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  • The Miracle of Frank Schmidt’s Heidenheim

    The Bundesliga scriptwriters have had a field day this season. From Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten title win to Stuttgart pulling themselves from the depths of a relegation fight to Champions League football.  It’s been hard to ignore the storylines in German football this season, and yet, perhaps the most remarkable narrative of them all continues to…

  • Alejandro Grimaldo: The Perfect Wingback

    Alejandro Grimaldo was born on 20th September 1995 in Valencia, Spain. He developed a passion for football from a very young age and started playing local games. He started his career as a central midfielder at Atlético Valbonense of Valencia in 2006 and spent his early years in the academy improving his basics. His performances…

  • Exequiel Palacios: Leverkusen’s Unsung Argentine Dynamo in Midfield

    Exequiel Palacios was 20 years old when he starred for River Plate as they defeated crosstown rivals Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores Final. He was 21 when he departed his boyhood club and joined Bayer Leverkusen for €22 million. He was 22 when he came off the bench and led Argentina to victory against…

  • VfB Stuttgart: The Impossible Dream

    It has been nothing short of a legendary Bundesliga season. From Bayern Munich’s dynasty coming to an end, Bayer Leverkusen winning an invincible double, Heidenheim achieving European football in their first-ever season in the German top-flight, there have been quite a few incredible storylines. However, perhaps the biggest shock has been the ‘rags-to-riches’ story of…

  • Borussia Dortmund – 2023/24 Season Review

    Borussia Dortmund entered this season with a baggage of emotional trauma after the heartbreaking loss of the Bundesliga title on the final day of 2022/23 when they already had one hand on the trophy. The tag of being the ‘almost’ club thus continued, with the added wound of losing their best player in Jude Bellingham…

  • Mats Hummels: The Iconic Borussia Dortmund Captain Looking to Go One Better in the Champions League Final

    Borussia Dortmund may have had an underwhelming season domestically, finishing fifth in the Bundesliga and fully in the shadow of the all-conquering Bayer Leverkusen, but Die Schwarzgelben do have the small matter of a Champions League final against Real Madrid at the start of June.   For all their failings on the domestic scene, Dortmund…

  • Dortmund – Real 4-1: Where are the BVB Players Now?

    On June 1st the song “Are You Gonna Go My Way” will not only be a popular melody of American artist Lenny Kravitz, whose act will be opening the Champions League Final, but also the main thought of the players and fans as soon as they see the most coveted trophy in European club football…

  • Union Berlin: To Hell and Back

    Union Berlin has been a storied club since time immemorial. German football has never lacked for heartburning tales.  This season, Bayer Leverkusen’s fairytale campaign dominated the headlines. Of course, there is Bayern’s misery & Dortmund’s breakthrough. Germany’s merry go-round was completed by the miracle workers in Kaiserslautern & Saarbrücken.    However, Union is no stranger…

  • Robert Andrich: From Germany’s Third Tier to Invincibility at Leverkusen

    Invincible: a term reserved for only the greatest of teams. Arsenal 2003/2004, Juventus 2011-2012 spring to mind as the most notable of teams who have gone a whole league season unbeaten. Now Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen are one game away from joining this illustrious group.   They have shattered records, broken Bayern Munich’s 11-year hegemony…

  • Granit Xhaka: Bayer Leverkusen’s Swiss Metronome in Midfield

    Granit Xhaka has been battling against the tide of perception his whole career. Whilst he eventually jabbed, jibed, and gesticulated his way into the hearts of Arsenal fans, this wasn’t how he envisioned it. A graceful midfielder, with a range of passes and emotions. He was distilled into the lazy hardman image to fit a…