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DFB to enhance security for Euro 2016 after Paris attacks

The DFB is planning a review of its security for next summer's European championship in France. Meanwhile, more details have emerged of how the team spent Friday night in their dressing room in the Stade du France. One of the interim president's of the DFB (German FA), Rainer Koch, was quoted in Monday's edition of the mass-circulation daily "Bild", as saying that the organization would be considering what further security precautions it could take in light of Friday's terror attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people. "Security at the European championship will be a major challenge for the French," Koch said. The DFB's head of security, Hendrik Grosse-Lefert told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine" newspaper that Friday's attacks would have a major impact on planning for the German team ahead of next summer's tournament. At the same time he warned that no matter what measures were implemented, they could never guarantee "100 percent security." Sleepless night in the dressing room Meanwhile more details have emerged about how the German team and others spent Friday night crammed in their dressing room after the authorities deemed it too dangerous for them to leave. At least two explosions had been audible in the stadium during the friendly against France, but according to Germany manager Oliver Bierhoff, the team only learned what had happened when they got back into the dressing room. Boateng: 'strange feeling' Speaking to Germany's "kicker" magazine, Jerome Boateng said he clearly heard the two explosions and looked around the crowd to see what was happening. "There was no smoke, nothing. I felt strange, because around midday we had had the bomb threat at our hotel." The defender said when he got back into the dressing room at half time, a quick look at his phone revealed what was going on. "Family and friends had written to me." However, he said coach Joachim Löw did not mention the explosions during his halftime speech. After the game though, members of the team were told they would have to remain in their dressing room for security reasons, and wound up spending the entire night in cramped quarters. "Everybody was on the phone, I couldn't sleep, there were too many thoughts in my head. Friends of mine were in the stadium, another friend was in the city, but they were safe," Boateng said. "The friend of one of my friends lost his wife and sister. Then you realize how close it all is." "Bild" cited the other interim DFB president, Reinhard Rauball, as saying hardly anybody on the team or in the delegation was able to sleep. "Many didn't sleep, instead they talked all night, trying to come to grips with what had happened," he said. Unmarked vans to the airport "Bild" also reported that the DFB had spread the word that the team had left the stadium at just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, but that this was disinformation spread as a security precaution. They actually didn't leave for the airport and their flight back to Frankfurt until 7 a.m. - in unmarked vans. The team were then allowed to return home for a couple of days, before converging on Hanover on Monday, for Tuesday evening's friendly against the Netherlands, which is to go ahead as scheduled.

The DFB is planning a review of its security for next summer’s European championship in France. Meanwhile, more details have emerged of how the team spent Friday night in their dressing room in the Stade du France. One of the interim president’s of the DFB (German FA), Rainer Koch, was quoted in Monday’s edition of the mass-circulation daily “Bild”, as ... Read More »

Germany’s friendly against Netherlands a ‘symbol of freedom’

Germany are set to face the Netherlands in what is one of the hottest rivalries in international football. Following the terror attacks in Paris, though, the heat is bound to be turned way down on this one. Both national team head coach Joachim Löw and manager Oliver Bierhoff used their pre-match press conference near Hanover on Monday to stress the importance of going ahead with Tuesday's friendly against the Dutch, in spite of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people and wounded hundreds more. "It's a clear message and symbol of freedom and a demonstration of compassion, as well as sorrow, for our French friends - not only in France, but throughout the world," Löw told reporters. At his last press conference, ahead of last Friday's exhibition game, Löw had spoken of how he had wanted to use the team's next few friendlies to make adjustments and prepare his team for next summer's European Championship. On Monday, though Löw spoke almost exclusively about the reasoning for going ahead with Tuesday's match, and how the players were dealing with what they had experienced in Paris. He made clear that neither Friday's match, nor Tuesday's would be of much value to his preparation. "This game won't be the yardstick it would normally be for me," he said. "We want to play the game and behave very professionally, but I believe that the result will not be an important factor." The coach noted that in view of the Paris attacks, "the much-touted sporting rivalry between Germany and Holland will fade into the background." Löw also spoke of the shock and fear the players had experienced when they were forced to spend Friday night in their dressing room. "During the terrible, shocking night, which we experienced in the dressing room, came the question: 'can the game on Tuesday take place?' and we talked about it to the players." Löw said that as they arrived back in Frankfurt on Saturday morning, he didn't have the sense that the game against the Netherlands would go ahead. "But we talked about it again on Sunday and it was clear that the game had to take place. It's a clear statement about freedom and solidarity," he said. "Clearly, we will be thinking of the victims and their families." Solidarity with France Bierhoff said the DFB (German FA) was considering what would be the appropriate way to show solidarity before Tuesday's contest. Some have suggested that France's national anthem could be sung. Bierhoff said this had not yet been decided. "We have had a few ideas, but we want to talk to the Dutch about them first," he said. Bierhoff also confirmed that there would be stepped up security for the game against the Netherlands, which is to be attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Löw expressed faith in the German authorities to ensure the security of both the teams and the fans in Hanover. He also said he was sure that the French authorities would take all the necessary measures to keep next summer's tournament safe. "It makes little sense to discuss another country hosting the event," Löw said. "What happened (in Paris) could have happened anywhere." Six missing In one of the few statements he made about the actual football, Löw confirmed that six of the players whom he had named on the roster for this international break would not be with the team in Hanover. Jerome Boateng and Kevin Hector have both picked up injuries, while Löw decided to give Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski and Manuel Neuer a well-earned rest. Leroy Sané, meanwhile is to play in the under-21 European qualifier against Austria.

