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Bundesliga - Matchday 11
Hannover 2-1 Wolfsburg
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.
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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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