Every ending is also a new beginning, and that’s a good thing. Bayern Munich ended their winning streak to set the record for the best-ever start to a Bundesliga season. Hanover ended their long unbeaten run at home. And Wolfsburg ended their one-and-a-half-year reunion with coach Felix Magath. On matchday 10, they can all get off to a fresh start and Kick off! will be there.
There’s reason to celebrate in Hamburg. They’re now in seventh place, their highest-ever position under coach Thorsten Fink. That’s reassuring, especially since their star midfielder Rafael van der Vaart scores more against Bayern than against any other club.
The last time these two sides squared off, the match ended in a thrilling 4-0 draw. It was 90 minutes of football at its best and Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp even said it was fun. We'll he feel the same way after this weekend’s encounter.
On paper this looks like an open-and-shut case. Hoffenheim haven’t won in four games, and coach Markus Babbel’s team are only two points clear of last place. Their next opponents Schalke on the other hand are sitting pretty in second, and have yet to lose an away match this season.
The Wolves seemed unburdened last weekend in their first outing post-Felix Magath. In Lorenz Günther Köstner’s debut as interim coach, they beat Düsseldorf 4-1, scoring twice as many goals as in the entire season up to that point. And they enjoyed a 2-0 Cup victory as well. Are Wolfsburg finally showing their true colors?
This team has potential, no doubt about it. But what are they really all about? Where is this club headed? Despite their early success after parting ways with Magath, the road back won't be easy. Who will take over as head coach? Who will be the new sport director? Kick off! goes to Wolfsburg to find out what the future holds for the Wolves.