Unlucky month, with results that arent that bad against the bigger teams. Fantastic performance against Mainz!
Eintracht Braunschweig - Alles Oder Nichts
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DFB-Pokal 3rd Round
Hello and welcome to ESPN, we have 4 games for you today from the DFB-Pokal. They are:
Eintracht Frankfurt vs SC Freiburg
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Schalke 04
Eintracht Braunschweig vs FC Nurnberg
Borussia Dortmund vs Hamburger SV
Let's get on to the games.
GOAL! - 2 - Kevin Grosskreuz - Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hamburger SV
And that was quick! Milan Badelj neglects his duty to stop Gundogan getting the ball and the midfielder shoots from outside the box - it's a good save by Rene Adler but Heiko Westermann and Johan Djorou both just stand there leaving Grosskreutz unmarked. An easy tap in awaits him.
- GOAL! - 13 - Pierre Emerick Aubameyang - Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hamburger SV
A FANTASTIC START FOR DORTMUND! IT'S 2-0! Aubameyang is the scorer, but again HSV will wonder why they didn't stop it. Sahin's corner is cleared but Gundogan gives it back to him, he runs down the wing and delivers the cross, Adler stops Aubaeyang's effort but he pokes home the rebound to make it 2-0.
- GOAL! - 45 - Julian Schieber - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 FC Schalke 04
It's been a quiet first half in the DFB-Pokal, but it may explode into life in the second half or maybe even with another goal in stoppage time for the first half! Bayer 04 lead and it's Schieber with the goal, Sidney Sam with the assist. Sam crosses in and Schieber at the near post, he's unmarked but suddenly 3 Schalke defenders rush at him as well as the keeper, and he just effortlessly passes the ball in.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 SC Freiburg
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 FC Schalke 0-4
Eintracht Braunschweig 0-0 FC Nurnberg
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hamburger SV
Let's get on to the second half.
- GOAL! - 51 - Pierre Emerick Aubameyang - Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Hamburger SV
And that makes it 3-0! No way back for HSV now and it's surely Dortmund who advance to the next round, it's Aubameyang who scores his second! He got the ball from Hoffmann, beat his man and shot from outside the box, and beat Adler. 3-0.
GOAL! - 54 - Son Heung Min - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 FC Schalke 04
Is a flurry of goals in store? It's 2-0! Sidney Sam is yet again the architect, a beautiful run past two defenders, and he plays a great early cross to Son Heung Min who volleys in from mere yards out. That makes it 2-0 and Schalke are out of the game.
- GOAL! - 64 - Ermin Bicakcic - Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 FC Nurnberg
It's taken a while but there's been a goal at the Eintracht-Stadion and it is the home team who have taken the lead! It comes from a corner too, Kevin Kratz put the ball in, Adam Hlousek is supposed to be marking Bicakcic, he doesn't, and the Bosnian squeezes the ball Schafer. 1-0.
- GOAL! - 77 - Mike Hanke - Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 SC Freiburg
It is a goal at the Commerzbank Arena! Mike Hanke is the scorer, but he never would have scored if it weren't for horrendous goalkeeping from Kevin Trapp. Schmid crossed to the near post and Trapp ran past the ball, leaving it to Hanke to nod in the open goal. That goal should win it and take Freiburg through.
- Miss - 88 - Nuri Sahin - Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Hamburger SV
Nuri Sahin misses a golden opportunity to make it 4-0 to Dortmund, but credit has to go to Rene Adler who makes a fantastic save! Grosskreutz receives the ball from a throw in and the HSV defender clumsily runs right into him. It's just inside the box and a penalty without doubt, but Sahin's spot kick is turned behind the post.
Frankfurt sack Armin Veh
Armin Veh has officially been sacked by Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Heribert Bruchhagen as the club look to turn around their flagging fortunes. Veh, 52, took the club up from the Bundesliga 2 in 2012 and consolidated his side in the top flight and qualified for the UEFA Europa League but with the club in 15th and just one game to go until the winter break, Veh was sacked to stop the club's poor run of form.
Frankfurt had gotten off to a terrible start in the Bundesliga with a 6-1 opening day defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, then drawing with Freiburg. They were knocked out of the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Aalborg and continued their poor form afterwards, taking until their 5th game to get their first win, a 4-3 victory over Hertha BSC. They won two of their next four, but lost to Borussia Dortmund, drew with Eintracht Braunschweig and are yet to win since. The side was also knocked out of the DFB-Pokal after losing to Freiburg.
