The Reds host top-of-the-table Paderborn next Tuesday - what a game we have in store to kick off next week's double-header. Don't miss it!
MATCHDAY 4 RESULTS:
SC Freiburg 2-2 Hertha Berlin
FC Schalke 04 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Augsburg 4-2 SV Werder Bremen
VfB Stuttgart 0-2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Hamburger SV 0-0 FC Bayern München
SC Paderborn 07 2-0 Hannover 96
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1. FC Köln 0-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Monday 22 September
All aboard: Before the season started the thought of travelling to Munich to take on the reigning titleholders would have been a daunting prospect for SC Paderborn 07. However, on the back of an unbeaten start to the campaign, it seems the newly-promoted side are in fine spirits and rightly so considering they're currently sitting in the position FC Bayern München will hope to finish the season in again.
8 - Paderborn are the 8th BL rookies to remain unbeaten after 4 games. The last team was Oberhausen 1969/70. Leader. pic.twitter.com/oveduOLukY— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 22, 2014
We hope you have a good start to this busy Bundesliga week! We're in action tomorrow, as we face the table-toppers. pic.twitter.com/4JtD8ptlLW— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 22, 2014
Moin Moin! ;-) Hammer Clip vom meinem Red Bull Kollegen Jason Paul!! Erinnert mich an die gute alte Konsolenzeit... http://t.co/pnzKkVEvOV— Lewis Holtby (@LewisHoltby) September 22, 2014
Mondays are normally the worst days of the week, but with the dust barely settled on one of the most unpredictable Bundesliga Matchdays in recent memory and the games coming thick and fast what is there to complain about! Stay with us for all the reaction to the weekend action and build-up for what promises to be a manic midweek!
Sunday 21 September
Would anybody have predicted this league table at the end of Matchday 4? SC Paderborn, 1. FSV Mainz 05 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim fans may well have dreamt about it, but this is how we actually are in the Bundesliga after four rounds of action.
VfL Wolfsburg celebrated their first win of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season on Sunday thanks to two goals from Ricardo Rodriguez (pictured). You can read the report of their game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen by clicking here.
After that, why not read what the protagonists at the VW-Arena had to say for their afternoon's efforts by clicking here.
Some concerning news has come out of Dortmund this afternoon. Still reeling from defeat to Mainz last night, BVB will now be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the next four weeks after he 2-0 win fractured a bone in his foot in the Coface Arena. The 25-year-old will miss the next UEFA Champions League outing against Anderlecht, as well as next week’s derby with FC Schalke 04. Borussia’s bad luck with injuries is a never-ending story it seems.
Let's get some more reaction from yesterday's encounter in the Imtech Arena now, where Bayern were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling Hamburg. Pep Guardiola rang the changes after the midweek win over Manchester City, but the spark was lacking for the Bavarians, who failed to score for the first time in 75 league games. Manuel Neuer blamed a slow start for their lacklustre display, while Thomas Müller admitted "we're pretty frustrated”.
Is there any stopping Shinji Okazaki? The Mainz striker did the damage yet again on Saturday by scoring against Dortmund, his fourth of the season, to set up a 2-0 win for the 05ers, the club's first win in seven meetings against BVB. Here's more on the diminutive goalscoring machine that outshone his compatriot and namesake Shinji Kagawa in the Coface Arena yesterday.
Game for legends
Germany internationals Lukas Podolski and Marco Reus have since moved on from Köln and Gladbach respectively, but there clash two seasons ago - the last time the clubs met in the league - was one to savour. Relive it here courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:
This evening's entertainment from the RheinEnergieStadion sees the return of a classic Bundesliga fixture. Köln and Gladbach were two of the nation's dominant sides in the 1960s and 1970s - Köln won the inaugural Bundesliga title in 1964, while Gladbach became the first team to win consecutive championships in 1970 and 1971. This evening, they meet again in the top flight after a two-year hiatus following Köln's time in Bundesliga 2.