Germany are set to face the Netherlands in what is one of the hottest rivalries in international football. Following the terror attacks in Paris, though, the heat is bound to be turned way down on this one. Both national team head coach Joachim Löw and manager Oliver Bierhoff used their pre-match press conference near Hanover on Monday to stress the ... Read More »

France decide to play friendly in England as scheduled

Despite the terror attacks on the French capital of Paris on Friday evening, the French football federation has confirmed that its international fixture against England will go ahead next week in London as scheduled. The French football federation has decided it will play its international friendly match against England, as scheduled, on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium. After the attacks on the French capital through Friday evening, during the international friendly between France and Germany, there was a security concern ahead of the proposed friendly in London on Tuesday. The English football association, however, released a statement in support of the fixture being played. "Following the tragic events in Paris The FA has this morning held discussions with our French counterparts. During the conversation the Fédération Française de Football (FFF) made it clear that they still wish to play against us on Tuesday night at Wembley Stadium. "Furthermore, we have liaised extensively with, and taken advice from Government and the relevant authorities, who are also in support of the decision to fulfil the fixture. FA Chairman Greg Dyke said: “Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the city of Paris after these terrible atrocities. On behalf of The FA, I want to express our sorrow and send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives. “After consulting this morning with the French Football Federation and the British Government, we have decided together that the match between our two countries at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night should go ahead. We will use the opportunity to pay our respects to all affected and also to express our solidarity with the people of France.” Since the announcement that the fixture would go ahead as scheduled, fans of both countries have earged each other to sing the French national anthem as one before the start of the friendly on Tuesday.

Despite the terror attacks on the French capital of Paris on Friday evening, the French football federation has confirmed that its international fixture against England will go ahead next week in London as scheduled. The French football federation has decided it will play its international friendly match against England, as scheduled, on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium. After the attacks on ... Read More »

DFB statement puts Beckenbauer at center of World Cup allegations

The DFB's two acting presidents have released a statement regarding a document described by media as "possibly a bribery attempt" regarding the 2006 World Cup. They have said that Franz Beckenbauer signed the document. Rainer Koch, one of the two acting vice presidents of the German football association (DFB), confirmed in a statement that Franz Beckenbauer signed a contractual agreement before the vote for the hosting rights of the 2006 World Cup. The agreement supposedly promised "various services" to Jack Warner, the former president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Warner's signature also appears on the document along with Beckenbauer's and the document was dated four days before the 2006 vote, according to the statement "In this contract, various services, not direct monetary payments, are promised by the German side," Koch said, before adding that there was no indication whether the agreement had been acted upon. He also noted that it was not clear whether it had influenced how Warner had acted in the 2000 FIFA Executive Committee vote on the 2006 World Cup, in which Germany beat South Africa 12-11. The news of the document's existence was first published by the Munich-based newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung," which did not name who had signed it. Subsequently, the mass-circulation daily "Bild" reported Beckenbauer had signed the document . The "Bild" report also said that the document uncovered by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the firm that the DFB hired to look into possible wrongdoing, was what led former DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach to step down on Monday. Koch and the DFB's other acting vice president, Reinhard Rauball, immediately replaced Niersbach on an interim basis. Calls for Beckenbauer to speak out Tuesday's DFB statement can only increase the pressure on Beckenbauer to break his silence about the report. Koch told public broadcaster ZDF on Monday that it was "high time" for Beckenbauer to make a statement. "Our request is that he gets more intensively involved in clearing up the affair," he said. On Tuesday, the chairman of the Bundestag's standing committee on sport, Dagmar Freitag supported Koch's call for Beckenbauer to speak out. "There is no other way, there are others who know more than Wolfgang Niersbach," Freitag told public broadcaster SWR. The fact that Warner is named as the other party to the apparent agreement doesn't make matters any better. The former FIFA vice president and member of its Executive Committee has been suspended by the world governing body's Ethics Committee and is facing corruption charges in the United States. US authorities are seeking his extradition from Trinidad and Tobago.

