Notable Bundesliga Omissions From Euro 2020 Squads

Ahead of Euro 2020 set to kick off this Friday, we take a look at some of the most glaring omissions from this summer’s squads, from Bundesliga outfits only.

Dayot Upamecano – from rejecting the Red Devils to signing for Bayern Munich

Now a major name in world football, the rise of french born Bissau-Guinean Dayot Upamecano has recently seen him sign for one of the biggest clubs in world football – Bayern Munich. But before he signed for Bayern, Upamecano almost signed for Manchester United, at the age of 17. Samson Osaze Ero explores the rise of Dayot Upamecano.

Dortmund dominate the DFB Pokal – BVB 4-1 Leipzig

The DFB-Pokal was expected to be a tightly contested affair. However, Borussia Dortmund completely swept RB Leipzig away, and Die Roten Bullen never stood a chance. In the end, Dortmund fought their way to a 4-1 win, with goals from Haaland and Sancho, and a masterclass from their captain – Marco Reus. Check out our full recap and analysis.

3 ways Bayern could line up under Nagelsmann

Last week, Bayern Munich secured the signature of Julian Nagelsmann, making him the most expensive manager in football history. Thanks in large part to his incredible tactical knowledge, football fans around the globe are now wondering how the German manager might set his team up for success. We add to the discussion, with our picks for 3 ways that Julian Nagelsmann might line up next season!

Werder Bremen 1-2 RB Leipzig – DFB Pokal Semi-Final – Analysis

In a tight and testy affair, Leipzig couldn’t break down Werder Bremen’s resilient defensive structure, resulting in a 0-0 draw after full-time. As the game went into extra time, the struggle continued but the match was only injected with more fuel and fire. The fatigue started to set in, but the pace of the game went from 100 to 150, as the players on the field looked as though they were willing to die to get their team the win. Three goals in extra time, one of which came in the very last minute of the game, gave the match a remarkable spin and ultimately resulted in Die Roten Bullen surging past Die Grün-Weißen on a 2-1 score-line. RB Leipzig now head into the DFB-Pokal final, as Werder Bremen head into the final weeks of their relegation battle with broken hearts. Here is an analysis of the match.

What would Ibrahima Konaté bring to Liverpool?

According to multiple sources, RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konaté is set to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, as the club look to end their search for a new centre-back. The French defender broke onto the scene with Leipzig at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, making 28 appearances in the Bundesliga as Die Roten Bullen finished third. Since then, Konaté’s found minutes on the pitch difficult to come by, appearing in only 12 league fixtures in 2020-21 and 8 in 2019-20. In Liverpool’s Round of 16 match-up against the Red Bulls in the UEFA Champions League this season, the Frenchman was absent for both fixtures. Upon hearing all of this you might be wondering…did they get the wrong man?

Julian Nagelsmann – RB Leipzig – Tactical Analysis

Julian Nagelsmann never made it as a player, thanks in large part to knee injuries that forced him to retire before his career ever got started. However, that change of path allowed the German manager to take up coaching at a young age. After briefly working under Thomas Tuchel at Augsburg, Nagelsmann worked his way through the ranks at 1899 Hoffenheim, leading them into the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. After three incredibly successful years with Hoffenheim, Nagelsmann departed the club in 2019 for RasenBallsport Leipzig. Due to his fantastic success with a club that is now firmly one of Germany’s elite clubs, Nagelsmann is now one of the most sought after and respected coaches in the world, at just thirty-three years of age. This is an updated tactical analysis of Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig alongside his fantastic 2020-21 season.