The German Bundesliga is currently on an international break, but fans have already got to see three weekdays of action. There’s only one team that boasts of a 100% record so far, and it’s surprisingly not Bayern Munich or even Leipzig or Borussia Dortmund as you might’ve expected. That honour goes to Mark van Bommel’s Wolfsburg, who are three from three in the league this season.
Here is a look at the mostly recently concluded round of fixtures and how the teams fared.
Borussia Dortmund (Puma) 3-2 Hoffenheim (Joma)
Stuttgart (Jako) 2-3 SC Freiburg (Nike)
Mainz (Kappa) 3-0 Greuther Furth (Puma)
Augsburg (Nike) 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen (Jako)
Bielefeld (Macron) 1-1 Frankfurt (Nike)
Cologne (Uhlsport) 2-1 Bochum (Nike)
Bayern (Adidas) 5-0 Hertha (Nike)
Union (Adidas) 2-1 Gladbach (Puma)
VFL Wolfsburg (Nike) 1-0 RB Leipzig (Nike)
It was a pretty good round for Adidas- the German company outfits only two teams in the league and both of them emerged triumphant- Bayern hammered poor Hertha 5-0 while Union Berlin pulled off a fine result by downing Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 at home.
7 clubs in the league wear Nike, but only two of them were victorious in this round. One was Freiburg, who maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-2 away triumph at Stuttgart. The other was Van Bommel’s Wolfsburg, who beat RB Leipzig in an all-Nike clash at the Volkswagen Arena. The home side’s 1-0 win means they’re top of the table amongst the 18 teams who play in the Bundesliga currently. French left back Jerome Roussilon scored the only goal of the game as the Wolves kept another clean sheet- they’ve conceded just once in the league so far.
Wolfsburg finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season under Oliver Glasner, thus securing a Champions League spot. That effort was courtesy some solid defence- they let in fewer goals than champions Bayern, and van Bommel appears to be building on that foundation. While it’s still early days, Wolfsburg fans will be very pleased at what they’ve seen from their new Dutch gaffer so far.
At the opposite end of the table, Hertha (also in Nike) are the only team not to have picked up a point so far. The capital outfit just about managed to stay up last season, and have lost all three of their games this campaign. Interestingly, they took the lead in both of their opening matches against Cologne and Wolfsburg, but ended up losing 3-1 and 2-1 respectively. Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern were too good for them over the weekend, with Hertha at the receiving end of a heavy 5-0 defeat as star Polish forward Robert Lewandowski broke the legendary Gerd Muller’s club record.
It was a mixed weekend for Puma- Dortmund managed to beat Joma outfitted Hoffenheim in a five-goal thriller, but Gladbach and Greuther Furth both suffered away defeats. Jako, as mentioned above, saw Stuttgart lose at home, but had Leverkusen triumph 4-1 away at FC Augsburg.
Kappa, Macron and Uhlsport, all of whom have just one representative in the league this season, stayed unbeaten this round as Arminia Bielefeld held Eintracht Frankfurt and Koln & Mainz both emerged victorious over Bochum and Furth respectively.