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Having put the brakes on a three-game Bundesliga mini-form slump with a hard-earned 2-0 victory at cellar dwellers Eintracht Braunschweig, FC Bayern München are now seeking their first home win in three outings at the expense of old rivals SV Werder Bremen. And while it may not have quite the table-topping lustre of years past, this remains an intriguing contest as Bayern look to round out an incredible campaign with the three wins that will take them up to the 90-point mark while the visitors are still technically in need of one more positive result to secure their top-flight status for another year. In reality, a 3-1 home success against Hoffenheim last time out means it would now take a highly unlikely confluence of events to send the Green-Whites down. At the stern testing ground of the Allianz Arena, they do however have the opportunity to measure their own progress towards the end of Robin Dutt's first season in charge against the very best.
3 Minutes with...
...Stefan Effenberg. Unquestionably one of the most gifted German players of his generation, Effenberg has never been one to away from controversy either. The driving ambition that made him an onfield leader most notably for Bayern München and Borussia Mönchengladbach throughout the 1990s was coupled with a notoriously fiery temperament, the accumulated upshot of which is that he still has the dubious distinction of being the Bundesliga's most-booked player. Nowadays, the former playmaker extraordinaire's forthright take on the game is always worth a listen-in and he shoots the breeze with GOAL! about FC Bayern and more.
When Jürgen Klopp came on board in the summer of 2008, Borussia Dortmund were still in the process of recovering from a serious financial crisis and treading water in mid-table Bundesliga mediocrity. Already a familiar face to followers of the German game from his successful tenure in charge of Mainz, whom he had guided up to the top flight for the first time, and his TV work as a popular World Cup pundit, Klopp wasted no time putting his tactical and man-management skills to best use in revitalising the fortunes of the Ruhr district giants. The rest, as they say, is history. Three years down the line, Dortmund were crowned champions of Germany and in the interim they have unequivocally reannounced their presence among Europe's elite. GOAL! gets up close and personal with one of the most highly-coveted coaches in the world game, who remains firmly committed to the Dortmund project he has overseen from the off.
Team of the Season
Up last and needless to say in no way least in our vote for the Bundesliga's stand-out XI of 2013/14 it's the attackers, and what a selection there is to choose from. FC Bayern superstars and have competition aplenty for a berth out wide from the likes of Schalke's and South Korean shooting star . Down the middle meanwhile, old familiars and are up against the sharpshooting , who has enjoyed a tremendous season at promoted Hertha Berlin. GOAL! has the overview for you before you cast that ballot.