The DFB’s two acting presidents have released a statement regarding a document described by media as “possibly a bribery attempt” regarding the 2006 World Cup. They have said that Franz Beckenbauer signed the document. Rainer Koch, one of the two acting vice presidents of the German football association (DFB), confirmed in a statement that Franz Beckenbauer signed a contractual agreement ... Read More »

Missouri football players strike over racial inequality

Football players at the University of Missouri have joined in a campus-wide protest to pressure school leaders to combat racial bias. The move follows weeks of demonstrations by minority students. Weeks of student protests against perceived racial intolerance at the University of Missouri escalated on Sunday when around 30 black football players joined the movement by saying they will not participate in any team activities until the school's president steps down. It's a move that could cost the university millions if it is forced to cancel its upcoming game against Brigham Young University. "The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe 'Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere,'" the players said in a statement. "We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students' experience. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!" Wolfe will not resign, pledges change Last month, students from the organization Concerned Student 1950, which references the year African Americans were first allowed to attend the university, blocked Wolfe's car in an attempt to get him to agree to a sit-down and listen to their concerns about the increasing prevalence of racial slurs and intolerance on campus. Wolfe has shown no sign of an intention to step down, but said on Sunday that "change is needed" and that the university is working on a plan to promote diversity and tolerance. The undergraduate population of the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is 79 percent white and 8 percent black. Over the past few months, African Americans students, including the student body president, say they have increasingly been targeted with racial slurs. A swastika drawn in feces was also discovered in a dormitory bathroom. In response, Concerned Student 1950 launched a sit-in on the campus' main plaza that has been ongoing since last Monday. One graduate student, Jonathan Butler, is nearly a week into a hunger strike to call attention to racial inequality on campus. "The way white students are treated is in stark contrast to the way black students and other marginalized students are treated," said sit-in participant Abigail Hollis told the Associated Press. Despite the stakes for the school's football team, which won the Southeastern Conference East title in 2013 and 2014, coach Gary Pinkel tweeted his solidarity with the striking players: President Wolfe, who took over the president's chair in 2011 as a former software executive with no experience in academia, says most of the demands from Concerned Student 1950, such as more diverse admissions and faculty hires, have already been incorporated in the university's new plan to support tolerance.

Football players at the University of Missouri have joined in a campus-wide protest to pressure school leaders to combat racial bias. The move follows weeks of demonstrations by minority students. Weeks of student protests against perceived racial intolerance at the University of Missouri escalated on Sunday when around 30 black football players joined the movement by saying they will not ... Read More »

