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Dynamo Dresden: Ghosts Of The East

Started on 27 July 2014 by InvertedWingbacks
Latest Reply on 26 August 2014 by Tallery
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Dedic is a beast for you! And a steady climb up the table! Really enjoying this story a lot.
Wow, great detail, never thought of including heat maps and stuff, great idea! Maybe more detail on the match reports (text), but apart from that, it is great!
Cheers man :) yeah, i'm trying to work on that - thanks for the feedback :)

Kleberson: I Can't Settle Here

Thumbs Up: Kleberson Catches Up With Team-Mates in Brazil

Dynamo Dresden's summer signing Kleberson has admitted today that he has found it impossible to settle in Germany, following his switch from Philadelphia this summer. The veteran midfielder, who has also played for Manchester United and Bestikas, and lifted the World Cup in 2002, has confessed to feeling isolated in Germany, while his extended family remained in South America:

"É sempre difícil de se mover em algum lugar que sua família não é, e essa mudança para a Alemanha me presenteou com esse problema. Minha família está no Brasil, enquanto eu estou aqui, nesta cidade fria, sem que nenhum dos meus amigos ao meu redor. O clube tem sido excelente comigo, e amanhã eu sair para ir de volta ao Brasil para uma pausa de futebol. Será que vou voltar? Eu não tenho tanta certeza..."

Translation: It is always difficult to move somewhere that is not with your family, and this shift to Germany presented me with this problem. My family is in Brazil, while I'm here in this cold city, without any of my friends around me. The club has been great to me, and tomorrow I leave to go back to Brazil for a break from football. Will I come back? I'm not so sure...
Golden Days: Kleberson Arrives At United With A Familiar Face

With their experienced midfielder absent until at least Christmas, it will be interesting to see how Dresden cope in the league; can Losilla and Fiel plug the gap?
sad to read this my save, Kleberson was very good, also in Germany

November 2013: Onwards and Upwards
Captain Fantastic: Bregerie Was Dresden's Rock On Return From Injury

v Braunschweig (3-0)
Dedic, Kempe, Corradi

v Kaiserslautern (3-2)
Bregerie, Trojan, Kempe

v Cottbus (2-0)
Bregerie, Dedic

v Sanhausen (2-0)
Kempe, Dedic

After five weeks watching his team from the sidelines as he recovered from a Sports Hernia he sustained in training, Dresden's captain Roman Bregerie finally made his return this month, shoring up a defence which, since the last time he started a game, had conceded 7 goals in as many games (Accounting for 38% of all the goals Dresden have conceded this season)

Bregerie's impact was immediate; in the first game of the month against Braunschweig, he was a key cog in the Dresden system. His tackling success rate was in the region of 80-85%, and his interceptions were of the highest quality, often allowing his side to then build an attack.

Against Braunschweig, Dresden started brightly, but were held back by the Die Lowen defence. That is, until the 35th minute, when Zlatko Dedic spun his man in the box, and fired home past Davari. Dresden's opponents fought back; and were almost level - Leon Balogun's slip on the edge of his area allowed Orhan Ademi to steal the ball from him, but Kirsten got down well to his right to hold the Swiss striker's snap shot.

Loan signing Johannes Wurtz was taken off injured just before half-time, and early reports are suggesting he could be out for up to 7 weeks, just as Dresden approach the key point in their season. He was replaced by Tobias Kempe, who only had a minute on the pitch before the sides went in for half-time, with Dresden still 1-0 ahead.
Pained: Schuppan looks on as Wurtz is stretchered off

As the second half kicked off, Kempe was an immediate thorn in the side of Die Lowen, harrassing defenders on the edge of their own box, and drawing some terse fouls. His efforts soon paid off though - a fluffed clearance was chased down on the edge of the box by Cristian Fiel, who squared the ball for Kempe, and the big playmaker wasted no time in rifling the ball into the net to double his side's lead.

