Jean-Philippe Gbamin of Mainz out for at least three weeks

Jean-Philippe Gbamin

Ivory Coast international, Jean-Philippe Gbamin has suffered a torn muscle fibre in the adductor area during the Bundesliga match between Mainz versus Stuttgart on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Ivorian midfielder was substituted shortly before the end of the first half. Continue Reading “Jean-Philippe Gbamin of Mainz out for at least three weeks”

Anthony Ujah still believes Mainz can avoid relegation.

Anthony Ujah

Mainz is a team with a history of always reinventing themselves every season in the Bundesliga. This season is no exception.

They are struggling to be consistent in every game, and keep the hopes of teeming fans alive as an integral team in the league.

Unfortunately, the league table paints a team on the verge of relegation. Continue Reading “Anthony Ujah still believes Mainz can avoid relegation.”

Papy Djilobodji banned for two games and fined after slit-throat gesture.

Papy Djilobodji who is on loan to Werder Bremen is an emotional player, who gives his all on the pitch. Unfortunately, he seem to have lost control of his emotions last Saturday in the Bundesliga match between Werder and Mainz. The scene in question, was his clash on the field with Pablo De Blasis, in a duell.Afterwards, he ran a finger through his throat to indicate a slit-throat gesture. All captured by the cameras on the pitch. The referee did not see it.

Initially, the DFB panel investigated the case and gave Djilobodji a three match ban. However Werder Bremen appealed and a solitary DFB judge reduced the punishment to two games ban and a fine of €15.000.

I followed the comments of Werder Bremen’s coach,Viktor Skripnik, who said that Africans are emotional people with temperament in his bid to defend Djilobodji.Equally strange was the statement by Bremen’s executive director,Thomas Eichin, who said,it is a custom in Africa. I believe, it has nothing to do with Africa. It is just a lame excuse to defend the indefensible. Cultural relativism does not apply here.

Incidentally, Djilobodji, is not the first person to do the slit throat gesture.Deniz Naki, a German, who was playing for St.Pauli in 2009 did something similar. Naki, did the slit throat gesture against Hansa Rostock fans and he was sentenced to three match ban by the DFB panel for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The punishment of the Senegalese player comes at an important time that Werder is fighting against relegation. Djilobodji will miss three games.Because he has already accumulated 5 yellow cards in previous matches, which leads to a ban.

It is crunch time in Bundesliga.

Who will be the Bundesliga champions this season ? It is a question followers of German football league have been asking. The top contenders for the title are Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich. Both teams are tied with 64 points. Bayern is presently in pole position because of superior goals difference.

Schalke manager, Felix Magath is confident,“Bayern will not win the remaining two matches.” Uli Hoeness,FC Bayern Munich president countered, “ they are trailing behind us and only hope that we stumble.”

As usual the Bundesliga is exciting because anything can happen. It is crunch time.

The remaining two matches for Bayern are against VFL Bochum and Hertha BSC. Bochum and Hertha are battling against relegation. They are not willing to go down without a fight. Time will tell if both matches would be easy as Arjen Robben, opined that Bayern needs to win both matches and they are champions.

Schalke will face Werder Bremen and 1.FSV Mainz 05. Bremen will try to defend their present third place when they play in Gelsenkirchen. Mainz 05, definitely aim to round up a good season under manager,Thomas Tuchel, at home against Schalke.

Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and VFB Stuttgart have their eyes set for Europe league.

On another note, Hamburg, sacked Bruno Labbadia yesterday. Hamburg lost woefully against Hoffenheim 1-5 last weekend. It was clear after the match that Labbadia had to go. Dieter Matz, a Hamburg expert, believes the players do not have an alibi anymore. Labbadia is gone but the problems remain the same.

Hamburg is a team without consistency in leadership both on and off the field. May be they should take a cue from next door neighbor St.Pauli. Holger Stanislawski, the manager of St. Pauli is a symbol of stability. St.Pauli look poised to play in the Bundesliga next season.

It is a given that Kaiserslautern are back in the Bundesliga. The other teams have to wait for at least one more match to know their fate.

Joern Andersen fired! Who is next ?

Joern Andersen was fired this week as head coach of FSV Mainz 05. The management of FSV Mainz 05 decided to sack Andersen after a dismal performance in the first round of German cup. Mainz lost to fourth division VfB Luebeck 1-2. It was reported that the Norwegian had problems with the team, ranging from communication to hard training methods.

Christian Heidel, the manager of Mainz 05, gave the reasons for his sack in a press release, “we have a clear concept how a coach work with the team and management. Our strengths are team work, proximity to team and internal communication. Our approach did not correspond with Andersen any more because he developed in a different direction.”

A cursory look at Mainz reveal that Joern Andersen could not shake off the stark influence of Jurgen Klopp, the former coach of Mainz. Jurgen Klopp played for Mainz 05 for eleven years and coached the team for seven years. His arsenal is his charm and communication skills. In an interview with the Welt, shortly before his sack, Andersen said he is different from Klopp and he is tougher with the players than the former coach.He place emphasis on discipline and small stuff. Although, Andersen was able to bring back Mainz 05 to the Bundesliga in just one year of his reign, there was dispute with the team in terms of the way forward.

The new coach is the 35 years old Thomas Tuchel. A former coach of Mainz 05 junior team. He is a neophyte in the Bundesliga but he has worked with Ralf Rangnick. His philosophy is based on communication and team work. Do i see a resemblance to Jurgen Klopp ?

Joern Andersen will go down in history as first ever Bundesliga coach to be sacked prior to the beginning of the season. Who might be the next coach to be fired ?

Dieter Hecking of Hannover 96 is speculated to be the next coach whose job is shaky. His team also lost in German cup to fourth division team, Eintracht Trier, 1-3.

The Bundesliga will begin tomorrow. One thing that is constant is coaches will be sacked. The variable is the name of the coach.