Dortmund win five-goal derby against Schalke

In the derby debut for both coaches,Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel prevailed 3-2 over Schalke's André Breitenreiter. Tuchel's men dominated but the final scoreline was much closer than it had to be. For Dortmund, the Ruhr Valley derby was a chance to underscore their status as Germany's second-best team as well as an always welcome opportunity to put the hurt on their hated local rivals. Schalke were looking to break a five-game winless stretch in all competitions that had seen the Royal Blues' fine season start grind to a halt. Forced to sit out the festivities were Dortmund's Marco Reus with a typical Reusian short-term injury, as well as suspended Schalke midfielder Johannes Geis and teammate Benny Höwedes, who had fallen ill. Breitenreiter had Schalke set up to protect their make-shift back four, and in the opening phase of the match the Royal Blues succeeded in holding the hosts at bay. Dortmund had 65 percent possession, but the first 20 minutes came and went without a single shot on either goal. As the match wore on, Dortmund gradually found the chinks in Schalke's armor. On the half hour, Matthias Ginter snuck away from Max Meyer and crossed the ball in from the end line. An unmarked Shinji Kagawa - hardly a giant of a man - headed Dortmund in front. Mats Hummels gave back that advantage only three minutes later. The Dortmund defender's errant pass sent Schalke off to the races, and Leroy Sané smartly squared the ball for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to end his five match scoring drought. It was the Dutchman's second goal of the season. Dortmund kept pressing, with Ilkay Gündogan and Ginter coming close as the half wound down. And Ginter refused to be denied two minutes before the break, getting his head to a well-placed Henrikh Mkhitaryan corner. A sure thing becomes a nail-biter Schalke came out of the dressing room knowing they needed to score and led with their chin into a Dortmund counterpunch. In minute 47, Mkhitaryan seized the ball in midfield and laid it on to Gonzalo Casto, Castro found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the Gabon striker slotted it past Ralf Fährmann. Seven minutes later, Mkhitaryan should have put the game away, but Fährmann denied him one-on-one from close range. There was little in Schalke's body language to suggest their believed in a comeback. By the hour mark, Dortmund had 11 shots on goal to the Royal Blues' three. So everyone in the Signal Iduna Park was shocked when Huntelaar scored his second 20 minutes from time, after being left criminally unmarked on a rare Schalke counter-attack. Dortmund had made a nail-biter out of a sure thing. The Royal Blue faithful began to dream of revenge for 2008, when Dortmund had overturned a three-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw against their rivals. Tuchel sent on Lars Bender to help defend Dortmund's advantage, while Breitenreiter rolled the dice on 19-year-old forward Felix Platte. But it was Gündogan who came closest to a goal in injury time, drawing another stunner of a save from Fährmann. But Dortmund's profligacy didn't come back to hurt them. "We lost track of them and gave them too much space," Breitenreiter said after the match. "But other teams would have gotten slaughtered. We came back and had a chance. That's something positive." Tuchel admitted that his team had played with fire. "If everything ends well, it's entertaining," Tuchel told reporters. "We had numerous chances to make it 4-1." Dortmund only won 3-2, but that result means that they keep pace with Bayern - five points behind the leaders at the top of the table. Schalke will enter the international break in fifth place. Bremen hand Augsburg another loss Last year's pleasant surprises Augsburg are rapidly becoming this season's worst underachievers. In Sunday's late match, the southern Germans went down at home 2-1 to fellow strugglers Werder Bremen, showing why they're currently mired in last place in the table. Oldie-but-goodie Claudio Pizarro opened the scoring just before the hour mark in a listless contest. It was the 37-year-old Bremen legend's first goal for the team this season and extends his all-time record for goals scored by a foreign player in the Bundesliga. If that weren't bad enough, Fin Bartels doubled Werder's advantage ten minutes later. Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl reacted by sending on talismanic striker Tobias Werner, but he couldn't stem the tide of another defeat. Bremen's Ulisses Garcia did the hosts a favor by handling the ball in the first minute of injury time. Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh was his customary steel-nerved self from the spot, but it was much too late for the southern Germans to mount a comeback. Bremen's 2-1 win moves them up to thirteenth in the table. Augsburg are rock bottom with only six point in 12 rounds.

In the derby debut for both coaches,Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel prevailed 3-2 over Schalke’s André Breitenreiter. Tuchel’s men dominated but the final scoreline was much closer than it had to be. For Dortmund, the Ruhr Valley derby was a chance to underscore their status as Germany’s second-best team as well as an always welcome opportunity to put the hurt on their ... Read More »

Djokovic wins Paris Masters

The world's best men's tennis player has plenty of momentum on his side heading into the season-ending World Tour Finals next weekend. On Sunday, the Serbian captured the Paris Masters with an easy win over Andy Murray. It was no contest in the French capital as Novak Djokovic cruised to a straight-set victory over world No. 3 Andy Murray. 6-2, 6-4 was the final score in a match that lasted only 92 minutes. The Serbian broke the Scot twice in the third set and came back from a break down in the second to win two further Murray service games. "I was very solid from the very first point," Djokovic said after the match, "very similar to a performance I have had against him in Shanghai in terms of intensity and strength in the shots and really protecting the baseline, trying to be the one that dictates the play." The man to whom Djokovic dictated the match was gracious in defeat. "Congratulations to Novak, he's had a fantastic season," said Murray. "I just hope I can get a bit closer to him next year. He really deserves this victory. This year his level has been incredible." The win was the 10th tournament vistory of the season for the Serbian, who set a new record of six Masters titles in a season. It was his third straight victory at the Paris event. Djokovic now heads to London for the World Tour Finals, the fifth most important tournament in tennis, where he's seeking his fourth straight title.

