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Jadon Sancho’s stock rises higher and higher after a derby to remember | Andy Brassell

After a difficult week, the English teenager scored the winner against Schalke as Borussia Dortmund continue their chargeIt was dark when Borussia Dortmund’s bus arrived back at the club’s training ground in Brackel but it couldn’t get in. It was block…

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Nagelsmann and Tedesco fly flag for Bundesliga’s young and reckless

Loopy, unpredictable, chaotic, irrational: Hoffenheim v Schalke showcased the best of the league and its youngest managersIt has taken a few days to process Hoffenheim’s debut Champions League campaign but Tuesday’s last-gasp defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk…

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Dodi Lukebakio sends Fortuna into ‘pure ecstasy’ against brittle Bayern | Andy Brassell

Struggling Düsseldorf side’s players and fans came together to celebrate an improbable point and an ‘unbelievable’ hat-trickThe 8,000 Fortuna Düsseldorf supporters had made the long, 620km trip south mostly not even in hope, let alone expectation. It w…

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Dodi Lukebakio sends Fortuna into ‘pure ecstasy’ against brittle Bayern | Andy Brassell

Struggling Düsseldorf side’s players and fans came together to celebrate an improbable point and an ‘unbelievable’ hat-trickThe 8,000 Fortuna Düsseldorf supporters had made the long, 620km trip south mostly not even in hope, let alone expectation. It w…

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Sublime Klassiker suggests there’s finally life in the Bundesliga again | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund’s victory despite an impressive Bayern Munich performance shows how far they have come and how competitive the German league is this seasonThe 95 minutes-plus of Der Klassiker – and every extra second of the 47 over the 95, which was …

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Sublime Klassiker suggests there’s finally life in the Bundesliga again | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund’s victory despite an impressive Bayern Munich performance shows how far they have come and how competitive the German league is this seasonThe 95 minutes-plus of Der Klassiker – and every extra second of the 47 over the 95, which was …

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High-flying Frankfurt take out their frustration on lowly Stuttgart | Andy Brassell

Adi Hütter had a tough start at Eintracht Frankfurt but his team have now found their feet as Stuttgart discovered on FridayWhen the opposition is down, keep your foot on the throat. In the infancy of his tenure but already desperate for a result, Stut…

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Bayer Leverkusen’s rout of Bremen underlines their underachievements | Andy Brassell

The 6-2 win was a fine display that deserved to be celebrated, but it also drove home how far short they have fallenThe Bundesliga loves a left turn, and this weekend it saved its best one for the programme’s final fixture. This was supposed to be resu…

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Bayern Munich back in credit but storm clouds continue to hover | Andy Brassell

If the purpose of Friday’s club address was to make the champions seem less vulnerable, you have to question its valueIt was as tumultuous as anticipated, only in a totally different manner than anybody had expected. When Bayern Munich called a Friday …

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Bayern Munich back in credit but storm clouds continue to hover | Andy Brassell

If the purpose of Friday’s club address was to make the champions seem less vulnerable, you have to question its valueIt was as tumultuous as anticipated, only in a totally different manner than anybody had expected. When Bayern Munich called a Friday …

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Dortmund are raw, visceral, thrilling and a throwback to Klopp heyday | Andy Brassell

Mario Götze, one of the key pieces in Jürgen Klopp’s glorious apex at BVB, helped grab victory in a thriller against AugsburgIt was as if he’d never been away. He took Achraf Hakimi’s pass in his stride and, steering the ball with the outside of his fo…

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Bayern’s wobble at Hertha gives Bundesliga rivals reason to daydream | Andy Brassell

Hertha’s 2-0 win over the champions exposed a thin squad in need of revamp even if Bayern recover to win the title againNiko Kovac had a post-match plan on returning to Berlin, the city of his birth. After bumping into some familiar faces at the Olympi…

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Bundesliga fans give DFB the silent treatment as Dortmund hit seven

The standoff between supporters and the DFB led to silent protests during Englische Woche but Dortmund still brought the noiseIt was almost surreal. Signal Iduna Park, that fullest and famously atmospheric of European grounds, was reduced to a murmur o…

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Impressive Hertha Berlin finally start to catch the imagination | Andy Brassell

Finishing the weekend in second, with only Bayern Munich ahead of them, will do nicely for HerthaPál Dárdai was being very careful with his words and rightly so, given his team travel to unbeaten Werder Bremen on Tuesday before hosting the frankly terr…

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Schalke adrift without a point as Champions League looms into view | Andy Brassell

Three defeats in three games have left Schalke 17th but the club have backed their young manager to turn things aroundWhatever Schalke might be lacking, they can be sure that they have a leader of substance. After the final whistle at Borussia Möncheng…

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Wolfsburg keep chaos from the door as strong Bundesliga start continues | Andy Brassell

A good start under Bruno Labbadia has festered optimism with Die Wölfe having already upstaged Leverkusen and SchalkeLooking into one’s crystal ball a fortnight ago, it would have been no surprise to learn that following the meeting between Bayer Lever…

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Kovac makes a winning start as Müller begins healing process at Bayern

After miserable summer, Thomas Müller was the central figure in Bayern’s win over Hoffenheim on Niko Kovac’s Bundesliga bow as managerEven Arjen Robben, in his state of annoyance, laughed at the cliche of it. It was another August Friday night opening …

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Riotous final day captures the paradoxes of Bundesliga 2017-18 | Andy Brassell

There has been plenty of entertainment but it has been an unusual and not always satisfying season in GermanyThe clock, since you asked, kept on ticking. As the curtain fell on Hamburger SV’s unbroken presence in top flight since the Bundesliga’s forma…

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Mainz use Klopp masterclass to topple Dortmund and seal survival | Andy Brassell

Sandro Schwarz’s team pulled off one of the shocks of the weekend – and they were inspired by highlights of Liverpool“Und das Reste ist Party,” as ZDF’s Das Aktuelle Sportstudio put it. The best nights out are often spontaneous ones and so it proved fo…

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Hamburg launch their greatest Bundesliga escape attempt of all | Andy Brassell

Just a fortnight ago, HSV were staring squarely down the barrel of a first-ever relegation. Now they’re out to make historyTeetering on the edge of the precipice might be a near-annual occurrence but this time, they’re balancing on one leg, juggling an…