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  • Xabi Alonso: The Engineer of Leverkusen’s Unbeaten Start

    Xabi Alonso has always been synonymous with intelligence, poise and leadership, both as a player and now as a manager. José Mourinho led the singing of praises back in 2017 and predicted his successful transition into coaching. “Xabi Alonso is like a metronome, a player in the style of Xavi Hernandez. I’m sure that when…

  • Can Bayer Leverkusen Win Their First Bundesliga Title Under Xabi Alonso?

    Having won each of the last 11 Bundesliga titles, Bayern Munich’s dynasty is under threat with Bayer Leverkusen pushing for their first-ever league title under Spanish manager Xabi Alonso. They are the sole team in Europe who have yet to suffer defeat in all competitions, and they sit five points clear of Bayern in first…

  • Omar Marmoush: Eintracht’s Egyptian Forward

    Player Background     Born on February 7, 1999 in Cairo, Egypt, Omar Marmoush’s African heritage couldn’t have been more solid as his first ever significant involvement in football came in 2016 ( at age 17) when he joined the academy of an Egyptian club named Wadi Degla. Omar Marmoush made his professional debut for…

  • Enzo Millot: Stuttgart’s French Midfielder

    From finishing 16th and prevailing in the promotion / relegation playoff to pushing for a first Champions League qualification in nearly two decades, you’d be hard-pressed to find a team whose fortunes have turned around in such a short span of time as VfB Stuttgart. Die Schwaben sit third in the table, one point above…

  • The Meteoric Rise of VfB Stuttgart under Sebastian Hoeneß

    Currently occupying third position in the Bundesliga, VfB Stuttgart has collected an outstanding 18 points from a possible 21 with an attacking brand of attractive penetrating football that has yielded plaudits domestically and throughout the continent. If they beat Union Berlin this weekend — who have lost seven in a row in all competitions —…

  • Problem Positions: Where Does Each Bundesliga Club Need to Strengthen This Summer?

    The summer transfer window is now officially open. It is one of the most exciting times of the year, with the business done over the next two months providing the backbone for a season ending in success or despair. For today’s newsletter, we take every single Bundesliga club under the lens, identifying the one problem…

  • Analyzing Wolfsburg’s Start to Life Under Niko Kovac

    VfL Wolfsburg are far from the neutral’s choice in the Bundesliga. The North German outfit are constantly criticized for their mediocre fanbase, mocked for their plastic atmosphere and half-empty stadium, and scorned for their controversial circumvention of the 50+1 rule with long-time sponsor Volkswagen.   While a stunning league title, a maiden pokal triumph, and…

  • The Bundesliga Returns: 8 Storylines to Watch for the Remainder of the Season

    The 2022/23 Bundesliga season is finally back upon us, a full 68 days since the last kick of the ball. The lengthy intermission has added even more excitement to a tense title race, and a cagey relegation battle, and the fact that all the other major leagues have long since resumed has made one desperate…

  • Tactical Analysis: Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-2 Borussia Dortmund

    The final Bundesliga matchday of 2022 kicked off on November 11 as Borussia Dortmund paid a visit to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Jonas Hoffman opened the scoring for the hosts within four minutes only for Julian Brandt to equalize in the 19th minute, with Ramy Bensebaini restoring Die Fohlen’s lead within 26 minutes and Marcus Thuram doubling…

  • How Christian Streich Rebuilt SC Freiburg

    Despite a 3-1 loss on Wednesday night against RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena, Christian Streich’s Sport-Club Freiburg side have enjoyed a sensational start to the campaign which sees them sitting joint-second in the Bundesliga at the time of writing, only behind Union Berlin on goal difference.   The “Breisgau Brazilians” finished 6th last…