This year, six English players have played in the Bundesliga alone, and this figure is more than the previous 37 seasons combined. Germany, of course, is known for promoting young talent, but this perhaps also points to a lack of opportunities domestically. The Premier League is a more money-rich league, which means the pressure on managers to perform is ENORMOUS, and they end up backing the tried and tested players rather than giving a chance to the unproven. Ademola Lookman became the first English player to score in the Bundesliga since Owen Hargreaves back in 2005.
English players to have played in the Bundesliga 17/18 season
Jadon Sancho (Dortmund from Man City)
Reece Oxford (Monchengladbach from West Ham)
Ademola Lookman (Leipzig from Everton)
Mandela Egbo (Monchengladbach from Crystal Palace)
Kaylen Hinds (Wolfsburg from Arsenal)
Ryan Kent (Freiburg from Liverpool)
One could also include the likes of young Danny Collinge, who plays for Stuttgart’s reserve team, or even Kevin Danso, the Austrian born to Ghanaian parents, who spent a major part of his life growing up in England, but now plays for Augsburg.
The Bundesliga’s Team of the Season has been announced, and not surprisingly, 10 of the 11 players selected via an online poll come from the top four teams. Champions Bayern Munich have 4 representatives while Pokal winners Borussia Dortmund have 3. Surprises packages Leipzig, who finished second behind Bayern, have two players in the squad, while Hoffenheim, who took the last Champions League spot on offer, have one representative.
The only player from outside the top four is Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the papers Continue reading
The German Bundesliga introduced its promotion-relegation playoff system in 2008/09, where in the third place team from the 2.Bundesliga (second tier) would take on the third from bottom team (16th) in the Bundesliga.
Has the Bundesliga team always won its playoff tie?
Interestingly, since its introduction, only 2.Bundesliga teams have won their playoff ties- one was Nuremberg in the inaugural 2008-2009 season and the other was Fortuna Dusseldorf, who beat Hertha BSC in the 2011/12 season.
In every other season, the Bundesliga team has retained its spot for next season
Check out the table below that details all playoff games since 08/09 Continue reading
The Bild has reported that Leon Goretzka has agreed personal terms with Bayern Munich and will join them on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.
Goretzka, 22, joined Schalke in 2013 from Bochum and is one of their highest rated players, but the Royal Blues are struggling to tie him to a new contract (his current deal expires in 2018). They also failed to qualify for Europe this season (finishing 10th with 43 points) and despite club chief Christian Heidel claiming that he would not be sold, Goretzka seems ready to follow Manuel Neuer’s route to the Allianz Arena. Continue reading
Young Danish defender Andreas Christensen will return to Chelsea this summer after two seasons on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach. The 20 year old has impressed at Gladbach and while the Foals have made no secret of their desire to make his stay at Stadion IM Borussia Park permanent, Chelsea regard him as an important part of their plans going forward. Continue reading