Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2017/2018


RB Leipzig 20.3.18
Keita pulls out of Guinea friendly

Naby Keita has pulled out of the Guinea squad with a lower back injury and the flu. Keita, who will join Liverpool in the summer, was substituted 68 minutes into RB Leipzig's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich on Sunday. The midfielder put in a man-of-the-match performance as Leipzig inflicted a first defeat on Bayern after they went unbeaten for 18 consecutive games.

Dortmund 18.3.18
Reus and Zagadou to miss out

Borussia Dortmund will be without Marco Reus and Dan-Axel Zagadou in the home game against Hannover 96. Reus has been suffering from muscular problems since the match in Salzburg. Zagadou sustained a thigh injury in that Europa League clash and will be unavailable for several weeks.

Bayern 15.3.18
Thiago injury "not serious"

The injury Thiago Alcantara suffered against Besiktas in the Champions League is not thought to be serious, according to Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. The Spain international scored Bayern's opening goal in a 3-1 victory. But Thiago, restricted to nine Bundesliga starts this season due to various injuries, limped out of the action before half-time after appearing to take a blow to his foot.

"Thiago has signalled that he felt pain under the sole of his foot," Heynckes said. "We have to wait for the investigations tomorrow, but I do not think it's that serious." Thiago himself indicated in a social media post the problem is not likely to rule him out of action for an extended period.

Wolfsburg 14.3.18
Mehmedi ruled out for several weeks

Wolfsburg will be without the services of Admir Mehmedi for several weeks. The attacker has suffered a tear to the Lisfranc ligament, a ligament in the midfoot area. He originally bruised his foot before the game against Bayern last month. Such injuries are rare and the Swiss international will undergo surgery on the foot this afternoon.

Hamburg 12.3.18
Hamburg fire coach Hollerbach

Hamburg have sacked head coach Bernd Hollerbach less than two months after his appointment. The move comes days after the club fired its chairman and sporting director. Hollerbach, 48, won only three points from his seven games in charge, and the Bundesliga strugglers remain without a league win since November. Hollerbach will be replaced by Hamburg under-21 coach Christian Titz for the remaining eight matches of the 2017/18 season. He is the third coach in a terrible campaign for the only club to have played in every Bundesliga season.

Bayern 11.3.18
Tolisso injury update

Bayern midfielder Corentin Tolisso suffered severe bruising to his right shin just above the ankle in the Bundesliga game against Hamburg following a collision with Vasilije Janjicic. The France international came off the bench for the second half against HSV but had to be substituted on 65 minutes. Tolisso will now undergo intensive treatment.

Bayern 6.3.18
James Rodriguez returns to training

Bayern Munich attacker James Rodriguez has taken the next step in his recovery from injury by returning to training on Tuesday. The 26-year-old sustained what was described as "a minor complaint in his left calf muscle" in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie at home to Besiktas on 20 February. He has been absent ever since, missing Bayern's subsequent games against Hertha Berlin and Freiburg.

Schalke 3.3.18
McKennie returns from injury

Weston McKennie returned to Schalke's matchday squad for the visit of Hertha Berlin on Saturday, following injury. The 19-year-old USA international suffered a partial rupture to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the Matchday 19 draw with Hannover, and missed the Royal Blues' next five Bundesliga outings as a result. McKennie, enjoying his breakthrough campaign in the Bundesliga, has made 17 first-team appearances in all competitions for Schalke so far this season.

1Bayern664621-3-3 (27)
2Schalke491114-7-6 (27)
3Dortmund482113-9-5 (27)
4Frankfurt45813-6-8 (27)
5Bayer L.441212-8-7 (27)
6RB Leipzig43512-7-8 (27)
7Hoffenh.39510-9-8 (27)
8Stuttgart37-511-4-12 (27)
9Borussia36-610-6-11 (27)
10Augsburg3519-8-10 (27)
11Hertha3508-11-8 (27)
12Werder33-28-9-10 (27)
13Hannover32-68-8-11 (27)
14Freiburg30-186-12-9 (27)
15Wolfsburg25-94-13-10 (27)
16Mainz25-176-7-14 (27)
17Koln20-225-5-17 (27)
18Hamburg18-244-6-17 (27)

Last results

18.3Dortmund - Hannover1 : 0
18.3Koln - Bayer L.2 : 0
18.3RB Leipzig - Bayern2 : 1
17.3Borussia - Hoffenh.3 : 3
17.3Wolfsburg - Schalke0 : 1
17.3Hamburg - Hertha1 : 2
17.3Frankfurt - Mainz3 : 0
17.3Augsburg - Werder1 : 3
16.3Freiburg - Stuttgart1 : 2

German Bundesliga stats

home wins43 %
draws28 %
away wins28 %

League format : Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2017/2018

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.

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