|THE BUNDESLIGA FAQ 98/99 (December)|
|Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern Munich and the National team|
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|Will Bayern run away at the top?||Bayern had one of the best starts in Bundesliga history. Will anybody be able to follow?|
|What's the matter with the 'Mannschaft'? - Part 2||The German national team is continuing shaking up after the disappointing France 98. Also with new coach Erich Ribbeck they lost at Turkey and looked embarassing against the Netherlands...|
|Who are Borussia Mönchengladbach and can they get rescued?||Borussia Mönchengladbach is one of the most popular clubs in Germany. Why? And today MG are in trouble. Can they survive?|
Bayern run away at the top?
Hopefully no, the Bayern machine is runnung smoothly but Leverkusen is yet hungry and Kaiserslautern is still enjoying the taste of success.
Bayern and Kaiserslautern are also playing Champions League while Leverkusen fully concentrates on the championship.
For Bayern this should be no alibi physically because Bayern is rotating the players anyway (with the exception of Brazilian striker Elber, midfielder Effenberg and keeper Kahn). But of course names like Manchester United and Barcelona take some concentration off matches against Bochum & Co.
Leverkusens emerging explosive Brazilian midfield with Emerson and the flamboyant Ze Roberto could make it a thriller if they can keep that form of the last weeks.
Kaiserslautern will have to fight too much Champions League in their heads and might face more problems occuring from playing in two major competitions as they are not as strong on the bench as Bayern. But as long as their supervaluable players Ciriaco Sforza and Olaf Marschall are healthy, you can never count them out.
achieved a stunning points/game average (981213): 2.375!
If they can keep up that average the others have indeed no chance. To drop into reach of the pursuers Bayerns average should have to drop at least to about 1.7 for the remaining l8 matches. Or the others will have to play more successful than most champions before.
old 2-point system there had been one such dramatic case: In 1971/72 Schalke
04 finished second with points that had been far enough in 27 of 32 years
to become champions.
the matter with the 'Mannschaft'? The German national team shaking up after
France 98 - PART 2
In the last update parallels between politics and football had been drawn. Here they can be continued. Although it has to be attached, that this analogies idea should not be stressed too much...
The metaphor of change, of new departures, motivated a more positive attitude towards the National team, its coach and his decisions. The reality: Erich Ribbeck send the youngsters home again, and reactivated 37 year old Lothar Matthäus to play at least until Euro2000. Also Andy Möller is back and Thomas Haessler is expected back also. Leaves only one major departure after the World Cup: Jürgen Klinsmann (beside from a few other important but not key players). It is a step back and has produced its first results:
2 Euro-qualifiers in one week: a 0:1 defeat at Turkey and a victory at Moldavia which saw 2 completely different halfs of the German team.
Above it was called an metaphor of a new beginning. This metaphor made the public see those matches completely different than before: Had the coach been still Berti Vogts, the two matches might have triggered devostating critics. So now it was called a promising new beginning with only little mistake - a bad result.
But the next match seems to have entirely unveiled the misery: The Netherlands one half completely embarassed the German team, who played as bad as before only against Romania some months ago. The result? This was the point: As it used to be before, the German team was able to score as much as their opponents: the match ended 1:1. So yet just nothing changed although it felt like.
The parallels? Also the new government made more or less no changes or if, it have been the same things the old one had already intended anyway. And those measures do not seem to solve any problems. But here it is much too early too see results.
As it might be in football also?
are Borussia Mönchengladbach, why are they so popular, and can they
| A note
as the following misunderstanding for German football beginners is known:
Mönchengladbach has nothing to do with Munich/München and is
located in a completely different part of Germany.
Mönchengladbach attained nationwide and even Europe-wide sympathies
in the 1970s when an extra-ordinary generation won the German championship
5 times in 8 years, the cup once, and the UEFA-Cup twice.
Bonhof is the new coach for Borussia Mönchengladbach and is trying
to rescue the team that has dropped to #18 of the table and faces relegation.
is last in the table and will need about 30 points from their final 19
matches to survive. If Bundesliga newcomer Rainer Bonhof accomplishes this,
it will be a masterpiece. If not, the fate of Borussia is very unsure,
as the stadium might not be build and the club has not the financial substance
to force a comeback like Kaiserslautern had been able to do.
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