Friday, May 15, 2009

Niedersachsenderby preview

Heading into the final two weeks of Bundesliga campaign it is surely one of the most exciting in European football. Whilst some leagues are merely conjuring up an "exciting race" to try and keep viewers, the battle between Wolfsburg and Bayern München is not only a nip and tuck battle, only separated by a narrow goal differential but ripe with exciting twisting plots that rival a Alfred Hitchcock production.

Die Wölfe are on the verge of their rewarding the citizenry of Wolfsburg first championship. While the club certainly lacks the history the teems through the Bundesliga with clubs its growth and support through responsible domestic ownership is something deserving notion.

Looking beyond Wolfsburg's question for championship brings the interesting story of their coach Felix Magath. After Bayern München to the double two years in succession he was unceremoniously dumped before being scooped up by Volkswagen to lead Wolfsburg. Setting a long-term goal, the fifty-five year old footballing genius as taken the fast track and although keying a fifth place finish this year, his side is within two matches of the crown. Of course the delicous twist of the knife is should Wolfsburg be successful in their first title, it will be a crushing blow for Bayern.

However the story of Mr. Magath is far from over because before the parade could form his unpopularity in the Niedersachsen as he has committed to lead Schalke 04 starting this July. Apparently Mr. Magath does not understand the fine art of delaying such an announcement although he is never shy to host a press conference as wait for his "1".

Casting aside commentary of possible suitors for Edin Džeko, Zvjezdan Misimović, Grafite and Peter Pekarík that has many wondering what Wolfsburg will look like next year, Bayern is laying low in the reeds and ready to pounce with the slightest chance.

If this delectable story isn't exciting enough Bayern has cast aside the bounty of changes that Jürgen Klinsmann during his reign as head coach and with long-time Borussia Mönchengladbach man Jupp Heynckes in-charge they have yet to drop a point. Should Bayern overtake Wolfsburg in the final two matches, the former striker extraordinaire will be owed a much of the credit.

As Wolfsburg heads into Saturdays Niedersachsenderby against Hannover 96 it has the obvious test of leaving with three points but equally littering Robert Enke's net and building upon their two goal differential. With this being Dieter Hecking's side final match of the campaign at the Niedersachsenstadion they will put up a Herculian fight. Wolfsburg is fully fit with the only absence being Josué who is in the sin-bin.