The Bundesliga is back! Here is our Tactical Review for Gameweek 1. Be sure to continue checking back for more tactical analyses on more matches as the weekend progresses.
Quinnie Nguyen takes a look back at 1899 Hoffenheim in 2016-17, under the influence of Julian Nagelsmann and how the team inspired him to fall in love with the Bundesliga.
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.
Brandon and Dan take you through all the latest news and events in German football. This week’s episode includes a discussion about Bayern Munich’s latest title win, Peter Gulacsi’s new contract, and Javi Martinez’s departure from Bayern. The panel then head off into the rumour mills to discuss the likelihood of Georginio Wijnaldum moving to Nagelsmann’s team, Jose Mourinho’s interest in Marcel Sabitzer, and Raul’s possible Frankfurt takeover.
After five years without a national title in the 1970s, Bayern was struggling with debt. They decided it was time for a change and hired their former player Uli Hoeneß as new manager. To financially stabilize the club, Hoeneß realized Bayern had to expand its revenue streams. Upon taking over, he focused more efforts on merchandising, and adopted fan engagement strategies from American sports leagues, significantly boosting the club’s revenue.
With Joshua Kimmich now firmly a midfielder and Trent Alexander-Arnold not in the best form this season, many regard Hakimi as the best right-back in the world. So even though he’s just moved to Inter, Achraf Hakimi would be the perfect fit for a Julian Nagelsmann styled Bayern Munich.
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!
With a break in the Bundesliga, all the attention in Deutschland turned to the DFB-Pokal semi-finals this week. German football fans only had two matches to watch this weekend as a result, but both matches were full of excitement, goals, and of course, stunning individual performances. Here is our Team of the Week for the DFB Pokal Semi-Finals!
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.
Jesse Marsch has been announced as the new boss of RB Leipzig, taking over from Julian Nagelsmann on a 2-year deal. The American coach last worked with Leipzig as an assistant coach under Ralf Ragnick, where he developed much of the principles and philosophies that he still holds near and dear to his heart today.