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Germany’s most intriguing derby is back – in the second division

Matches between HSV and St Pauli are rare but, with both sides now in the second tier, the Hamburg derby has been reignitedA film by Copa90, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe Hamburg derby is a clash of cultures. On the west of the city sit Hamburg…

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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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Hamburg suffer historic relegation and leave Bundesliga with a bang

A 2-1 home victory against Mönchengladbach was in vain for the Bundesliga’s only ever-present club thanks to Wolfsburg’s win, and fireworks and flares rained down at the endThe city of Hamburg has seen significant regeneration in the last decade. In an…

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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…

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Ademola Lookman slips and slides from Everton into Leipzig’s affections | Andy Brassell

Ralph Hasenhüttl has belief in the match-winning debutant who ‘only brought one pair of boots with him from England’It could have been all so different for Diego Forlán. So he thought, at least. Some years back he famously told an interviewer the tale …

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Entertaining Dortmund give goose bumps but defensive frailties a concern

Peter Bosz’s side let slip a 2-0 lead at Frankfurt as injuries and suspensions hit the backline in a Bundesliga season that is opening up into a three-way fightAfter Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead at Eintracht Frankfurt and were forced to…

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Bayer Leverkusen’s identity crisis nearing an end as entertainers emerge | Andy Brassell

After a season close to the abyss, Bayer Leverkusen’s rebuilding job has begun in earnest this season and is slowly showing signs of promise

For a long time, we’ve known exactly what Bayer Leverkusen are about. They impress, they entertain, they qualify for Europe and achieve to a certain level without actually getting it over the line. The old ‘Neverkusen’ epithet from the Klaus Toppmöller days has endured well.

Last season, and the summer that followed, changed all that. The Roger Schmidt era, which had given Die Werkself a firm on-pitch identity, fell to pieces and the club dropped the ball badly in appointing Tayfun Korkut as his successor – at exactly the point where a strong personality was needed to galvanise the players. In between wan performances, poor results and players meeting angry fans to appease them, Leverkusen came worryingly close to the drop.

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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Bundesliga: Wolfsburg face relegation play-off after late winner saves Hamburg

• Luca Waldschmidt’s 88th-minute header settles crucial clash
• Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso play final Bayern Munich games

Luca Waldschmidt’s 88th-minute header sealed Hamburg’s Bundesliga survival and condemned opponents Wolfsburg to a relegation play-off.

Wolfsburg, who won the title in 2008-09 and reached the Champions League quarter-finals just last season, must tackle the third-placed team from Germany’s second tier to determine their fate. With one round of that division remaining, that team is likely to be local rivals Eintracht Braunschweig.

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Carlo Ancelotti laments Bayern’s off-day as 2-2 Mainz draw gives RB Leipzig hope

• ‘We should have done better,’ says Bayern coach
• Second-placed RB Leipzig play Schalke on Sunday

Carlo Ancelotti, the Bayern Munich coach, admitted his side had an off-day in a 2-2 home draw against struggling Mainz which gave second-placed RB Leipzig a glimmer of hope.

Related: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick seals Real Madrid win over Bayern Munich

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Darmstadt shock Borussia Dortmund while Bayern Munich profit from upsets

• Antonio Colak earns bottom club Darmstadt first league win since October
• RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt also lose while Bayern see off Ingolstadt

Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben struck late goals as Bayern Munich extended their lead in the Bundesliga to seven points with a 2-0 win at struggling Ingolstadt.

Defeats for Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt meant Bayern were the only top-four side to pick up any points on Saturday, and they are firmly in the driving seat.

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Hamburg and Wolfsburg add to chaos by firing bullet-proof powerbrokers | Raphael Honigstein

The departures of Dietmar Beiersdorfer and Klaus Allofs last weekend continue the extreme upheavals that have gripped the Bundesliga

A notoriously wonky table and frantic managerial change have long gone together like Blut and Grätsche in the Bundesliga. Each season, half a dozen unexpected overachievers put pressure on the remaining two-thirds of the league. Halfway through the campaign, roughly one half of the clubs will have replaced their coaches in hope of a bounce.

This year, however, has produced extreme levels of upheaval. A tidal wave of disruption has cut through the league, sweeping away not just the poor blokes in shellsuits and roll-neck jumpers but many of the formerly bullet-proof powerbrokers. They stuck around for years, sometimes decades, unshiftable, immovable, expertly sitting out crisis after crisis.

