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Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg DFB Pokal Preview: Hosts to keep up treble pursuit

Robben and Shaqiri

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

BAYERN

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Mandzukic
WOLFSBURG
 
Benaglio
Fagner, Naldo, Kjaer, Rodriguez
Medojevic, Polak
Olic, Diego, Arnold
Dost

Bayern Munich should name a full-strength side for the visit of Wolfsburg. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Dante, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Mandzukic all got a rest for the 4-0 win over Nurnberg on Saturday, but are likely to come back into the line-up.

Toni Kroos and Holger Badstuber are the only two long-term absentees with thigh and knee injuries respectively.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, will be able to welcome back Fagner, who missed out against Hoffenheim over the weekend due to suspension.

However, Vaclav Pilar (knee) and Vieirinha (muscle strain) are both injured. After a disappointing performance on Saturday, Makoto Hasebe could be axed and replaced by Bas Dost.

  • Bayern Munich have reached the DFB-Pokal final on a total of 18 occasions, winning the competition 15 times. The team with the next most appearances are Schalke on 12.
  • Mario Gomez has scored nine goals from just eight starts this season.
  • Roten striker Mario Mandzukic was brought to German football by Wolfsburg in 2010.
  • Wolfsburg have got the to the Pokal final on one occasion, losing 3-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • However, they claimed a shock 2-1 quarter-final win over Bayern in Munich to get to the final.
  • Felix Magath, who was sacked by Wolfsburg earlier this season, had also coached Bayern.

Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg Preview

dortmund team

 

Despite naming a second-string team for the clash with Manchester City on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund are expected to make minimal changes to the starting line-up for the visit of Wolfsburg.

Lukasz Piszczek has flu, but could make the XI, though Neven Subotic and Mario Gotze are injury doubts, with Kevin Grosskreutz and Felipe Santana waiting in the wings to replace him.

In midfield, Sven Bender (groin) and Sebastian Kehl (knee) are out, leaving Moritz Leitner to partner Ilkay Gundogan. Robert Lewandowski returns in place of Julian Schieber.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, are expected to make one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Hamburg last Sunday, with Josue stepping in for Vieirinha. That will allow Makoto Hasebe to take up his usual slot on the right-wing.

Vaclav Pilar is a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury, as is Patrick Helmes, while Hrvoje Cale and Marco Russ are both not registered for the squad.

  •  Borussia Dortmund‘s 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday was just their second at home since they beat Real Madrid on October 24.
  • Robert Lewandowski currently sits joint-top of the Bundesliga goalscorer charts, alongside four other players – Stefan Kiessling, Mario Mandzukic, Alexander Meier and Adam Szalai.
  • BVB scored a total of eight goals against Wolfsburg last season, including a 5-1 win at Signal Iduna Park in which Mario Gotze scored twice.
  • Wolfsburg and Dortmund have won three of the last four Bundesliga titles between them; the other (2009-10) went to Bayern Munich.
  •  The Volkswagen Arena outfit have 16 points from their 15 Bundesliga games to date.
  • Bas Dost has scored five goals in his last seven, but failed to find the target in his last two games.

Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg

 
Bayern Munich will be looking to retain their 100 per cent Bundesliga record this season with a win over Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena.

Jupp Heynckes has no new injury worries heading into the midweek fixture but may implement some changes in order to keep certain players fresh. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben, both recently back from injury, look set to start among the substitutes with Javi Martinez winning his first start for his new side.

Claudio Pizarro is given another chance as Mario Mandzukic is rested but the Bavarians’ coach will keep the same defence that he has selected for every game so far this season. Bayern are undefeated in nine Bundesliga games, their last defeat came at the hands of Borussia Dortmund last season, effectively ending their title hopes. Die Roten won this fixture 2-0 last season, but neither goal scorer from that game looks set to start. Arjen Robben is recovering from a knock while Mario Gomez remains sidelined.

