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RolStoppable on 15 April 2019 at 04:22
Bundesliga - Matchday 29
Nürnberg 1-1 Schalke
Title Race - Both Bayern and Dortmund won their games, so nothing changed. Next week Bayern hosts Bremen while Dortmund has to travel to Freiburg.
International Spots - Leipzig displayed that they deserve their safe third rank in the league. Frankfurt got a damper by an efficient Augsburg and had to play the second half with only 10 men (sidenote: Augsburg's coach Baum had been fired during the week, new coach is Martin Schmidt who had been with Mainz and Wolfsburg in previous seasons). Gladbach won a terrible game against the abysmal Hannover; Stindl suffered yet another injury (broken leg) that forces him to take a long break from football. The Europa League hopefuls Hoffenheim, Bremen and Leverkusen all won their games with few goals, but deserved.
Relegation - Schalke lucked out again (just like in Hannover) when they scored a late equalizer against Nürnberg who had the game under control, except for that one instance; Nürnberg earned 5 points in their last 3 games; on one hand that's a good pace, but on the other hand they had played well enough to earn 9 points, so they can't be really happy about what they accomplished. Augsburg's surprising win in Frankfurt puts both them and Schalke at a relatively safe distance to the relegation spots because Stuttgart lost. Looks like 30 points will be enough this season. Realistically, all that's left to decide is rank 16 and 17 between Stuttgart and Nürnberg.
Highlights of matchday 30 - Bayern vs. Bremen: Bremen has scored 1+ goals in 30 straight Bundesliga games. Augsburg vs. Stuttgart: Augsburg can make everything clear with a win. Gladbach vs. Leipzig: Leipzig can make a huge step towards securing their CL spot. Wolfsburg vs. Frankfurt: Wolfsburg can't afford to lose this one.
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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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