How the Bundesliga puts the Premier League to shame

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Re: How the Bundesliga puts the Premier League to shame

Postby eujin » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:04 pm

The German FA announced their list of ten host cities for the bid to host the 2024 European Championship: Berlin, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.

After corruption problems with the 2006 list, they decided to make the criteria and evaluations public, which is a good thing. Hanover didn't make the cut, because the stadium doesn't have enough executive boxes and the city doesn't have enough five-star hotels, which is a bad thing. If they're going to be so blatant about their elitism maybe they should go back to secrecy. Hannover 96 chairman Martin Kind now wants to build more executive boxes, or rather, he now has an excuse to build more executive boxes.

Also, after the problems in London when 20,000 Köln fans turned up to watch their team play Arsenal in the Champions League, it's worth mentioning that they're not the only ones and Germany clearly has a problem when their fans travel to England and the locals struggle to cope with their misbehaviour. Part of me blames it on the safe-standing and cheap tickets - maybe executive boxes aren't such a bad idea after all.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/05/burnley-abandon-pre-season-friendly-hannover

Oh, and Hannover 96 are top of the Bundesliga (for now).

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Re: How the Bundesliga puts the Premier League to shame

Postby eujin » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:22 am

Somebody somewhere had the bright idea that since the German Southwest regional fourth tier has an odd number of teams, it would be a good chance to base the Chinese U20 team in Germany this year and have them play the odd team out each week. All this was smoothed over with plenty of money for all involved. Some querulous fans didn't approve though and took to Facebook to show their "support" for the idea under the slogan "You'll never wok alone". At the first match this past weekend a group of Tibetan travelling fans then turned up with their festive flags. That didn't go down very well and the Chinese players stormed off the pitch for 20 minutes.
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At least it gets people who wouldn't otherwise go along to non-league football.

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Re: How the Bundesliga puts the Premier League to shame

Postby eujin » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:13 am

The Bundesliga is heading into its winter break in Germany and this year's table-dominating Bayern are .... Bayern. They're nine points clear of their closest rival as the other teams can't make up their minds which one of them should mount a serious challenge.

If only the German Bundesliga was as wide open as the Scottish Premiership.

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Re: How the Bundesliga puts the Premier League to shame

Postby eujin » Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:46 pm

I might end up going to watch a Polish team in Hanover today (the biggest Polish club in Germany according to their website.) I don't even know what tier they play in but theirs is one of the few matches that isn't showing up as postponed on the online fixtures list because it's an incy-wincy bit cold today (minus one according to the forecast).

That either means they're not organised enough to phone in to the league and tell them the match is off, or these Polish boys are made of sterner stuff.

EDIT: The match was called off.

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Re: How the Bundesliga puts the Premier League to shame

Postby eujin » Mon May 14, 2018 12:29 am

Son Heung-min's old youth club Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time ever, the only surviving team that had never played outside the German top tier. A number of fans were not happy.

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The club has been toying with relegation for the past few years so it will probably come as a relief to some of the more level-headed fans. Despite having seen players like Son, Vincent Kompany and Rafael van der Vaart in recent years, the club is badly run, underfunded and has Titz in charge of the team. They shouldn't be in danger of doing a Leeds or a Nottingham Forest, but the stadium bar is going to need to be renamed from UnabsteigBar (the Unrelegatables) and the stadium clock that shows how long they've been in the Bundesliga is going to be removed.

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At the other end of the table, Hoffenheim made it back to the Champions League, this time directly into the group stage (UEFA have fixed it to have four teams from the four biggest leagues qualify directly, thanks UEFA). Bayer Leverkusen's club legend Stefan Kiessling was all set to come on and take the penalty that might have put Bayer into the Champions League when the VAR overturned the penalty decision. It's almost guaranteed that VAR is going to do something controversial at the World Cup.


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