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Bundesliga and the Coronavirus – What happens next?

Due to the Coronavirus many people can’t go to work.

Unfortunately, this also applies to almost all professional athletes. Some players are diagnosed with the virus and due to the prevention of the spread, all sport events are delayed until further notice. The Bundesliga is also part of this. But what is going to happen to this season? What happens with all the teams who are deep down in the standings and could possibly descend into the second league if it stands as it is? But what about the teams who are about to be promoted into the first league? Many questions need to be answered. We will discuss many of these possible answers and try to give you an overview.

What will happen next in the Bundesliga?

Bundesliga stays at it is – Highly unlikely

As we can see in other sports from all around the world, there is a possibility of just ending the season and not continuing. If they end it and count it as it is now many teams have played only once against another team. Some have even played a game less than others. This does not seem fair because a game against Bayern or Leipzig might be much harder to win against than a game against teams at the bottom of the table. This solution sounds almost impossible.

Only the first half of the season counts – Possible

One of the fairest solutions might be to only count the first half. Everyone has played against everyone, even though the home field advantage is a big factor in many cases such as a derby or even a regular game. However, teams like Bayern who were only in 2nd place or others who used to be at the bottom and increased their performance in the second half might be very angry.

Bundesliga does not count this year – Possible

An option is to not count this season at all. For teams like Werder Bremen or other teams, this would be a good solution because they are threatened to descend into the second league. But teams like Bielefeld, Stuttgart or Hamburg are going to be angry since they have worked so hard to get to the top of the standings in the second league. It is possible that the Bundesliga decides to do this.

No team descends but teams are promoted – Highly possible

An option that makes almost everyone happy is to change the number of the teams in the Bundesliga. The two or three teams from the second league are promoted into the first league but no one is descending. An option that is fair to those who are about to promote but also to those who might be descending. It is likely that for this case only the first half of the season counts.

A small tournament decides who gets to stay – Unlikely

Another option is to play a small tournament which determines the teams who might get promoted or relegated. Which kind of tournament and from when the standings count is another question. That bridge can be crossed when they decide on that option. The teams participating could be the two or three teams from the bottom of the 1st and the top of the 2nd.

The league will continue – Likely

Another option is to just finish up the rest of the games as soon as the virus is under control. This would mean that the teams have more than one game a week and the summer break is cutting short. An option that seems fair to everyone, but it depends on the duration of the break. If spectators are allowed, or the teams can pull this off remains questionable.

What happens next?

There are a lot of possibilities what could happen this year. Of course, not everyone is going to be happy with the decision, but it is better to have an answer to the question than not having one at all. Surely, no one is happy with the current situation either, but it is important to keep the players and especially the general public safe. When there is a definite answer to the question what happens to the Bundesliga, we will update you.

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Opening day records, stats and facts in the Bundesliga

The schedule for the 2019/20 season will be released on Friday.

Thomas Müller has scored the most opening day goals, but what else is there to know about Matchday 1 in the Bundesliga?

Bayern best marks

  • No team has a better record than Bayern for opening day results. The Bavarian juggernaut averages 2.1 points per game from Matchday 1 fixtures – a league best mark.
  • The record champions have celebrated the most victories (35) and scored the most goals (123) on Matchday 1. On 11 occasions, their opening day win was enough to send – and keep – them top.
  • Curiously, the team in second after the first matchday has been relegated just as many times as going on to become champion, though (11 times each).
  • Bayern boast the record Matchday 1 win, thanks to their 6-0 triumph over Werder Bremen in the 2016/17 season opener, in which Xabi Alonso scored a Goal of the Season contender.
  • The Bavarians have also been on the receiving end of the same scoreline. Back in the 1974/75 season, Udo Lattek took his European champions to Kickers Offenbach, who duly handed them a shock 6-0 thrashing.

A portent of things to come?

  • In the 55 Bundesliga seasons since 1963, 142 teams have been relegated. Just under a quarter – 23 percent – of those had kicked off their campaign with a win, though.
  • Four teams have started the season atop the Bundesliga standings, only to be relegated come the end of the season: Hansa Rostock in 1991/92, Karlsruher in 1997/98, Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1998/99 and most recently Arminia Bielefeld in 2002/03.
  • Northern rivals Bremen and Hamburg have played in the most opening-day fixtures (55 each). Bremen will take the record outright this season, with the Red Shorts having missed out on promotion last term.