Frankfurt is not Veh's first managerial job. He had a long playing career in the 1980's, beginning with FC Augsburg, before 2 stints at Borussia Monchengladbach and a spell in Switzerland with FC St.Gallen. He returned to Germany with Gladbach, and then returned to Augsburg. He finished with Schwaben Augsburg and then with Bayreuth. His managerial career has been longer. He began with Augsburg, moved on to Greuther Furth where he won promotion, then left for Reutlingen and won a Regionalliga title. He took charge of Rostock in the Bundesliga, before returning to Augsburg, Stuttgart, then Wolfsburg, and then Hamburg. He left them to join Frankfurt.
Bookmakers have already looked for the replacement for Veh. Thomas Schaaf, Markus Babbel and Markus Weinzierl are amongst the favourites to land the job, whilst Veh wins the sack race ahead of Mainz's Thomas Tuchel, Hannover's Mirko Slomka and Schalke 04 coach Jens Keller. The Frankfurt chairman Bruchhagen has not revealed his targets, but has been open to the press.
"Armin is a good coach and he did very well for us, taking us up to the Bundesliga and into the Europa League. We just didn't feel things were going well and the only option was to relieve him of his duties. We hope Veh doesn't hold any grudges but we are looking to the future to find a new coach to take us further."
Schaaf joins Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt have officially announced their new manager to be Thomas Schaaf on their club website. Schaaf will replace Armin Veh, the recently sacked manager. Schaaf has reportedly joined on a 2 year deal until June 2015.
The job is not the 52 year old's first job, though it is his first job away from SV Werder Bremen. Born in Mannheim, Schaaf played in the youth ranks of BBV Union Bremen before signing for Werder. He spent 6 years in their youth team before turning professional in 1978, having made 58 appearances for the amateurs. With Otto Rehhagel as the coach, Schaaf won the Bundesliga two times as a Bremen player, in 1988 and 1993, the DFB-Pokal twice in 1991 and 1994, and the UEFA European Cup Winners Cup in 1992, ranking amongst Bremen's best players in a golden era for the side.
Schaaf retired in 1995, having made 281 appearances, but he wasn't done with Bremen. He had began to coach the youth side even back in 1988, before taking charge of the Amateurs after his retirement as a player. In 1999 he was promoted to full time coach. As a coach, he won the DFB-Pokal in 1999 and reached the final the following year, but had to wait 4 more years for more silverware - the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal and DFB-Ligapokal treble. He also managed the Ligapokal again in 2006, the year before it was abolished. His side came 2nd in the Bundesliga in 2006 and 2008 but lost in the UEFA Europa League final of 2009 and lost in the DFB-Pokal final a year later, before his departure at the end of last season.
Schaaf was reportedly delighted to be joining Frankfurt.
"I am pleased to join such a great club again - I suppose it matches the feeling of when I first signed that contract with Bremen in 1975. It's good to be at a new club, but it will take a while to settle, I think, as I've not been to any club but Bremen."
Asked at his press conference if he was going to strengthen, he revealed his transfer targets to the media.
"Obviously I want to come in here and build my own squad, I've been keeping a close eye on Frankfurt and I know what they need. Probably the most important is to get things going in the midfield, and defend too, so Norman Theuerkauf is a target and so is Tim Sparv of Greuther Furth and formerly Southampton."
Fans of Frankfurt are seemingly happy with the appointment, as are Werder Bremen fans happy to see their hero given another chance elsewhere.
Perhaps it is because I didn't read clearly, but why are you updating about Frankfurt when you're managing Braunsomething?
2013-11-17 10:25#144384 Glenn T : Perhaps it is because I didn't read clearly, but why are you updating about Frankfurt when you're managing Braunsomething?
Because it is important to know what is going on in the football world In other news, Harry Redknapp is appointed Newcastle manager but that's not in Germany so who cares
November - Consistent
Braunschweig played three games in November before the Bundesliga broke off for the winter break. Let's see if they did well after their 4-0 demolition of Mainz ended their poor run of form.
