It’s still July and already we see a European domestic shock

July 30, 2011

Yes it’s July when people should be on beaches in Europe rather than sweltering in soccer stadiums.

Well modern football (and Euro 2012 at the end of the campaign) dictates we have to start proper matches in July in the European season these days.

The Scottish league has already started while on Friday VfL Wolfsburg made a miserable start to their season by going out 3-2 at fourth division RB Leipzig in the first round of the German Cup.

Borussia Moenchengladbach and VfB Stuttgart, the other Bundesliga teams playing on Friday, beat third division opposition while former German champions Rot-Weiss Essen, now in the fourth tier, overcame second division Union Berlin on penalties.

The first round is a potential minefield for Bundesliga and second division clubs as the seeding system forces them to play one-leg ties away to lower division opponents.

Playing before the league has started adds to the chances of top teams being caught unprepared.

Daniel Frahn scored a hat-trick for RB Leipzig, who were known as SSV Makranstaedt until 2009 when the Red Bull energy drinks manufacturer bought the playing licence and changed the name.

A crowd of more than 30,000 watched the four division team though so there is certainly an appetite for July football in Germany, even if many purists will feel sick to the stomach at the sight of it.

PHOTO: Wolfburg’s team coach Felix Magath leaves after the DFB first round German soccer match (DFB-Pokal) against Leipzig in Leipzig July 29, 2011. Leipzig won the match 3-2. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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