Frankfurt suffered a frustrating day on Saturday, throwing away a two-goal lead and a two-man advantage to draw at Schalke. Even more costly, however, was the injury sustained by left-back . The Ivorian defender landed awkwardly in the second half and was later diagnosed with a cruciate knee ligament injury, ruling him out for the rest of the year. Here's the post-match reaction to that fiery encounter in the Veltins Arena.
First up on Sunday is a doozy. Two teams that both suffered disappointment in Europe this week meet at the Volkswagen Arena, with Wolfsburg looking for a first win of the campaign and Leverkusen hopping to move back above SC Paderborn (you heard right) at the top of the league. Here's bundesliga.com's match preview ...
Two down, one to go
Welcome back to all the Bundesliga's around the world. We've had two days of rip-roaring action and now it's time for Act 3 in this weekend's play. On the agenda today are two more cracking match-ups - Wolfsburg vs. Leverkusen and Köln vs. Mönchengladbach - as well as all the reaction from Saturday's events. To get you in the mood, here's a picture of Köln's Anthony Ujah with Hennes, the club mascot, ahead of tonight's much-anticipated derby with the Foals.
Saturday 20 September
That's all for today then, but remember to join us tomorrow for two more cracking top-flight encounters, VfL Wolfsburg vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen and the Rhine Derby between 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach. There will be fireworks, that's for sure. Bis morgen!
Click on the links below for the post-match reaction from the Imtech, Coface and Veltins Arena:
Hamburger SV 0-0 FC Bayern München
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
FC Schalke 04 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Bayern drew a blank in the Bundesliga for the first time in 75 matches after coming up against a gutsy and resilient HSV team. The Red Shorts remain bottom of the table and are still yet to score a goal, but this result will give them confidence that they can start climbing the league under the new coach Josef Zinnbauer. Here's our exclusive match report.
Hamburger SV - FC Bayern München line-ups
FC Schalke 04 - Eintracht Frankfurt line-ups
The line-ups are in...SC Paderborn 07 - Hannover 96
Momentous full-backsFC Bayern München's Twitter account has just congratulated David Alaba on his 150th competitive appearance for the club and Rafinha on his 100th - read our preview of the Reds' trip to Hamburger SV here...
FC Bayern are in action at Hamburg today, but elsewhere in Munich it's the start of the annual Oktoberfest, a three week festival of beer and celebration in the Bavarian capital. As is their tradition, the Bayern players will be paying a visit to the attraction also known as the Wies'n, and to get you in the mood, here's what they're likely to get up to...
As well as Bayern's trip to Hamburg and Schalke's clash with Eintracht, there are three other games set to kick-off at 15:30 CEST this afternoon. 1899 Hoffenheim travel to regional neighbours VfB Stuttgart, Augsburg host Bremen and Paderborn welcome high-flying Hannover and Hiroshi Kiyotake (pictured). Here's our round-up preview...
This wonderfully creative Instagram post from Hoffenheim's Robert Firmino suggests the Brazilian is confident ahead of TSG's trip down the road to Stuttgart...
To recap, there was certainly one side happier with the 2-2 result than the other on Friday evening. Genki Haraguchi (l.) and Hertha Berlin fought back from 1-0 down and 2-1 down to steal a draw at SC Freiburg with a 95-minute equalizer in the Stadion an der Schwarzwaldstraße. Here's a look at the best images of a game that left both teams still winless this season, but whetted appetites perfectly for the rest of the weekend.
Good morning one and all! After a cracking opening to the weekend in Freiburg last night, the action returns today with six belting games to look forward to, including FC Bayern's visit to struggling Hamburg, Schalke's home clash with Frankfurt and the battle of the Shinjis - Okazaki and Kagawa - later this evening. Here's what you can look forward to today....
Friday, 19 September
Bis morgen! So, that's Matchday 4's off to a cracking start. Four goals and plenty of drama at the Stadion an der Schwarzwalderstraße, but there's loads more to come this weekend, including FC Bayern München’s trip to Hamburger SV, the battle of the two Shinjis, and much, much more. Join us on Saturday as we look ahead to all the action. See you all then!
