The rise of German football

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    Bayern Munich secured a vital win in the Champions League. (TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/ODD ANDERSEN)

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    Barcelona was dealt a crushing 7-0 aggregate defeat in the semi-finals in the UEFA Champions League, after being thoroughly outplayed by a disciplined Bayern Munich outfit last week.

    This defeat was the highest score that any team has lost by at this stage of the competition. But why?

    Barcelona has become over reliant on the mercurial Messi.

    An ageing squad has resulted in a far less energetic performance from the previously dominant outfit. Of the 48 goals scored by Barcelona this season, 21 goals are from the boot of Messi, which is almost 44%.

    Much to Barca’s dismay, Messi was unable to play in the second leg of the semifinal last week due to a recurring hamstring injury.

    After a tense first half, it became quite clear that it was going to be a very long night for Barcelona when Arjen Robben scored the first goal in the 48th minute of play.

    Barcelona’s defence came unstuck with Robben’s quick feet allowing the winger to cut onto his favoured left boot. Defences are aware that whenever he is on the right side of the attacking 18 yard box, he’ll cut in into his left side and strike.

    Stopping the Dutchman is another matter completely.

    Barcelona was now desperate and needed to score goals. Gerard Pique had the ball in the back of the net, pity it was put into his own net.

    This crushed Barca, and the realisation of the task became clear, six goals was an insurmountable lead against a very well drilled Bayern outfit.

    Criticism was pointed at Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes, after a flawed performance in the first leg calls were made to put reserve keeper Julio Cesar Chavez in.

    Vilanova persisted with the Spanish international and his faith was not repaid as Valdes was a player bereft of confidence.

    German football seems to be improving quite well as Borussia Dortmund managed to edge out Real Madrid in the other semifinal.

    These results mean all-German final to kick off on the 25th May at the home of English football, the stunning new Wembley Stadium.

    Bayern has been nothing short of unstoppable in the Bundesliga season; but the question on everyone’s lips is, can they win the Champions League?

    Fresh in minds of Bayern fans is last season’s final against Chelsea. Munich, from a strong position, went down to might of Didier Drogba.

    Some pundits believe Bayern will win the final, as the heartbreak of last year should inspire a monumental performance.

    Bayern have experienced two heartbreaking defeats, first against Inter Milan, then incredibly against Chelsea.

    This time it’s an all-German affair against Dortmund.

    Can they overcome the demons of previous finals? It makes for an intriguing affair as both sides are committed to attack and both play very fluid formations.

    Is this the end of an era at Barca? True champions bounce back from disappointment, but for now the football world is focused as German football is experiencing its moment the sun.

    Go Dortmund!

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    • May 7th 2013 @ 9:03am
      j binnie said | May 7th 2013 @ 9:03am | ! Report

      Justin – Semi final of the European Cup 1960, Eintracht beat Rangers 12-4 in aggregate a differential of 8 goals and then went on to concede 7 goals in the final to Real Madrid.losing 7-3.
      Also ,you should check your football history for in these competitions & the World Cup ,your “improving” German football has been prominent in all competition post World War 2, appearing in 10 out of the 58 finals played only being surpassed by Spain (Real etc) and Italy (the Milans etc) and as a national team are the best performed European nation in the World Cup, so far from experiencing it’s “moment in the sun” perhaps you should say “coming out of the shade” where it has been having a rest. jb.

    • May 7th 2013 @ 9:41am
      nordster said | May 7th 2013 @ 9:41am | ! Report

      Its great to see the rise of German clubs in European competition. Its a fantastic league they have and BvB especially have been great to watch in recent seasons.

      The timing of it all does get one thinking though. For Real and Barca both to be so comprehensively monstered in the same week and by similar margins…hmmm…i dont know maybe i can view things a little too much through an economics lens! It just seemed a little soft a performance…whose yo daddy…bow down Spanish sovereign debt slaves 😉

      • May 7th 2013 @ 11:26am
        Justin Gracia said | May 7th 2013 @ 11:26am | ! Report

        aha! yea you are right nordster

        • May 7th 2013 @ 12:01pm
          nordster said | May 7th 2013 @ 12:01pm | ! Report

          Not that im making excuses for La Liga…i welcome the bundesliga clubs taking a more dominant role….but one does wonder… Germany is holding more Spanish debt than anyone else in europe arent they? Bend over in the UCL maybe there’s a little geopolitical and economic motivation there. Just a theory… 🙂

    • May 7th 2013 @ 3:38pm
      Ian said | May 7th 2013 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

      Its such a pleasure to be able to watch via the Champions League a selection of the best teams across Europe. Not sure why i have a soft spot for German teams but its very enjoyable watching them. its not the end for Barca, champion teams find a way back, not that they have gone anywhere, but those couple of games both German teams trounced their opposition. Looking forward to the Champions League final. Not that I have fox sports but i think you need a special subscription for setanta just to watch the Bundesliga and La Liga, you can’t get them even paying for fox sports.
      Justin – you may be a die hard Dortmund fan but a recent issue of 442 magazine had a comprehensive article on Dortmund. I found it very good reading.

    • May 7th 2013 @ 8:54pm
      pete4 said | May 7th 2013 @ 8:54pm | ! Report

      Dortmund fans go mad for Champions League final as 500,000 apply for Wembley tickets… with just 24,000 up for grabs

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2320148/500-000-Borussia-Dortmund-fans-apply-Champions-League-final-tickets-Wembley.html

      • May 7th 2013 @ 9:13pm
        yewonk said | May 7th 2013 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

        well i hope there active and not tourists

    • May 8th 2013 @ 2:59am
      Mick said | May 8th 2013 @ 2:59am | ! Report

      I still remember Mark Bosnich saying 2 years ago that the German League was crap.

      Pity channel 1 do not show it anymore

    • May 8th 2013 @ 3:15am
      FTR said | May 8th 2013 @ 3:15am | ! Report

      “This defeat was the highest score that any team has lost by at this stage of the competition. But why? Barcelona has become over reliant on the mercurial Messi”.

      For the real reason, look no further than Operation Puerta………..

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