Cologne - In a week in which Manuel Neuer's FIFA Ballon d'Or nomination and the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH's decision to implement goal-line technology next season dominated the headlines, Bundesliga Matchday 14 was equally as eventful, with talking points and goals aplenty.
Monday 8 December
This weekend kicked off in style as Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways, and off the bottom of the table, by beating TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Friday, while the action continued apace with VfL Wolfsburg, FC Schalke 04, Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Augsburg and FC Bayern München picking up big wins on Saturday, while Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt were the lucky duo to emerge victorious at the close of play.
As ever, bundesliga.com brought you all the latest from what was another action-packed weekend in Germany's top flight...
Matchday 14 results
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 Hertha Berlin
Hannover 96 1-3 VfL Wolfsburg
VfB Stuttgart 0-4 FC Schalke 04
1. FC Köln 1-2 FC Augsburg
SC Paderborn 07 1-1 SC Freiburg
FC Bayern München 1-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Hamburger SV 2-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 SV Werder Bremen
1. FC Nürnberg, meanwhile, have confirmed their starting XI for tonight's home clash against Bavarian rivals TSV 1860 Munich. Kick-off at Nuremberg's Grundig Stadion is at 19:15 GMT/20:15 CET, so make sure you stay bang up-to-date with all the action both on our LIVE Twitter account
The teams in overview:
Bayern eyes CSKA test
FC Bayern, meanwhile, already have their sights set firmly on Wednesday's Champions League tie at home to CSKA Moskva...
...as arch rivals Borussia Dortmund were put through their paces ahead of tomorrow's meeting with RSC Anderlecht:
Matchday 14 belters
Check out the five best goals from Matchday 14 courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel before returning to bundesliga.com's FANZONE page to cast your vote for the top strike. Your opinion will ultimately decide the winner and we're confident you won't be disappointed with the candidates!
Sing-al Iduna Park
As the tweet below points out, nowhere would you see a YouTube clip like this outside of the Bundesliga. It's what makes it the best league in the world!
Fortunately, there was better news for No1 Raphael Wolf, who was forced off in the 59th minute after a coming off second best in a clash with Haris Seferovic.
Translation: It doesn't look that bad for Raphael Wolf. We're hoping that he'll be able to play at the weekend.
Last week it was Kevin Großkreutz issuing a rallying cry to the Borussia Dortmund faithful. Fast-forward seven days and Neven Subotic sent out a clear message to the fans following BVB's
over Hoffenheim. Pictures sometimes are worth 1,000 words, or perhaps in Dortmund's case 80,700!
Translation: This picture shows who stands behind us. We know, and you know too, that we can only win together. Thank you!!!
Hammer blow for Boyd
Having only recently recovered from an injury of similar severity, US Men's national team striker
, currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga 2 with RB Leipzig, has torn both ligaments and the meniscus in his right knee, the club confirmed on Monday morning. The well wishes have poured in from US Men's national team colleagues...
...and Leipzig team-mates alike.
Translation: Get well soon Terrence Boyd. On the left were a'll doing the Cyclopes goal celebration for our friend at the Christmas party we had last night.
we'd also like to wish Boyd a speedy recovery. Get well soon big man!
Starting with an FC Augsburg veteran...
...and followed up by a VfB Stuttgart young gun.
Matchday 14 boasted a host of top-notch individual performances from Mats Hummels' faultless comeback in
over Hoffenheim to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's hat-trick heroics in the Schalke's
of Stuttgart. With plenty of players to choose from, it shouldn't be hard to compile a Team of the Week so be sure to tweet them in to the
Sunday 7 December
Wolfsburg in the Christmas cheer
The Wolves also held their Christmas party this evening and after yesterday's win at Hannover 96 - their eighth in the last nine Bundesliga matches - they can also look forward to an enjoyable festive season. Diego Benaglio and Robin Knoche have certainly earned it:
Christmas come early for Bayern?