The world’s best men’s tennis player has plenty of momentum on his side heading into the season-ending World Tour Finals next weekend. On Sunday, the Serbian captured the Paris Masters with an easy win over Andy Murray. It was no contest in the French capital as Novak Djokovic cruised to a straight-set victory over world No. 3 Andy Murray. 6-2, ... Read More »

FIFA’s official Marin extradited to US to face bribery charges

Switzerland has handed over former Brazilian football chief Jose Maria Marin to US authorities. Marin is one of the seven FIFA executives arrested on bribery charges during the large Zurich raid. Marin left Switzerland on Tuesday to face graft charges in the US, the Swiss justice ministry (FOJ) said in Bern. "He was handed over to two US police officers in Zurich who accompanied him on the flight to New York," FOJ spokesman Folco Galli said. The US prosecutors believe that Marin took millions of dollars in bribes from sports marketing companies. Marin served as president of Brazilian Football Association and was in charge of organizing the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The 83-year old FIFA official agreed to be extradited last week. If convicted, he could receive a 20-year sentence on racketeering charges. Five FIFA officials remaining Swiss authorities arrested the Brazilian in a raid on a luxury Zurich hotel late May, along with six other high-ranking FIFA officials. The raid triggered a large-scale scandal that eventually prompted the FIFA head Sepp Blatter to announce his intention to step down. The US authorities claim that the FIFA executives were involved in a long-running corruption scheme, with a total value allegedly reaching $151 million (138 million euros). Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, who also presided over the North, Central American and Caribbean football body CONCACAF, was also among those arrested in Zurich. He has also agreed to his extradition, and pleaded not guilty in front of a New York court in July. The remaining five executives are still in Switzerland, waiting for the transfer to the US.

Switzerland has handed over former Brazilian football chief Jose Maria Marin to US authorities. Marin is one of the seven FIFA executives arrested on bribery charges during the large Zurich raid. Marin left Switzerland on Tuesday to face graft charges in the US, the Swiss justice ministry (FOJ) said in Bern. “He was handed over to two US police officers ... Read More »

Klopp claims first Premier League win as Liverpool beat Chelsea

Jürgen Klopp opened his Premier League account, leading Liverpool to a 3-1 win against Chelsea. The Reds hardly looked like a classic Klopp team, but they did enough to get by the Blues to pile pressure on Mourinho. In his final press conference ahead of Liverpool's clash with Chelsea in London, Jürgen Klopp talked about his cordial relations with controversial Blues coach José Mourinho. "I think if you're not a journalist or a referee, he can be a nice guy," Klopp said with a wry smile. But relations between the two men may have taken a knock after Klopp's Reds handed disappointing Chelsea their sixth loss of the season on Saturday. Mourinho already looked as though his head were in danger of imminent explosion prior to Saturday, and the Blues' toothless perfomance in front of their home fans isn't going to lower the Special One's blood pressure. Chelsea began in customarily destructive fashion, and they took the lead after only three mintues through a Ramires header. It would prove to be the Blues' only shot on target in the first half. Liverpool showed little of the high-pressing "full-throttle" football for which Klopp's title-winning Dortmund sides were known. Indeed, they were stymied by Chelsea's defensive bulwark until the dying moments of the first half. In the third minute of added time (only two had been indicated), Chelsea lost track of Liverpool midfielder Phillipe Coutinho, and the Brazilian leveled the score. Coutinho trumps Mounrinho Mourinho, already halfway down the tunnel, turned round to scowl briefly at that latest development and what happened in the second half elicited more sour grimaces from the Portugese. A little over a quarter of an hour from time, with Chelsea increasing the offensive pressure, Coutinho curled in his second to put the visitors ahead. Chelsea's marking on the goal left a lot to be desired. On Liverpool's third strike, it was nearly non-existent. Hulking striker Christian Benteke, not an easy player to overlook, was left alone to slot home from the center of the box. The goal prompted Klopp's first leaping, first-pump celebration for his new employer. The 3-1 victory was hardly a vintage performance, but it's hard to argue that Liverpool didn't desire a win, given that they got off twice as many shots and put three times as many of them on goal as Chelsea. Predictably, Mourinho didn't see things that way. "In the second half something happened that didn't allow us to win the game," Mourinho said in his post-match remarks, probably implying that the referees had disadvantaged Chelsea. Stuff happens Klopp was sympathetic with the Special One's plight. "I feel for him," The German told reporters. "He's a great coach. I don't think anyone in this room doubts he's one of the best in the world. Things like this happen. I had a similar situation at Dortmund last year." The Reds faltered at the beginning of the season under Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rogers. Klopp - who jokingly nicknamed himself the "Normal One" upon assuming the Liverpool job - at least has them out-running and out-hustling opponents. The German head coach can now look to claim his first European win with his new side, against Russian club Rubin Kazan on Thursday night.