SC Freiburg looked to have earned their first league win of the campaign but a deflected Ronny free-kick salvaged a 2-2 draw for Hertha Berlin at the Stadion an der Schwarzwaldstraße. The Brazilian had earlier levelled the scores after Marc-Oliver Kempf had broken the deadlock in Breisgau. Felix Kraus appeared to have clinched all three points for Freiburg with a 79th-minute strike, but Ronny had other ideas. Both teams remain without a Bundesliga victory this season.
As well as SC Freiburg’s match with Hertha this evening, there are also three Bundesliga 2 games to look forward to at 18:30 CET. Eintracht Braunschweig, who have endured a tough start to the campaign following their relegation from the top flight last season, host high-flying SV Darmstadt at the Eintracht-Stadion. Elsewhere, Aalen host Sandhausen and St. Pauli travel to Erzgebirge Aue. As ever, you can follow all three via bundesliga.com's live ticker.
There are several big names hoping to be fit for their sides' respective Matchday 4 encounters this weekend. FC Bayern München's Arjen Robben made a short cameo against Manchester City on Wednesday and is almost certain to feature in the record titleholders' clash at Hamburger SV on Saturday, if only from the bench. Meanwhile, Kevin-Prince Boateng has declared himself fit for the Royal Blues' match with Frankfurt, while Franco di Santo is back in training for Werder Bremen following a muscular problem.
Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl is hoping his side can pick up where they left off against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend when they take on Werder Bremen at the SGL Arena on Saturday. Die Fuggerstädter recorded their first three points of the campaign against the Eagles, but Weinzierl is urging his players to maintain their focus ahead of the visit of Bremen. "The win against Frankfurt will be even sweeter if we can get another victory," he said. "But we'll have to be at our best against Bremen."
Marco Reus and Lukas Podolski were two of the most notable protagonists in the last Rhine-derby over two years ago. You can relive the highlights from Borussia Mönchengladbach's last encounter with 1. FC Köln via our official YouTube channel...
Munich's Allianz Arena has been chosen to host three group stage fixtures and a quarter-final at the pan-European EURO 2020 championships, UEFA has announced. FC Bayern München's futuristic abode was in the running to be used for the semi-finals and final, but was pipped to the post by London's Wembley Stadium.
According to Kicker - Germany's largest specialist football magazine - FC Schalke 04 right-back could play some part against Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend. The Japanese international hasn't featured since tearing a thigh muscle in the Royal Blues' 2-0 win over Hannover 96 on 9 February.
Mainz's clash with Borussia is, of course, just one of three games available live on Bundesliga radio this weekend. The airwaves action begins with Freiburg vs. Hertha this evening and winds down with what is sure to be a delectable derby between Köln and Gladbach on Sunday night. Click here to find out more.
Flying the flag: Okakazi and Kagawa are two of German football's resoundingly successful Japanese imports, but who are the rest? Here are our top ten talents from the Land of the Rising Sun, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:
Perhaps the most intriguing sub-plot of Mainz's clash with Dortmund on Saturday is the duel between two Bundesliga stars in their own right: Japanese duo Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa. Okazaki became the German top flight's record Japanese goalscorer last week, while Kagawa made a triumphant return to BVB by netting against Freiburg. How do their numbers stand up against one another though? Our nifty graphic has it all...
It looks like Admir Mehmedi will be out for "2-3 weeks". Very worrying news and others will have to step up.— SC Freiburg UK (@SCF_UK) September 18, 2014
Getting the weekend's action off and running under the Friday night lights are SC Freiburg and Hertha Berlin, both still without a point, plenty to prove to their domestic comeptitors and hoping to recreate the fireworks seen seven days ago when Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SV Werder Bremen shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller. However, for both Christian Striech and Jos Luhukay, three points is the priority over an entertaining affair. Click here to read bundesliga.com exclusive pre-match preview.
It's Friday and bundesliga.com's bulletins are back in circulation! The headlines after Matchday 3 last weekend were dominated by heroic returns, high-scoring encounters, edge-of-your-seat action and broken records. Time now then to see what the fourth round of fixtures has to offer as the Bundesliga sides enter into a gruelling period of the current campaign. Will the cream rise to the top?