habitually overcooked – the mere sight of a blue Schalke jersey at Dortmund Hauptbahn…

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Prodigal son Gonçalo Paciência leads Eintracht revenge mission | Andy Brassell

• Maturing striker stars in redemptive win against Leverkusen• André Silva and Bas Dost benefit from colleague’s fine formJust deal with the first half. That may, and arguably should, have been Eintracht Frankfurt’s plan going into Friday night. The la…

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Bayern Munich go from silky smooth to ragged in four short days | Andy Brassell

Hoffenheim ending a major run of invincibility underlined how the perception of Bayern has changed under Niko KovacThis Sunday was the Bayern Munich squad’s traditional drop-in to Oktoberfest. It’s an iconic scene with the players and their families, w…

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Wagner makes Schalke believe again after springing a surprise at Leipzig | Andy Brassell

The former Huddersfield manager has lifted his side into the top four with the help of a Welshman and a few tactical tweaks“Der FC Schalke wird Deutscher Meister,” came the chant from the away section at Red Bull Arena – Schalke are going to be champio…

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Marcus Thuram’s derby double lifts Gladbach from European humiliation | Andy Brassell

Borussia Mönchengladbach bounced back from a Europa League hammering with a vital Bundesliga victoryThe faces said it all – overwhelming relief, delight and, yes, disbelief. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s players wore the look not of players that had won a…

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Leipzig cling to Bayern juggernaut and show way ahead for Nagelsmann

Bundesliga title pretenders were battered by the champions but stole a draw and know now how much they must improveIt had promised so much, and yet had been such hard going. “It was,” said Leipzig’s coach, Julian Nagelsmann, “like a run in the forest w…

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Union Berlin rock German football with the scalp of Dortmund | Andy Brassell

It hasn’t taken Union long to make an indelible mark that threatens to change projections for the Bundesliga as a whole“Berlin’s football world,” wrote Berliner Morgenpost’s Michael Färber on Sunday morning, “is upside down.” A look at the fledgling Bu…

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Timo Werner deal underlines why Bundesliga can be three-horse race | Andy Brassell

Feted, then slated, Timo Werner has since become one of Europe’s most sought-after forwards with LeipzigIt was, as Leipziger Volkszeitung put it, “an almost perfect Sunday”. Before the home game with Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig had big – and surpri…

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Bayern stumble into Coutinho quandary but Dortmund set stall early | Andy Brassell

Hertha Berlin held the champions on the Bundesliga’s opening night but Borussia Dortmund crushed AugsburgIt is hard to think of a more definitive response to an opening weekend setback. Minutes after Bayern Munich dropped their first points of the seas…

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Bayern Munich and the problem of letting Hoeness and Rummenigge go

The Bundesliga starts on Friday and Bayern are favourites again but are also at the crossroads with a need to renew at the topIt was so fiery, so wild, so pugnacious that it felt like a last stand. As Bayern Munich’s president, Uli Hoeness, and chief e…