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1. Bundesliga Season 2018-19

The new Bundesliga starts this Friday as reigning champions Bayern Munich host Hoffenheim. Here are the remaining Bundesliga fixtures for this season: https://s.bundesliga.com/assets/doc/...6_original.pdf

Four clubs start the season with new managers, the most notable being Niko Kovac taking over Bayern Munich after his cup success with Eintracht Frankfurt. Replacing Kovac at Frankfurt is Austrian Adi Hutter who won the Swiss league title with Young Boys last season. Lucien Favre takes over Borussia Dortmund and he makes his return to the BL after some seasons in France while RB Leipzig temporarily appoint Ralf Ragnick as their new manager while they wait for next season when Julian Nagelsmann takes over.

The newly promoted clubs are Nurnberg and Fortuna Dusseldorf

Like last season the top four equals automatic CL spots, 5-6th are Europa League spots and depending on the cup so can 7th place.

In the next couple posts I will update the summer transfer deals made by the clubs
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SUMMER TRANSFERS
Bayern Munich
Bayern have had a relatively quiet transfer window with Leon Goretzka being their only signing on a free transfer from Schalke while Gnabry and Renato Sanches return from their loan stints elsewhere. They signed talented Canadian youngster Alphonso Davies but he will join in the winter. Douglas Costa joins Juventus on a permanent transfer while Arturo Vidal was sold to Barcelona

Schalke 04
Pretty busy window with plenty of players coming in: Mark Uth (Hoffenheim), Suat Serdar (Mainz), Omar Mascarell (Real Madrid), Salif Sane (Hannover), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) and Steven Skrzybski (Union Berlin). They lost two players on free transfers (Goretzka to Bayern and Meyer to Crystal Palace) while getting rid of some of their older players like Howedes who goes to Russia and Coke who returns to Spain. Their big departure in terms of money is young defender Thilo Kehrer who joins PSG for 37m euros

Hoffenheim
Well traveled Ishak Belfodil returns to the BL and signs with Hoffenheim with other players such as Bittencourt (Koln), Grifo (Gladbach) and Adams (Young Boys) joining. They haven't really lost too much other than Mark Uth going to Schalke on a free. They managed to keep Kramaric and sign him to an extension

Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund spent quite a bit of money this summer and in the meantime got rid of some of their dead weight. Incoming are Abdou Diallo (Mainz), Thomas Delaney (Bremen), Axel Witsel (China), Marius Wolf (Frankfurt), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Achraf Hachimi (Real Madrid; loan). They managed to offload Yarmolenko to West Ham for about 20m euros while also selling Sokratis and Merino to the EPL. Also leaving are Gonzalo Castro, Andre Schurrle and Erik Durm

Bayer Leverkusen
Their two big money signings are Brazilian teenager Paulinho from Vasco de Gama and Mitchell Weiser from Hertha. Also joining the club are Swedish international Isaac Thelin (Anderlecht), Lukas Hradecky (Frankfurt) while Dragovic returns to the club after a relatively unsuccessful loan stint at Leicester. Only notable sale was Bernd Leno to Arsenal while Stefan Kiessling has retired

RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig continue to buy young, all three of their money signings under the age of 20 with the most promising being Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha from Swiss football. They also signed Nordi Mukiele (Montpellier) and Marcelo Saracchi (River Plate). Their big sale was Naby Keita which was announced a while ago to Liverpool. They also sold Bernardo to Brighton. None of the other players they sold were really key first team players

Stuttgart
Stuttgart were busy bringing in players and did most of their job early. Pablo Maffeo (Man City youth), Nicolas Gonzalez (Argentinos Juniors), Borna Sosa (Dinamo Zagreb), Gonzalo Castro (Dortmund), Daniel Didavi (Wolfsburg), Marc Kemph (Freiburg) all joined the club. However they sold Daniel Ginczek in a big money move to Wolfsburg, nobody else of note was really sold

Eintracht Frankfurt
Mexican international Carlos Salcedo was made permanent from Chivas. Also incoming are N'Dicka (Auxerre), Torro (Real Madrid), Paciencia (Porto), Ronnow (Brondby), Kostic (HSV), Wolf (Hannover), Geraldes (Sporting), Allan (Liverpool), Wiedwald (Leeds), Muller (HSV). They made Rebic finally permanent and managed to stray off some foreign interest from him after a good World Cup. They lost quite a bit of players and mostly on frees: Wolf (Dortmund), Mascarell (Real Madrid), Barkok (Fortuna), Boateng (Sassuolo), Hradecky (Leverkusen)

Monchengladbach
Their big signing is Alassane Plea from Nice for about 23m and also joining is Swiss international Michael Lang from Basel. As expected, Vestergaard leaves the club and was sold to Southampton while they also sold Grifo (Hoffenheim) and Bobadilla who returns to South America.

