The dust is beginning to settle on the 2016 Summer Transfer Window, and we can start to take a look around and see who went where, and how the major players in the Bundesliga are going to be lining up until at least the January break. I will do a breakdown of each teams entire windows worth of wheelings and dealings, but today I want to go over what happened today, Dealdline Day, and what Köln decided to do, or not do. Continue reading “Transfer Deadline Day Special!”
I know that no less than one day ago I proclaimed that 1.FC Köln are going to win the Bundesliga this year, and while I still deeply believe that to be true, The Billy Goats are already facing their first crisis of the year.
In the dying moments of Köln’s 2-0 victory Continue reading “Club in Crisis!? Köln need a signing!”
What a season opener in Köln today! A dominant performance, great goals, crazy weather, fantastic debuts one creepy, creepy ginger child; this game truly had it all. Long story short, the Billy Goats won decisively 2-0 over Darmstadt, dominating the entire game, and never truly looking threatened. I do not think it is too early to proclaim, WE ARE GOING TO WIN THE LEAGUE!!! Continue reading “We Are Going To Win The League!! Matchday 1 Review- 1.FC Köln vs. SV Darmstadt 98”
The Bottom Half of the Table
Der Dino is a tough team to predict. Last season they finally broke away from their annual relegation playoff match and finished a solid 10th, returning to a life of obscurity in the mid table. During the Summer window they lost a fair number of players, but with the exception of Jaroslav Drobny and Artjoms Rudnevs, they did not really lose anyone they will miss too much.Hamburg did bring in some quality players though, chief amongst them, record signing Filip Kostic and young star in the making Alen Halilovic. They were also able to bring in former Darmstadt shot stopper Christan Mathenia (aka baby Neuer) to add competition to the aging Rene Adler for the first choice spot. The addition of Bobby Wood from Union Berlin may prove to be very important also, as his seventeen goals last season are very impressive and he should be able to hook up with Pierre-Michel Lasogga for a classic Tall/Small pairing up front. I believe Hamburg are a good team and will start very strong, but run into some growing pains along the way and have to settle for another 10th place finish, setting themselves up for a run at the European places next season.
Key Player: Alen Halilovic Continue reading “Bundesliga 16/17 Preview!! Part 2”
The 2016/17 Bundesliga is now just a few days away and that can only mean one thing! It is time to prognosticate and decide where every team will finish. Many teams have vastly improved, at least on paper, during the Summer transfer window and the Bundesliga will probably be more competitive this year than it has been in years, and because of this the battle for Europe and to avoid relegation should prove to be must see T.V. So here are my unbiased and completely fair predictions for what Table will look like at the end of the year.
- FC Bayern Munich–
Let’s face it, Bayern are the DJ Khaled of the league. All they do is win. They did great business again this off-season; bringing in teenage wunderkind Renato Sanches to add even more depth to their already insane midfield, and sealing the return of prodigal son Mats Hummels. What can you say about Hummels that has not already been said, hes amazing. He’s a leader, he is dominate in the air, he can play the ball better than most midfielders, and now he has extra motivation, coming back home to show he is good enough to lead Bayern to glory. Those are two amazing signings for an already stacked team, but they did no other business, most notably not buying a backup striker. I know Lewandowski is the best striker in the world, but if he goes down with an injury Bayern’s strike force is barren, Muller is not a real striker and the only other option is, The Forgotten Man, Julian Green. And he has never proven he can score goals at even a mid table level. There is also the question mark of new manager/lost Baldwin brother Carlo Ancelotti. Judging by their performance in the SuperCup, it appears that Bayern will move back towards a counter-attacking system, similar to the one they used under Jupp Heycknes. There could very easily be growing pains as they shift systems, but let’s be real, they are FC Bayern, they are arguably one of the best two or three clubs in the world, they are going to win the league. I think they will be challenged early, but will put in dominant performances in Der Klassikar and will win rather easily for the fifth straight year
Key Player: Arturo Vidal Continue reading “Bundesliga 16/17 Preview!! Part 1”
Hello world! My name is James Roberts and I am a classically trained German Historian from Southern California and I love few things more in life more than Ginger footballers, Andy Carroll’s beautiful face and the Bundesliga. Full disclosure, I was raised as a FC Bayern Munich fan, with a familial lineage of Bavarians going back several hundred years. However, as I grew and began seeing the world in a different light, I found the glory that is 1.FC Köln, and fell in love. I began a lifelong love affair with everything Köln which led me to where I am now, writing about my beloved 1.FC Köln from my little piece of what is essentially the surface of the Sun, in the part of the Los Angeles area that feels more like the unglamorous world of Jackie Brown than the gilded glitz of the Kardashians.
Let’s be honest, it is not easy being a Bundesliga fan in the United States, specifically one the West Coast. We have very early mornings, fewer live broadcasts than we deserve, a complete lack of media attention and the constant presence of Premier League fans’ monumental arrogance. So let’s have some fun, not take this all too seriously and just sit back and enjoy the ride.