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(courtesy of RolStoppable):

 

RolStoppable said:

Bundesliga - Matchday 11

Hannover 2-1 Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 2-1 Augsburg
Nürnberg 0-2 Stuttgart
Düsseldorf 4-1 Berlin
Bremen 1-3 Gladbach
Freiburg 1-3 Mainz
Dortmund 3-2 Bayern
Leipzig 3-0 Leverkusen
Frankfurt 3-0 Schalke

A rare occurence in the Bundesliga: The three teams ranked at the very bottom of the table all won. Hannover got a close win against Wolfsburg, Stuttgart was simply better in Nürnberg, Düsseldorf benefited from a yellow-red card against Berlin at the end of the first half that led to five goals in the second half. Dortmund trailed twice vs. Bayern, but came out on top at the end; a last minute goal by Bayern was called back because of offside. In the other top match of the week, Bremen suffered their third consecutive loss as Gladbach came out victorious. The Sunday games both ended 3-0 in favor of the high-flying home teams against the struggling big names.

Bayern drops to fifth place (or fourth in the Uli Hoeneß version of the standings). Bremen and Berlin have had bad results recently, so Hoffenheim occupies an international spot for the first time this season. Mainz is surprisingly back in the top half after their extended descent with seven winless games in a row before their two most recent wins. The victories of Hannover, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart don't change their ranking, but the three clubs close the gap to the safe spots and in turn put pressure on Schalke, Leverkusen and others again. A league is always more exciting when there is no meaningless middleground in the standings.





MatchesPointswinsDrawsLossesGoalsGD

1 - Borussia Dortmund
11 27 8 3 0 33:12 +21

2 - Borussia Mönchengladbach
11 23 7 2 2 26:13 +13

3   RB Leipzig
11 22 6 4 1 22:9 +13

4   Eintracht Frankfurt
11 20 6 2 3 26:13 +13

5   FC Bayern München
11 20 6 2 3 20:14 +6

6   TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
11 19 6 1 4 24:15 +9

7   SV Werder Bremen
11 17 5 2 4 19:19 0

8 - Hertha BSC
11 16 4 4 3 16:17 -1

9   1. FSV Mainz 05
11 15 4 3 4 10:12 -2

10   FC Augsburg
11 13 3 4 4 19:18 +1

11   Sport-Club Freiburg
11 13 3 4 4 15:19 -4

12   VfL Wolfsburg
11 12 3 3 5 15:17 -2

13 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen
11 11 3 2 6 16:24 -8

14 - FC Schalke 04
11 10 3 1 7 8:15 -7

15 - 1. FC Nürnberg
11 10 2 4 5 11:24 -13

16 - Hannover 96
11 9 2 3 6 14:22 -8

17 - Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895 e.V.
11 8 2 2 7 10:25 -15

18
VfB Stuttgart
11 8 2 2 7 8:24 -16

 

 

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1   FC Red Bull Salzburg
10 10 0 0 26:8 18 30
2
SKN St. Pölten
10 6 3 1 16:7 9 21
3
LASK
10 6 2 2 13:6 7 20
4
FK Austria Wien
10 5 1 4 10:10 0 16
5
RZ Pellets WAC
10 4 2 4 19:16 3 14
6
SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz
10 3 4 3 14:15 -1 13
7
SK Rapid Wien
10 3 3 4 10:10 0 12
8
SV Mattersburg
10 3 1 6 11:22 -11 10
9
TSV Prolactal Hartberg
10 3 0 7 13:19 -6 9
10
FC Wacker Innsbruck
10 3 0 7 12:19 -7 9
11
CASHPOINT SCR Altach
10 2 2 6 15:17 -2 8
12
FC Flyeralarm Admira
10 2 2 6 9:19 -10 8

 

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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I suppose I'd better get my own predictions in...

Tournament winner: Argentina
Golden Boot winner: Lionel Messi
Group A: Uruguay & Egypt
Group B: Spain & Portugal
Group C: France & Denmark
Group D: Argentina & Nigeria
Group E: Brazil & Switzerland
Group F: Germany & Mexico
Group G: Belgium & England
Group H: Poland & Senegal

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Tournament winner: Australia. Golden Boot winner: Wayne Rooney

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Tournament winner: Argentina
Golden Boot winner: Lionel Messi
Group A: Uruguay & Egypt
Group B: Spain & Portugal
Group C: France & Australia
Group D: Argentina & Croatia 
Group E: Brazil & Switzerland
Group F: Germany & Mexico
Group G: Belgium & England
Group H: Poland & Colombia



Group A: Egypt & Uruguay
Group B: Spain & Portugal
Group C: France & Denmark
Group D: Iceland & Croatia
Group E: Brazil & Switzerland
Group F: Germany & Mexico
Group G: Belgium & England
Group H: Senegal & Poland

Tournament Winner: France
Golden Boot Winner: Neymar

Tournament winner: Argentina
Golden Boot winner: Lionel Messi
Group A: Uruguay & Egypt
Group B: Spain & Portugal
Group C: France & Denmark
Group D: Argentina & Nigeria
Group E: Brazil & Switzerland
Group F: Germany & Mexico
Group G: Belgium & England
Group H: Poland & Senegal

VGPolyglot said:
Tournament winner: Argentina
Golden Boot winner: Lionel Messi
Group A: Uruguay & Egypt
Group B: Spain & Portugal
Group C: France & Denmark
Group D: Argentina & Nigeria
Group E: Brazil & Switzerland
Group F: Germany & Mexico
Group G: Belgium & England
Group H: Poland & Senegal

hmm, those predictions seem strangely familiar



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Ka-pi96 said:
VGPolyglot said:
Tournament winner: Argentina
Golden Boot winner: Lionel Messi
Group A: Uruguay & Egypt
Group B: Spain & Portugal
Group C: France & Denmark
Group D: Argentina & Nigeria
Group E: Brazil & Switzerland
Group F: Germany & Mexico
Group G: Belgium & England
Group H: Poland & Senegal

hmm, those predictions seem strangely familiar

I read the rules, there doesn't seem to be a clause that forbids these