 

Felix Magath looks set to make two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Greuther Furth at the weekend, with Robin Knoche replace Simon Kjaer and Vieirinha coming into the side in place of Marcel Schafer. Wolfsburg have not picked up all three points against the Bavarians since a 5-1 thrashing in their Bundesliga-winning year of 2009. Ivica Olic and Mario Mandzukic will both be facing their former sides following transfers this summer. The Wolves have won just one game so far this season and have only scored two league goals.

Saturday’s Bundesliga Results 08/25/2012

Augsburg 0-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf… Schahin 2

http://eurorivals.net/augsburg~fortuna-dusseldorf-highlights-video-25-08-2012

Freiburg 1-1 Mainz… Kruse // Ivanschitz pen

Greuther Furth 0-3 Bayern Munich… Muller, Mandzukic, Kleine og

Hamburg 0-1 Nurnberg… Balitsch

http://eurorivals.net/hsv~fc-nurnberg-highlights-video-25-08-2012

Mochengladbach 2-1 Hoffeinheim… Hanke, Arango

http://eurorivals.net/borussia-monchengladbach~hoffenheim-highlights-video-25-08-2012

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayern Leverkusen… Aigner, Lanig

http://eurorivals.net/eintracht-frankfurt~bayer-leverkusen-highlights-video-25-08-2012

Stuttgart 0-1 Wolfsburg… Dost

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt247p_yyyyyyy-yyyyyyyyy-0-1_sport

Bundesliga Preview 2012/2013

 

The Bundesliga doesn’t kick off till the August 24. The most debilitating fact about the opener is that Bayern won’t be involved—the champions traditionally play the first game and nowadays, a trophy is hard to come by in Munich.

The minimum goal of the club this season is to win the league. Philipp Lahm and Bixente Lizarazu both pointed that out. Lizarazu, the “little French guy” as Oliver Kahn referred to him, emphasized the importance of stopping the run of the current champions Borussia Dortmund.

And, I begin my season preview with this very team.

Dortmund has shown us that they will use the same strategies from last season. Bayern dealt a “psychological blow” by beating them in the DFL Supercup. How well Dortmund does this season could depend on Marco Reus’ fortunes. He is seen as Shinji Kagawa’s replacement. However, Reus would perhaps be better off on the wing with Mario Götze (still the wunderkind), taking over Kagawa’s responsibilities.

The addition of Julian Schieber by Klopp is shrewd—Schieber is a very talented striker and Stuttgart didn’t charge a hefty price for him. The challenge for Dortmund this season will be the Champions League—despite defeating Bayern five teams in a row, the fans demand that they progress further in Europe. This will be a true test of Dortmund’s mettle. Whether their energy-sapping style can be sustained for additional matches remains to be seen.

 

Another side from the Ruhr will certainly have title aspirations after two top-three finishes in the last three seasons. Roman Neustadter and Tranquillo Barnetta, the new arrivals, are both astute players, if not flashy ones. Chinedu Obasi’s return from loan will help fulfill the gap that Raul has left behind.

European competition might not turn out to be an issue for Schalke. In the past few seasons, they have always done well in Europe. However, good Champions League campaigns have coincided with poor league results. Barnetta could turn out to be one of the best transfers of the season.

Borussia Mönchengladbach did well in both domestic competitions last season and will have European competition to deal with this season. Gladbach has lost important players in the form of Dante, Reus and Neustadter, but has made some brilliant transfers, namely Alvaro Dominguez, Luuk de Jong, Peniel Mlapa and Granit Xhaka.

Their best dealing however was to tie down Lucien Favre, the tactical mastermind behind their turn-around from relegation battlers to title challengers. Expect Patrick Hermann to play a larger role in his club’s successes than last—this could be his breakout season. The first season assignment for Favre will be to find a way past Dynamo Kiev into the Champions League group stages.

