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German Clubs in Europe

August 28, 2009
Football fever hits Germany!

European football fever hits Germany!

Excitement for the new European season is about to hit top gear in the father land as all  German clubs trying to get into this year’s competitions successfully secured their spots. Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC all clinched their spots in the new Europa League last night ensuring that the country’s UEFA coefficient gets a few more points for next season.

A quick round up of last night’s Europa League action… Hertha BSC defeated Brondby IF 3-1 at home and qualified for the group stages 4-3 on aggregate. Last year’s runner-up to the UEFA CUp champions Werder Bremen advances 8-3 on aggregate after adding two more goals away from home to FK Aktobe. This year’s hosts to the final, Hamburger SV qualified after beating EA Guingamp 3-1 and 5-1 in this lopsided fixture.

German clubs competing in the Champions League also found out their fate as to who they would face in this year’s UEFA showpiece. The biggest club in Germany, FC Bayern München, were drawn to Italy’s Juventus, French club Bordeaux and Israeli side Maccabi Haifa. Vfb Stuttgart on the other hand were drawn to knockout specialists Sevilla and Scottish champions Rangers FC along with Unirea Urziceni(who?!) of Romania. Meanwhile, Bundesliga champions Vfl Wolfsburg have drawn the 2008 Champion and last year’s runners-up Manchester United. Completing group B are CSKA Moscow and Turkish side Besiktas SK, both providing a tough away match for the rest of the group.

With Germany’s entrants all qualified in Europe this year, the country’s excitement for the competitions will be high if last night’s TV coverage were an indication of things to come. The Bundesliga clubs have performormed terribly the past few years in Europe and this will surely be the perfect opportunity for the clubs to raise the country’s standings in UEFA. It will be great to watch all of these fixtures on German TV and Stadias across the country, but will they provide the results? I’m certain the supporters won’t think about that for now, but surely the beers will be flowing from now ’till the last football is kicked! ’till then!

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  1. August 28, 2009 11:10 am

    with three german clubs in the group stages this season, they’re already looking a lot better than last season. and im sure, bayern are still seething from that 4-0 drubbing from barca.

  2. August 28, 2009 12:51 pm

    I’m hoping for Wolfsburg to play good football in Europe as they did in Germany the last year. Martins and Barzagli should improve the team if they adapt themselves to Bundesliga in a short time, plus I’m sure Grafité is going to reach the next level and become another Brazilian star in the European panorama.

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