Hertha Berlin
Valentino Lazaro was made permanent from RB Salzburg while they also bring in Serbian international Marko Grujic on loan from Liverpool. Sold Weiser to Leverkusen, Haraguchi to Hannover and Schieber left on a free to Augsburg

Werder Bremen
Davy Klassen was their big money signing from Everton where he didn't really pan out. They also bring in veteran Martin Harnik from Hannover. Claudio Pizzaro returns to the club though not sure what much he can offer still. Also arriving is Osako (Koln), Beijmo (Djurgardens), Kapino (Nottingham Forest). They sold Thomas Delaney to Dortmund but their other losses weren't really key first team players.

Augsburg
Andre Hahn returns to the club after getting relegated with HSV. They sign Scheiber on a free from Hertha, Frederik Jensen from Twente and Felix Gotze from Bayern II. Their big loss was keeper Marwin Hitz who left for Dortmund on a free, they also sold Leitner to Norwich City. Heller, Kacar, Opare, Usami all leave the club either going abroad or to second division clubs

Hannover 96
Walace (HSV), Haraguchi (Hertha), Wimmer (Stoke, loan), Wood (HSV, loan), Asano (Arsenal, loan) all arrive, nothing too impressive. They sold Sane to Schalke while they also lost Klaus (Wolfsburg), Harnik (Bremen), Wolf (Frankfurt)

Mainz
Signed mostly youngsters from abroad: Mateta (Lyon), Kunde (Atletico Madrid), Niakhate (Metz), Martin (Espanyol, loan). Sold Diallo to Dortmund for 22m while also leaving were Muto (Newcastle), Serdar (Schalke), Lossl (Huddersfield), Kodro (Copenhagen), Balogun (Brighton) and de Jong (Al-Ahli)

Freiburg
Freiburg mostly feasted on the relegated clubs spending a total of 8m on Waldschmidt (HSV) and Heintz (Koln). Young Austrian Philipp Lienhart was made permanent from Real Madrid B. Their big sale was Caglar Soyuncu to Arsenal for 21-22m euros but their also lost Kempf to Stuttgart, none of their other losses were too notable

Wolfsburg
Spent a lot in the hope they aren't again involved in a relegation scrap. Their big signings were Daniel Ginczek (Stuttgart) and Wout Weghorst (AZ Alkmaar) while making Marcel Tisserand a permanent signing from Ingolstadt. Also coming in are Roussillon (Montpellier) and Klaus (Hannover). Didavi was their only notable player which left as he goes to Stuttgart

Fortuna Dusseldorf
Brought in a bunch of BL veterans without spending too much money. Arriving at the club are Duksch (St. Pauli), Raman (Standard Liege), Zimmer (Stuttgart), Barkok (Frankfurt), Karaman (Hannover), Stoger (Bochum), Morales (Ingolstadt), Usami (Augsburg, loan), Contento (Bordeaux). They didn't sell any key player from their promotion campaign

Nurnberg
As of now Nurnberg have barely spent more than 1.2m euros, their most expensive signing was HSV goalkeeper Christian Mathenia for 500K. Yuya Kubo will hope to bang in the goals as he arrives from Gent on loan.

German window is still open until August 31 but most of the other European windows are closed so don't expect many big moves. The big rumor is Dortmund still trying to sign a striker with Paco Alcacer (Barcelona) being the most likely with others such as Aboubakar and Origi being mentioned.
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I expect Bayern to sell more players before the end of the transfer window.

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Thank you for opening the thread and for the resume Tiger.

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Not dead per se, you and HS are both doing a good job of keeping it going and I thank you for that. We just need more people commenting.

No huge shockers for the first day of the season, Schalke conceeded a goal deep into stoppage time after playing with ten men for most of the second half following Nastasic's red card. They will be kicking themselves for not securing at least a point knowing they tied it at 1-1 in the 85th minute from the penalty spot. Ibisevic scored the only goal for Hertha against Nürnberg in a game where both teams were even. Werder came back from behind 5 minutes to secure a 1-1 draw at home against Hannover in the derby courtesy of Gebre Selassie as did Augsburg in Düsseldorf against Fortuna by winning 1-2 after going doing 1-0. Eintracht Frankfurt beat Freiburg away by scoring two goals from essentially their only two shots on target. None of the promotion teams won, Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig are playing each other tomorrow, Bayer and Mönchengladbach going on right now.

