Round 8 of the German Bundesliga took place from this past Friday to Sunday and provided plenty of fireworks, both on and off the field.
On Friday afternoon and long before the action began on the field, Bayern Munich bosses President Uli Hoeneß, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić held an extraordinary press conference, hammering mostly the German media.
They made bizarre statements, such as invoking human dignity, as it is guaranteed by Article 1 of the German constitution, relating to coverage of current Bayern players. But soon after, they attacked journalists and especially former Bayern player Juan Bernat in the same disrespectful way.
While I myself have no sympathy for the trashy tabloid press that was the trio’s main target, the conference was filled with so much clear hypocrisy, that I as a strong supporter of the club for 24 years of my young life, have never been so disgusted with its leadership.
From what I have heard so far, many other Bayern fans share my view.
The actual Bundesliga soccer started remarkably that evening, as Eintracht Frankfurt tore apart Fortuna Düsseldorf by a score of 7-1. Serbian U-21 international Luka Jović scored five of those goals, while his teammate Sebastien Haller provided the other two for the Eagles.
On Saturday afternoon, Bayer Leverkusen drew Hanover 96 2-2, VfB Stuttgart lost its first match under new coach Markus Weinzierl 4-0 to Borussia Dortmund.
Meanwhile, FC Augsburg drew 0-0 vs. RB Leipzig. Bayern beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 and TSG Hoffenheim did the same to 1.FC Nuremberg. On Saturday evening, Werder Bremen defeated Schalke 04 2-0.
On Sunday, Hertha BSC Berlin drew SC Freiburg 1-1 and Borussia Mönchengladbach hammered Mainz 05 by four goals to zero, Jonas Hofmann scored three of those.
These results mean that the top six of the Bundesliga, namely Dortmund, Gladbach, Bremen, Bayern, Leipzig and Hertha are separated by only five points. The bottom four of Hanover, Schalke, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf are just a point apart.