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The Frauen Bundesliga Story Of The Season So Far

The top-flight of women’s football in Germany made its return on Friday, the first major women’s league to do so after the coronavirus outbreak saw it suspended for two months.

It is nearing its climax, with just four games remaining after another enthralling season, with plenty of twists and turns already taking place and plenty still to play for, here is the story of the season so far, including who are favourites to win it and who are destined for the dreaded drop.

Last season’s champions Wolfsburg Women currently lead the way at the top of the table, boasting an eight-point lead over nearest challengers Bayern Munich Women. They are favourites to retain their title after going unbeaten all season, winning seventeen games and drawing just one.

They began the campaign with a 1-0 win over SC Sand, before demolishing MSV Duisburg 6-1 away from home. They started September in a similar fashion, moving to top spot for the first time with a 3-0 victory at home to Hoffenheim.

Lerch’s side followed that up by securing three points against FFC Turbine Potsdam, before sending out another statement of intent with the 8-1 drubbing of FF USV Jena. She-Wolves then defeated newly promoted side FC Koln 5-0 before coasting to a 3-0 win over FFC Frankfurt.

That victory came at a cost, however, as Germany captain and star striker Alexandra Popp was forced off after suffering ankle ligament damage, which kept her out of the side for six weeks.

They powered on in her absence recording huge wins against SGS Essen (5-1) and SC Freiburg (8-0). The only points they have dropped all season were against second-place Bayern, who held them to a 1-1 draw in front of a season-high 3,245 fans.

They bounced back in style, cruising to a 7-0 away win over 04 Leverkusen and a 4-0 victory against SC Sand, before ending 2019 with three points, defeating MSV Duisburg 4-0. After the mid-season break, Wolfsburg returned in fine form, securing a 5-2 win over second-place TSG Hoffenheim to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points.

They brushed aside FFC Turbine Potsdam in their next encounter and put six past bottom side, FF USV Jena, in the following game, their last before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

They marked their return to action with a win last week, beating FC Koln 4-0 and then triumphing 5-1 against FFC Frankfurt to move a step closer to winning the league for the sixth time in their history.

Whilst the title looks to already be decided, the race for the lucrative second Champions League spot is hotting up. Bayern Munich currently occupy second place and have a four-point cushion over nearest challengers and surprise package Hoffenheim after they managed to beat Turbine Potsdam 5-1 at the weekend.

The win, helped to extend the Bavarian outfit’s unbeaten run to twelve games, with their last loss coming in October. With their next two fixtures coming against the two bottom sides Bayern will surely fancy their chances of securing Champions League qualification for the sixth consecutive season.

Their two losses this season would prove to be costly in the context of the title race. They suffered a 1-0 reverse to TSG Hoffenheim and a 3-1 defeat to leaders Wolfsburg which ended all hopes of a title charge against the all conquering Wolfsburg.

Shock challengers TSG Hoffenheim are still in with a shout of reaching the Champions League, although they need to ensure that they win all their remaining fixtures and Bayern drop points to have any chance of clawing back the four point defecit between the sides.

They have only lost four games all season and drawn just one, a remarkable record from a side which has been languishing in mid table since its promotion to the Bundesliga in 2014.

Making up the top half of the table are FFC Frankfurt, SGS Essen and Turbine Potsdam. All three of those sides will be aiming to consolidate a top half finish, given that there are just five points between Frankfurt in fourth place and Frieburg in seventh.

Where things really start to hot up are at the bottom of the table. Newly promoted USV Jena are staring relegation in the face, having failed to win any of their games so far this season, picking up just two points along the way. Life in the top flight has been difficult, with Jena coming on the receiving end of heavy defeats to the likes of Freiburg, Wolfsburg and Turbine Potsdam.

Who will be joining Jena in the 2 Frauen Bundesliga is set to go down to the wire. FC Köln currently sit in the relegation zone, yet they are just two points off MSV Duisburg and Bayer Leverkusen, who are both hovering narrowly over the drop, with a game in hand.

To make matters more interesting, their game in hand is against bottom side Jena on Wednesday, and if they win that they will overtake both Duisburg and Leverkusen in the race for survival.

Leverkusen then entertain Köln in the penultimate matchday and definitely have the toughest run in of those jostling to stay up, facing champions-elect Wolfsburg in their final game of the season. It seems that they could also be destined for the drop.

It is set to be a fascinating end to a great season so far, especially now that BBC ALBA have committed to broadcast some of the run in.

