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RolStoppable on 20 February 2019 at 06:54
Bundesliga - Matchday 22
Augsburg 2-3 Bayern
Bayern added another record to the history books: They now own the fastest own goal in the Bundesliga (13 seconds); aside from that, Augsburg was outmatched despite leading twice. Schalke made life hard for themselves and had to play more than a half with only 10 men. Hoffenheim vs. Hannover was a summary of both teams' seasons: Hannover doesn't look like they belong in this league while Hoffenheim's scoring efficiency is just about the worst in the league; yes, this means that 7-0 would have been a more appropriate result. In Stuttgart the referee made two significant wrong calls that led to one goal for each team, but the game ended with a deserved winner, so nobody's upset. Mainz played much better than the score suggests, but that doesn't stop a losing streak.
Berlin and Bremen part with a draw that doesn't really help either team. Same story for Frankfurt vs. Gladbach where the former is losing ground in the battle for international spots while the latter can be excluded from the title race now. Leverkusen's run continued without any noteworthy problems, so the team is aiming for a Champions League spot now; that's something that was hard to imagine after their lackluster start into this season. Last and least, Nürnberg fired their coach last week and is still looking for a proper replacement, but the club earned an absolutely surprising draw against leader Dortmund; for Dortmund it is the third draw in a row.
Therefore Dortmund's lead shrinks to only 3 points, but at least they still hold a notable advantage in goal difference. If Leverkusen's form continues, the five hopefuls behind them will be limited to fight for the 6th spot which is only Europa League qualifying round. Nothing new at the bottom of the table: The four teams have earned hardly any points in 2019, so Stuttgart is the worst 16th-placed team through 22 matchdays in Bundesliga history. That in turn provides hope for everyone down there.
Highlights of matchday 23: Bayern vs. Berlin, the first game was won by Hertha. Gladbach vs. Wolfsburg, Dortmund vs. Leverkusen (Watch out, Dortmund!) and Leipzig vs. Hoffenheim. Since the top half of the table features four matchups, it's only logical that the bottom half has some interesting matchups as well. Freiburg vs. Augsburg, Mainz vs. Schalke and Düsseldorf vs. Nürnberg.
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RolStoppable on 13 October 2018 at 14:21
Austrian Bundesliga - Matchday 10
As you can tell from the team names, it's allowed to put sponsors in them, unlike in Germany. I watched highlights of matchday 10 because nothing else was on TV at the time, but usually I don't bother. That's because the play is so bad that there are games like Innsbruck vs. LASK that end 1-0 and have Innsbruck's coach say in the interview, "We could capitalize on a severe mistake of LASK's defense and that was basically it, because let's be honest, we didn't get anything going on our own today."
So what else to say? Serial champion Red Bull Salzburg is dominating the league yet again with a clean 30 points out of 10 games. If you wonder why Austria has already completed 10 matchdays when Germany is only at 7, it's because there's a longer winter break in Austria.
You might also wonder why the ranks in the table are displayed in blue and orange. Austria's league has a new mode this year, because there was an expansion from 10 to 12 teams. Previously all teams played each other four times in the season for a total of 36 matchdays. The new mode has all teams play each other twice and after 22 matchdays the table will get split into a top and bottom half, hence the colors. After 22 matchdays the points of each team will be halved (rounded down if necessary) and then the top 6 will play each other twice and so will the bottom 6; that adds another 10 matchdays for a total of 32. Now you might ask what's the point of the first 22 matchdays when points get halved, and you are right, it's stupid.
Funnily enough, the bottom 6 won't only play against relegation over the course of the last 10 matchdays. The team that finishes at the top of the bottom 6 will play for an international spot in a playoff at the end of the season. So you can suck hard for 22 matchdays, benefit from points getting halved, then have a good run late season, finish at the top of the bottom, luck out in the playoffs and play Europa League next season.
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