Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2016/2017
|24.Wolfsburg - Werder|
|25.Bayer L. - Mainz|
|Bayern - Hamburg|
|Freiburg - Dortmund|
|Darmstadt - Augsburg|
|RB Leipzig - Koln|
|Hertha - Frankfurt|
|26.Ingolstadt - Borussia|
|Schalke - Hoffenh.|
Ribery ready for Bayern return
Franck Ribery is ready to make his Bayern Munich comeback in Saturday's Bundesliga encounter with Hamburg after shaking off a thigh injury. The France international has not featured for Bayern since their hard-fought 2-1 win over Werder Bremen in late January, but has been given the green light to feature against Hamburg. Xabi Alonso, however, will miss this weekend's clash at the Allianz Arena due to a minor adductor problem.
Dortmund facing partial stadium ban
Dortmund are facing a €100,000 fine and a closure of their south stand at the Westfalenstadion for one Bundesliga game after crowd trouble at the RB Leipzig match. Dortmund fans lit flares during the game and offensive banners were displayed last weekend and they also caused trouble in three other matches this campaign. Following trouble earlier this season, there is already a partial exclusion in place for spectators in standing areas 10 to 15 in the south stand which runs until May 31, 2017.
Lahm announces retirement
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season. The 33-year-old has a year left on his contract with the defending Bundesliga champions but will walk away early, also saying he has rejected an offer from the club to become a sporting director. A World Cup winner with Germany, Lahm is aiming to win a record eighth Bundesliga title this season.
Thiago set for Bayern return
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Thiago Alcantara is fit enough to return to the starting line-up for Bayern Munich's Cup clash with Wolfsburg on Tuesday. The Spain central midfielder is yet to play in 2017 after sustaining a hamstring injury during Bayern's training camp in Qatar last month. Thiago is ready to play 90 minutes in the round-of-16 clash at the Allianz Arena, while midfielder Joshua Kimmich has also been passed fit after he sat out the 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Schalke.
Bayer L. 5.2.17
Tah to miss several weeks
Bayer Leverkusen will be without the services of Germany centre back Jonathan Tah for a number of weeks. The 20-year old sustained a tear in his right thigh during Leverkusen's 1-0 loss to Hamburger SV on Friday, the club today confirmed. The injury means that Tah will be unable to feature in the first leg of upcoming UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid, which will be played on 21st February.
Bayer L. 2.2.17
Calhanoglu banned for four months
Hakan Calhanoglu will miss the rest of Bayer Leverkusen's season after a four-month ban from FIFA was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The 22-year-old attacking midfielder had been locked in a contract dispute with Turkish club Trabzonspor dating back to 2011, when the player reached an agreement to join the club only to extend his contract at Karlsruhe and later sign for Hamburger SV. FIFA ruled in favour of the Turkish club and imposed the ban, which was suspended pending the appeal at CAS.
Ribery out of action
Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery will be sidelined for two weeks due to a thigh injury. The Frenchman, who provided two goals in 13 outings in Germany's top flight so far, sustained a strain in his right thigh, which forced him to stop training on Tuesday. The 33-year-old offensive midfielder will hence miss the upcoming Bundesliga games against Schalke and Ingolstadt as well as the German Cup last 16 encounter against Wolfsburg.
Bayer L. 2.2.17
Chicharito ruled out
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez will miss Bayer Leverkusen's clash with Hamburger SV on Friday due to a groin injury. The Mexican striker broke a lengthy goal-scoring drought in Die Werkself's 3-2 defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach on Matchday 18, but a muscle tear now rules the 28-year-old out of his side's visit to the Volksparkstadion.
|2||RB Leipzig||45||17||14-3-4 (21)|
|8||Bayer L.||30||4||9-3-9 (21)|
|19.2||Borussia - RB Leipzig||1 : 2|
|19.2||Koln - Schalke||1 : 1|
|18.2||Dortmund - Wolfsburg||3 : 0|
|18.2||Hamburg - Freiburg||2 : 2|
|18.2||Hertha - Bayern||1 : 1|
|18.2||Frankfurt - Ingolstadt||0 : 2|
|18.2||Mainz - Werder||0 : 2|
|18.2||Hoffenh. - Darmstadt||2 : 0|
|17.2||Augsburg - Bayer L.||1 : 3|
German Bundesliga stats
|home wins||49 %|
|away wins||28 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2016/2017
The German national football league contains two divisions, the First Bundesliga and the Second Bundesliga. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, a union of the football associations of west and east became reality. So, the First Bundesliga in the 1991/92 season was expanded to 20 teams to integrate the two top clubs from East Germany. The former East German football league was downgraded into a regional division. Presently, the First Bundesliga, usually called just "Bundesliga", consists of 18 teams. Each team plays two games against all the other league rivals during the season, one game at home and one game away.
The top three teams enter directly into the group stage of the Champions League. It's also possible for the fourth placed team to qualify for the Champions League after playing the qualifying round. The bottom three of the table are relegated automatically and are replaced by the three best teams of the Second Bundesliga.