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    Borussia Dortmund 1 - 0 Hamburger SV

    Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Löwe, Subotic, Hummels, Piszczek - Bender, Gündogan - Perisic, Reus, Blaszczykowski - Schieber
    Hamburg: Adler - Aogo, Mancienne, Bruma, Diekmeier - Westermann, Sala - Jansen, Arslan, Son - Berg

    Dortmund was playing with most of their first team. Only Schmelzer, Götze and Lewandowsi were missing.
    No idea if that is going to be HSV's first team or not. Will review them later anyway.

    Dortmund started well with Reus having a chance to score after only 5 minutes. Sala throws himself in front of the ball though and saves. Kuba had a nice volley a few minutes later but missed the target. Dortmund was slightly better in the first half.
    A few minutes into the second half, Hamburgs Arslan broke free and ran towards goal. Gets fouled by Hummels but what should have been a pen since it was insided the box gets turned into a freekick just outside. Aogo shoots the free kick and hits the post. Dortmund getting lucky twice in mere seconds.
    5 minutes later Piszcek crosses the ball into the box and Kuba lifts up in the air and scores it. No idea where Hamburg's centre-backs were. Was awful defending.
    Adler saves a nice long shot by Bender later. Would have been a beauty of a goal. Hamburg had the chance to equalise just before the end but new signing Rudnevs, completely free in front of Weidenfeller, couldn't control the ball. The game ends with Lewandowski hitting the crossbar.

    All in all, it was a deserved win for Dortmund. Nevertheless, had Hamburg gotten the pen, the game might have taken a different turn.

    Best players (imo):
    Dortmund: Lukasz Piszczek, great crosses, one of them leading to the goal
    HSV: Jacopo Sala, showed good composure in midfield


    Game:
    Last edited by Patinoz; 05-08-12 at 10:05 AM.

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    what was mancienne like?

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    shit. Both bruma and mancienne are awful. mancienne was at fault for the goal. 2 meters in front of kuba when he headed in. didnt run with him, just stood there and let the cross go over his head instead.

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    Gutted that HSV didn't score and you had a rendition of "Always Hamburg"

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    I'll hear it tomorrow when they score against Bayern

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patinoz View Post
    I'll hear it tomorrow when they score against Bayern
    Stick it on youtube for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patinoz View Post
    shit. Both bruma and mancienne are awful. mancienne was at fault for the goal. 2 meters in front of kuba when he headed in. didnt run with him, just stood there and let the cross go over his head instead.
    I'm not too surprised. hasn't progressed at all since his initial loan spell for us.

    Thanks though, and good work with this thread!

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    Bayern München - Werder Bremen 6:4 after pens

    Bayern: Neuer - Luiz Gustavo, Badstuber, Boateng, Lahm - Kroos, Can - Shaqiri, Müller, Robben - Gomez
    Bremen: Mielitz - Schmitz, Prödl, Sokratis, Gebre Selassie - Elia, Junozovic, Hunt, Arnautovic - Petersen

    Bayern played with most of their stars. Whats hurting them at the moment is full-backs. Alaba, Rafinha and Contento are all injured which meant that Luiz Gustavo had to play left-back, a position he can't play at all. 18-year old Can playing instead of Schweinsteiger in the first half.
    Bremen's line-up should be very close to what they gonna play come the first Bundesliga game

    12 minutes into the game, Werder's new signing Gebre Selassie crosses the ball into the box, Boateng can't clear it and it eventually comes to Petersen (who is on loan from Bayern to Bremen) and he scores. 1-0 Bremen. Both Boateng with his wank clearance and Luiz Gustavo with dodgy positioning don't look good.
    Bayern didn't look great at the start of the game but started looking better at the end of the half. First Gomez just missed a Luiz Gustavo cross, then he scores a goal but unfortunately it was offside before and just before the end Shaqiri scores the 1-0. Nice assist by Robben. 1-1HT.
    Half-way through the second half Bremen got a corner, Luiz Gustavo tries to clear but directs it towards his own goal, Neuer surprised can only let the ball bounce off him and Bremen's Füllkrug scores off the rebound. 2-1 Bremen. Neuer didn't look particularly good on that one.
    2 mins before the end, Robben has a massive chance to score after dribbling around Keeper Mielitz but Sokratis can save in the last second. It looked like a Werder victory but seconds before the end Kroos plays the ball to Müller, he can't properly control the ball, it falls back to Kroos and he scores. 2:2. Pens

    We finished off the season with a loss in pens and we started the new one the same way. Ekici and Fritz for Bremen and Mandzukic & Kroos for Bayern score for their teams. Schmitz scores the third for Bremen but Mielitz saves Ribery's. De Bruyne scores the 4th and now Schweinsteiger has to score to keep Bayern in the game but Mielitz saves his pen and Bayern lost.