Stuttgart is never consistent enough to play well in both the Hinrunde and Rückrunde. They have been quiet in the transfer market, allowing Timo Gebhart, Matthieu Delpierre, Schieber and Khalid Boulahrouz to leave the club. Stuttgart played magnificently in some games last season and simply failed to turn up for others. Bruno Labbadia, knowing what his side is capable of on good days, will perhaps aim for a top-five finish.

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen followed up two genuinely good seasons with an absolutely pathetic one. Aside from the return of the loaned out duo of Carlinhos and Hajime Hosogai, Leverkusen made some handy purchases in Philipp Wollscheid and Junior Fernandez. Wollscheid is one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga and might be what the rather leaky Leverkusen back line requires.

This year will all be about recovering from last season’s mess. Sami Hyppia and Sascha Lewandowski managed to do well enough in their very short stint last season to be handed the reigns at the club. The departure of Tranquillo Barnetta could hurt Bayer 04 in the long run.

Mirko Slomka’s Hanover turned plenty of heads, finishing fourth in 2011. Last year, they finished within the Europeans spots. Hanover has made some rather interesting transfers, bringing in Hiroki Sakai, Adrian Nikci and Felipe. Their old boy, Szabolics Huszti has returned. The departure of Emmanuel Pogatetz for Wolfsburg will be a blow nonetheless for them.

 

 

 

Felix Magath’s Wolfsburg has the one longest departure lists; one of the players who left was his side’s top scorer, Mario Mandzukic. Patrick Helmes’ long-term injury will do Magath no favours either. Hence, he will have to rely on Ivica Olic and Bas Dost, both new transfers, for goals. Pogatetz, Vaclav Pilar and Bremen’s rock, Naldo has joined them. They are a dark horse for the Bundesliga crown.

 

Werder Bremen will be one of the teams to watch this season because frankly, nobody has any idea where they will finish at the end of the season. Their departures were all high profile ones—including top scorer Claudio Pizarro, Markus Rosenberg, Naldo, Tim Wiese and youngster Lennart Thy. This season, Bremen will depend on the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Niklas Füllkrug and Mehmet Ekici to deliver on their promises.

In the Liga Total Cup, they showed that they can hold their own against the big boys when they led against both Dortmund and Bayern and beat them both on penalties. Thomas Schaaf is well aware that his bosses’ patience might run out if they don’t rebuild properly. The additions of Elijero Elia, Theodor Gebra Selassie, Nils Petersen (on loan) and Kevin Bruyne (on loan) should help their cause.

 

Their neighbours, HSV, are set for another troublesome season by the looks of their preseason performances. The departures of Mladen Petric, Romeo Castelen and David Jarolim have not really been offset by the signing of good players. Rene Adler, though, will add a much needed wall at the back.

 

Nurnberg  was one of the surprises of last season. Dieter Hecking was a huge part of their success. The loss of Wollscheid might hurt them nonetheless. Timo Gebhart should prove to be a good signing though. Fellow mid-table side, Freiburg, the surprise survivors from last season, has signed Max Kruse from St.Pauli. Stefan Reisinger, Oliver Barth and Andreas Hinkel have all left the club. Mainz, likewise, has been quiet in the transfer market with little going on in terms of arrivals and departures.

 

Eintracht Frankfurt, after a year in the wilderness, is back in the Bundesliga and has signed Bastian Oczipka, Martin Lanig, Kevin Trapp, Stefano Celozzi, Occean and Takashi Inui. Greuther Fürth, in their first ever season in the Bundesliga, has made a few transfers including buying Thanos Petsos from Leverkusen and taking Lasse Sobiech on loan from Dortmund. The loss of Occean could hurt them.

Augsburg has strengthened as they look ahead to another battle for survival. They held their own last season and didn’t get run over easily. Koo Ja Cheol, Jan Moravek, Knowledge Musona and Giovanni Sio have arrived on loan. Former Bayern midfielder, the calm and collected Andreas Ottl, has been signed from Hertha Berlin. Aristide Bance, an awesome forward, has also been added.

