Good evening, all. I trust that everyone is still basking in FC Bayern’s brilliant win on Saturday. The result brings us to three straight wins, all by a comfortable margin (to put it politely). Nonetheless, we have a tough run of matches coming up, with a midweek game against Monchengladbach in two days, a rematch vs. Hannover this coming weekend, and then a trip to France for a return of Champions League play. A slip-up in any of these matches could prove disastrous, and Karl-Heinz Rumenigge is quoted on the club’s official site warning against complacency.
So, as regular followers of this blog will know, I’ve been promising big changes for a while now. Well, today’s the big day. If you dislike the new comment system or the outdated interface of this website, I have good news. And if you are resistant to any kind of change whatsoever, I have bad news. But, in either event, the news is the same: effective immediately, this blog has been upgraded and moved by its owner company, SB Nation. From now on, you can read me over at Bavarian Football Works, SB Nation’s new all-Bayern Munich, all-the-time blog.
The hits keep coming for Bayern, as the club crushed Hertha Berlin by a line of 6-0 today. This one was never really in doubt, as 3 goals in the first 20 minutes allowed us to put it in cruise control. Whatever problems we had in the final third of the pitch seem to have been solved (for now, at least), as Robben and Ribery continue to look impressive on the wings and Mueller and Gomez took care of business in the area. Read the rest of this entry »
In the last Bundesliga match of the day. Dortmund and Monchengladbach have already won, so FC Bayern needs a victory to keep pace. The starting line-ups have been announced – no changes for FC Bayern: Read the rest of this entry »
Doing this on 5 hours of sleep, so I hope I get some company: Read the rest of this entry »
In Week 26 of the 2011-2012 Bundesliga season. FC Bayern supporters are certainly feeling a bit better than we were at this point last week; before the past 2 matches, we barely treading water in the Bundesliga and looking down the barrel of a first-leg deficit in Champions League play. But back-to-back 7-goal explosions, combined with a Dortmund draw last week, have put us back in the hunt for multiple trophies. All the same, we’re still 5 points back in the 1. Bundesliga table, so dropping points this weekend would be a huge problem. Read the rest of this entry »
Great wins for FC Bayern Saturday and yesterday, and our quest for multiple trophies is back on track. Some particular take-away points from yesterday’s match:
(1) The back line of Alaba – Badstuber – Boateng – Lahm is our best bet for the near future
I’d caution against too much optimism here, because they haven’t really been tested very heavily. In the last two matches, our offense was on fire early and the midfield controlled a majority of possession – the defense basically just had to mop up a handful of chances. Still, they did a good job with that. Yesterday, both fullbacks looked good, and the few times that Basel got a good ball into a threatening spot, Badstuber and Boateng did well to clear. Read the rest of this entry »
Line-ups are announced, as the clubs are getting loose on a nice evening at the Allianz Arena. Schweinsteiger will start on the bench. Full line-up for FC Bayern: Read the rest of this entry »
In the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie. Basel comes into the match with a 1-0 lead from the first leg. Obviously, this gives them a big advantage – not only do they have a lead on the scoreboard, but Bayern comes into the match with the imperative to be the more aggressive side. This allows Basel to sit back and play defense, and also opens up the possibility of a counter-attack, especially if Bayern is bringing midfielders and fullbacks forward in an attempt to generate offense.
Nonetheless, I think Bayern supporters are feeling quietly optimistic. I won’t say “confident,” because you can never feel confident when you’re losing, but we definitely have a shot. Our offense played well last week, and in all of our last 3 matches, we’ve created numerous chances and looked dangerous from the wings (the 1 of those 3 we lost, vs. Leverkusen, we still had several good opportunities – it was poor finishing and a few good defensive plays that kept us out). Ninety minutes is a long time for Basel to sit back in a shell and try to ward us off, especially if Schweinsteiger is on the pitch. Which leads us to … Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome back, FC Bayern fans. Hopefully, you’re all still basking in the glow of this week’s big win, and the equally big Dortmund draw. Tonight, we dive into the deep end, courtesy of one of our most astute readers – in fact, one of the brightest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with.
So, after our post last week demonstrating some reader-submitted stats, we received a few more e-mails addressing statistical differences between FC Bayern and our Bundesliga rivals. One of our readers, known here as “Ollikahn,” wrote in with a detailed examination of not only goals-for and goals-against, but variability and skew ratios of each club’s results each week. In other words, he set out to determine the effect of all of the club’s (but especially Bayern’s) propensity to rack up big goal numbers some weeks, then have long stretches of quiet. Ollikahn has a much better grasp of statistical analysis than I, so I’m just trying to follow along here as best I can. If I screwed something up, let me know. Read the rest of this entry »