In the latest edition, we take a look at a record that Borussia Dortmund will be setting in 2013, how Bremen was breathing a sigh of relief after a storm brewed and what being top of the table leading into the New Year does, or doesn't mean to Pep Guardiola.
Much has been said of the unique atmosphere at Dortmund's , and 80,645 souls are set to experience it again in the club's remaining two matches of 2013. With all the tickets sold for Dortmund's games with Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin, the Westphalians will set a new Bundesliga record by averaging over 80,000 fans in every single home game in the calendar year. The fan boom continues...
'Xaver' was the name on everybody's lips in Germany these days with the eponymous storm threatening to throw a spanner in the works of FC Bayern's title charge. Strong winds and heavy rain had the city of Bremen on alert for severe flooding, and the Weser Stadion was among the risks. "I got a text message at 7am from my Bremen colleague Timo Polster telling me the water is 10cm below the banks...the game is on," reported Bayern's media director Markus Hörwick.
FC Bayern München are on course to be crowned Herbstmeister for the second year running, but is that really a title? "The Bundesliga does not end then so it's not important," said coach Pep Guardiola, who needed a quick explanation of the term. "It's super for the statistics, but you don't win any trophy for it." If it isn't coated in silver, then it clearly is not significant for success-seeking Bayern.