The suspension of all football activity has been a unfortunate for Borussia Dortmund as they were on a stunning run of form in the Bundesliga before the break. Favre's newly introduced 3-4-2-1 has changed the way Dortmund play for the better, while simultaneously providing more defensive support, the area of the field in which they needed reassurances the most. The formation has given the likes of Achraf Hakimi and Raphael Guerreiro the freedom to go on and create more magic and has also given Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard a necessary boost at a crucial time in the season. This formation suits the players and personnel that Lucien Favre has at his disposal tremendously well and it will be very interesting to see if they can continue to play to such great heights when the season comes to a conclusion. Check out or Tactical Analysis of Lucien Favre's stellar 3-4-2-1 formation with BVB.
Borussia Dortmund have had a busier off-season in the transfer market than any other club in Europe. With the disappointment of missing out on the title by just 2 points in 2018-19, BVB and Lucien Favre have quickly gotten their business done to try and right their wrongs and make another title charge in 2019-20. The likes of Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz, Mats Hummels and Thorgan Hazard have all joined Borussia Dortmund and will provide much needed improvements in several departments for the club. The one biggest fix was clearly needed at left-back, while Lukasz Pisczcek on the right is aging slowly and will in time need a more long-term option if Achraf Hakimi does re-join Real Madrid in 2020/21.
Borussia Dortmund have been flying high in 2018-19, losing just one Bundesliga match so far this season. Their impressive form under Lucien Favre has set up an intriguing battle for the title, especially given Bayern Munich's six season title-winning streak. Niko Kovac's Bayern Munich have had a roller coaster of a campaign so far, but … Continue reading Dortmund vs. Bayern, The Most Intriguing Bundesliga Title Race in Years
Every time a World Cup rolls around, new stars seem to be born instantly. The 2018 World Cup in Russia was no different as players like Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Ivan Perisic and Lucas Hernandez announced themselves on the world stage. That being said, the World Cup was only a very small portion of 2018. What really matters in determining the best footballers on the planet for the year is all about how a player performed primarily for their club in a variety of different league, cup and international cup competitions. How they fared for their country is secondary, while their overall reputation as one of the best in the world also plays a very important role. But without further ado, here is the first batch of the Top 100 Footballers of the Year for 2018 starting with numbers 100-81.
Following Germany's win at the UEFA Euro U-21 tournament in Poland and Deutschland's B+ squad taking home the 2017 Confederations Cup, the future certainly looks bright for Joachim Low's team. Youngsters and rising stars were on fire at both tournaments and were able to make a claim for the full national team at the tournament … Continue reading Predicting Germany’s Euro 2020 Squad
TOP 100 FOOTBALLERS 2016-17 40-21 40. David De Gea Although it wasn't his best season, David De Gea still did enough to earn the respect of his fellow professionals and earn a fourth PFA Team of the Year selection. Of his four TOTY selections, this was by far his weakest season, with Jose Mourinho even … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (40-21)
Interesting and entertaining does not even begin to describe how incredible the first half of the German Bundesliga season has been. Instead of Dortmund challenging Bayern Munich for the title, it's been a club of unknown youngsters in the form of RasenBallsport Leipzig who have been Carlo Ancelotti's greatest title challengers this season. But Dortmund have … Continue reading German Bundesliga Team of the Season Halfway Through 2016-17
The Bundesliga is back for another season and the opening round of fixtures were highly entertaining and included goals galore as always! This is the first ever German Bundesliga Team of the Week on The Mastermind! Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno Bernd Leno may have conceded 2 goals against Borussia Monchengladbach and may not have been able to … Continue reading German Bundesliga Team of the Week Gameweek 1
The German Bundesliga's opening day went exactly as planned for Bayern Munich as they were able to get off to a flying start and easily win 6-0 over an absolutely terrible Werder Bremen side. Carlo Ancelotti's side were quick in getting off the mark as in the ninth minute, after completely dominating nearly 100% of … Continue reading Clinical Bayern, German Bundesliga Opening Day Bayern Munich 6-0 Werder Bremen