After well over two months, live soccer matches have finally returned, and the Bundesliga was the first for anxious fans from all over the globe to catch a glimpse of.
Even though the boys in Old Glory Red weren’t on the pitch at Papa Murphy’s Park, it just felt nice to tune-in to soccer being played competitively at the highest level once again – even in an empty stadium.
If you enjoyed SRFC’s Bundesliga coverage last weekend on the Indomitable Club’s Twitter page, be sure to check back for another Bundesliga Virtual Watch Party during this Saturday’s round of fixtures.
The weekend slate was headlined by The Revierderby which is one of Germany's fiercest derbies between regional rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. These two clubs are only separated by about 20 miles and every contest is an electric one, as it’s known as ‘the mother of all derbies’ and regularly lives up to all the hype.
photo credit Borussia Dortmund
In this particular meeting, second-place Dortmund stormed by Schalke 4-0 on Saturday with Rafael Guerreiro bagging a brace after Erling Braut Haaland scored the opener. Dortmund’s next match is on Saturday against VfL Wolfsburg before hosting the German giants FC Bayern Munich in the derby known as Der Klassiker the following weekend.
Current league leaders FC Bayern beat FC Union Berlin on Sunday, 2-0, by way of Robert Lewandowski and Benjamin Pavard. Bayern return to Bavaria this weekend to host strugglers Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. PT.
One of the most impressive results over the weekend was Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the road breezing by SV Werder Bremen, 4-1, with Kai Havertz scoring a pair as the prodigy continues to assert himself as one of Europe’s top young targets. With a massive away match against Borussia Monchengladbach set for this Saturday, Leverkusen can leap as high as third with a win.
photo credit Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Perhaps this coming weekend’s most intriguing matchup is the Berlin Derby, between FC Union Berlin and Hertha Berlin this Friday at 11:30 a.m. PT. Both clubs sit side-by-side in 11thand 12thplace in the league but standings are meaningless in this local rivalry that Union – Berlin’s club from the east – were victorious in last time out when a late goal from the penalty spot separated the two archrivals. Hertha – the club located in west Berlin – will host Friday’s clash.
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3/22 Hertha Berlin - FC Union Berlin
3/23 Borussia Monchengladbach - Bayer 04 Leverkusen
VfL Wolfsburg - Borussia Dortmund
SC Freiburg - SV Werder Bremen
SC Paderborn 07 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
FC Bayern Munich - Eintracht Frankfurt
3/24 FC Schalke 04 - FC Augsburg
FSV Mainz 05 - RB Leipzig
FC Koln - Fortuna Dusseldorf
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