Xabi Alonso (No.14) scored the best of Bayern’s six goals against Werder Bremen back in 2016… but there were only nine other goals around Germany that day! – 2016 Getty Images
  • Borussia Dortmund have conceded the most Matchday 1 defeats (22). Their Revierderby rivals Schalke have lost on the opening day 21 times.
  • No team has conceded more goals than the Royal Blues, though. Schalke have seen their net ripple on the opening day a record 87 times.
  • The opening day of the 1986/87 saw the most goals, with 42. The fewest came in 2016/17, when there were just 15, despite Bayern’s shellacking of Bremen.

Lewandowski laying down the law

  • Four players – Klaus Fichtel, Eike Immel, Manfred Kaltz and Karl-Heinz Körbel – have featured in 17 opening day fixtures in the Bundesliga.
  • Nobody has won as many times as Oliver Kahn, though, Der Titan, picking up all three points on 11 occasions.
  • Gerd Müller may have a Bundesliga record 365 goals to his name, but Klaus Fischer boasts the most opening day goals with 13.
  • Among active players, Robert Lewandowski has the most Matchday 1 goals with seven. The Pole – top scorer in three of the last four seasons – is fifth all time in this regard.
  • There were seven penalties on the opening day of the 1987/88 campaign, a record high. There have only been two seasons without a penalty on Matchday 1, and the last time that happened was 1988/89.
  • A Bayern player has scored the first goal of a season a record 14 times. Dortmund are next best with eight… MSV Duisburg, currently in the third tier, are next on that particular list.
  • Lewandowski’s Bayern teammate Müller is the only player in history to have scored the first goal of the season three times (2010, 2014 and 2018). Timo Konietzka (Dortmund, 1963 and 1860 Munich, 1965) and Atli Edvaldsson (Dortmund 1980, and Bayer Uerdingen, 1986) have two apiece.

Not so much a Yellow Wall as a Yellow Sea – Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park can host a Bundesliga record 81,365 fans. – 2019 DFL
  • The highest average Matchday 1 attendance was recorded in 2011 (51,344). Dortmund, Bayern and Hertha Berlin – owners of the three biggest stadiums in the land – were all at home that day.
  • Lewandowski has won each of his last eight opening day fixtures in the Bundesliga, which is an all-time record.
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Some intriguing trends come up in the Bundesliga

 

This weekend Bundesliga gives us some world class football, with many possible changes in the standing.

Hertha BSC – Hoffenheim

Saturday sees Hertha BSC welcome Hoffenheim on the Olympiastadion it what should be a great encounter.

Four of the last five meetings between these two siedes resultet in over 2.5 goals scored and now there’s a good prospect for the same outcome to occur.

  • In 11 of Hoffenheim’s last 12 games in Bundesliga, there have been over 2.5 goals scored.
  • There have been over 2.5 goals in 3 of the latest Bundesliga matches of Hertha BSC.
  • Hertha BSC have allowed 2+ goals in 6 of their last 9 matches in Bundesliga.
  • The team of Hoffenheim are on a poor run of 13 away matches in all competitions in all of which they have conceded 1+ goals.
  • Prediction: Over 2.5 goals 

Augsburg – Eintracht Frankfurt

This weekend Eintracht Frankfurt will try to build on their strong momentum which has seem them climb to 4th place in the Bundesliga.

However a trip to Augsburg will never be an easy one and it seems both teams have enough to cancel each other out in this meeting.

  • FC Augsburg have drawn in 3 of their last 5 all competitions games.
  • A series of 3 home draws in all competitions marks FC Augsburg’s most recent games.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt’s most recent record of 9 consecutive games in all competitions consists of no losses.
  • The team of Eintracht Frankfurt has achieved just 1 win in 11 encounters with FC Augsburg in Bundesliga.
  • Prediction: Draw 

Schalke 04 – Nürnberg

Both Schalke 04 and Nürnberg are experiencing a rather poor season so far. With just 10 points to their names they seem desparate to steal the win in this clash.

Home advantage might be key here as Nürnberg lost 3 and drew 3 of their last 6 away matches.

  • Schalke 04 have not been beaten in 5 of their 6 most recent matches in all competitions.
  • Nürnberg have lost by 2+ goals in 4 of their last 8 all competitions games.
  • Nürnberg have achieved just 1 wins in their 8 most recent games in all competitions.
  • Prediction: Schalke 04 
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Goretzka, Werner, Kimmich, Brandt and Süle: Germany’s next golden generation!

There will be no Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski or Bastian Schweinsteiger in the Germany squad that Joachim Löw hopes will be able to defend his nation’s title at next summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

As Löw begins putting the finishing touches to his plans with this month’s friendlies against England and France, bundesliga.com looks at the trails blazed since Die Nationalmannschaft’s global triumph in Brazil four years ago by a Bundesliga wunderkind quintet who could make you forget the famous faces who will not be there.