With a seven-point advantage at the top of the table, it will take a lot for Bayern to be dethroned at the Bundesliga's summit between now and the end of the
. After their win against Leverkusen, the club Christmas party was on the agenda for the German record titleholders on Sunday, and it looks like fun was had by all:
Jan Kirchhoff had a great game for the Royal Blues at Stuttgart on Saturday...
Official starting line-ups: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. SV Werder Bremen
SGE: Wiedwald - Russ, Oczipka, Anderson, Chandler - Hasebe - Aigner, Stendera, Inui - Seferovic, Meier
SVW: Wolf - Gebre Selassie, Prödl, Lukimya, Garcia - Kroos - Fritz, Aycicek, Junuzovic - Bartels, Selke
Official starting line-ups: Hambuerg SV vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05
Drobny - Diekmeier, Djourou, Cleber, Marcos - Müller, Jiracek, van der Vaart, Holtby - Lasogga, Rudnevs
Karius - Brosinski, Bell, Noveski, Junior Diaz - Geis, J.-H. Park - Allagui, Koo, Djuricic - Okazaki.
Four goals, four pictures. The tweets on Schalke's English Twitter account are as straight-forward as the goals they scored on Matchday 14 and as simple of the Stuttgart defending they came up against.
Two top games on this Bundesliga Sunday. You know what to do!
A moment to think
Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan strikes you as one of the nice guys in professional football, always striving to be the best on the pitch, whilst never forgetting how fortunate he is and maintaining a close connection with his home nation. The tweet below appears to reaffirm that belief.
Warm up with a difference
With Hamburger SV kicking of the action on the second Sunday of advent
, it appears that striker
has been gearing up for the clash with a few innovative shooting drills. Check them out in the YouTube video below:
Saturday 6 December
It's all over: DERBY WIN!
Pep Guardiola heaped praise on his matchwinner Franck Ribery in his post-match press conference after the Frenchman, now the Bundesliga's longest-serving French player, scored his 100th goal for the club.
Schalke skipper Benedikt Höwedes had a message for the traveling fans after the 4-0 win at Stuttgart today:
Pictures say more than a thousand words! Thanks once again for your unique support!
The line-ups for today's games are coming in thick and fast:
Foals' form guide
The ball is already rolling in Bundesliga 2 with Kaiserslautern hosting Aue and Darmstadt at home to Fürth. You can follow both games on our
while we will bring you match reports just after the final whistle. All the Bundesliga 2 match reports and news can be found
Bundesliga around the globe
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Countdown to kick-off
There's a big game in Stuttgart today...
Good news for Bayern
The record titleholders received a welcome boost this morning with the news that versatility man
has stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament damage suffered in Bayern's Champions League win over AS Roma in early November. The 22-year-old is expected to return to the action for the start of the second half of the season.
Good morning and welcome to what promises to be another action-packed Bundesliga Saturday, including pacesetters Bayern München's clash at home to third-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
Friday 5 December
So after a dramatic and especially emotional night for Borussia Dortmund, we say auf Wiedersehen until Saturday morning!
And here's Hoffenheim...
Markus Gisdol has gone with this starting line-up as he looks to get a positive result at Signal Iduna Park:
Teams are in!
Jürgen Klopp has most certainly rolled the dice with this team selection. Ilkay Gündogan plays in the no 10 role with Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl in central midfield, while Roman Weidenfeller is dropped for Mitch Langerak. Make of that what you will...
Fr. Christmas, BVB style
Would you choose red and white or black and yellow for your Father Christmas costume?
Nicklas Bendtner's career at Wolfsburg took a while to get going after his free transfer from Arsenal FC, but after bagging his first Bundesliga goal against Schalke on Matchday 12, he will now be hoping to continue his goalscoring form. Once he's stopped laughing, that is....
Not long to go now...
Jürgen Klopp has paid tribute to BVB supporters ahead of tonight's game against Hoffenheim:
SV Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik goes head-to-head with former mentor Thomas Schaaf this weekend...
Hunter by name, Hunter by nature...
Following an action-packed November in the Bundesliga, we've decided to put together our top 10 moments from the last month. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this video from our official YouTube channel:
BVB need all the help they can get, that's for sure...