Bringing you an English viewpoint on Germany's top flight
As this is my first blog let me introduce myself and what I will be blogging about. I'm Francis Pitt and I am the Bundesliga blogger. After having lived in Germany a few years ago, I experienced the Bundesliga first hand and fell in love with the German top flight. Let me explain. After spending my entire life going to football in England (with one friendly at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven for good measure) I thought I knew football. However the Bundesliga opened my eyes to a new football culture. Cheap tickets and incredible atmosphere being just a few of its redeeming factors.
Each week, I will bring you my take on the latest goings on from the Bundesliga and this week seems as good as any to get started.
So the brilliant Bundesliga is into its second week, and the matches played on Saturday the 13th of August were once again full of surprises and exciting match play
As the Bayern song, Stern des Suedens goes, "Welche Münchner Fußballmannschaft kennt man auf der ganzen Welt?" (Which Munich football team is known around the whole world?) FC Hollywood certainly has a big ego when it comes to their place in the Germany's top flight. However their start to the season can best be described as shaky. After losing their opening game to Borussia Mönchengladbach, Die Bayern had to wait until stoppage time in their second match against the 2009 champions Wolfsburg to even score. Although that got them the three points it's hardly the best start for the record champions. But we should cut the new manager Juup Heynckes some slack. Bayern will always be there or there about when the honours are handed out.
The current champions Dortmund also did not have the best of weekends down in the south west (my old stomping ground, while studying at Heidelberg University). Their opponents Hoffenheim's progress over the last few years has not come as surprise to me. I was there during their first Bundesliga season in 2008-2009, and the whole Rhein-Neckar region (apart from the Waldorf Mannheim fans) was getting behind them. The 2008 Herbstmeister (top of the table at the winter break) are becoming the Bolton of the Bundesliga. What I mean by this is that they probably won't go down but at the same time the highest you can expect them to get is the Europa League places.
However they showed no fear against the champions, Dortmund. The winning goal by Sejad Salihovic is an early contender for Tor des Jahres (Goal of the Year). His pile-driver of a free kick gave the keeper no chance and was a worthy winner for any game.
If I’d been writing this blog this time last year, no doubt I would have been singing the praises of Mainz 05. Hardly from being a Bundesliga big boy, they went and won their first seven games. Surely history couldn’t repeat itself, could it?. Well the side, under the guidance of the Thomas Tuchel, have once again made a perfect start to the season. Goals from Marcel Risse and Maxim Choupo-Moting gave Mainz a 2- 1 win away to SC Freiburg. Mainz is therefore currently sitting pretty at the top of the Bundesliga albeit after only two games. Don’t expect them to be there at the end of the season.
So that’s it for this week. I will bring you my take on the Bundesliga every week with, in my mind, expert analysis (whether this is true in the minds of others remains to be seen).