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Dieter Hecking has taken over struggling Wolfsburg. Hecking has signed a contract leaving him in charge of the club till 2016. With his contract at Nürnberg coming to end in 2014, the club were desperately trying to convince him to stay till the end of the season. However Nürnberg failed to do so and have found themselves looking for a new manager during the winter break.

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With the international break this month there weren’t as many matches in the Bundesliga as the previous month. However the clubs certainly kept up the entertainment with shocks and some thrilling games to look back on.

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We witnessed football of the highest quality in the Bundesliga last month, was there anything that didn’t happen in September? last month gave fans plenty of action to savor from the mouth-watering football being played to the not so mouth-watering football.

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Former Germany midfielder Tim Borowski has been forced to retire from the game after being unable to recover from ongoing injury problems with his right ankle.

The former Werder Bremen midfield star had further surgery on the ankle but that failed to clear the injury he picked up whilst playing for Bremen in October 2010.

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Ezequiel Lavezzi.

 

A name known around the world, primarily for representing Napoli in a Champion’s League group that seemed impossible to get through. This was a group that consisted of Bayern Munich, oil-rich Manchester City and Spanish giants (later relegated) Villarreal. Napoli finished the group behind Bayern in second, knocking later-Premier League champions Manchester City out along with Villarreal. The world of football, or at least the people who didn’t follow Serie A, was shocked. Napoli’s fast, sharp, counter-attacking football rolled over teams that were expected to have no problem when facing the Naples-based side.

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Last month Lucien Favre’s side walked out to a packed Borussia-Park ahead of their Champions League Play-off tie against Ukraine giants Dynamo Kiev. However if we look back two seasons it was a different story, the side from the small town of Monchengladbach were in a relegation battle. It wasn’t looking good for the foals as they sat bottom of the Bundesliga when Favre took over in February 2011 to replace Michael Frontzeck. Gladbach gathered some form under Favre as they picked up a vital 20 points from mid February to the end of the season which secured a relegation play-off spot with a total of 36 points, they would have to face Bundesliga 2. side VfL Bochum.

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Having failed in his appeal to overturn his 10 month suspension for his role in the match-fixing scandal, Juventus have had to make do without their animated coach Antonio Conte overlooking proceedings on the sidelines – but that hasn’t stopped them from getting off to an absolute flyer in the opening two games. Having said ‘goodbye’ to club legend Alessandro Del Piero during the summer, Juve needed to make an impact early doors, especially given the scandal that has once again clouded Serie A. They also needed someone to step up and fill the huge void in the team. Overcoming Udinese, recently eliminated from the Champions League by Braga, that ‘someone’ would be the ‘Atomic Ant’ Sebastian Giovinco, scoring a brace in a 4-1 win at the Stadio Friuli, other goals coming from Arturo Vidal from the penalty spot and Mirko Vucinic. Andrea Pirlo in particular picked up where he’d left off at the Euros and ran the show once again in what was an almost faultless performance from the Old Lady, making it six points out of six following their opening day victory over Parma. Having failed in their attempts to add Fiorentina’s Stefan Jovetic to their squad before Friday’s deadline, Juve at least added Nicklas Bendtner on loan for the rest of the season from Arsenal, certainly giving them another striking option for their squad.

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