Watch: Germany’s next golden generation in action

Leon Goretzka (Schalke, born: 6 February, 1995)

Then: The 2013/14 season heralded Goretzka’s arrival on the biggest domestic stage, The long-legged midfielder — fashioned at hometown club Bochum — replaced Julian Draxler to make his debut in a Royal Blue shirt.

Not quite as precocious as Schalke’s then-terrace darling, Goretzka still made a significant impact, scoring four goals in 25 league games to help the team clinch UEFA Champions League football with a third-placed finish while he had already caught Löw’s eye.

Named in the provisional World Cup squad, he made his senior international debut against Poland in Hamburg only to suffer an injury that reduced his already slim chances of going to Brazil to nothing.

Now: Goretzka eventually did go to Brazil — as captain of the Olympic squad in 2016 — though injury meant he played only a minor role in their silver medal triumph. He was much more central to the Confederations Cup win 12 months later, notably scoring the quickest-ever brace by a Germany international with two goals in three minutes of the semi-final win over Mexico. “He has made a good impression,” said Bayern president Uli Hoeness of the midfielder’s summer displays.

While Hoeness was impressed, Goretzka’s displays raised fewer eyebrows than they might have done earlier as his ability with and without the ball had already been showcased at Schalke throughout the 2016/17 season. Now just a game shy of a century of Bundesliga appearances, he has a disciple in Löw.

“He has good technique, a lot of tempo with and without the ball, and he already has a lot of character,” said the Germany boss, who rates the youngster as “one of the most talented” of his generation.

2018 replacement for: Bastian Schweinsteiger

Timo Werner (Leipzig, born: 6 March, 1996)

Then: The 2013/14 season did not see Werner so much break through as smash his way onto the Bundesliga scene with hometown club Stuttgart, churning out record after record faster than a success-hungry X-Factor winner: youngest VfB first-team debutant in any competition at 17 years and four months, youngest Bundesliga debutant soon after and — within four top-flight appearances — VfB’s most baby-faced top-flight goalscorer.

Later in the campaign, he scored twice in a 3-1 win to become… you get the picture. It’ll be no surprise to learn Stuttgart signed him to a four-year deal as soon as he turned 18.

Now: He got the same length of contract when he moved to Leipzig following Stuttgart’s relegation in 2016, a switch that has proven wildly beneficial for Werner and his new club. A weighty return of 21 goals in 31 Bundesliga outings in 2016/17 has been followed by him firing six in nine to start the current campaign.

He would surely have had more but for a neck injury that sidelined him for two Matchdays, though it did not stop him becoming the youngest player to record a century of top-flight appearances earlier this season. Yet another record… Called up by Jogi Löw last season, Werner is now a shoo-in — if fit — for the squad next summer.

“He’s hard to predict and difficult to defend against,” Germany’s all-time leading scorer Miroslav Klose, the man Werner is touted to replace and now part of Löw’s coaching crew, said. “I like that he’s a nice kid with a good character. I have no doubts he’ll take off.” Given Werner’s jet-heeled pace, that may mean literally.

2018 replacement for: Miroslav Klose

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern, born: 8 February 1995)

Then: The first season after his move from Stuttgart to Leipzig could not have gone better. A first professional goal gave his 26 third-tier appearances added shine as Kimmich, then 18, played his part in his club’s promotion to Bundesliga 2 as a midfielder. In a first step towards emulating his idols Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gündogan, he was central to a Germany squad also featuring Niklas Stark, Julian Brandt and Davie Selke that lifted the Under-19 EURO title.

Now: Then-Stuttgart boss Alexander Zorniger scolded his bosses for having allowed Kimmich to join Bayern Munich during the 2015 summer window. The “fatal bad decision” as Zorniger called it was Bayern’s boon as they purchased a veritable Swiss Army knife of a player. Converted to right-back when Pep Guardiola decided to play Lahm in midfield, Kimmich has racked up over 60 Bundesliga appearances, shining notably in Lahm’s old position — where he is now billed to star for club and country. He was the only man to play every minute of each game at last summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup where — as a right-back — he even wore the captain’s armband: sound like anyone you may know? And to think Guardiola told him he was “perhaps one of the best centre-backs in the world… He’s got absolutely everything.”

2018 replacement for: Philipp Lahm

Julian Brandt (Leverkusen, born: 2 May, 1996)

Then: After joining Wolfsburg in 2011, the baby-faced blonde must have thought the Volkswagen Arena would provide the stage for his professional debut. Midway through the 2013/14 season, the Wolves let one of their pack slip away, however, and Brandt moved to Leverkusen where sporting director Rudi Völler hailed the arrival of “one of the most talented young players in German football”.