24/7 football Weekly transfer round-up

Hello and welcome to the 24/7 Football’s weekly transfer round up.

English Premier League is all set to return from 17th June amid the pandemic and the games are to be played behind the closed doors. Despite the pandemic, the football operations haven’t come to a halt and has filled the football world with the rumors.

The traditional top six will be looking to end their season with European spots whereas the newly promoted sides apart from Sheffield United will be looking to avoid the relegation. However, these factors will not stop the rumour mill from discussing potential gossip and deals surrounding footballers.

Here are the top transfer rumours of the week

1) Chelsea close in on Timo Werner

After a quiet transfer window in 2020, Chelsea are expected to reinforce their side with few quality signings. Frank Lampard’s side have reportedly closed in on signing the RB Leipzig striker, Timo Werner, after triggering the €60 million release clause for the German striker.

 

The move to Stamford Bridge will come as a surprise for the Liverpool fans as they expected German striker to sign for the Anfield outfit. However, it is learned that the release clause was the major deterrence for Liverpool to sign the German international.

Also Read: CHELSEA LOOK SET TO SIGN TIMO WERNER FROM RB LEIPZIG

2) Gunners reportedly agree personal terms with Thomas Partey

According to the reports published in football.london, Arsenal have agreed personal terms with the Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.  The midfielder has been a long term target for the three-time Premier League winners and reports are suggesting that Arsenal have made the breakthrough in the transfer.

 

The Ghana international has been phenomenal for Rojiblancos and their manager, Diego Simeone is a huge admirer of the player. He has asked the club to give a new contract to the player and extend his stay at the Spanish capital. However, Arsenal remain determined to sign the midfielder and increase their midfield options.

Despite the speculations, there is one major roadblock for Arsenal to sign Thomas Partey. According to Goal.com, Thomas Partey has asked for Champions League qualification before agreeing to sign for the Emirates-based outfit. So the major question remains, can Arsenal seal the deal for the Atletico Madrid midfielder?

3) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targets Argentine wonderkid

It is no brainer that Manchester United have turned their attention to sign the prodigies and wonderkids across the globe after they saw the effectiveness of Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams in the Premier League. The low-risk signings have been a notable shift in Manchester United’s transfer policy and are expected to continue in the upcoming transfer windows.

 

According to Todo Fichajes, Manchester United are interested in signing the Argentine wonderkid, Thiago Almada from Velez Sarsfield. The player has a €22 million release clause and the Red Devils are willing to pay the hefty sum for the teenager’s signature. However, it has been revealed that Manchester United are not the only club looking to Almada but Arsenal, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid are also interested in the teenager. With this in mind, can the United Chief-Executive, Ed Woodward lure the player to Stretford End?

Football world responds to the death of George Floyd

In a recent turn of events in the United States of America amid pandemic, the racist events have resurfaced due to Geroge Floyd’s death. Geroge Floyd was an American-African who died due to the atrocity of white policemen in Minneapolis. He was hand-cuffed and was held around his neck in a kneeling position for around nine minutes which resulted in the death of Floyd. This has sparked the violent protests across the United States.

The protesters upped their ante on Tuesday which resulted in a complete shutdown of lights in White House.

Supporting the fight against racism, footballers and their clubs have come out to show their collective support for George Floyd. Not only football, but the sport stars across the globe like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods, Coco Gauff have also joined the protest.

Showing their support, Borussia Dortmund stars Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displayed “Justice for George Floyd” while celebrating their goals against Paderborn. Similarly, Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram kneeled during his celebration. These actions have irked the German Football Association and are investigating the incident.

However, the investigation from the German Football body made International football organisation, FIFA, interfere with the matter. FIFA president, Gianni Infantino asked the FA’s to applaud their players for their support against racism rather than handling the sanctions on them.

Players have taken the incident personally as many are targeted with racial abuse across Europe and the globe. The Football Association in England have stated that they will take a “common sense” approach towards the players if they are found imitating any action supporting the anti-racism movement.