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Jaroslov Drobny sets tone in Hamburg and Bremen’s derby of dysfunction | Raphael Honigstein

Once they were northern powerhouses but the shambolic defending in the 2-2 draw highlghted just how far the two sides have fallen

“Drobo, Drobo,” the khal – sorry, the call – went from the stands. Hamburg fans took care to acknowledge a former favourite, goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny, on his return to the Volksparkstadion in the green and white of Werder Bremen. Before crossing the Nord-Derby divide this summer, the 37-year-old had spent the previous six years with die Rothosen, mostly left to his own devices by an array of bumbling defenders, forced to pick hundreds of balls out of his net with the dignified desolation of a man scouring piles of discarded betting slips for a forgotten winner.

On Saturday, though, Drobny was the enemy, a traitor for moving 128km down the A1 to the Weserstadion, and the “Drobo” chants were designed to hurt not please. Every nervous touch of the Czech stopper was accompanied by the gleeful, sarcastic repetition of his nickname by the home supporters. Markus Gisdol’s players knowingly targeted their former team-mate – “probably the worst footballing keeper of the league,” according to Welt – whenever he tried to kick the ball. The strategy paid off, instantly.

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Sinking Hamburg wield the axe again but problems come from up on high | Raphael Honigstein

Based in a big, wealthy city, supported by millions and dripping in history, the northerners should be a force but meddling at the top is dragging them down

His team courageously, stubbornly, managed to hold off the visiting champions until a Joshua Kimmich strike in the 88th minute but for Bruno Labbadia, the game was up long before. The Hamburger SV coach knew full well that he had been cynically cast in the role of the patsy on Saturday afternoon, heaved on to the bench by the club manager Dietmar Beiersdorfer in order to fall down a final time and thus smooth the passage for the appointment of his successor, Markus Gisdol.

Labbadia, a man high on genuine passion and a bit of a cult hero with the supporters after he dramatically saved HSV from the drop in June 2015, threatened to get his last job wrong, by getting the right result, but Carlo Ancelotti’s team spared Beiersdorfer’s blushes with one of these typically late, lucky Bayern goals that we’ll see more of this season, as Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering, frighteningly reliable possession-machine is being replaced by a more haphazard, artisanal production process that relies on the individual quality of the workforce.

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Bayern Munich and Joshua Kimmich leave it late to sink Hamburg

Bayern Munich needed an 88th-minute winner by Joshua Kimmich to win 1-0 at Hamburg and protect the champions’ three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Struggling Hamburg had battled hard to protect a goalless draw and end a three-game losing run, with the goalkeeper René Adler making a string of key saves before Kimmich drilled in a Franck Ribéry cutback at the far post.

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Bundesliga round-up: Aubameyang at the double as Borussia Dortmund go top

• 5-1 win against Wolfsburg avenges 2015 DFB-Pokal
• Frankfurt also on nine points after 2-0 triumph

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Borussia Dortmund took over at the top of the Bundesliga table with a 5-1 mauling of Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.

The full-backs Raphael Guerreiro and Lukasz Piszczek, as well as the teenage forward Ousmane Dembélé, were also on target as Dortmund gained revenge for their defeat to Wolfsburg in the final of the 2015 DFB-Pokal – Jürgen Klopp’s last game in charge.

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Bundesliga roundup: Borussia Dortmund thrash Darmstadt 6-0

• Dortmund midfielder Gonzalo Castro leads the way with two goals
• Javier Hernández misses late penalty and denies Bayer Leverkusen a point

Borussia Dortmund underlined their Bundesliga title credentials with their second 6-0 win of the week, thrashing Darmstadt to follow Wednesday’s dismantling of Legia Warsaw in the Champions League.

Related: Bayern Munich and Rafinha hit back against Ingolstadt to stay 100%

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Hamburg fans start petition to sign Northern Ireland cult hero Will Grigg

• Bundesliga side’s fans urge club to bid for Wigan striker
• Petition says deal would pay for itself via merchandising

Hamburg fans have launched a petition urging their club to sign Northern Ireland’s Will Grigg following the striker’s unlikely rise to international fame during Euro 2016.

Related: Northern Ireland are homeward bound but their fans are leaving on a high | Barney Ronay

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Adrián Ramos keeps Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga chase

• Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Hamburg
• Mainz 2-3 Cologne

Borussia Dortmund kept up the pressure on Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 3-0 win against Hamburg which also allowed them to put their elimination from the Europa League by Liverpool on Thursday behind them.

Adrián Ramos was on target twice and Christian Pulisic scored his first Bundesliga goal in a win which takes Thomas Tuchel’s side back to within seven points of Bayern with four games of the season remaining.

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