    Quite frankly, Bremen deserved to win so I can't complain. They played with more effort and you could see that they wanted to win that game.


    Bremen: Junozovic creating many chances
    Bayern: Robben doing the same, was very commited to the game


    Game:


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    Bayern München 1 - 0 Hamburger SV

    Line-ups:
    Added graphics so it's easier to see.
    Spoiler!


    Both teams were playing with some of their back-up player.

    Bayern looked much better last night than they did against Bremen. They pressed early trying to force HSV into mistakes. However, Hamburg had the first opportunity to score but Rudnev's header misses the target. Moment of shock half-way through the first half when Schweinsteiger had to be subbed off due to injury. Considering his struggle with injuries in the last few months, another one ain't a good sign. With 5 minutes to go in the first half, Bayern scored the 1-0. Shaqiri laid it off to Ribery whose shot hits the post but Weiser is there and puts in the rebound.
    Hamburg started the second half well but Janssen's shot was saved by Starke. Just a few minutes later Shaqiri played a brilliant pass to Mandzukic but his shot only hits the post. Not much happened and the game ended 1-0 for Bayern.

    Bayern were the better team throughout the game and deserved the win. What has to be concerning is their growing list of injured players. Alaba is already out for weeks with a broken foot. Rafinha and Contento also injured so they are very thin on full-backs. Nobody knows yet if Schweinsteiger got something serious today or not. What's definately serious though is the injury Gomez picked up in the semi-final against Bremen. He is getting surgery next week and will be out 4-6 weeks.


    Players of the game:


    Bayern: Shaqiri, was brilliant at AMC, always moving around, almost every attack went through him.
    HSV: Adler, saved that Mandzukic ball brilliantly


    Footage:


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    Mandžukić has a chance now to show himself when Gomez is out. It should be good.

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    he should be starting since pizarro got some niggling injury too and didnt even travel to hamburg for the liga total cup

    hopefully mandzukic proves himself, starting with the super cup against dortmund next sunday. he is a great striker imo. very complete skill set.

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    Bayern - Dortmund starting in 20 minutes. Excited.

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    German Super Cup


    Starting Line-Ups:


    Bayern



    Bayern a bit removed from their best line-up. Badstuber, Alaba, Schweinsteiger and Gomez all missing. Youth player Can playing left-back despite being a central midfielder. Would have personally liked to see Shaqiri instead of Müller.


    Dortmund



    With the exception of Leitner playing for Kehl, this is Dortmund's strongest line-up.


    Game Review:

    Bayern came out with the intensity and work rate that is usually attributed to Dortmund. They controlled the game straight from the start and played brilliant football. It only took until the 6th minute for them to be 1-0 up. A great Ribery cross, played with the outside of his foot, passes badly-positioned centre backs Subotic and Hummels and Mandzukic finishes strongly to give Bayern the lead.
    A mere 5 minutes later it was again Mandzukic, this time playing a brilliant through ball to Robben who runs towards goal, puts the ball past Weidenfeller but only hits the posts. Luckily Müller was there to pick up the rebound and score the 2-0. Bayern calmly controlled the rest of the half and ended up with 7 shots on goal compared to Dortmund's 0, a first in the era Klopp.
    However, Klopp seemed to have found the right words at the break. Dortmund played well after HT and Lewandowski, Reus and Hummels had all a chance to score but the ball either went wide or Neuer saved. Bayern had a few chances too, most notably Robben's shot after dribbling past 3 or 4 opponents but Weidenfeller spoiled his solo with a great save. This looked a lot like the Robben from 2010.
    Later Lewandowski missed a sitter in the 67th min but made up for it a few minutes later with a nice bouncing shot to score the 2-1.
    15 minutes left for Dortmund to equalize. They couldn't though. There was some uproar 1 minute before the end when the ball supposedly hit Lahm's arm in the box. However, not even after several replays it was clear to see if it hit the chest or the arm.

