bundesliga.com takes a look at the most curious occurrences to take place so far this season…
The Bundesliga’s foreign dignitaries have been firing on all cylinders, grabbing 143 of the 238 goals scored this season. Only twice in the 50-year history of Germany’s top flight have more goals been scored by players from outside of Germany (2003/04 and 2010/11). With six goals to their name, Vedad Ibisevic, Anthony Modeste (pictured) and Robert Lewandowski are currently three foreigners leading the way at the top of the goalscoring charts.
After eight Matchdays, the last defender has been positioning himself an average of 38 metres from his own goal. In the two previous Bundesliga campaigns that figure has stood at 33 metres. As a result 16 goals have been scored from long balls, almost three times as many as at this stage of the 2012/13 campaign (six). Reigning champions FC Bayern München are operating with the highest backline with (pictured) and Co. currently putting 43.9 metres between themselves and the byline on average.
The good old offside trap seems to have become a thing of the past. The linesmen have only raised their flag on 322 occasions in the opening eight Matchdays of the Bundesliga, a record low for Germany’s top flight at this stage of a campaign. In the last 20 seasons attacking players had found themselves in offside positions over 400 times after eight Matchdays.
The Bundesliga referees have only blown their whistles 2,082 times to penalise a foul this season - another record low for the Bundesliga after eight Matchdays. Borussia Mönchengladbach have proven to be the fairest team so far, conceding just 83 fouls, while the fairest player has been FC Bayern captain . Having featured for 658 minutes in the current campaign, the 29-year-old has only given away one foul.
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