The same could not be said for Borussia Dortmund, however. Some calamitous defending saw BVB suffer a 2-0 defeat away to Eintracht Frankfurt, their eighth league loss of the campaign, and they end a Matchday weekend bottom of the table for the first time in 29 years.
bundesliga.com rounds up the key reaction to another breathtaking weekend in the German top flight.
Matchday 13 results:
SC Freiburg 1-4 VfB Stuttgart
FC Schalke 04 4-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5-1 1. FC Köln
FC Augsburg 3-1 Hamburger SV
Hertha Berlin 0-1 FC Bayern München
SV Werder Bremen 4-0 SC Paderborn 07
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-3 Hannover 96
VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Monday, 1 December
With less than an hour to go until the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or 23-man shortlist is cut down to three, bundesliga.com is here to get you into gear for what could become another memorable night for the German top flight. As many as six FC Bayern stars have been nominated for the world's most prestigious individual award, including FIFPro World Goalkeeper of the Year for 2013 . And a number of football heavyweights are backing a German player to be crowned the world's greatest this year.
Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp was understandably disappointed after his charges slumped to their eighth loss from 13 games at the hands of Frankfurt on Sunday, a result which left the five-time champs bottom of the table. "We suffered a setback early that really hurt us as you saw," the 47-year-old said referring to Eintracht's opener, explaining: "We're attempting everything but for no reward; breaking that cycle is a really tough challenge." Click here for a roundup of the weekend's coach quotes...
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs was full of praise for attacking starlet Kevin De Bruyne when speaking to bundesliga.com after the Wolves' hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Mönchengladbach on Sunday. "He's a very special player," said the former Germany striker. "After spells with a number of other clubs he's finally found himself a new home in Wolfsburg," he added, explaining the Belgium international's strong form since joining VfL early this year. Click here to view the full video interview...
With Borussia Dortmund surprisingly rock bottom of the standings, midfielder and die-hard BVB fan has appealed to fans for continued support. "For me personally and for the team this is a completely new situation, but we got ourselves into this mess and no-one else," he wrote on Instagram. "We have failed as a team and as a team we have to get out of this [...] We need you to do that!"
Warming news for 1. FC Köln supporters, as local boy and fan favourite Lukas Podolski has said he could envisage a return to the Billy Goats. "I could definitely see myself at Köln in the next few years," the 29-year-old, who is currently at English side Arsenal, told Sky Sports News. "I'm still very attached to the club and want to hear the Köln song again and feel what it's like to go up the steps to the pitch with the number 10 on my back."
After a goal-filled Matchday 13, we want to hear from you! You can cast your vote in our Player of the Week ballot here and also select which you think was the weekend's best goal right here. Check out the candidates in the video below and make sure you check back with us tomorrow when the results are announced.
FC Bayern's seems to break new ground in goalkeeping with every passing week, and Matchday 13 was no different as the 28-year-old produced a Superman-esque clearance away to Hertha Berlin. Take a look below, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Newspapers both in Germany and around the world take a close look at struggling five-time champs Borussia Dortmund. “Dortmund's eighth loss in 13 league games continued their domestic freefall this season, dropping the 2013 Champions League finalists to last place on 11 points," reports England’s The Guardian, while Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “Their many mistakes proved costly once again this season.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung, meanwhile, was full of praise for Bayern München’s matchwinner Arjen Robben. “The Dutchman has been Bayern’s standout player in the past few weeks, and he was electric even in an unfamiliar role,” the Munich-based newspaper said, referring to the winger playing in a more central position at Hertha on Saturday. tz said of the Bundesliga pacesetters' hard-fought win in the capital: “It seems impossible even for Bayern to shine in every game.”
Sunday, 30 November
Well, what a Matchday it has been! There's been no end to the stunning goals or memorable moments. From Hoffenheim's helter-skelter 4-3 win over Hannover to another Bayern win in the capital, via a defeat which keeps Dortmund bottom of the league, there are talking points everywhere. Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more reaction, but if you're at a loose end this evening, then there's reaction from Frankfurt's win over Dortmund here and Wolfsburg's over Mönchengladbach here.
Where can you begin to explain what's gone wrong at Dortmund this season? Matchday 13 saw Jürgen Klopp's men fall to a 2-0 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt, their eighth defeat in just 13 games. They have just 11 points, are 22 behind FC Bayern and Klopp even mentioned the word "resignation" in his post-match interview. On the pitch it was yet more calamitous defending that proved their undoing, and you can read the match report here.