Here is how the football players and football clubs across the globe have come out in the support of George Floyd:

 

Paul Pogba

 
 

Premier League

 

Marcus Rashford

 
 

Jadon Sancho

 
 
 
 

Liverpool

 

Arsenal

 

Bayern Munich

 

Kylian Mbappe

 

Frenkie de Jong

 

Serge Aurier

 

Lionel Messi

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The BUNDESLIGA A SUCCESSFUL RETURN

I never ever thought that one day it would come down to me to put down some words about the Bundesliga.
A league that in the past I had followed only briefly and considered to be an average league aside from a couple of clubs, mainly Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. But for the past couple of weekends I must be honest and say I am thoroughly enjoying my fix of German football.
Yes, it took a little while to get used to games being played on par to a reserve match in English football as regards atmosphere, and looking up and seeing no fans present was certainly strange alongside the occasional sound of piped music blasting into a near-deserted stadium felt weird, but after two weeks this is now not a distraction to me as I can thoroughly enjoy the action on the pitch.
Both sets of players are still showing the high intensity and commitment of playing a game in 90 minutes, even though there are no fans of either side to offer encouragement or show anger in their teams’ performance.
The Bundesliga has certainly shown the way forward for football behind closed doors. Despite some criticism from both fans and politicians in Germany, the return of the league has been a huge success for clubs and broadcasters.
The league was under fire from politicians, journalists and most importantly fans for weeks, but by now all three of the sectors have certainly changed their mind and are thriving in their regular dose of the wonderful game.
Their main fears understandably were about Covid-19 and the implications it could have on any players getting tested positive and the eventual outcome, but as it stands at the moment almost all tests from players and staff have come back negative. Dynamo Dresden have been the only team to date from both the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 who had to quarantine because of multiple infections.
The only real problem the DFL has had to deal with since the restart has been with some teams momentarily forgetting about the new guidelines of social distance with goal celebrations. Hertha Berlin were the first team who clearly had forgotten about this important point after celebrating their goals against Hoffenheim with some hugging, high fiving and shoulder tapping, which certainly caused some concern amongst people.
However, since the opening weekend teams have now adapted to the customary way of celebrating a goal by social distancing with a fist pump and a smile. Yes, this is going to be the way forward for celebrations in the future.
The fitness levels of all teams somewhat surprisingly has been good, considering most players would off not trained properly for almost eight weeks.
Without crowds, home advantage has been kicked in to touch with only a handful of sides registering a victory on their own patch.
The actual playing time is higher than in matches with crowds because of shorter interruptions, with players not rolling around or falling about performing to crowds this has made the game so much more watchable.
Ratings for the host broadcaster Sky Germany have been record-breaking with over six million tuning in on the opening weekend. The UK broadcaster BT Sport are also showing very encouraging opening viewing figures as well, although I expect that this will change once the Premier League restarts in a few weeks.
Overall, it must be said that the Bundesliga has led the way forward for the watching football fan. Now it’s up to all other leagues to follow suit and put the game of football back into the comfort of our armchairs, for the time being at least.

Article Written by Peter Moore

How can Home teams overcome lack of fans?

Could the way forward for football in England when it gets back to playing behind closed doors, consist of artificial crowd noise?

Well, daft as this may seem to some people, the English Football League is considering putting this to the Championship clubs, the majority of whom returned back to training on Monday.

One club, Bristol City are already discussing varying innovations at the club with Premier League Brighton also discussing the possibility of pumping crowd noise for their forthcoming games.

Already the broadcasters in Germany have offered the option of fake fan noise during RB Leipzig’s win at Mainz at the weekend, while Borussia Monchengladbach utilised 12,000 cardboard cut-outs of fans.

This begs the question, when the Championship along with the Premiership can get back to playing again? Albeit behind closed doors, do we really need the sound of fan noise pumped into an already empty stadium and cardboard cut outs as well?

Yes of course football will never be the same without actual fans at games, but remember we are currently living in a time when we must expect this practice never being seen again for a long time.

The thought of having artificial noise inside stadiums mainly to help the home side really isn’t working now. Take the Bundesliga for example. Since the restart of football in Germany, there has only been three home wins from 18 matches played. So, the theory of home teams having a big advantage even in games played behind closed doors simply doesn’t work.

Any games played behind closed doors offers a level playing field to both sides, and honestly, we don’t need pumped music, or fan noise during games along with cardboard cut outs of fans.

It’s certainly taken a little while for players to get used to the new experience of playing in front of empty stadiums, but they are used to it by now. They don’t need extra noise to improve their performances.

Fans will gradually get used to the sight of unfilled grounds with no noise. Unfortunately, it is a slow process of the way football is going to look for a long time to come. The message to football fans at the minute should be this, no noise and no actual fans at grounds is different, but in the present world we live in it has to be either this or no football played in front of anybody.

Article written by Peter Moore