A bad month! Now the players morale it's down..it will be hard
Eintracht Braunschweig - Alles Oder Nichts
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Unlucky there mate, you can pick it up!
In the January transfer window, Braunschweig missed out on numerous targets. Instead, we signed a lot of young players on deadline day.
Our first man was a a 15 year old German Pole signed for €500k from Kaiserslautern. Right winger Riwowarczyk is predicted for the very top of the game and is already strong in his physical attributes.
€500k From Kaiserslautern
The only non German signed was 15 year old Lukasz Nowocien. He began his career at Osnabruck, moved to Hoffenheim for €325k and to us for €2.4m. Another right winger, he is strong both physically and technically.
€2.2m from Hoffenheim
This young German keeper was signed from Mainz, with us having previously tried to buy him. He is small and not quite as talented as our other buys, but makes up for his lack of height with his very good reflexes and Hennig should be able to stop most strikers.
€300k from Mainz
Born in Wurzburg to Croatian descent, Saric may turn out to be one of the best players of this side. Extremely determined, the attacker is good technically, physically and mentally.
€1.4m from TSV 1860 Munchen
We missed out on a Stuttgart youngster who was called Weis, but Rico Weiss of Hoffenheim is more than capable. The defensive midfielder is extremely good mentally and whilst not physically too strong, he possesses an army of all round abilities.
€2.1m from Hoffenheim
Now here is some of our other players who were found in Braunschweig youth intakes.
I love your signings, like the fact your looking to the future and good luck in this season
Very good prospects Louis, in a few years you'll have a hell of a team!
Saric's (I think that is the one) determination will make him become the best player possible, hopefully. Some other great deals for the future.
Who might go down?
The Bundesliga season is well underway and has been for some time now, and we can now begin to say what might the bottom of the table look like when all 34 games are in the past. Luckily for the Bundesliga, there is an exciting battle for the title too, but just how the top-flight relegation tale might yet unfold is open to interpretation. Halfway into the campaign, we review some surprise possibilities for who may occupy the bottom-two come May.
Back in August 2013, newly-promoted Eintracht Braunschweig had by and large been pencilled in as 'relegation favourites'. After a stellar first season, they looked good enough to stay up this year, and we picked them to come 15th, safe from relegation danger. Picking up a win at home to Borussia Dortmund on the opening day gave Die Lowen hope, but it wasn't until Matchday 5 that their second win of the season came with a victory at home to SC Freiburg. With a fantastic run of form just before the winter break, Braunschweig were up into 6th and in fact looking for European Football via a League Position.
In the weeks that followed, Benno Mohlmann's underdogs narrowly lost out to Borussia Monchenglabach and Lower Saxony rivals VfL Wolfsburg before playing Dortmund again, where a goaless draw flattered Braunschweig who had no shots to Dortmund's 28. Three days later, a 1-0 loss to SC Freiburg saw them not only drop down to 9th but also, meant that, after their 2-0 loss to Stuttgart the week after, they were yet to win a game following the winter break. Our predictions suggest that if their form continues, they may be in a relegation dogfight.
Yep, VfL Wolfsburg. Braunschweig's local rivals aren't exactly favourites for relegation. But, they aren't exactly having a good season. New boss Hristo Stoichkov has taken over following the sacking of Dieter Hecking, but has failed so far to rescue the side's flagging fortunes. Going forward, they also boasted the expensive forward Christian Benteke. Two coaches, 7 months and 22 games since the start of the 2024/15 campaign later, however, VfL have failed to win once in their last 4. Furthermore, new head coach Hristo Stoichkov, has not at all steadied the ship.
The 49-year-old Bulgarian was brought in as Wolfsburg's beacon of hope - the man to drag them out of the mire and slowly up the Bundesliga ladder - but after four games, little has changed so far. The former Hoffenheim man was appointed after defeating Wolfsburg 2-1, but has showed one of that managerial knowhow at Wolsfburg. A 1-0 win at Braunschweig following a win over Nurnberg provided momentary respite ahead of demoralising defeats to HSV and 1860 Munchen, and a draw against Bayer Leverkusen. With a 2-0 defeat to the bottom side, 1860, at home, Stoichkov has cause for concern. His side may be facing imminent danger.
Europa League 1st Leg 1st Knockout Round
Today we have coverage of 5 Europa League fixtures of all German teams: let's see who's playing.