Der BVB steht erstmals seit dem 2. Spieltag 2007/08 auf dem letzten Tabellenplatz. // Bottom of the table for the first time since 2007.— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 30, 2014
This has been an excellent season for Wolfsburg's Robin Knoche. A fortnight after earning his first call-up to the senior Germany squad, he scored his second of the season to see off Gladbach this afternoon, and the 22-year-old is very much enjoying the moment. "We've been unlucky to lose the last few games so it was good to win again today," he beamed at full time. Catch the rest of the post-match reaction here.
1. FC Köln coach Peter Stöger has admitted his disappointment at the way his side capitulated at Bayer Leverkusen yesterday. Speaking on Sport1 television on Sunday morning, the Austrian said there "is a big difference between a 5-1 and a 3-1 defeat", adding that it had been "the first time since I've been here that we threw in the towel."
Julian Korb has been among Borussia Mönchengladbach’s most consistent performers in the current campaign, the Foals right-back missing only two league games so far this season. Speaking to dfb.de, the Germany Under-21 player said that following their two recent defeats, Borussia were keen to return to winning ways away to Wolfsburg today: “Wolfsburg are tough side, one of the best sides in the Bundesliga, but we’re aiming for three points.”
Josip Drmic was a very happy man indeed after finding the net twice as a half-time substitute in Leverkusen’s 5-1 battering of Rhineland rivals Köln. “Both goals were important, they’ll do a me a lot of good,” the Switzerland frontman said. Drmic was also full of compliments for his Leverkusen colleagues. “We played really well together as a team and showed what we’re capable of. It was a real joy to play today, and a great game to watch for the spectators.”
Hamburg will have to navigate through the choppy waters of a relegation battle up to the winter break without defensive lynchpin (pictured). The German defender, 31, has torn ligaments and will therefore not be fit to play again until the new year, the northern Germany club have confirmed.
Saturday, 29 November
32 goals in seven matches. Not bad, eh? And with VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and free-scoring Eintracht Frankfurt all in action tomorrow, who's to say we won't hit the 40-mark? Anyway, time to bring today's updates to a close, but don't forget to join us again tomorrow. See you all then!
Click on the links below for post-match reaction from the Olympiastadion, the BayArena and the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena:
Hertha Berlin 0-1 FC Bayern München
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5-1 1. FC Köln
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-3 Hannover 96
There have already been 25 goals around the grounds on Matchday 13 and there are still three more matches to look forward to this weekend! Head over here to see pictures from today's afternoon kick-offs, including Hertha vs. FC Bayern and the Rhineland derby between Leverkusen and Köln.
Don't forget to tune in to the Bundesliga radio later today for coverage of the Rhineland derby between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln. We'll also have Borussia Dortmund's trip to Eintracht Frankfurt live on the air tomorrow afternoon.
After Bayern announced a record annual turnover of over half a billion Euro for 2013/14 and smashed the best mark in the official members department, Pep Guardiola has expressed his delight and pride at being involved with not just the biggest club in Germany, but the biggest outfit in the world. "I'm really proud to work here," he enthused. "It's good to have stability." The new record of 528.7m Euro is the largest ever posted by a German football club, with Bayern generating more money in 2013/14 than Borussia Dortmund (260m Euro) and FC Schalke 04 (207m Euro) combined.
Huub Stevens was a happy man indeed after celebrating a winning comeback as Stuttgart coach at Freiburg last night. “We played really well in the second half and proved what we’re capable of,” the Dutch tactician said in the wake of his side’s 4-1 success in the Baden-Württemberg derby which helped his side move off the foot of the table and into 16th. “Beating a close rival gives you confidence,” said Stevens, who is celebrating his 61st birthday today.
Arjen Robben has told bundesliga.com ahead of FC Bayern’s visit to Hertha Berlin this afternoon he is in the form of his life. “I’m fitter than ever before which feels incredible. It fills me with joy day in, day out and in every single game,” the FIFA Ballon d’Or contender said, adding that coach Pep Guardiola has helped him raise his game since taking over ahead of the 2013/14 season. "We're working very well together. He's one of the best coaches in the world."
