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Bundesliga Analysis & Predictions 2008/2009

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Bundesliga Analysis and Ratings 2008/2009

After an exciting finale, Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga after a great run after the winter break. With a win over Stuttgart on the last turn, Bayern secured their second place and the 2nd Champions League spot, while the VfB players have to go through the CL qualification round. Hamburg just snapped the last UEFA League spot from Dortmund in the last minute, but with an irregular goal. High-flyers Hoffenheim, Schalke, Bremen and Leverkusen were the big disappointments this season, while Cottbus, Karlsruhe and Bielfeld are getting relegated.

My predictions are mainly based on personal opinion, but, especially for the lower teams, my views are also influenced by various stat sites and match ratings given out by a highly rated football magazine, the kicker.

Finale table:

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Top goal scorers:

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Top assists:

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Now, let's have a look at the clubs and their players, a short summary if neccessary and a rating prediction. All clubs are listed at the club they played last season, eventual moves are noted in the summaries.

VfL Wolfsburg

Only sitting mid-table before the winter break, Wolfsburg started a great run, especially their forward duo.

BENAGLIO, Diego (25) - Gk - 89 => 89/90

Easily one of the best goalkeepers this year, very confident and calm, but still an authority. Still young and has been linked with a couple of major clubs.

JENTZSCH, Simon (33) - Gk - 85 => 84/83

Started a promising career, but now even lost his contract at Wolfsburg. Not sure of his future

LENZ, André (35) - Gk - 82 2lia34p.jpg

Retiring this season, still had a couple of short appearances to celebrate the end of his career

HITZ, Marwin (21) - Gk - 74

2nd goalkeeper for the reserves team, can't see him breaking into Woflsburg's first squad ever though

PLATINS, Patrick (26) - Gk - 74 => 74-76

Regular for the reserves, should be 2nd choice keeper next season after Lenz's retirement and Jentzsch's contract end

SCHAFER, Marcel (24) - LB/LM - 88 => 89/90

Young, fast, good tackler, good passing. All you expect from a good wide back. Sure to rise, and has been called up to the NT recently

RODRIGO ALVIM, Oliveira (25) - LB - 85 => 84

Arrived with high expectations, but hasn't played besides a few short appearances at the beginning of the season

KARIMOV, Sergej (22) - LB - 80

Only one appearance for the first team, but a regular for the reserves

ZACCARDO, Cristian (27) - RB/DM - 89 => 87

Actually signed as 1st choice right-back, he was put in the defensive midfield after some awful performances, but also failed to make an impact there

RIETHER, Sascha (26) - RB/DM - 88 => 89/88

Native RB, but now used more offensively as a RM in a 4-4-2 diamond

PEKÁRIK, Peter (22) - RB - 86 => 87/88

Signed after Zaccardo dissapointed in the first half the season, and has now cemented his place as starting RB. Should be rated higher than the Italian

ALEX, Domingos (29) - RB - 80 => 78

Hasn't played one single game

BARZAGLI, Andrea (28) - CB - 91

Didn't fulfill all expectations, but played well enough to keep his 91, IMO both Madlung and Simunek played equally well, but he was the one who played all games

MADLUNG, Alexander (26) - CB - 88

Kinda rotating with Simunek, fair rating

RICARDO COSTA, Miguel (28) - CB - 87 => 86/85

No idea how he managed to keep his rating last time, hasn't played for half a year

SIMUNEK, Jan (22) - CB - 87

As mentioned above, playes semi-regularly, but not enough to rise

REICHE, Daniel (21) - CB - 74

Only one short sub appearance at the beginning of the season, but a regular for the reserves. Not sure of his future potential

DEJAGAH, Ashkan (22) - RM/AM - 87 => 87/86

Doesn't make it to the starting XI regularly, but always dangerous when coming from the bench. Only very small chance of a drop

GENTNER, Christian (23) - CM/RM - 88 => 89/88

Regularly playing on the left flank in the 4-4-2 diamond, and playing rather well. Has recently made his debut for Germany, which increases the chances of an increase for him.

