Given its pulsating nature thus far, the 2018/19 campaign is gearing up to be a defining one for the Bundesliga. At the halfway stage, DW looks at the big questions set to be answered in the second half of the season.
The second half of the Bundesliga season, or "Rückrunde" as it's known in Germany, begins this weekend. The table paints an accurate picture of how each team has fared so far, but do the stats tell a different story?
South Korea preserved their perfect record in the Group C decider against China as Heung-Min Son made an immediate impact at the Asian Cup. However, there was no separating Iran and Iraq in Group D.
Germany's No.1 Angelique Kerber has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, seeing off Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia. Elsewhere, defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer also progressed.
Australia have snatched a late winner against Syria to book their place in the round of 16. Elsewhere, Jordan topped Group B with a goalless draw against plucky Palestine.
The Premier League side Huddersfield Town have parted ways with German coach David Wagner. Despite the Terriers' languishing at the bottom of the division, his time at the club has enhanced his professional reputation.
While the players are giving their all on the pitch, so are the supporters in the stands. The 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates has had a lot to offer – and it's a long way from over.
A late Bahrain penalty denied India a first-ever spot in the last-16, with coach Stephen Constantine stepping down after his team failed to make it out of Group A. Elsewhere, hosts UAE drew with Thailand.
Alexander Zverev has cruised into the second round of the Australian Open. The German No. 4 seed started slow, but then made quick work of his Slovenian opponent to win in straight sets.
While Uzbekistan's national team have been a pleasant surprise at the Asian Cup, the next generation of footballers is already in the pipeline. And they're being trained using tried and tested methods – from Germany.
Borussia Dortmund have completed a deal to sign 19-year-old Argentine centre-back Leonardo Balerdi. Elsewhere, Düsseldorf have plumped for a new keeper, while Köln have pulled off a coup.
Andy Murray bowed out of the Australian Open with a roar, not a whimper. The former world No. 1 battled hard in the loss to Roberto Bautista Agut, which may have been the last match of his professional career.
After parting ways with Wolfsburg, Jakub Blaszczykowski is on the cusp of making a special move back to former club Wislaw Krakow. The 33-year-old is trying to keep the club afloat both on and off the pitch.
World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar clinched their place in the last 16 on the back of a record-breaking display from Almoez Ali. Japan and Uzbekistan followed suit in contrasting styles.
Backed by a sold-out crowd, cohosts Germany outclassed Brazil to clinch a comfortable win and preserve their perfect record. They now face a double-header to decide who will top Group A.
Iran sealed their place in the knockout phase of the Asian Cup as Carlos Queiroz's side claimed a 2-0 win over Vietnam. Iraq and Saudi Arabia also booked their spot in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
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