Alongside its renowned unrivaled atmosphere, sold-out stadia and free-flowing games, such have been the surprises, comebacks and regular supply of goals over the first two Bundesliga weekends that fans and pundits alike now have a frustrating fortnight’s wait due to the international break before they can get their next rush.
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Perhaps surprisingly given their taxing exploits in Brazil just over seven weeks ago, it has been the Bundesliga’s World Cup stars who have been leading the charge early on, shaking off any encroaching fatigue with a healthy dose of net-busting: 13 of the 45 goals scored so far, so almost 30 per cent, have been hit by a player who donned a national shirt in South America over the summer.
Among the early sharpshooters are world champions , who was on target in FC Bayern München's Matchday 1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg; Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder , who rescued the Foals a point against VfB Stuttgart, and FC Schalke 04 captain , who did likewise for the Royal Blues against Bayern.
Plenty of other household names have also seen their names in lights again this term, with Dutch duo Arjen Robben and already on target, as well as Japan’s Shinji Okazai, Croatian veteran Ivica Olic, Colombian hitman Adrian Ramos, his Dortmund team-mate Sokratis and South Korean talisman Ja-Cheol Koo. Emir Spahic, Haris Seferovic and Yuya Osako round out the World Cup participants to have scored so far.
The latter two have particularly impressed, slipping seamlessly into the Bundesliga at the first time of asking. has been one of the discoveries of recent months, bursting on to the scene in the second half of last season by hitting six goals for 1860 Munich in Bundesliga 2, before forming part of Japan’s World Cup squad in Brazil. Meanwhile, helped Switzerland into the Round of 16 before joining Eintracht Frankfurt and grabbing the only goal of the game in their 1-0 win over SC Freiburg
Given the sheer number of Bundesliga representatives who laced their boots in Brazil this summer it should come as no surprise that some of the tendencies from that tournament are also taking root in Germany. At the World Cup Joachim Löw’s men scored more often from set-pieces than any other side: five of the 44 goals from dead-ball situations came from the eventual champions. And on Matchday 2 of the weekend just past, three World Cup participants found the net from free-kicks: Sokratis, Spahic and Höwedes.
And FC Bayern’s relentless pursuit of success shows no sign of stopping, with nine World Cup winners currently in the squad, a tally no Bundesliga side has ever had before. Six of those were in the starting line-up against Schalke on Matchday 2: Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Mario Götze, Müller and Xabi Alonso. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez were absent due to injury, while reserve goalkeeper Pepe Reina was on the bench.