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Hamburg fail to relish taste of success

May 26, 2009

Now that the Bundesliga is done and dusted and Wolfsburg are deserved champions, one should spare a thought for Hamburg SV who until a few weeks ago were in the running for three trophies. They ended up with none.

What now for wondrous Wolfsburg?

May 20, 2009

Wolfsburg are only 90 minutes away from winning their first German championship and they have equalled or broken several records in achieving that.

Can Magath wake Germany’s sleeping giant?

May 12, 2009

It was clear from the start that Felix Magath’s move to VfL Wolfsburg in 2007, after winning consecutive league and cup doubles with Bayern Munich, was a step backwards before another big step forward.

Eastern Europe’s UEFA Cup love affair still burning

May 8, 2009

What have the UEFA Cup and the Eurovision song contest got in common?

A) Some people don’t take them as seriously as they could.

B) They give lesser known participants the chance to appear on prime-time TV.

C) East European countries have started to dominate them

And the answer, I’m starting to think, is C … because of A and B.

This year will be the third year in the past six that an ex-Soviet team plays in the UEFA Cup final after victories by Russian sides Zenit St Petersburg last year and CSKA Moscow in 2005.

Hoffenheim’s Cinderella story turns sour

May 1, 2009

Having seen the changes at the top of the Bundesliga in the past few months you cannot help but feel sorry for newcomers Hoffenheim, who have played some of the most exciting football this season.

Is Jens Lehmann for real?

April 14, 2009

Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is no stranger to controversy. But in recent weeks he has stirred up a debate despite being in the twilight of his playing days.

Is the Bundesliga set to surpass Serie A?

April 10, 2009

It is now widely accepted that, after a long stint as the world’s most glamorous championship in the 1980s and 90s, Serie A has fallen behind the Premier League and Spain’s Primera Liga.

Grafite’s stunning goal hailed throughout Germany

April 5, 2009

German media have already decided that Grafite’s brilliant 77th-minute solo goal in Wolfsburg’s 5-1 win over Bayern Munich on Saturday is the goal of the year.

No end in sight for Schalke’s nightmare season

April 3, 2009

Schalke 04 had high hopes for the 2008/09 season but after only a few weeks it was clear the pre-season favourites, with only three wins in the first nine league matches, were just non-starters.

Is Wolfsburg’s Magath living in denial?

March 23, 2009

Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath was asked two weeks ago, after his team won their fifth consecutive league match, whether they could become German champions