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By Thomas Meinders


The First half of Germany's 2012/13 Bundesliga campaign has been a demonstration of power by perennial giants Bayern Munich. The record champions started the season by winning eight games in a row - an historic series of wins from the start. By the end of the year (2012), Munich lost only one game. Ironically this happened at home against Bayer Leverkuse, a team from Western Ger- many that had not won a single game in Munich for 23 consecutive years.


What one needs to note though is that the Leverkusen team of 2012 is totally different one. At the beginning of the year, manager Rudi Völler made a surprising decision. He decided to appoint for- mer Liverpool-legend Sami Hyypiä alongside Leverkusen's U23-coach Sascha Lewandowski as kind


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