Swansea City vs Eintracht Braunschweig
FC Basel vs Borussia Dortmund
Grasshoppers vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Fiorentina vs Schalke 04
VfL Wolfsburg vs Stoke City
- Injury - Tolga Cigerci - 16 - VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Stoke City
Not much action here early on in Wolfsburg but Tolga Cigerci will have to go off. It's a foul by Charlie Adam, though it's not a bad one, and it's the impact where Cigerci's head hits the floor that injures him. Looks like a concussion.
Well after no goals and not much first half action - there's not a lot to report at half time. Still 0-0 in every game, let's hope that changes.
- GOAL! - Giovanni Sio - 52 - FC Basel 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
There has been a goal at the St.Jakobspark - and it has not gone the way anyone thought it would! Dortmund go behind, they've dominated in the hail. Streller got onto the loose ball and went past Brooks, then gave it out to Sio who caught Weidenfeller out with the shot, 1-0!
- GOAL! - Adam Le Fondre (P) - 56 - VfL Wolfsburg 0-1 Stoke City
And just like at the St.Jakobspark in Basel there's been a goal here in Wolfsburg and like in Basel it's gone against the run of play! Danny Graham had the chance, Timm Klose came from behind and Le Fondre converted the resulting penalty.
- GOAL! - Luuk De Jong - 62 - Grashoppers 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Finally a breakthrough here and it has been coming, the goal from the Dutchman Luuk De Jong! Headed from a Kruse corner to the near post - no one defended it.
- GOAL! - Alvaro Dominguez - 77 - Grashoppers 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
2 goals in relatively quick succession for Borussia Monchengladbach - that means 2-0! Another poorly defended corner, this time from Zimmerman to the far post, and Dominguez headed it in.
Basel beat Dortmund? Stoke beat Wolfsburg? Dortmund are in the Europa League? Stoke are in the Europa League? BRAUNSCHWEIG ARE IN THE EUROPA LEAGUE? What the hell is going on?
2013-12-22 20:42#150669 Jozef : Basel beat Dortmund? Stoke beat Wolfsburg? Dortmund are in the Europa League? Stoke are in the Europa League? BRAUNSCHWEIG ARE IN THE EUROPA LEAGUE? What the hell is going on?
Weird I know.
February - Disgrace
Going into the month of February Braunschweig were on poor form. Would it continue? Or would they win all of their 4 games?
The scoreline never tells the whole story. Here, it certainly didn't. In previous fixtures Braunschweig have played well and been unlucky against Dortmund but this time they were very lucky and thanking God (and Australia) for the existence of Mitchell Langerak. The former Dortmund man was superb. The stats show just how hapless Braunschweig were and just how brilliant Langerak was. He kept out all 28 of Borussia Dortmund's efforts on goal as his side defended all game - not even managing one shot.
And again Eintracht Braunschweig were relying on Mitchell Langerak to wrestle a point away from home. This time it didn't quite happen, and the defence only had themselves to blame as they conceded a cheap goal, Alex Succar winning a free header and finding the back of the net in the first half. Braunschweig did leave their mark though. Freiburg's Jonathan Schmid twisted his ankle in a tackle and would miss 4 weeks whilst Vegar Eggen Hedenstad also had to go off.
Up against old coach Torsten Lieberknecht's Stuttgart side who were up in 2nd, Eintracht Braunschweig fell to yet another disappointing defeat. Stuttgart dominated with most of the possession but it wasn't until the second half when Stuttgart made the most of their chances. Vedad Ibisevic got the first goal after tapping in a loose ball that had come off Braunschweig defenders attempting to clear. Then captain Christian Gentner made it two, Mitchell Langerak making an absolutely fantastic save at the feet of Ibisevic with Ciro Capuano only managing to put the ball into the path of Gentner. Late on though, dirty Braunschweig sent their opponents back as Marko Marin suffered an injury after 3 subs had already been made, but BTSV did not make their advantage count.
After what was evidently another bad month for Braunschweig, it was notable that at least with the exception of Freiburg, Braunschweig were playing the 3 top teams in the country, and they could claim that despite their 3rd consecutive loss they were not completely outclassed by Bayern Munich. Whilst they perhaps were dominated, Braunschweig kept the scores down and in the end it was just Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's 35th minute goal that won it, as he was found unmarked by Toni Kroos' cross.
I am glad to see you are mid table and far from the relegation zone. How many CL spots does the Bundesliga hold now?
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