YBC : The rest of the teams in Scotland are on the level of the Moldovan league, but Celtic are actually decent as evidence by their Champions League performances.
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So much for Nagelsmann predicting Leverkusen to win the Bundesliga this year.

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If no other reporting existed on Trump/Russia, the fact that the FBI started a CI investigation to determine whether or not the sitting president of the US was either comprised by or an agent of Russia, it would be the biggest political story...ever.

Soros is very, very rich and funds every SJW-cause imaginable. Those are facts, not a conspiracy.

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Dortmund and Hanover finishes 0-0, not surprising considering both teams could not even manage a single shot on target. It's especially disappointing for Dortmund who shoot themselves in the foot and drop points immediately in matchday 2 for the second time in the past three seasons

YBC : The rest of the teams in Scotland are on the level of the Moldovan league, but Celtic are actually decent as evidence by their Champions League performances.
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Well this was in many ways the round of the draws with three games ending 1-1 and one game ending 0-0. Hoffenheim make up for their loss against Bayern by beating Freiburg 3-1 comfortably despite being down 0-1 for most of the game. Nürnberg and Dusseldorf pick up their first points of the season against Mainz and RB Leipzig respectively. After a very good first game against Leverkusen, Mönchengladbach drop points in Augsburg 1-1. Speaking of Leverkusen, they lost 1-3 at home to Wolfsburg despite leading 1-0 before Ozcan scored an own and Wolfsburg scored two goals in the second half in just 5 minutes. Bremen left it very late in Frankfurt to beat Eintracht 1-2 courtesy of Rashica with virtually the last kick of the game. Eintracht had held on well for most of the game after having a player sent off in the 32th minute. Bayern beat Stuttgart 0-3 in a game in which neither teams played particularly well but one got the job done. In the last game of the round, Hertha beat Schalke 0-2 away with yet another Schalke player receiving a red card, his time Konoplyanka. After 2 rounds, Stuttgart is the only team yet to have scored a goal and Hertha Berlin is the only team yet to have conceded a goal.

In late transfer news, Nuri Sahin moves to Werder Bremen from Borussia Dortmund. Borussia get Paco Alcacer from Barcelona on a one-season loan to fill in the gap left by the departures of Schurrle and Yarmolenko. Kevin Trapp moves back to Eintracht Frankfurt on a one-season loan from PSG where he was the main keeper for 3 years. Also Hoffenheim get English youth international Reiss Nelson on loan from Arsenal.

YBC : The rest of the teams in Scotland are on the level of the Moldovan league, but Celtic are actually decent as evidence by their Champions League performances.
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3 matchdays and three big injuries after fouls for Bayern already. Coman out for months, Tolisso torn ACL (~6 months at least) and Rafinha out as well with a torn whatever thx to Bellarabi.

Of course it is also unlucky and I am not crying Bayern players are getting badly fouled all the time, but in general players need to be careful what they are doing.
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3 matchdays and 3 VAR penalties against Hertha. All legal btw. Yet they grabbed 7 points.

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Matchday 4, and the 4th penalty against Hertha arrives. Only this time it's complete BS. And yet Hertha keep winning.

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Bayern lose 2-0 in Berlin against Hertha, thus dropping points for the second straight Week after that unexpected 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg. Some will say it could be the beginning of a small crisis but I would prefer to wait. Either way, Kovac has proven himself before to be nothing more than an average coach.

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If no other reporting existed on Trump/Russia, the fact that the FBI started a CI investigation to determine whether or not the sitting president of the US was either comprised by or an agent of Russia, it would be the biggest political story...ever.

Soros is very, very rich and funds every SJW-cause imaginable. Those are facts, not a conspiracy.

I agree with him that this was a total setup
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Berlin with a good start into the season.

That stupidity of Boateng though.

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If no other reporting existed on Trump/Russia, the fact that the FBI started a CI investigation to determine whether or not the sitting president of the US was either comprised by or an agent of Russia, it would be the biggest political story...ever.

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Another heavy loss for Bayern this time at home to Mönchengladbach 0-3. Kovac has to be feeling the pressure now, he is so obviously not good enough for this level. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund beat Augsburg 4-3 thanks to a 96th minute goal to keep top position in the league 4 points ahead of Bayern who slip in 5th and 3 points ahead of Mönchengladbach who are now second with their win.

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