Cologne - FC Bayern München extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to twelve points this week, while Borussia Dortmund remain deep in trouble at the wrong end of the standings after being held to a draw at home to VfL Wolfsburg.
Thursday 18 December
bundesliga.com is keeping you bang up to date with all the reaction from the final englische Woche of 2014...
Matchday 16 results:
Tuesday 16 December:
FC Bayern München 2-0 SC Freiburg
Hannover 96 2-0 FC Augsburg
Hamburger SV 0-1 VfB Stuttgart
1. FC Köln 0-0 1. FSV Mainz 05
Wednesday 17 December:
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 SV Werder Bremen
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Eintracht Frankfurt 4-4 Hertha Berlin
SC Paderborn 07 1-2 FC Schalke 04
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Part of Goetze
We end tonight with one of the men of the year! 2014 has been a sensational year for Mario Götze, a domestic double winner with FC Bayern, scorer of the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final and now the cherry on top he's reached a landmark on Twitter! Tough to pick which of those is the most memorable.
Road to recovery
Sead Kolasinac's bruising qualities have been sorely missed in the Schalke squad, but if this video is anything to go by he'll be bulked up ready for the second half of the season. With Roberto Di Matteo utilising a 3-5-2 formation with the Royal Blues, it'll be interesting to see where the young Bosnian fits in upon his return.
Nicklas Bendtner...the Danish James Bond. VfL Wolfsburg could do with that kind of effort out on the pitch - just kidding. We're simply jealous he can pull off the look!
A photo posted by Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtner3) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:11pm PST
As if conceding two last-gasp goals in a
of epic proportions with Eintracht Frankfurt wasn't bad enough, Hertha Berlin could now be without four first-team regulars for their final game of 2014 against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
On the road again
Pep Guardiola and Co. have set off for Mainz ahead of their Matchday 17 opener...
'We're trying to improve'
Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik is refusing to hit the panic button at the Weser-Stadion, despite the Green-Whites' 4-1 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday...
Injury crisis at FCB?
Pep Guardiola will be without several first-team players for Friday's trip to Mainz.
League leaders FC Bayern München travel to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Friday evening (kick-off 19:30 GMT / 20:30 CET).
Wednesday 17 December
Dortmund's twelfth man
A whopping 79,782 BVB aficionados will walk through the turnstiles at the Signal Iduna Park later this evening, desperate to see their side
with victory over Wolfsburg. Jürgen Klopp, for one, is understandably keen for the partisan crowd to make themselves heard...
Lasogga to miss 2014 closer
Hamburger SV announced today that the injury Pierre-Michel Lasogga suffered in yesterday's
to VfB Stuttgart will rule the forward out for the Red Shorts' upcoming trip to Schalke 04 on Saturday. The 23-year-old was substituted at half-time with a muscle complaint.
Former Gladbach, Freiburg, Hannover and Schalke striker Mike Hanke (front r.) has announced his retirement form professional football today. The 12-time Germany international last club was China's Guizhou Renhe FC:
Pacesetters leading the way
Bayern München, meanwhile, already have their sights set firmly on Friday's away game at Mainz 05 following yesterday's
against SC Freiburg:
Gladbach and Bremen gearing up
Borussia Mönchengladbach and Werder Bremen are both hard at work ahead of the two sides' meeting at the Borussia-Park tonight:
A very Happy Birthday to Seung-Woo Ryu, who turns 21 today! The Bayer Leverkusen loanee is currently enjoying a successful spell with Bundesliga 2 side Eintracht Braunschweig, having bagged three goals in 11 league appearances.
Stuttgart, meanwhile, have touched down in the Baden-Württemberg capital following their win at fellow strugglers Hamburg:
Tuesday night was one to remember for
after the 30-year-old was voted 2014 Dutch Sportsman of the Year. The winger scored his 100th competitive goal for Bayern in the defending champions’ 2-0 win at home to Freiburg yesterday and becomes the first footballer to receive the award since Ruud Gullit in 1987.
Hello and welcome...
...to what promises to be another exciting day in the Bundesliga. Three of the top-four sides will be in action tonight, with all five encounters, including Schalke's visit to surprise package Paderborn, kicking off at 19:00 GMT/20:00 CET.
Tuesday 16 December
Bayern march on
Pep Guardiola's men have beaten Freiburg this evening to go 12 points clear at the top of the league, and the records just keep tumbling...
On the road again
Bundesliga clubs up and down the country are on their travels once again for a midweek round of Bundesliga matches. Here's SV Werder Bremen departing northern Germany earlier today and the Hertha Berlin squad on their way to Frankfurt:
Away from the pitch, Wolfsburg have officially presented their long-awaited new arrival
today. The 23-year-old has signed a deal until the summer of 2015 and will officially become a Wolfsburg player on 1 January when the transfer window reopens.
Monday 15 December
Before Matchday 16 gets underway, you still have chance to vote for your favourite player from Matchday 15! Check out the candidates and see how you can vote below...
Even in the midst of a hectic period of fixtures, Hertha Berlin's stars took time out to put a smile on some children's faces on Monday:
Putting on a show
On and off the field, there is little to rival FC Bayern, who are planning a spectacular end to 2014 at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night:
Check out what Leverkusen will be missing courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Kroos eyes reunion
Here's what Germany World Cup winner and former Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos, now at Real Madrid CF, thought of the draw with Schalke:
That's it: the four German teams have been drawn and it's not a bad draw for the Bundesliga as whole:
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Club Atletico de Madrid
Juventus - Borussia Dortmund
FC Schalke 04 - Real Madrid CF
FC Shakhtar Donetsk - FC Bayern München
12:17 Now it's Bayern's turn, and they are drawn to face Shakhtar Donetsk.
12:16 On we go and FC Schalke's name is drawn... and they'll play - uh-oh - Real Madrid in a repeat of last season's last 16 meeting.
12:15 And here's the first German team: it's Leverkusen, and they will play Atletico Madrid! Followed by Borussia Dortmund against Juventus, in a repeat of the 1997 final!
No surprise there...
Former Bundesliga defender Per Mertesacker, currently at Arsenal, is wondering the same thing:
It's all ready:
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