The German Bundesliga is quite an exciting league. The first sixteen rounds of the season have emphatically proven that, both on and off the field.
There have been plenty of surprises, both positive and negative. While record champions Bayern Munich do lead the league as expected, even they were not nearly as convincing as usual.
As for the league’s second-strongest team on paper Borussia Dortmund, they are currently in sixth place. The other traditional German powerhouses are in mid table or worse.
After just less than half of the season, there has been a grand total of seven coaches fired, which according to the German television network Sport1, is a record for this point in time.
They also say that seven coaches had been fired in the entirety of last season.
If so many teams are underperforming, that means that just as many are exceeding expectations and in some cases wildly.
It is safe to say that nobody would have predicted newcomers RB Leipzig to be in second place, with three points off of the lead, followed by Hertha BSC Berlin, Eintracht Frankfurt and undefeated TSG Hoffenheim in the top five.
Analysts have proclaimed the fans to be the biggest winners of these spectacular surprises.
On top of all that has happened before last week, there are three major news stories to be mentioned from the last several days.
First, former VfL Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking replaced Andre Schubert as coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach That made the latter the seventh coach to be fired so far this season.
Second, one of Hecking’s former stars at Wofsburg, Julian Draxler left that club and the Bundesliga in a transfer to French champions FC Paris Saint-Germain for over 40 million Euros. That is sure to be one of the transfers of this winter in Europe.
Lastly, the league’s bottom club Darmstadt 98 has finally found a replacement for Norbert Meier, the coach they sacked early this month. It will be former Werder Bremen assistant coach Torsten Frings.
The Bundesliga is sure to provide us with plenty more excitement and storylines in 2017.