Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2016/2017
|29.Dortmund - Koln|
|Werder - Hertha|
|Mainz - Borussia|
|Darmstadt - Freiburg|
|RB Leipzig - Ingolstadt|
|Wolfsburg - Bayern|
|30.Augsburg - Hamburg|
|Hoffenh. - Frankfurt|
Thiago extends Bayern contract
Midfielder Thiago Alcantara has extended his contract with Bayern Munich by two years to 2021. The 26-year-old Spanish midfielder has agreed to a two-year extension of his deal, which will now run until June 2021. Thiago joined Bayern from Barcelona in 2013 and has established himself as a key member of the first team. He has made 39 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring eight times and registering nine assists.
Hertha suffer Brooks injury blow
Hertha Berlin have been rocked by the news that central defender John Anthony Brooks has suffered a hip injury, which could see him miss the season run-in. The 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes in 1-0 win at home to Wolfsburg, but a medical examination on Monday revealed he had strained a muscle in his hip. Coach Pal Dardai must therefore do without him for the weekend trip to in-form SV Werder Bremen. The club hope to have the 26-time USA international back for Matchday 32, although have not yet put a timeframe on Brooks' recovery.
Dortmund optimistic over Sahin injury
Borussia Dortmund have said they hope Nuri Sahin will be able to play again this season after initially fearing he could be ruled out with an ankle injury. The 28-year-old midfielder picked up an injury in Saturday's 3-2 win at Borussia Monchengladbach in a challenge with Tobias Strobl, and coach Thomas Tuchel had suggested he could miss the rest of the campaign. However, the injury is not as bad as feared.
Alaba a doubt for DFB-Pokal semi-final
David Alaba is a doubt for Wednesday's DFB-Pokal semi-final with Borussia Dortmund after the Bayern Munich defender was forced off with a left knee strain during their 2-2 draw with Mainz on Saturday. Coach Carlo Ancelotti said after the match: "It is not such a big problem. We'll have to wait and see if he will be okay for Wednesday."
Goretzka taken to hospital
Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka played on and scored despite suffering a concussion during his club's Europa League defeat to Ajax. The Bundesliga side lost 3-2 after extra time at the Veltins Arena to go out 4-3 on aggregate, and the 22-year-old was taken to hospital after being substituted in the 83rd minute. Goretzka was taken to hospital and German media reported that Goretzka confirmed he sustained a concussion and a dislocated jaw.
Neuer to miss rest of season
Manuel Neuer suffered a fracture in Bayern Munich's Champions League loss to Real Madrid Tuesday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, the club announced Wednesday. The goalkeeper sustained the injury in extra time during Cristiano Ronaldo's third goal and is expected to be out for eight weeks. It's not great news for Bayern as they now will turn to Sven Ulreich to finish out the season and the remainder of the German Cup.
Kehrer suspended for two games
The German Football Association confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Thilo Kehrer will be banned for Schalke 04's next two Bundesliga matches following his red card in Darmstadt. The ruling means that S04 will be without the Kehrer's services for the matches against RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen. Kehrer will also be unavailable for Thursday's Europa League second leg clash with Ajax after picking up a ban for accumulation of yellow cards with his booking in the first leg.
Bartra released from hospital
Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Barta has been released from hospital, four days after he was injured in an attack on the team's bus. Barta has had an operation after fracturing his wrist in the incident. He is expected to return to training with his team-mates in a month. In a post on Instagram on Friday, he described the incident as "the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life".
|2||RB Leipzig||62||25||19-5-6 (30)|
|12||Bayer L.||36||-6||10-6-15 (31)|
|28.4||Bayer L. - Schalke||1 : 4|
|23.4||Schalke - RB Leipzig||1 : 1|
|23.4||Freiburg - Bayer L.||2 : 1|
|22.4||Borussia - Dortmund||2 : 3|
|22.4||Bayern - Mainz||2 : 2|
|22.4||Hamburg - Darmstadt||1 : 2|
|22.4||Hertha - Wolfsburg||1 : 0|
|22.4||Frankfurt - Augsburg||3 : 1|
|22.4||Ingolstadt - Werder||2 : 4|
German Bundesliga stats
|home wins||51 %|
|away wins||27 %|
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.