Sep 25, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT
Barcelona isn’t the only perfect team among Europe’s big leagues, though Juventus fell from those ranks with today’s 0-0 in Florence. Germany and France also have perfect teams at the top of their standings, though we’ll have to sing the praises of Marseille’s stinginess another time.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich has gotten off to another torrid start, perfect through five rounds after today’s 3-0 thrashing of Wolfsburg. FCB has scored 17 times while conceding only twice. Thanks to Borussia Dortmund’s draw in Frankfurt, Bayern leads the defending champions by seven points.
Two aspects of Bayern’s hot start are particularly noteworthy:
- FCB already has an impressive road win, defeating Schalke 2-0 this weekend in Gelsenkirchen.
- Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have combined for five appearances and no goals.
Instead, the load is being carried by Thomas Müller and Mario Mandzukic, who’ve combined for nine goals (Mandzukic scored twice against his former team on Tuesday). Bastian Schweinsteiger also appears to have shaken some of the health issues that have plagued him though most of 2012, while new acquisitions Javi Martínez, Xherdan Shaqiri, Mandzukic and Dante have already played significant parts. When linked together, the pieces fit like a picture of one of the two or three best teams in Europe.
Last season, however, offers a cautionary tale. Early in the 2011-12 season, the Bavarians also looked like world beaters. After loosing last campaign’s opener to Borussia Moenchengladbach, Bayern won six in a row and went unbeaten in eight, outscoring their opponents 25-0 in that time. Ultimately, Bayern would finish second to Borussia Dortmund, failing to take a point from BVB in the teams’ two meetings.
Bayern and Dortmund’s first meeting is still over two months away (Dec. 1 at the Allianz in Munich), but early returns are encouraging for FCB. Dortmund has dropped five points in the last four days. Worryingly, BVB’s allowed eight goals in their first five matches. Only Stuttgart and Hoffenheim have been worse. Bayern’s addition of Javi Martínez could also help-to-help, the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder/defender allowing Bayern to better control games without having to commit more players forward (and expose themselves to Dortmund’s counterattack).
May 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
It’s really about two things, and not much else:
May 21, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
By forming NYC FC, City and the Yankees have created a ‘sister-club’ relationship – an innovative bond between a Premiership and MLS club.
May 21, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
Early thoughts on the facility and the ripples of today’s big announcement on the 20th MLS franchise:
May 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
By swapping Dzeko for Cavani, City can hamstring Manchester United and Chelsea, as both are rumored to be seeking a world-class striker.
It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team.
May 21, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT
The league’s 20th franchise will begin play in 2015:
May 21, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
During his Premiership tenure Toure has proven himself a leader, captaining both the Gunners and the Citizens, as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
May 21, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Has Daniel Levy already forgotten about what happened when he tried to pin Luka Modric down with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?
May 20, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT
Expect this one to get worked out.
May 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
If Real Madrid’s going to shake things up, Higuaín could do worse than land at The Emirates.
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
Four players were on the original list. None of them may end up at Stamford Bridge.
May 20, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
Our sympathy continues to grow for a man in a bad spot.
May 20, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT
MLS will not have arrived until it has a high-profile feces incident.
May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
It probably won’t happen this summer, and if it does … I’m sure we’ll run that into the ground, too.
May 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT
For a moment, it looked like Milan had fired their coaching staff … via an open letter from a television show.
May 20, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT
Real Madrid would have been in line for an eight-digit payday had they sold Mourinho to Chelsea.
May 20, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
Odds on current U.S. Men’s National Team boss Jurgen Klinsmann to become Everton’s next permanent manager have dropped heavily today.
May 20, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
Wherein we justify the selection of a center back, which always seems to be a requirement in these things:
May 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
Sky Blue FC validates, Ali Krieger resonates, and four teams start to feel the toll of the new season.
May 20, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT
What’s been coming for a long time is now official. Jose Mourinho’s three-year tenure at Real Madrid has a finish line.
May 20, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT
Ben Olsen? Frank Klopas? … Someone else?
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