Baunschweig were visibl frustrated by this point, and silly foul after silly foul were beign awarded against them; and Bernardo Corradi was only too happy to oblige when he was pulled down on the edge of the box by a frustrated Deniz Dogan, dusting himself off to fire the free-kick home from the edge of the area, and seal the 3-0 victory.

Marching Orders: Dogan sees red for his challenge on Corradi

What follwed was a tense game against Kaiserslautern, who are currently sitting in 6th place in the league, despite many believing they would be title contenders. Dresden started as they meant to go on, with Captain Bregerie leaping above Marc Torrejon to head home after just two minutes.

That goal though, woke up the sleeping Kaiserslautern attack, and they were relentless: Kirsten in the Dresden goal made no less than 6 saves in the space of ten minutes, as the home side looked to salvage some pride, lost early on. Their saving grace came in the form of a mazy run from Marcel Gaus, who kept his composure to lift the ball over Kirsten, and level the scoreline at 1-1 after 31 minutes.

After half-time, it was Dresden who came out stronger, Filip Trojan at the heart of several slick passing moves as the Dynamo attack pressed deep into enemy territory. Eventually, his tenacity paid off, as he netted his first goal of the season in spectacular fashion: a 30-yard volley which crashed off the underside of the crossbar before nestling in the goal.

A careless tackle from Schuppan after 75 minutes meant that Kaiserslautern were back in the game; Simon Zoller sent Kirsten the wrong way from the Penalty spot to seemingly secure a point, and he celebrated as if his goal had just rescued a league title.
Elated: Zoller Celebrates what he thinks is a point-winning goal

It wasn't to be though; Tobias Kempe's late winner was the epitome of goal-mouth scramble: his shot from 6 yards crashed off the crossbar and the far post before trickling over the line to send Dyanmo back to Dresden with a valuable three points.

Next up was a home tie against Cottbus, which was navigated without any real difficulties: Bregerie again scored an early goal, heading home after just 3 minutes to put Dresden ahead, and only 2 points off of top spot in the league. Cottbus, who had just suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Aalen, seemingly had nothing to offer to the game, and a Zlatko Dedic strike just after half-time put the game to bed.

Against Sandhausen, Dresden knew that a win would be enough to put them top of the league, and in the driving seat going into December. Their travelling fans knew it too, and a 25th minute strike from Tobias Kempe sent them into raptures: the midfielder's daisy cutter from just outside the box was too much for the goalkeeper to handle as it pushed past his flailing arms, and into the back of the net.

Kempe turned creator for Dresden's second goal, as Sandhausen struggled to have any real impact on the game: a quick switch of play from the 24 year old found Dedic lurking just inside the area, and the prolific striker wasted no time in scoring his 11th goal in 17 games this season, smashing the ball into the roof of the net to seal top spot, the game, and an unbeaten month for his club.

With 17 games still to play, we are officially at the half-way point of the season, and Dresden fans will be delighted with the clubs performances, especially as they were touted as favourites for relegation, not the title, at the start of the season.

2. Bundesliga Table

Player of the Month: Romain Bregerie

Really good month, hopefully you'll get promoted! You deserve to be.
Glad to see Bernardo getting some time! Very happy to see him playing well for you as well. Really loving this story, great presentation!

December 2013: Dresden Drop The Ball,,16826892_303,00.jpg
Agony: Dresden Players Lie Devestated After Draw at Aue

v Ingolstadt (1-0)

v Aue (2-2)
Bregerie, Leistner

With only two games played this month, Dresden will be disappointed with their performances, but far from saddened by their league position: the third horse in a neck and neck chase for the 2.Bundesliga title 2013/14.

Alongside 1860 Munchen, and Sandhausen, both of whom Dresden still have to play, the side are in a 3 way tie for top spot, on 39 points from 19 games, and the least losses in the league, having only lost two games this season.

However, that form seemed miles away when Dynamo visited Ingolstadt, as a 41st minute strike from Caiuby sealed a win which threatens to de-rail Dresden's title bid. the full team looked listless and overconfident, and a string of misplaced passes and footwork which consisted more of tripping over the ball than silky skills, meant that Dresden looked amateur compared to their opponents, and ultimately, they paid the price.

