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Thread: Awesome game to watch this coming weekend: Hoffenheim/Bayern Munich

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    Awesome game to watch this coming weekend: Hoffenheim/Bayern Munich

    How can you not root for Hoffenheim:
    3300 inhabitants
    Currently leading the Bundesliga after behind promoted this year (was in Division 5 in 2000)
    Their budget must be ridiculously dwarfed by those of other powerhouses.

    Hoffenheim is currently leading the Bundesliga, 3 points ahead of BM who’ve been on fire lately.

    Hoffenheim probably won’t last all season, but still. German football is always fun with a ton of goals. So if you’re not doing anything Saturday try and pick it up on P2P it should be worth it (or even better find a German bar).

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    Thanks for the tip, Raoul. I will definitely make an effort to watch. I had no idea about Hoffenheim until now, sounds like a great story.

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    DANG! Looks like I missed a good one...maybe GOL TV will have a replay this weekend:

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?...=GER.1&cc=5901


    Updated: December 5, 2008, 4:37 PM ET

    Hoffenheim saw their lead at the top of the Bundesliga disappear after a heart-breaking last-gasp defeat by second-placed Bayern Munich tonight.
    Vedad Ibisevic put the visitors ahead in the 49th minute but Philipp Lahm equalised 11 minutes later and Luca Toni stole the points in injury time.

    Hoffenheim had two good early chances. First Demba Ba shot tamely at Michael Rensing when a square ball to Ibisevic would surely have brought a goal.

    Ba then headed a good cross from Chinedu Obasi just past the post.

    Bayern responded with a fine opening of their own. Toni rounded Daniel Haas after being played in by Ze Roberto but could only fire wide from a tightening angle.

    The Italian then dived dramatically in an effort to win a penalty - the referee was not fooled.

    Toni did appear to have a case in the closing minutes of the half when Haas pulled him back after failing to deal with a high ball, but again nothing was given.

    To make matters worse for Bayern, Hoffenheim broke the deadlock four minutes into the second half with a well-worked goal.

    Massimo Oddo laid the ball into the striker after playing a good one-two with Ba and Ibisevic spun expertly to find the bottom corner from 10 yards out.

    Carlos Eduardo nearly made it two but Rensing got down to make a good save at his near post. The keeper then pushed over Obasi in the area in a moment of madness and was lucky to escape with only a yellow card.

    Hoffenheim were completely in control but a lapse in concentration allowed Lahm to level on the hour mark.

    The full-back was allowed to run and run and his shot from 18 yards took a slight deflection to leave Haas helpless.

    Hoffenheim's defence switched off again minutes later but Toni flicked a free header past the far post.

    Miroslav Klose had a golden chance to put Bayern ahead late on when he was played clean through but the striker never looked comfortable and pulled a tame shot well wide.

    That miss seemed to inspire the visitors again and substitute Sejad Salihovic fired a 25-yard free-kick just over the bar before Rensing pulled off an impressive save from the same player.

    Both sides looked to have settled for a point but in the second minute of stoppage time Andreas Ibertsberger inadvertently diverted the ball to Toni in front of goal and the Italian made no mistake.

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    The Italian then dived dramatically in an effort to win a penalty - the referee was not fooled.

    Both sides looked to have settled for a point but in the second minute of stoppage time Andreas Ibertsberger inadvertently diverted the ball to Toni in front of goal and the Italian made no mistake.
    Can you get any more Italian than this??

    It sounds like it was a great game. I didn't even follow my own advice. We barely slept last night with the little one. We just took a nap so we can go to a dinner tonight.

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    [QUOTE=RaoulDuke;2896014]Can you get any more Italian than this??
    QUOTE]

    I don't think you were around JI for the '06 WC, but you missed a great soccer thread on the main forum (before the soccer forum existed.)

    If memory serves, the thread went off track when somebody called the Italian players divers, referenced the german players making mafia jokes, and it really went over the cliff from there. A banning or two were even handed out-epic for a soccer thread in these parts.

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    [QUOTE=frostlich;2896122]
    Quote Originally Posted by RaoulDuke View Post
    Can you get any more Italian than this??
    QUOTE]

    I don't think you were around JI for the '06 WC, but you missed a great soccer thread on the main forum (before the soccer forum existed.)

    If memory serves, the thread went off track when somebody called the Italian players divers, referenced the german players making mafia jokes, and it really went over the cliff from there. A banning or two were even handed out-epic for a soccer thread in these parts.
    Thank God I wasn't around for that. I would've had my hands full..lol

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