Within a month, he had made his Bundesliga debut, and three days later got his first more-ish taste of the UEFA Champions League against a Paris Saint-Germain side boasting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti — a heady rise for a 17-year-old who had been playing junior football earlier in the campaign.

After initially using him as a substitute, boss Sami Hyypiä gave Brandt his first start on Matchday 29 and kept him in the starting line-up, eventually being rewarded with two goals and three assists in a dozen league appearances before Brandt joined forces with Kimmich & Co. to win Under-19 UEFA EURO 2014.

Now: Brandt now has a century of Bundesliga games under his belt and 12 senior caps for his country, just under half those collected by his idol, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus. And he’s still only 21.

His last two seasons as a bona fide first-teamer have seen him involved in 14 goals in each, and his 11 assists last term were bettered by just five Bundesliga players, including Bayern’s Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben, a vastly more experienced duo. His three goals and as many assists already this season suggest 2017/18 could be the FIFA Confederations Cup winner’s most fruitful year yet.

2018 replacement for: Lukas Podolski

Niklas Süle (Bayern, born: 3 September, 1995)

Then: An unfamiliar name that had journalists scrambling when he was named in the Hoffenheim line-up in the dwindling light of the 2012/13 season, Süle was a much more significant fixture in the team in World Cup year as Markus Gisdol saw the potential in his powerful 6’5″ physique, handing him 25 Bundesliga appearances.

An Under-19 international at the time, Süle had received a call from the Turkish FA wondering if he would consider playing for them, because — as the Frankfurt-born centre-back, whose grandfather was Hungarian, himself explained — “they thought my name sounded Turkish.”
Now: Eintracht Frankfurt and Darmstadt will be kicking themselves. Süle was on their books as a youngster, but then joined Hoffenheim in 2010. Since last summer and having been the immovable rock on which Hoffenheim’s third-placed finish was built, he is now a Bayern Munich player.

“There’s nothing better for a young player like me than to learn from the best in the world,” he said, referring to club team-mates Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, whom he joined at international level shortly after UEFA EURO 2016.

Süle, another to have added Confederations Cup victory to Olympic silver, is already developing into an imposing mixture of both: clean, firm and accurate in both the tackle and the pass. Draw the ideal modern-day centre-back, and you draw Niklas Süle.

2018 replacement for: Per Mertesacker

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Bundesliga Basement Battle

With the World Cup qualifiers complete, attention turns back to club football this weekend and the first big clash in the top European leagues sees Stuttgart welcome Cologne to the Mercedes Benz Arena in the Bundesliga.

Both teams have been struggling near the bottom of the table and will hope to come back after the international fixtures with fresh optimism and ideas.

Stuttgart have won the Bundesliga five times, with their last success coming in 2006/07 and they unlikely to challenge for another title in this campaign. They start this match down in 14th place in the Bundesliga table, level on 7 points with Hamburg who currently occupy the relegation playoff place.

Trends show Stuttgart have won two of their seven Bundesliga games this season, with their last victory coming at home to Wolfsburg on the 16th September. Since then, Stuttgart have picked up just 1 point from three Bundesliga games.

There have been defeats at Borussia Monchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt and a draw at home with Augsburg.

However, home form has generally been good and Stuttgart have won two and drawn one of their three Bundesliga games at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Trends show that while Stuttgart have struggled to score goals at home, they have been very good defensively and have kept a clean sheet in all three matches.

While Stuttgart have been stuttering in recent games, Koln have barely got going at all this season and come into this match sitting bottom of the Bundesliga.

They have just 1 point from a possible 21 available and are currently 6 points adrift of safety, which is quite a significant margin this early in the campaign.

Trends show Koln have failed to win a game in the Bundesliga this season, with their only point coming courtesy of a 0-0 draw at Hannover a few weeks ago.

Koln have the worst defensive record in the Bundesliga, having conceded 15 goals in seven games and have been just as bad at the other end of the pitch, scoring just twice. They clearly need to improve at both ends of the team if they are to move off the bottom of the table.

Koln have won only one of their previous nine Bundesliga games and have failed to score a goal in four of their last five. However, they have won six of their last seven away matches against Stuttgart and will be hoping to add to that good record.

Stuttgart have doubts over several players going into this match including Holger Badstuber, Christian Gentner, Ailton Ferreira Silva, Anto Grgic, Emiliano Insua and Carlos Mane.

Koln will be without the injured trio of Jonas Hector, Nikolas Nartey and Jhon Cordoba. Goalkeeper Timo Horn is looking to recover from a hip injury in time for the game.

Stuttgart have been good at home this season and defensively they have been solid. Koln have struggled for goals and could find it tough to break down the Stuttgart defensive. This match looks like being a narrow home victory to nil, with over 2.5 goals scored.