    All in all, a deserved win for Bayern who were the better team overall and absolutely dominated the first half. Dortmund played a very good 2nd half but it just wasn't enough in the end.
    Congratulations to Bayern for winning the first official title of the season.


    Heroes:


    Mandzukic - well impressed by him. scored a goal, played several great passes (one of them leading to the 2-0) and was always able to hold onto the ball even with no support from teammates


    Villains:

    Subotic - looked very insecure in defense, especially in the first half
    Großkreutz - there was absolutely nothing to see from him, might have lost his starting XI spot to Perisic after tonight's performance


    Video:

    All 3 goals can be seen here in good quality (let's hope the video is still up tomorrow morning)

    Last edited by Patinoz; 13-08-12 at 01:29 AM.

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    Supercup Recap is up. Enjoy

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    Cheers Pat, good win for Bayern. Lewandowski took his goal well.

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    Definately. Liked how he took ball vision from neuer and curled it around dante.

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    Season Preview: FC Schalke 04

    Bundesliga 11/12: 3rd
    Bundesliga 10/11: 14th

    Cup 11/12: Round of 16
    Cup 10/11: Winner

    EL 11/12: Quarter Final
    CL 10/11: Semi-Final


    Schalke's off-season was all about depleting their bloated squad and saving some money. They only signed players on a free and sold / released a whole lot of others.


    The Squad


    Goalkeepers:

    Unnerstall, Hildebrand, Fährmann

    arguably their weakest link, a GK of international standard is missing


    Defense:


    Höwedes, Papadopoulous, Metzelder, Matip, Fuchs, Uchida

    Captain Höwedes and Left-Back Fuchs got a starting XI spot secure. Young Greek International Papadopoulos has massive potential and is likely to occupy a CB-role.


    Midfield:


    Jones, Moritz, Holtby, Jurado, Draxler, Obasi, Farfan

    Jones, by far the dirtiest player in the Bundesliga, will play the DMC role. Farfan needs to get more consistent, playing absolute world class in some games and absolutely shit in others. A lot will be expected from young talent Draxler, he is gonna get enough playing time and needs to take the next step. Got a bit quiet around Holtby who couldn't live up to his glorious Mainz days in the Schalke dress so far. This season will determine if he can be great or if he will just be an average squad player.
    Jurado needs to step up his game massively.


    Forwards:


    Huntelaar, Marica, Pukki

    Huntelaar was Schalke's life insurance last season. A complete striker, probably the best in last season's Bundesliga. Schalke is desperately trying to extend his contract. Marica and Pukki are only mediocre players.


    Manager:

    Huub Stevens - jumped in for the from burn-out suffering Rangnick. having a complete off-season to prepare the squad will certainly be an advantage compared to last year



    Transfers


    In:

    Tranquillo Barnetta, Roman Neustädter

    Some very good signings on a bosman. Both played big roles at their previous clubs (Leverkusen, M'Gladbach). Barnetta is likely to play the AML role. Neustädter the DMC role


    Out:

    Raul, Schober, Sarpei, Gavranovic, Moravec, Deac, Kluge, Zambrano, Kenia

    Raul is a massive loss. Not only did he play absolutely superb but his leadersip and experience will be dearly missed in the locker room. Schalke will continue trying to offload another few players before the window closes.



    Outlook

    It won't be an easy season for Schalke. Barnetta and Neustädter add quality to the squad but if it's enough, I don't know. Schalke got a lot of talented youngsters who will hopefully develop in the right direction. This also means though that there is a lack of experience and this CL season is gonna be a hard one.
    They are lacking a very good goalie and a decent second striker. God forbid Huntelaar gets injured.


    Bundesliga:4th - 5th
    CL: Group Stage

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    Another good read, thanks mate. Is Hildebrand not as good as he used to be? Can remember he had a lot of potential a few years back?

