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I don’t know if it bothers anyone else but when you’re reading an imagine or some shit isn’t it nice to see proper grammar? I don’t care if some shit isn’t spelled right cuz nobody is perfect but shit like this gets on my nerves:

Mines instead of mine

We was instead of we were

They was instead of they were

Over and over, the shit gets annoying and kills the mood. If you’re at least 12-18, you should go back to taking 7th grade English classes. I just had to get that off my chest. I honestly don’t care if someone has a problem with this post bc it’s a rant. PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO SPELL CUZ WHEN THEY CANT IT GIVES ME A HEADACHE.


Leverkusen welcomes a new Son

By Ross Dunbar

“With his open nature, Sonny is the face of HSV and our organisation,” admits Hamburg Chairman Carl E. Jarchow, back in 2012. Commercially, and on the park, the South Korean international was the ‘Poster Boy’ of the club and commanded promising opinions of his playing qualities, and his reputation.

Particularly for a club like Hamburg SV, boasting a great pedigree in Europe and supported by a far-stretching fanbase in Germany. Whilst the title-winning impact of Shinji Kagawa gripped the Japanese audience, and moreover, created a ripple-effect across Germany, Hamburg – a club who traditionally have explored nearby Denmark for rich talent – opened the door to South Korea, nurturing the country’s brightest talent since Park Ji-Sung.

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Shawn Parker: The next German-American whose stock is rising in the Bundesliga

By Ross Dunbar

Shawn Parker prefers not to say much. His performances for FSV Mainz 05 have spoken enough – and now he could be the next star in the making for either the United States or Germany.

Turning 20 last week, the forward rose to prominence in the Bundesliga this season having made the breakthrough in late 2012. The sharp man-management skills of trainer Thomas Tuchel offered Parker a new lease of life, which meant he worked with the first-team, whilst playing in the Regionalliga Südwest with the reserve team.

It reversed a slump in form in the second team and a glimpse of the prosperous Bundesliga status sparked the teenager into life. “He told me that I need to change my approach to the game and I do not want to rest on my talent,” he said.

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The unexpected rise of Tolgay Arslan

By Ross Dunbar

It could have panned out very differently for Tolgay Arslan. On September 22nd, 2012, he could have been kitted in the ‘schwarz-gelb’, the black and yellow of Borussia Dortmund, to take on Hamburg SV. Instead, he played a vital role in the downfall of his former club, which he left three years ago, producing a domineering performance to leave ‘die Borussen’ licking their wounds.

The match resulted 3-2 for Hamburg and more importantly, they terminated their opponent’s 31-game Bundesliga unbeaten streak. Although the performances of Van der Vaart and two-goal hero Son Heung-Mi attracted most attention, Arslan’s display certainly pleased coach Thorsten Frink, who could not hide his delight at the adaptability in the young midfielder, which he highlighted: “Tolgay [Arslan] showed that he also can work so well on the defensive side and that has really surprised me.”

Arslan’s developing into a fine well-round midfielder, and his defensive game has complemented his dynamic offensive play very well. In the match against Dortmund, his presence was well noted: running 11.6km, executing 15 successful tackles and completing 83% of his passes. A set of strong stats from the prospering player and things can only get better for him, which was not expected. But so is Hamburg’s start to the season.

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Nils Petersen is proving his worth in the Bundesliga at the perfect time

By Ross Dunbar

After all, the league’s most prolific goalscorer for 2012 and this season, overall, is a player of the old-fashioned ‘Number 9’ mould, whilst the Bundesliga continues to accommodate what is a dying breed of forward across Europe.

Hailing from the East German town of Wernigerode, Petersen has moved up the ranks, from his provincial club FC Einheit Wernigerode, to Carl-Zeiss Jena and then on to Energie Cottbus in the 2.Bundesliga. His move to Cottbus was worth around €300k and after a season in the reserves, he burst on to the scene at the age of 21 with 10 goals in 22 games in 2009/10. The following campaign, Petersen came into his own with 25 goals in 33 games for the second division side.

Through hard-work and this impressive nous of scoring goals, Petersen earned a €2.7m move to FC Bayern in the summer of 2011. With Mario Gomez and Klose as competition, the striker was frozen out by the returning head coach Jupp Heynckes making only nine appearances – but scoring twice. The humble 24-year-old refused to let his lack of game-time affect his confidence and was appreciative of his time with the German giants.

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You love Eintracht Frankfurt, you just don't know it yet

By Ross Dunbar

It is not even Halloween, yet Eintracht Frankfurt are already writing their name into the Bundesliga record books. Last Friday evening, they became the first newly-promoted side to win their first four matches in the league. On Wednesday, which the Germans are describing as an “English week” due to the hectic midweek schedule, they produced an inspiring second-half performance to draw 3-3 with champions Borussia Dortmund at the Commerzbank Arena.

The Bundesliga table makes attractive reading for die Adler, as they sit in second-place behind the dominant FC Bayern who currently have a 100% record in the Bundesliga. Betting on Frankfurt to do this well would’ve been like watching a German bet on NFL football.

Head coach Armin Veh is an experienced-timer in the German game. He is a pragmatist, yet knows the importance of attacking football. His managerial career has gone from clinching the German championship in his 125-game spell at VfB Stuttgart to creating conflict at board-level and subsequently being sacked at Hamburg. The experience of being able to handle so many difficult situations - and some positive ones, too - can only be a reliable factor for Eintracht in their return to the top-flight.

The 51-year-old even recalls watching the legendary Johan Cruyff and the Dutch ‘Totalvoetbaal” style of the 1970s. “It’s always impressive to see how they have the ball in runs, with a lot of creativity.” Veh told BILD last week. “It’s something I like to remember. And to this day, it is still wonderful to see and very successful.”

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Felix Magath will strike back!

By Ross Dunbar

Felix Magath’s relationship with VfL Wolfsburg may have recently ended abruptly, but he still threatens to reach the summit of German football once again. He is far from everyone’s cup of tea.

On his CV, there are two Bundesliga triumphs for FC Bayern, a place in the Champions League for VfB Stuttgart and the incredible 2009 championship victory for Wolfsburg. Perception and reality is two completely opposite things; and in Germany, “the dictator’s” reputation is far from glowing at the moment.

But interestingly, Magath has never been this type of character. Indeed, his time as a footballer has almost certainly shaped his managerial credibility as we know it.

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Long-term stability has been a successful philosophy at Freiburg and Mainz

By Ross Dunbar

It is a common theme for many newly-appointed managers to plead for time. But their wishes are rarely fufilled and to many, short-term success is more important than long-term sustainability and development. It is a demanding environment in the Bundesliga and many of the country’s biggest sides are suffering at the hands of a lack of forward planning over the last decade, or so.

Some of Germany’s previous champions – Hamburg and Köln, amongst others – have neglected . One of the main factors is a lack of stability, with the ‘Billy Goats’, in particular, being renowned for conflict between the coach and sporting director. Last season, they dropped back to the second division having hit a snag between Stale Solbakken and Volker Finke – both were eventually relieved of their duties.

That said, there are a number of fresh names entering the German top-flight and reaping the rewards of keeping faith in young coaches who are trying to bring the long-term benefits of a football philosophy.

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