Euro Roundup: Your weekly fix of Euro delights
If you didn’t already know the answer, there are no prizes for guessing which team is top of the Bundesliga table. Bayern Munich’s win over Augsburg mean it is they who stay top, getting back to winning convincingly after a wobble that saw them draw two on the spin in the league and lose to Atletico Madrid in Europe.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team are still unbeaten in the German league, but they’re not the only ones. There may be no prizes for guessing who’s top of the league, but if you predicted the other two teams who would still be unbeaten going into November then the Euro Roundup doffs its cap.
Those two teams are Most Hated Club in Germany RB Leipzig, the Frankenstein club brought from the depths of the German under-leagues by Red Bull’s mean marketing machine, and the other unholy corporate monster, founder of IT giants SAP Dietmar Hopp’s Hoffenheim. Both clubs won this weekend to go second and third in the league as their inexorable march of the undead continues. Happy Halloween!
Back to “traditional football”, however, and the two biggest games in the Bundesliga this weekend saw Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 play out a fairly drab 0-0 draw in the 149th Revierderby at the, er, “Signal Iduna Park” where Dortmund didn’t record a single shot in the first half. In the other big game, Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg lost 2-1 to Bayer’s Leverkusen at the “Volkswagen Arena”.
0 – For the 1st time since detailed data is being collected (summer '06), BVB are without a single shot in a BL first half. Drought. #BVBS04
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) October 29, 2016
Elsewhere, Hamburg – the grand old club now down on its luck – lost again to stay bottom of the league. Whilst the victors were a grand old club now riding its luck, FC Koln: the Billy Goats are fourth in the league and challenging for Europe as Anthony Modeste scored the first hat trick for the club since 1997. The last time they won a trophy was in 1983. Good times may very well be back at the “RheinEnergieStadion”.
Nope, you’re right, it’s just Red Bull who are ushering German football into a dystopian world of corporate sanitisation. As you were.
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) October 30, 2016