Jürgen Klopp opened his Premier League account, leading Liverpool to a 3-1 win against Chelsea. The Reds hardly looked like a classic Klopp team, but they did enough to get by the Blues to pile pressure on Mourinho. In his final press conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea in London, Jürgen Klopp talked about his cordial relations with controversial ... Read More »

Bundesliga: Gladbach’s Schubert equals record, Dortmund beat Werder

Borussia Dortmund made up ground on league leaders Bayern Munich, but the team of the moment are Borussia önchengladbach. The Foals beat Hertha Berlin - putting their coach in the history books. When André Schubert was promoted from Borussia Mönchengladbach's youth ranks to coach of the first team earlier this fall, he would hardly have imagined himself equalling one of the Bundesliga's longest standing records. But with the Foals' 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, Schubert's sixth straight victory, he matched Willi Entenmann's best-ever coaching debut with Stuttgart from 1985. The most amazing thing is that the streak came after Gladbach had lost their first five matches of the season. The Foals had a relatively easy time of it in the German capital against a passive Hertha side, who themselves have been strong so far this season. Oscar Wendt and Raffael took the visitors to a first half-lead, exploiting their opponents' defensive lapses. Granit Xhaka added a penalty and Harvard Nordveit a late strike after the interval. Alexander Baumjohann's penalty for Hertha was a mere blip on the capital club's otherwise flat-lining EKG. Despite the one-sidedness of the match, some of the main factors in Gladbach's unique recovery were on clear display. The Foals' defense has benefited from greater playing time given to experienced individuals, like Alvaro Dominguez. Schubert is also wise to put his trust in speedster Ibrihima Traoré, who drew Gladbach's penalty. With nearly everything going right, the Foals now have the sort of self-perpetuating momentum that allows them to brush aside teams like Hertha. The capital-club had yet to lose a home match prior to Saturday and had the Bundesliga's third best defense. But they had no chance against a streaking Gladbach side that has now risen all the way to the top third of the table. Dortmund take advantage If you close your eyes and wish really, really hard, you might almost be able to convince yourself that the title race is back on. At least the gap in the table between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is back down to five points, after Thomas Tuchel's men cruised past Werder Bremen 3-1. Marco Reus, who finally seems to have recovered from his numerous knocks and niggles, was the man of the match, finishing off passes from Henrikh Mkhitaryan in minutes 9 and 72. Mkhitaryan himself headed in a marvelous cross from Mats Hummels just before the break, after Anthony Ujah had equalized. Werder looked more switched on than in recent weeks, but they were no match for Dortmund and will look forward to facing easier opposition next week. Completing a pleasant afternoon for Dortmund fans was the fact that arch-rivals Schalke could only manage a 1-1 draw at home against newly promoted Ingolstadt. The visitors took the lead through journeyman defender Tobias Levels - only his third strike ever in the top flight - just before half-time. Wonderkind Leroy Sané spared the Royal Blues' blushes when he headed home the equalizer a quarter of an hour from time. Schalke's strong season start seems to have run its course. They're winless in their last two Bundesliga matches and crashed out of the German Cup during the week. Pair of draws for two strugglers Draws come in many varieties. Augsburg's 3-3 at home versus Mainz was nothing short of a heart-breaker. The hosts got off to a horrid start with Yoshinori Muto scoring a pair in the first half hour but battled back to overturn that deficit. Paul Verhaegh converted a controversial penalty late in the first half before Ja-Cheol Koo found the mark shortly after the restart, and Raul Bobadilla had the home fans cheering ten minutes from time when he completed the turn-around. But Muto completed his hat-trick in the third minute of added time to deny Augsburg a much needed win and keep the southern Germans in last place. Hoffenheim's fans were hoping for a turnaround under new coach Huub Stevens. The Dutchman, who's becoming famous for saving teams from the drop, once described his philosophy as: 'the first and foremost thing is keeping a clean sheet.' And that's exactly what the Hoff got in his debut - a goalless draw against Cologne.

Borussia Dortmund made up ground on league leaders Bayern Munich, but the team of the moment are Borussia önchengladbach. The Foals beat Hertha Berlin – putting their coach in the history books. When André Schubert was promoted from Borussia Mönchengladbach’s youth ranks to coach of the first team earlier this fall, he would hardly have imagined himself equalling one of ... Read More »

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