Bundesliga: From flat caps to magicians: The eleven heads of the season – football

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BVB striker Erling Haaland is moving to Manchester City.  Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa

BVB striker Erling Haaland is moving to Manchester City. Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa

When a flat cap comes into focus or an oldie Berlin trainer gets you startled – then it’s the Bundesliga. The eleven of the season is a colorful cross-section of 33 matchdays so far.

Berlin – 297 games have been completed. the Soccer Bundesliga and your protagonists have made one or the other headline – on and off the pitch. The slightly different Eleven of the 2021/2022 season:

Erling Haaland:

For a long time, Real Madrid was the favorite, in between FC Barcelona – in the end it was Manchester City. The speculations about the future of Erling Haaland were for Borussia Dortmund a disturbing topic. This is not the only reason why the pain of separation is limited. In addition, the 20-year-old Torgarant was not available for weeks in his last BVB season due to various injuries.

Felix Magath:

Many thought it was a joke. But of course the magician was serious. When returning to the Bundesliga stage in March Hertha BSC proved Felix Magaththat there is no reason to change with age. The 68-year-old flirted with the grinder cliché and actually gave the Berliners support. Whether it is enough to save it will have to be seen in the season finale.

Max Eberl:

He was the face of Borussia Monchengladbach. Doers and toilers and always there when it came to representing the club. After 23 years as a player, junior manager and sports director, the 48-year-old has lost his strength. He was exhausted and tired and could no longer do the job as it was necessary, announced boar at his Taking leave on January 28th. “I’m ending something that was my life,” he said with tears in his eyes.

Anthony Modeste:

With brains and a bit of show Anthony Modeste long since played into the hearts of the Cologne fans. But his extravagant celebrations are not always well received. Sometimes he stole the flat cap from coach Baumgart after a goal, most recently he unpacked a coffee bag after a goal – even the DFB investigated. All forgiven, because Tony has scored 19 goals at FC this season, nine of them with his head. Will he stay with the people of Cologne? “Who said I was leaving the club? Nobody said that,” said the 34-year-old. His contract runs until 2023.



Joshua Kimmich:

To be vaccination procrastination there was severe criticism of the national player of the FC Bayern Munich. Kimmich explained his reluctance with “a few concerns, especially with regard to the lack of long-term studies”. After the emotional debate and a corona infection, after which he had to take a break due to lung infiltration, he announced his vaccination.

Nico Schlotterbeck:

The defender is one of the key players in this strong season of the SC Freiburg, who can still move into the Champions League and win the DFB Cup. The 22-year-old not only impressed defensively, but also with four goals. In March he made his debut in the national team, in the summer he will move for around 20 million euros Borussia Dortmund.

Stephen Baumgart:

A coach as a cult figure. The football teacher has the 1. FC Cologne took the hearts of the fans by storm. The hat, which has long since become a trademark for the 50-year-old, was a bestseller for months. Under his direction, a supposed relegation candidate who had to be relegated last year became one of the biggest positive surprises of the season. The fact that he helped the club to their second European Cup in the past 30 years made for even greater appreciation.

Felix Zwayer:

The Berliner top referee was caught up after many years by his role in the Robert Hoyzer betting and manipulation scandal. The whole thing escalated again after the top game between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich (2: 3) at the beginning of December. BVB midfielder Jude Bellingham attacked the 40-year-old verbally: “You give a referee who has already postponed a game the biggest game. What should you expect?” Zwayer even received death threats, considered ending his refereeing career – but continued.

Eintracht Frankfurt supporters:

With the gradual return of the fans in the spring, the euphoria in the ranks increased again across the league. For the Frankfurt trailer there were also highlights away from everyday life. “In the heart of Europe”, the title of the club’s anthem, gets football’s heart beating particularly hard. The passionate supporters have helped Eintracht to reach the final in the Europa League. An estimated 30,000 fans made the performance at the FC Barcelona a home game. Eintracht fans are also very big when it comes to choreographies such as the death of club legend Jürgen Grabowski. Now everyone is flocking to Seville for the grand finale.

Bo Svensson:

The coach of FSV Mainz 05 is rather reserved in conversations outside the football stadium and definitely not a steamy chatterer. On the sidelines, however, the 42-year-old Dane complains a lot. After four yellow cards, he was the first coach in the upper house to be banned for a game, meanwhile he has seven warnings. Apart from that: As the head coach of Rheinhessen, he does a great job, the team was never involved in the relegation battle.

Max Kruse:

The change from 1. FC Union Berlin to the VfL Wolfsburg was the surprise transfer of the winter break. The 34-year-old was met with a lack of understanding because he turned his back on the better-off sporting club and switched to the Wolves, who were threatened with relegation, because of a high-paying offer. However, Kruse failed to fill the role of leader. Despite hat-tricks against Mainz, he often fell short of expectations. In addition, he received a reprimand for statements made in the direction of Magath (“He’s a Scheucher”).

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