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    cheers for the feedback mark

    Ever since he left Stuttgart in 2007, it went downhill for him. downhill as in "lucky to be playing at a decent club". played a season at valencia, then a season at hoffenheim, then a season at sporting lisbon etc. etc. without convincing anywhere.

    he was unemployed last off-season and had schalke's designated nr.1 fährmann not ruptured his cruciate ligament early in the season, hildebrand wouldn't be playing there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Another good read, thanks mate. Is Hildebrand not as good as he used to be? Can remember he had a lot of potential a few years back?
    Was thinking this myself

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    Season Preview: Borussia Mönchengladbach

    Bundesliga 11/12: 4th
    Bundesliga 10/11: 16th - saved through relegation / promotion play-off

    Cup 11/12: Semi-Final
    Cup 10/11: Round of 16


    The surprise team of last season. Went from dead-last, second most goals conceded and almost relegated to CL qualification and second-least goals conceded. Most of that is thanks to one man, Lucien Favre.


    The Squad

    Goalkeepers:

    ter Stegen, Heimeroth, Blaswich

    Got one of the biggest, if not the biggest, goalkeeper talents in the world with Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The moment Favre took over, he promoted him from reserve to number 1 goalkeeper and ter Stegen paid him back massively.


    Defense:


    Brouwers, Stranzl, Daems, Wendt, Jantschke

    Jantschke is a huge talent at RB. Gonna give his national team debut sooner or later. Not the greatest back line name-wise but they are all operating well-together and only conceded 24 goals, down from 65! a year before that.


    Midfield:


    Herrmann, Arango, Nordtveit, Marx, Ring

    Arango had a brilliant year last season providing second most assists in the Bundesliga. Herrmann is another one of their young talents who got a bright future ahead of him.


    Forwards:



    de Camargo, Hanke

    Hanke re-bloomed under Favre and there were even people calling for him to be included in the EURO squad due to his great play in the second half of the season.


    Manager:

    Lucien Favre

    The man. I absolutely love this guy. Every club he has been at overachieved. Like playing attacking football with tiki-taka elements. Would love to see him at Bayern next season.


    Transfers

    Hats off to what Gladbach did in the off-season. Everybody expected them to fall apart since they couldn't cover the players leaving quality-wise but I reckon they did a bang on job.

    In:

    Alvaro Dominguez, Granit Xhaka, Luuk de Jong, Branimir Hrgota, Peniel Mlapa

    Dominguez (23) came from Atletico Madrid and is supposed to have quite a bit of talent. Xhaka (19) is one of the brightest midfield talents there are. Crazy that they got him. De Jong (21) scored 25 league goals for Twente last season, half of Europe was chasing him including clubs like Newcastle and Liverpool. Don't know much about Hrgota (19) but he is young and, again, said to be very talented. Mlapa's (21) record for Germany's U21 reads 14 games and 8 goals.

    As you can see, they only bought young talents which Favre wants to form into class players a la ter Stegen and Reus.


    Out:

    Dante, Marco Reus, Roman Neustädter

    Dante going to Bayern is gonna hurt them in defense. Reus gone even more. His goals and assists will be missed.


    All in all, they bought good cover though. Dominguez for Dante, Xhaka for Neustädter, De Jong for Reus etc.


    Outlook

    Everybody said that they are gonna struggle next season when it was announced that Reus and Dante were leaving. However, they did quite well in compensating the quality players that left. On top of that they got another few talents in their squad which Favre is gonna try and mould into first-team players.

    However, playing twice a week in CL (or EL) and Bundesliga will be virgin territory for them. Furthermore, one of their biggest strength last season was all players being well attuned. This is obviously gone now.


    Bundesliga: 3rd - 6th
    CL: Group Stage

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    Sounds like M'Gladbach are a team to watch! Is Nodveidt the former Arsenal player?

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    yeah, he is. decent player but not one who shines week in / week out. goes about his dmc business quietly. fairly certain that he has one of the 2 dmc / mc spots secure.

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    Germany - Argentina on right now.

    Zieler, who I don't rate highly anyway, just got sent off in the 30th minute. Ter Stegen comes in and saves a penalty against Messi. Great stuff by the young goalie.

    That's Messi missing his last 2 pens now, isn't it?

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    Interesting stuff Pat, keep in coming

    Ps - I want a youtube video of HSV scoring at home

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