Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 29, 2007

An Overview of the Bundesliga

Filed under: World Soccer — Ivan @ 11:32 am

The Bundesliga promises a lot of action this year, with four teams capable of competing for the prize. Germany’s strong showing at the 2006 World Cup helped improve the league in the eyes of many spectators, and it seems to have become more competitive as a result. This season, quite a few players possessing a good amount of quality have joined the league- coveted French winger Franck Ribery and World Cup winner Luca Toni being amongst those that came in. Better player coming into the league only raises the standard as a whole- in the past, the Bundesliga was regarded just as good as the Premiership, La Liga or Serie A; they will hope to reach those heights yet again.

Best Teams

VFB Stuttgart

VFB Stuttgart came out on top in an exciting title race last season, beating off the strong challenges of the teams below them. That was their first league title since 1992- their fans will be hungry for more after experiencing the sweet taste of success. Looking to challenge again, VFB Stuttgart brought in Turkish attacking midfielder Yildiray Basturk, Brazilian striker Ewerthon and Brazilian defender Gledson to strengthen their squad. With Ewerthon and Mario Gomez up front, they have two of the best strikers in the division, and will undoubtedly score a lot of goals this year.

Schalke 04

Last season Schalke led the way for most of the title race, before falling off the pace at the end and being pipped to title by VFB Stuttgart- the team they finished just two points behind. This was almost as heartbreaking as their finish in the 2001 season, where they were beaten to the title by Bayern Munich in the fourth minute of injury time in the last game of the season. They will hope to push on from this and do better this year, and with players such as Kevin Kuranyi, Gerald Asamoah and Halil Altintop in the side, they certainly have the potential to do so.

Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen finished third last season, a mere four points behind the champions. This year they will hope to improve and finish higher, and maybe even repeat their title win of 2004. Werder Bremen have a strong squad despite the loss of star striker Miroslav Klose to Bayern Munich, and with the likes of Torsten Frings, Diego and Ivan Klasnic, they will always prove a threat up front. Finishing is not their only strong point, with them also being competent defensively- Per Mertesacker and goalkeeper Tim Wiese help them stay strong at the back.

Bayern Munich

Last year Bayern Munich finished fourth and thus had to play in the lower level UEFA Cup- they have spend a lot of money to make sure that this does not happen again. Bayern spent around seventy million euros in the transfer market, bringing in players like Ribery, Toni, Miroslav Klose and Ze Roberto- all proven performers at the top level of the game. This season they will look to win the UEFA Cup as well as the league title that they underperformed in last season. With experienced manager Ottmar Hitzfeld extending his contract at the club, it is near impossible that Bayern will go without a major trophy this year as they did last.

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