Seeking to set the world to rights, Dresden started with a bang against Aue, a re-match of the only other game the side have lost this season, as Romain Bregerie converted an early penalty after Dedic was fouled in the penalty box, before Toni Leistner added a second goal just before the break; rising above the Aue defence to header home past the sprawling Mannel in the Aaue goal.

By half-time, it seemed Dresden had the game, and top spot, sewn up. but Solomon Okworonkwo had different ideas: his double (on 77 and 88 mintutes) rescued a late point for Aue, and brought the Dresden squad to their knees: Can they keep the pace in the second half of the season?

2. Bundesliga Table

Player of the Month: Romain Bregerie

Loving the presentation of this story. Unlucky results, but you still have a chance at that title, I have faith!
You're still on course mate!

Dresden Announce Winter Break Friendlies

With the winter break arriving, and Dyanmo Dresden sitting pretty in 3rd place in the league, manager Tony Young has warned his players not to get comfortable over the break, organising 3 friendly matches for his side, saying "There's no point getting excited about the second-half of the season if we're going to let ourselves get rusty over the winter break. These three games are designed to test us, challenge the players, and get the best out of them. Also, the opposition has been chosen to entice fans to come and watch, and boost the club's coffers a little bit, so we can strengthen in key areas."

First up, Argentinian side Estudiantes come to visit on the 8th of January, in a game which Young is treating as a scouting mission; Estudiantes' young striker Leandro Sandoval has been on the Englishman's radar for some time now, and is expected to be in the Argentinian's squad for the friendly.

3 days later, AA Gent come to visit, in what is expected to be an easier match for the club, before Bayern Munich's reserves come for a visit to Dresden, in a game which should test Dresden to the limit, and give a decent benchmark for the rest of the season

The games also mark the start of young midfielder Felix Richter's career with the first-team. Signed at the start of the season, Richter was tipped as a future club star, but couldn't play in the league as he was under 16. But after his birthday last month, Felix is ready to show Young exactly what he is capable of, after 6 months of hard work in training, the young German is looking forward to the second half of the season:

"It's great to finally be able to get to play in the first team: these three games are a chance to show what I can do, and hopefully I can make an impact on Tony, and start the game at Furth when we get back into the league season."
Great writing. Solid update. Can't wait to see Flix Richter play some games.
Loving this mate, keep it going! :)

Dresden Strengthen For Final Push

Dynamo Dresden boss Tony Young today confirmed 3 new signings, as he looks to strengthen his side ahead of the second half of the season. With his side sitting in a 3-way tie for 1st place, Young identified 3 areas which needed reinforcements: Defensive Midfield, Attacking Midfield, and Striker; and those are exactly the areas he strengthened.

The first new signing was Argentinian striker Leandro Sandoval, who joined form Estudiantes for £300k, after Mickael Pote departed the club for almost £500,000 the previous week. The 20-year old is known for his pace and technique, and that mixture could prove to be deadly in this league, as Dresden gun for the top.

Secondly, former Barcelona golden child Marti Riverola was brought in from Bologna on loan until the end of the season, to provide cover in the midfield area of the side. The Spaniard's passing and technique will surely make him an invaluable addition to the squad, and Dresden may well seek to make his move permanent come next season, with a £1m buyout clause available to them.

And last but not least, a move which drew a lot of interest in England, as Liverpool starlet Conor Coady made the switch to Germany, after the Anfield side accepted a controversial £0 bid from Dresden. The 20-year old Englishman has arrived in Germany accepting that he still has work to do, but had this to say on his move: "I'm delighted to be moving to a club that is going somewhere, and which will allow me first-team games to improve my game, learn and develop as a player. There are some quality players at this club, and hopefully I can learn from them and become a better player."

Will these 3 signings contribute to a promotion place? or are Dresden just a flash in the pan of the 2.Bundesliga 2013/14?

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