Friday, 28 November
What a way to open another weekend of Bundesliga action, and what a way to mark your return to the hotseat - Huub Stevens celebrated in style with a 4-1 win at SC Freiburg which lifts VfB Stuttgart off the foot of the table ahead of the remainder of the weekend's action, putting the ball now in Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen's court. Will they hit it back? Find out on what promises to be another exciting couple of days in Germany's top flight.
Success on and off the pitch
FC Bayern are now the fourth-highest earning club in the world behind Real Madrid CF, Manchester United FC and FC Barcelona, after posting an annual turnover of 528.7million Euro for 2013/14. The Bavarians can also call themselves the 'biggest club in the world' with a record 251,315 official members.
Dream debut season: For those of you who don’t recall what happened the last time FC Bayern visited Hertha in the league, this video from the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel is definitely worth a watch...
Don't forget to tune into the Bundesliga radio later tonight for live coverage of Huub Stevens' second coming as VfB Stuttgart head coach in the South-West derby away to SC Freiburg (kick-off 19:30 CET). Saturday's Rhineland tussle between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln will also be flooding the airwaves at 15:30 CET, as will Borussia Dortmund's curtain-closing trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday (17:30 CET).
There are some cracking games coming up for your entertainment this weekend, including Hannover 96's trip to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Saturday's late game. The likes of Schalke, Hamburg and Paderborn are in action beforehand at 15:30 CET, all with contrasting agendas and goals for the campaign. See for yourselves.
Jürgen Klopp says Borussia Dortmund captain could make his return from injury against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday evening. "Mats is pain-free," the 47-year-old confirmed. "Now we just have to see if he's ready for Sunday." The World Cup-winning defender has missed almost a month of action after injuring his ankle in the Matchday 10 defeat to FC Bayern München.
Staying with Bayern, Moroccan defender will serve a one-match ban following his straight red card in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester City FC in the UEFA Champions League. The former AS Roma man will miss the Bavarians' final group game at home to PFC CSKA Moskva on 10 December. Pep Guardiola's men have already qualified for the last 16 as group winners, remember.
Translation: Berlin, Berlin, we're off to Berlin. I want to play at the Olympiastadion a bit more often this season.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder has offered a frank analysis of his side's current situation. "We couldn't implement our plan and that's annoying for all of us,” he said of the midweek defeat to Arsenal in interview with BVB.de. “We really wanted to take the momentum into what is for us the more important game in Frankfurt on Sunday. We've got far too few points in the Bundesliga. Our goal up to the winter break is to claw back as many points as possible."
Grab your diaries and take note: the dates of the opening and closing weekends of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season have been confirmed, along with the DFB Cup schedule. Click here for more information and to access a downloadable PDF with the dates.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Xabi Alonso have been named among the 15 midfield nominees for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014, joining team-mates Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Manuel Neuer and Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels on the shortlist. Click here for more.
Werder Bremen's aims of continuing their recent improvement under new coach Viktor Skripnik - who signed a new contract at the club on Thursday - have been dealt a blow as leading scorer has been ruled out for several weeks. The Argentinian also tweeted confirmation of his absence on Thursday:
I'm going to be some more weeks out of the pitch. I have to recover and work hard to come back soon. Always positive! pic.twitter.com/7QQRpuvKbL— Franco Di Santo (@fdisanto9) November 27, 2014
We've got a plethora of videos on our Watch page, where we'll have individual highlights of all nine Matchday 13 encounters at midnight CET on Sunday. But until then, catch up with Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda (r.) as he reflects on those early season misses and life in Germany, hear what Bastian Schweinsteiger has to say about his recovery from injury and get the lowdown from Japanese star Shinji Okazaki on making a splash in the Bundesliga.
Remember this picture? The last time FC Bayern played Hertha at the Olympiastadion in the capital they secured the 2013/14 Bundesliga title! Pep Guardiola's boys are in Berlin once again this weekend, and while they can't get their hands on any silverware on Saturday, they'll stop at nothing to get another three points. Check out the video preview below, and head to the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel for more top-quality content.
The action starts this evening tucked away in the south-west corner of Germany, where SC Freiburg will host VfB Stuttgart. It's bound to be a feisty clash in the Baden-Württemberg state derby, especially as both sides have not had the best starts to the campaign, with just three points separating Freiburg from their bottom-placed visitors. Furthermore, it will be the first game (back) in charge at Stuttgart for coach Huub Stevens, who took the reins following Armin Veh's resignation.
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