With Hoffenheim midfielder Damir Vrancic on loan from Braunschweig, he would not be eligible for the meeting between the two sides but it stop Hoffenheim dominating possession. It did, however, stop them from taking a real grip of the game, and Braunschweig led after 43 minutes as Norman Theuerkauf was pushed at a corner and Kevin Kratz fired home the resulting penalty. The home side levelled though, after an hour, as Sejad Salihovic slid onto Andreas Beck's cross to poke past Davari. Braunschweig and Hoffenheim both pushed for the winners but despite Hoffenheim's 22 shots they only managed 9 on target - at least it was more than Braunschweig's two.
Hamburg may have been on good form and up to 5th in the Bundesliga table but Eintracht Braunschweig, down in the relegation play off spot, held firm, and came away with a creditable draw at home to HSV. The game was more even than the Hoffenheim match but Braunschweig failed to defend capably at times leading to numerous saves from Lamprou but after 32 minutes he wasn't able to keep out Jacques Zoua's effort. Norwegian winger Omar Elabdellaoui equalised seconds later, beating Rene Adler from inside the box after receiving a great pass from Marc Pfitzner. Both sides had chances afterwards but neither really threatened the net and the last thing of note was Milan Badelj coming off 5 minutes from time to receive treatment for an injury.
Braunschweig didn't carry their form from the HSV game into their final fixture of the 2013 calendar year as they succumbed to Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion. The home side drew first blood as Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie fired past Kostas Lamprou, and Tom Trybull made it 2-0 late in the first half. However, after 42 minutes Ermin Bicakcic pulled one back as Sebastian Mielitz parried in his header that looked to be going wide. Aaron Hunt made it 3-1 in the second half after receiving the ball from Franco di Santo after an inviting corner. Again, it didn't take long for Braunschweig to hit back and again, it was Ermin Bicakcic who scored with a great header from a corner. Despite a performance that won Bicakcic the player of the week award Braunschweig couldn't add to their tally and went down to a 3-2 loss.
Unlucky mate, hopefully you can get yourself away from the relegation zone so you can stay in the Bundesliga for another season!
Frankfurt and Theuerkauf agree deal
Reverse: Theuerkauf pictured against Frankfurt, who he will now join
Eintracht Frankfurt have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Norman Theuerkauf from Eintracht Braunschweig. The 26 year old had been at Braunschweig since 2009 after joining from Frankfurt's reserves.
Frankfurt sit in 14th place in the Bundesliga table, just ahead of Eintracht Braunschweig in 16th. Frankfurt have recently sacked head coach Armin Veh after gaining just 15 points from 16 games, and his replacement is former SV Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf, who has led Frankfurt to a victory in his first and to date only match in charge, against Torsten Lieberknecht's Stuttgart.
Theuerkauf is Schaaf's first new signing during his spell at Frankfurt, and it is thought that Schaaf paid Braunschweig up to €950k (£800k) for the German midfielder. Schaaf has previousl managed Theuerkauf during his spell at Werder Bremen. He was signed by Schaaf 11 years ago, at the start of the 2002/03 footballing season. He reportedly was a target for Frankfurt under Armin Veh but Schaaf was also interested having impressed at Braunschweig and previously at Bremen.
Theuerkauf, 26m, was born in Nordhausen in the former East German Republic. He began his playing career at Carl Zeiss Jena, currently of the Regionalliga Nordost. He was signed by Thomas Schaaf at SV Werder Bremen where he spent 5 years in the reserves, before being released to Frankfurt's reserves where he played for 2 years. He then joined Braunschweig in 2009, with the club in the 3.Liga. They were promoted in his second season and then after two seasons in the 2.Bundesliga they were promoted to the Bundesliga for this season. He has played over 200 games in his career.
Schaaf is reported to be delighted with his new signing. Asked numerous questions at his first press conference, he replied that Theuerkauf was amongst his targets as was Greuther Furth's Tim Sparv. However, before his side's game against Stuttgart he didn't want to discuss transfer prospects, leaving the media to their own devices when it came to headlines. He was happy to speak about Theuerkauf after his arrival, though.
"We had to find good players and I knew we had to get them cheap. I know that Norman is a good player and I know he is determined to succeed. We can't pay top dollar for top players - we're not rich. But we can pay little to get great players and that's what we've done here. He knows the club well and he knows me well, so I know it'll work out."
Theuerkauf too is happy to be joining.
"I've had a great time with Braunschweig but now it's time to move on, I'm not playing too often and I've got a chance to move to a massive club, I've got to take it. I know the club and I know Thomas Schaaf too, so I should settle quickly too."
Up the Braunschweig, come on! Bundesliga title within three seasons = your challenge
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