Future Stars – Joel Pohjanpalo the Finnish Finisher

Last weekend Bayer Leverkusen were trailing 1-0 at Hamburg with 18 minutes to go. Just like against Borussia Mönchengladbach, their manager, Roger Schmidt, turned to the bench for some inspiration. In that fixture, Joel Pohjanpalo was introduced with just over ten minutes to go and equalised within 60 seconds. Within seven minutes of coming on as a[…]

Analysing the 5 Bundesliga Signings Who Could Have the Biggest Impact This Season

As the Bundesliga resumes for the 2016-17 campaign, talk has inevitably turned to the battle for supremacy between champions Bayern Munich and their nearest challengers, Borussia Dortmund. Moreover, great intrigue surrounds the transfer business the two clubs have done with one another this summer. Bayern have snatched Dortmund’s captain and star defender Mats Hummels, while[…]

Future Stars – Arkadiusz Milik, The Goal-Machine

He has scored 16 goals this season, he’s 1.86 metres tall, he’s Polish, he has great shooting and finishing ability: he may not be Lewandowski, but at 22 years-old he has the potential to be considered amongst the best strikers in Europe. Milik has developed into a hot prospect since signing for Ajax and he[…]

Schmidt’s exciting Leverkusen side face make-or-break double-header with Roma

One of the most interesting things about football is the relatively unsmooth way that performances often translate into results: each season features multiple matches in which the better side loses, with the strength of overall displays not necessarily reflected in the scoreline that emerges at the end of the 90 minutes. One such example could be found[…]

Karim Bellarabi Continues To Prove Why He’s So Perfect for Roger Schmidt’s Bayer Leverkusen

Roger Schmidt, Bayer Leverkusen’s charismatic manager, would’ve seen his side’s enormous Champions League clash with Barcelona as a magnificent opportunity to test his dynamic brand of football against one of the world’s best units. The match would’ve surely also held extra significance for Schmidt, who confesses so much of his philosophy has been derived from[…]

THREE TO WATCH – BUNDESLIGA

  Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich Germany ultimately fell short in this summer’s European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic, unceremoniously dumped out by a rampant Portugal side in the semi-final. Nevertheless, there were plenty of positives to take from Horst Hrubesch’s outfit’s prior showings, with Kimmich among their best players at the tournament. The 20-year-old has spent the[…]