• Germany edition
 
Bundesliga games produce many surprises
Photo: DPA

Bundesliga games produce many surprises

Published: 04 Mar 2012 08:58 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Mar 2012 08:58 GMT+01:00

Bayern's 2-0 loss - coupled with yet another win by Bundesliga's number one Borussia Dortmund - means the Bavarian team, which is packed with national team players, will have an even tougher time taking over the top spot.

Dortmund, the Bundesliga defending champions, beat Mainz 2-1 on Saturday, widening its distance by seven points over Bayern.

Despite the difference, Bayern Munich director of sport Christian Nerlinger is not

writing off the German league title, but admits the race is out of Bavaria's hands.

Worringly for Nerlinger, there is clear evidence of disharmony in the team as defender Jerome Boateng and midfielder Thomas Mueller -- both national team players -- engaged in a second-half shouting match.

"I'm not writing off the title, but it's not something which need concern us now. Somehow, we have to get a grip on our weakness away from home," Nerlinger said.

"We're deeply disappointed. In the first half, we made enough chances for three games. We have to take one of those chances, it would have completely changed the course of the match."

Meanwhile, Berlin's Hertha Berlin finally broke its seven-match losing streak with a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen as coach Otto Rehhagel, Bremen's former coach, enjoyed his first win in only his second game in charge.

Rehhagel's trained the Bremen team between 1981 and 1995, the Berliner Zeitung reported.

Rehhagel took over after Hertha's miseries resulted in the firing of its two previous coaches. The Berlin team was hovering at the bottom and risked being demoted to the second league, where it played for years, so Saturday's win was much needed.

The victory lifted Hertha to 15th place out of 18 teams - just one place above the danger zone where teams risk being thrown out of the first league.

In one of the biggest upsets of the weekend last placed Freiburg beat 4th placed Schalke by 2-1. The win put Freiburg in 17th place and put a dent in Schalke's ambitions of winning a first Bundesliga title.

Schalke is now 11 points behind leader Dortmund.

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp refused to get carried away by the seven-point lead with two months of the season still to play.

"I haven't really thought about what the seven points mean, so I could only babble some rubbish about it," he said.

AFP/DAPD/mw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

15:17 March 4, 2012 by hanskarl
Dump Boateng and rid yourselves of the disharmony for starters. Thomas Mueller was coming into his own earlier this season and last season before this but now is having to deal with this and is off his game. Ribéry being bruised didn't help either. That and lethargy...........arghhhhh.
Today's headlines
Glass memorial honours Nazi disabled victims
Floral tributes were laid on Tuesday at the new Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Glass memorial honours Nazi disabled victims

A 24-metre blue glass wall in Berlin has been unveiled to commemorate the systematic murder of up to 300,000 mentally ill and disabled people under Adolf Hitler. READ  

Germany to help with Mediterranean refugees
Migrants aboard an Italian navy patrol vessel in April 2014. Photo: DPA

Germany to help with Mediterranean refugees

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Tuesday pledged support for his Italian colleague in the struggle to manage refugees trying to reach the European Union via its southern coast. READ  

Ice bucket challenge raises €500,000 in a week
Elephant Nelly takes part in the ice bucket challenge in a Lower Saxony safari park. Photo: DPA

Ice bucket challenge raises €500,000 in a week

The coffers of the German Society for Muscular Disease (DGM) are overflowing with donations thanks to the viral craze for videos of donors dousing themselves with ice-cold water. READ  

Russian-German school opens in teeth of conflict
The GRIAT will open in the Russian city of Kazan. Photo: Shutterstock

Russian-German school opens in teeth of conflict

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pressing ahead with its German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) against a backdrop of international tensions over Ukraine. READ  

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw
Photo: DPA

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw

Bastian Schweinsteiger will replace fellow Bayern Munich player Philipp Lahm as captain of the German national football team, head trainer Joachim Löw said on Tuesday. READ  

Munich minister resigns in 'model car scandal'
Christine Haderthauer at her resignation press conference in Munich on Monday. Photo: DPA

Munich minister resigns in 'model car scandal'

Christine Haderthauer, head of the Bavarian state chancery, resigned “with immediate effect” on Monday evening over the so-called “model car scandal” in which her company sold scale models built by a man convicted of three sexual murders. READ  

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck
President Gauck stands shoulder to shoulder with President Komorowski of Poland in Gdansk on Monday. Photo: DPA

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck

Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday. READ  

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis
Taxis are a powerful trade lobby in Germany. Photo: DPA

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis

The Frankfurt regional court has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on chauffeur car service Uber, saying that it must pay a €250,000 fine if passengers continue to book rides through its app. READ  

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa
The facade of the Bad Reichenhall Royal Spa Hotel.

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa

The Bavarian finance ministry has demanded a report from the company running a publicly-owned spa in the town of Bad Reichenhall after they rented the property out for a fetish party. READ  

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs
Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Monday as her ministers look on. Photo: DPA

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag on Monday to explain her government's decision to send weapons to Iraqi Kurds fighting terrorist group Isis. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten of the oddest things found by German border control
Photo: Gerkan, Marg and Partners/Tegel Projekt GmbH/J. Mayer
Berlin
How will Berlin look in five years' time?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The best of Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit in 14 pictures
Photo: DPA
Politics
Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Photo: Matthias Kock
National
Tribes, ties and a movie: A German's Afghan life
Photo: DPA
Gallery
10 things to do before summer in Germany is really over
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,408
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd