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of a double-head-coach-system. Skeptically eyeing them, the two managed to form a team that led to every player improving their performances. Gonzalo Castro who had complained year after year considering himself an offensive midfielder, and had every coach play him out of position as right defender finally got his wish as Hyppiä and Lewandowski listened to him and played him as he asked. The bold move led to Castro scoring six goals and adding four assists in the process. In addi- tion Stefan Kießling became the Bundesliga’s top scorer thus far with 12 goals and even with such stellar performance has yet to receive a call from Germany’s national coach Joachim Löw. So it’s not surprising that with all these changes Leverkusen are now surprisingly in second place in the league but are however nine points behind Bayern Munich.


Reigning champion Borussia Dortmund, which performed extraordinarily in the Champions League campaign (finishing first in their group ahead of Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester City), have struggled mightily in some easy-looking Bundesliga matches.


The same can be said of Schalke 04, which eventually fired the Coach of the century Huub Stevens at the end of the year in an act of desperation after losing six games in a row. Totally unexpected were the performances of two promoted teams: Eintracht Frankfurt and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Frankfurt is now ranked fourth and still has a chance to make the European Cup. For- tuna Düsseldorf – astonishingly collected 21 points in their campaigns so far nine more than 1899 Hoffenheim who is now the disappointing story of the league thus far. In what was supposed to be a strengthening of the team with the addition of defender Matthieu Delpierre, the Swiss international striker Eren Derdiyok and German international goalkeeper Tim Wiese, they have performed badly throughout the season and have allowed up to 41 goals in 17 games.


Even with such poor performance Hoffenheim is Still, not at the bottom of the league table and that is because there are two teams who have had very slow starts to the season. They are FC Augs- burg and first time promoted SpVgg Greuther Fürth who both have only one victory each. Stuck at the bottom with only nine points each, there is no doubt that these two will be the relegated teams at the end of the season.


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