Munich - Matchday 18 proved to be a good weekend for teams from Bavaria, with victories for FC Bayern München, FC Augsburg and 1. FC Nürnberg, while FC Schalke 04 rejoiced in the long-awaited return of a talisman.
bundesliga.com summarises the five most salient points from the first dramatic weekend of Bundesliga action in 2014...
was a relief in more ways than one for head coach Gertjan Verbeek. Not only was it
's first win of the season, it also enabled him finally to remove a beard he had pledged to let grow until his side won. "I'm pleased with the result, and of course that my beard has finally gone," said the relieved 51-year-old. It was also only the second time this season that Hoffenheim had failed to score in a Bundesliga game, but with 42 conceded, they now have the leakiest defence in the league.