In the weekly feature "Trequartista" Axel Falk embraces the role of the Trequartista and free roams through the happenings of the week and discusses his opinions or other's. Begin your weekend by enjoying the "Trequartista" and update yourself before you go out for drinks or settle down to watch Bundesliga.
I think German football is the best in the world and my reasons are obvious. They have all been said before. The beautiful and quick football, the amazing fans and the friendly and excited atmosphere before the games. This is hard for some to understand, as you have to be there to feel the way I, among others, feel.
I think this Bayern Munich is the best team this world has ever seen. It is not only extremely well balanced, but quick and effective. It is without a doubt one of the most dominant teams ever and we are priviledged to be able to watch them play every weekend.
However, my father raised me as an Arsenal fan. I always say that my first love was the Gunners from Islington. That's how it is and you can't change that. Therefore, when Arsenal faced Bayern I didn't know what to think. Even though I did almost scream out my joy when Mesut Özil scored the 2-0, there was always a feeling of "I wouldn't mind Bayern to win". I felt guilty. I felt bad. I couldn't shake the almost undescribable feeling. Somehow, I wanted Bayern to crush my favourite team. Why?
As English football is declining, German football flourishes. Bayern is one of the best teams in the world, unbeatable in Bundesliga, it seems. Behind Bayern is a vast uncovered and unexplored area where the likes of Borussia Dortmund, VFL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen roam free. The fight for the spot below Bayern is always heavily contested and exciting, but this is never told in media. This is never explained. Bundesliga is an exciting League, as long as you can stand the best team in the world winning it once or twice in a while. That is why I somehow wanted Bayern to beat Arsenal, to show the world that German football is up there, as one of the best leagues. As horrible and illoyal as it may seem, for me it made perfect sense. However, Arsenal did beat Bayern and I was certainly thrilled, something that settled my doubts. After the game I went back to the past, back to how I was before I became a teutophiliac, and it wasn't too bad. Not too bad at all.
Weeks like these don't come around very often. Arsenal beat Bayern, Bayer Leverkusen and Roma proved me right, even though I'm always right, by drawing in an absolute thriller of a game that ended 4-4 at the BayArena. To end a very exciting European week, FC Augsburg recorded their first points in Europe ever (!) by beating AZ Alkmaar 1-0. Bravo, Augsburg.
What's next? You can start the weekend with watching 1899 Hoffenheim versus Hamburger SV tonight, a very interesting game as Hoffenheim seem nailed to the bottom of the table and need the three points. Then there's Hannover 96 against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. Two teams in dire form, even though Hannover managed to win away to Köln last weekend. Borussia Mönchengladbach face Schalke 04 this Sunday to complete a decent weekend of Bundesliga football. Moreover, Sunderland play Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby in the Barclay's Premier League. Both teams are in horrific form, but could be interesting. Then this Sunday there's the Manchester derby as well, a highly exciting fixture. In La Liga however, flying Celta Vigo play at home against unbeaten Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face Valencia on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Two very interesting games, with teams placed at the top of the table. If you are looking for something a bit less "mainstream", then check out Villareal on Sunday as they play Las Palmas away.
We finish "Trequartista" with a fun fact. Football was primarily invented by the Aztecs. It was called "pelota", which means ball in Nahuatl (the Aztec language) and those who lost the game were decapitated.
Have a great weekend and remember to check out our other pieces as well as Saturday's article on German prospect Marc Stendera.
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