HASEBE, Makoto (25) - CM/RM - 86

Still trying to find his place in the team, now sometimes used as a RB

WOLZE, Kevin (19) - CM 74

JOSUE, Anunciado (29) - DM/CM - 91 => 91/92

Captain and key player for Wolfsburg, one of the main reasons for Wolfsburg great run, also playing regularly for Brazil. Slight chance of a rise

SCHINDZIELORZ, Sebastian (30) - DM - 82

Only sub behind Josué, bot the occassional game might make him keep his rating

MISIMOVIC, Zvjezdan (26) - AM - 90 => 91/90

Wolfsburg's offense has been stunning, without his assists I doubt that Grafite or Dzeko would make that many goals

ADLUNG, Daniel (21) - Wing/AM - 83 => 83/82

Since his move he rarely plays for Wolfsburg, but is quite talented and member of the U-21 Germany NT. Despite his talent, his lack of 2st team game could mean a drop

HILL, Kamani (23) - Wing/Fwd - 76

Moves to Portual after the end of the season

GRAFITE, Edinaldo (30) - Fwd - 89 => 90/91

I was surprised he didn't rise in the last changes, but this time he fully deserves it, he has proven that he's a great goal scorer but also a team player. Will probably stay at Wolfsburg, and personally, I rate him a tad higher than Dzeko.

OKUBO, Yoo (26) - Fwd/AM - 86

3rd choice striker behind Dzeko/Grafite, but still manages to play from time to time

DZEKO, Edin (23) - CF - 89 => 90/91

Is playing extraordinary well since the winter break and scoring goals like crazy. Likely to move in the summer. But in all honesty, so far he's had 1 1/2 average season and and only 4 months, in which he has been great. I hope and think he has the potential to estamblish himself as one of the best strikers in the world, but I've seen other great talents who never made their break-through.

CAIUBY, Francisco (20) - CF - 82

Occassional sub appearance, nothing special since his strange debut

ESSWEIN, Alexander (19) - CF - 72 => 74

Had 4 short appearances as a sub, might maybe rise a bit. Still playing regularly for the reserves

Bayern München

After some heavy investments last season, Bayern thought their current squad would be good enough to easily win the Bundesliga and get very far in the Champions League. However, the retirements of Sagnol and Kahn left a big gap, as their replacements couldn't fulfill all expectations. This season, it looks like Bayern will again invest heavily to strengthen their squad.

RENSING, Michael (25) - Gk - 89 => 88/87

Everyone put high hopes into him after he took over the no.1 from Kahn, but he disappointed throughout the whole season. A couple of weeks before the end of the season, he lost his place to Jörg Butt.

BUTT, Hans-Jörg (35) - Gk - 85 => 86/87

Actually brought in as 2nd choice keeper, he took over the starting spot after some good performances for the reserves. IMO a better keeper than Rensing (mainly due to experience), although the next changes might not reflect that (yet)

KRAFT, Thomas (20) - Gk - 77

Regularly playing for the reserves, was sitting on the bench when Rensing was injured.

LAHM, Philipp (25) - LB/RB - 25 - 93 => 93/94

I must admit, the chance of a 94 is very slim, but IMO he is the best left-back in the world, and at least just as good in his native RB spot. Has been linked with Barca several times, but as Bayern reached the Champions League, he's likely to stay now.

STIERLE, Oliver (25) - LB/LM - 78 => 78-76

Just brought in as a squad player for the reserves team, hasn't even played in more than a half of the reserves games

LELL, Christian (24) - RB - 89 => 88/87/89

If SM base their ratings on performance rather than stats, he has to drop. Weak in defense, even weaker when trying to go forward. IMO not good enough for the Bundesliga, let alone Bayern. However, the fact that he played might avoid a drop.

