Bundesliga Weekly is the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga's weekly TV programme, offering an international audience a unique perspective on Germany's top flight throughout the season: in-depth previews of the upcoming league action, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes reports, the best goals from the weekend and much more besides.
MATCHDAY 6 REVIEW NEWSLETTER
Early-season surprise package Köln pulled their next trick out the hat on Matchday 6, earning a share of the spoils in Munich to spike Bayern's winning run in the league. Top billing on this edition of the Weekly goes to ultimate Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was in town for that game – not to mention the Oktoberfest. A cross-section of free- scoring strikers and Dortmund's still slightly erratic young guns also feature alongside the new Alpha Wolf, Hoffenheim on high, record- breaking Leipzig and more.
Hollywood in the Bundesliga
With Arnold Schwarzenegger among those watching on at the Allianz Arena, FC Bayern München had even more reason to turn up the red heat against 1. FC Köln on Matchday 6. As it transpired the champions would see their flawless start to the league campaign terminated by the high-flying Billy Goats; but neither the Bayern squad and staff nor the Austrian-born Hollywood superstar and former Governor of California let a couple of dropped points spoil their subsequent visit to the Oktoberfest – with total recall not mandatory on this particular mission.
Forwards on Fire
After a slow start, Bayer 04 Leverkusen are edging inexorably up towards the region of the table where most Bundesliga followers expect to see them and their improvement has gone hand-in-hand with Chicharito's own rise to the top of the individual scoring chart. Vedad Ibisevic is filling the same role with aplomb for Hertha Berlin at the moment and his weekend brace against Hamburger SV leaves the capital club as Bayern's closest pursuers after Matchday 6. FC Schalke 04 still have a lot of catching up to do to get anywhere near such heady heights but they did finally get off the mark in comprehensive fashion against Mönchengladbach – with their own new frontline supertalent playing his part.
Young and Wild
Having lost some key players over the summer, Borussia Dortmund responded not by trying to replace them like for like but rather with the signing of a raft of top young prospects from around Europe. In terms of the spectacular attacking football they have thus far been serving up, BVB's new young guns have certainly not disappointed. For coach Thomas Tuchel, the focus is now on achieving just the right balance between offensive fireworks and defensive consistency.
The new Leader
No sooner was he on the books at VfL Wofsburg than Jakub Blaszczykowski found himself appointed new team captain. That in itself is eloquent testimony to the faith invested by the Wolves management in the 30-year-old Polish attacking midfielder, who twice tasted title success at Dortmund. A firm favourite of the Signal Iduna Park faithful for the best part of a decade, Kuba spent last season on loan at AC Fiorentina before returning to the Bundesliga over the summer, signing up at Wolfsburg on a three-year deal. Now, he aims to put his vast experience to best use for the VfL cause.
Dinner in the Sky
As one of the quartet of clubs still unbeaten in the league this season, 1899 Hoffenheim have increasingly high hopes of this turning out to be one of their best Bundesliga campaigns to date. Elevated prospects were also on the programme when midfield duo Pirmin Schwegler and Lukas Rupp met up for a high-level bite with a few of their counterparts from handball Bundesliga outfit Rhein-Neckar Löwen and top ice hockey side Adler Mannheim.
5 Things to Know
It's time already for the second international break of the still-young Bundesliga season. With the first six matchdays ticked off, time as well to cast an eye over a handful of interesting facts and emerging trends for 2016/17: 5 things to know about the story so far at German football's top table.
A 2-1 home victory over FC Augsburg leaves RB Leipzig fifth in the table and still unbeaten after Matchday 6. The latter statistic has already earned Saxony's new footballing pride and joy a place in the record books, as the first debutants not to lose any of their six opening matches in the Bundesliga. Ralph Hasenhüttl's young side have swiftly laid down a marker with their passion, dynamism and resolute refusal to be overawed by big-name opponents – with fresh arrivals like Oliver Burke adding even more strength-in-depth to the equation.