Straight Red https://www.straightred.de Blog with analysis on FC Bayern Munich and the German national team Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:43:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 https://www.straightred.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/straightredsquare-150x150.png Straight Red https://www.straightred.de 32 32 Tactical analysis: 4-4-2 surprise for Bayern against Ajax https://www.straightred.de/2018/12/tactical-analysis-4-4-2-bayern-ajax-champions-league/ https://www.straightred.de/2018/12/tactical-analysis-4-4-2-bayern-ajax-champions-league/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:05:12 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=297 Surprise, surprise. Niko Kovač fielded a 4-4-2 formation and a defensive scheme as FC Bayern München took on Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday. It was undone by poor play under pressure.

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Dortmund’s resurgence is a blessing disguised as a threat for Bayern https://www.straightred.de/2018/12/dortmunds-resurgence-is-a-blessing-disguised-as-a-threat-for-bayern/ https://www.straightred.de/2018/12/dortmunds-resurgence-is-a-blessing-disguised-as-a-threat-for-bayern/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:53:00 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=292 Despite regaining some form, Bayern are still miles behind Borussia Dortmund. The Bumblebees’ resurgence proves to be both a threat and a blessing for a club in the midst of ...

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Reforming VAR by ripping pages from the NFL’s book https://www.straightred.de/2018/12/reforming-var-nfl-instant-replay/ Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:59:24 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=284 VAR will make its way to the UEFA Champions League in the knockout stages in 2019. The flawed system we know from the Bundesliga can be fixed with a dose of inspiration from the United States.

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Three talking points on Bayern’s 2:1 win at Bremen https://www.straightred.de/2018/12/talking-points-bayern-bremen-2-1/ https://www.straightred.de/2018/12/talking-points-bayern-bremen-2-1/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2018 17:03:21 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=277 Is the FC Bayern "crisis" over? The definitive answer to that will only come in a few weeks, but the 2:1 win at Werder Bremen gave Bavarian fans plenty to chew on.

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The problem with James Rodríguez: golden boy or rotten apple? https://www.straightred.de/2018/11/the-problem-with-james-rodriguez-golden-boy-or-rotten-apple/ https://www.straightred.de/2018/11/the-problem-with-james-rodriguez-golden-boy-or-rotten-apple/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2018 02:46:43 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=272 One of Bayern’s main decisions in the coming summer is whether to use the clause to sign James permanently. Indeed, there are many reasons to keep hold of the Colombian. ...

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Three talking points on Bayern’s 3:2 defeat in Dortmund https://www.straightred.de/2018/11/three-talking-points-bayerns-3-2-defeat-dortmund/ https://www.straightred.de/2018/11/three-talking-points-bayerns-3-2-defeat-dortmund/#comments Sat, 10 Nov 2018 19:26:53 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=257 Exciting football was on the menu when FC Bayern lost 2:3 at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The promising signs were, unfortunately, overshadowed by two fatal flaws in the team.

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The parallels between Bayern and Real Madrid’s downturns https://www.straightred.de/2018/11/the-parallels-between-bayern-and-real-madrids-downturns/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:01:42 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=249 Bayern and Real Madrid boast the biggest continental-level rivalry in European football. Today, they are united by a similar disease, the causes of which are quite similar between cases. Last ...

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Are Bayern players dragging their feet to get Niko Kovač fired? https://www.straightred.de/2018/11/bayern-players-dragging-feet-get-niko-kovac-fired/ https://www.straightred.de/2018/11/bayern-players-dragging-feet-get-niko-kovac-fired/#comments Sun, 04 Nov 2018 16:49:11 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=216 It’s a classic, in team sports, when players drag their feet in the hope that management will fire the coach. Die Roten may have done just that against Freiburg on Saturday and before.

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The implications of the fight against football commercialism in Spain https://www.straightred.de/2018/10/the-implications-of-the-fight-against-football-commercialism-in-spain/ Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:53:28 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=201 Spanish football finds itself at the forefront of the modern battle between money and sentiment in football. With the league hell-bent on staging one of its games in Miami, the ...

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Four talking points on Bayern’s win at Wolfsburg https://www.straightred.de/2018/10/four-talking-points-bayern-wolfsburg/ Sat, 20 Oct 2018 18:44:19 +0000 https://www.straightred.de/?p=210 Is the Bavarian "crisis" over? Time will tell, but FC Bayern's 3:1 win over VfL Wolfsburg turned the Matchday 8 encounter into a display of composure that was lacking in previous weeks.

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