Hoffenheim will look to finish in a position above 11th after spending two consecutive seasons there. With Markus Babel as head coach, Hoffenheim will be a side to watch out for as far as the Europa League spots are concerned. Wiese, Delpierre, Kevin Volland, Eren Derdiyok, Chris and Takashi Usami (on loan) have all arrived.

 

 

Finally, Fortuna Düsseldorf has the longest list of arrivals. Among them are few names who have already plied their trade in the Bundesliga such as Andriy Voronin (on loan), Reisinger, Axel Bellinghausen, Du-Ri Cha, Nando Rafael and Tobias Levels. Bastian Müller has joined from the Bayern reserves, Leon Balogun from Bremen II and Ivan Paurevic from Dortmund reserves.

My Predictions:

Winners: Dortmund

Champions League spots: Schalke (second), Bayern (third) and Wolfsburg (fourth)

Europa League spots: Hanover and Mönchengladbach

The relegation battle is one I can’t predict. There are too many variables in this context and considering the miraculous survivals of Gladbach in 2011 and Freiburg in 2012, as well as Frankfurt’s relegation in 2011, the relegation candidates have become even more difficult to predict.

 

Bundesliga Transfers…. Confirmed

 

You may not know that German Bundesliga boasts the highest average attendance of any football league in the world and that speaks volumes about the quality of Germany’s top flight. As a result, we have decided to introduce a special section on our website that will be featuring the latest Bundesliga transfers, together with all the information surrounding every confirmed deal. This way you’ll be able to keep track of all the changes in the summer and winter transfer windows and learn more about players coming to the top tier of German football.

Bayern Leverkusen made 3 signings so far Junior Fernandes for an undisclosed fee, Dani Carvajal from Real Madrid for 5 mil and Philipp Wollscheid from Nurnberg for 7 mil.

Bayern Munich have been busy with 6 signings Dante from MOchengladbach for 4.7 mil, Xherdan Shaqiri from Basel for 12 mil, Mitchell Weiser from Koln for 500,000, Mario Mandzukic from Wolfsburg for 13 mil, Tom Starke for an undisclosed fee and Claudio Pizarro on a free transfer.

Dortmund made 3 signings Marco Reus from Mochengladbach for 17.1 mil, Leonardo Bittencourt from Energie Cottbus for 3 mil and Julian Schieber from Stuttgart for 5.5 mil.

Mochengladbach made 4 signings Peniel Mlapa from Hoffeinheim for 3 mil, Luuk de Jong from Twente for 15 mil, Alvaro Dominguez from Atletico Madrid for 8 mil and Granit Xhaka from Basel for 8.5 mil.

Eintracht Frankfurt have signed Vadim Demidov for an undisclosed fee.

Fortuna Dusseldorf signed Cha Du-Ri for a free transfer.

Greuter Furth sign Abdul Rahman Baba for an undisclosed fee.

Hamburg signs Paul Scharner on a free transfer.

Hannover made 4 new signings Szabolcs Huszti and Hiroki Sakai for undisclosed fees, Felipe Martins from Standard Leige for 2.2 mil and Adrian Nikci from FC Zurich for 600,000.

Hoffeinheim one of the busiest clubs with 6 signings Filip Malbasic, Joselu and Eren Derdiyok for undisclosed fees, Tim Wiese and Matthieu Delpierre on free transfers and Takashi Usami on loan.

Schalke with 2 signings Tranquillo Barnetta and Roman Neustadter on free transfers.

Stuttgart made 2 signings Tunay Torunon a free transfer and Tim Hoogland on loan.

Weder Bremen made 4 signings Eljero Elia from Juventus for 5.5 mil, Theodor Gebre Selassie from Slovan for 2 mil, Kevin de Bruyne and Nils Petersen on loan.

Wolfsburg made 5 signings Fagner from Vasco Da Gama for 4 mil, Emanuel Pogatetz from Hannover for 2.3 mil, Bas Dost from Heerenveen for 8 mil, Kevin Pannewitz and Naldo on undisclosed fees.