ODDO, Massimo (32) - RB - 90 => 89

Brought in as a replacement for Sagnol, he started off rather good, but faded away towards the end of the season, and was also injured quite often

LUCIO, Ferreira (31) - CB - 94 => 94/93

Last season, Bayern's defense seemed nearly unbeatable, but this season Lucio and Demichelis became very error-prone (again), maybe because they now didn't have to fear Kahn's rage. Still a Brazil international, and Bayern didn't do too bad, so still a good chance of staying.

DEMICHELIS, Martin (28) - CB/DM - 93 => 93/92

Very similar to Lucio, but replace Brazil with Argentina

VAN BUYTEN, Daniel (31) - CB - 90

Already dropped last time, didn't play too often, but when he did he wasn't much worse than Lucio or Demichelis

BRENO, Vinicius (19) - CB - 87 => 87/86

Hyped up as one if the biggest talents, but being only 4th choice, he didn't have much chance to prove himself, and when he played, he usually was awful.

SCHWEINSTEIGER, Bastian (24) - RM/LM - 92 => 92/91

Started great into the season, but didn't keep up the good performances towards the end of the season. Good performances for Germany will probably still keep him at 92.

ALTINTOP, Hamit (26) - RM/RB - 90 => 90/89

Injured at the first half of the season, but then got more playing time towards the end of the season. The tactics with him on the right, Schweini on the left and Ribery as an attacking mid worked rather well, but wasn't the best of solutions either.

ZE ROBERTO, Silva (34) - CM/LM - 92

Despite his age, still one of the better performers for Bayern this season. Was used as LB, DM, left Winger and even as an attacking mid, and always played rather well. However, he'll be leaving Bayern as he was only offered a 1 year contract despite wanting a 2 year contract

VAN BOMMEL, Mark (32) - CM/DM - 92 => 92/91

Was supposed to play a leader role for Bayern, but due to some poor performances, he was even dropped to the bench sometimes despite being captain. Don't think he has much of a future at Bayern either with Tymo coming.

BOROWSKI, Tim (29) - CM/LM - 90 => 89/90

Was an important player for Bremen, but only a squad player for Bayern. Due to the lack of playing time I wouldn't be surprised to see him drop.

FÜRSTNER, Stephan (21) - CM/DM - 77

Important player for the reserves, will move to Greuter Fürth, where he might strt more often. If want to take a gamble, grab him.

OTTL, Andreas (24) - DM - 88 => 88/87

Only 2nd or 3rd choice for Bayern, but still played rather often. However, his performances have usually been below Bayern standards.

EKICI, Mehmet (19) - DM - 77

SOSA, José (23) - AM/RM - 88

Almost forgotten, he showed some good games towards the end of the season, however, not enough to warrant a rise.

RIBERY, Franck (26) - Wing/AM - 95

Still the best Bundesliga player, his pace, skills and now even finishing is close to noone else in the league, however to rise further he'd probably need to move, but it looks like Bayern want to keep him

MULLER, Thomas (19) - Wing/AM - 80

A very talented player IMO, but only played very few games as a sub, so not even his Champions League goal will earn him a rise IMO.

PODOLSKI, Lukas (24) - Fwd/Wing - 91 => 91/90

I was very surprised he didn't drop last time, when he usually only was 4th choice behind Donovan. Obviously his NT performances have kept him at 91, but I don't think he can keep that rating at a club like Köln for long.

KLOSE, Miroslav (30) - Fwd - 93

Picked up a rather bad injury at the end of the season, and without him the Bayern offense wasn't the same. If he can pick up his form of 2008 again for the whole next season and the WC 2010, he could maybe earn his 94 back somewhen. He's become a much more complete player

TONI, Luca (32) - CF - 94 => 94/93

Didn't play as well as last season and missed quite a bunch of easy chances. He needs a 2nd striker next to him, he looked rather helpless when he was played up front alone. Not sure of his future at Bayern, might move after the signing of Gomez

YILMAZ, Deniz (21) - CF - 77

VfB Stuttgart

A similar season to Wolfsburg, they started off slowly, but when some of their top players like Gomez or Hitzelsperger found back to their best form, they managed to finish 3rd.

LEHMANN, Jens (39) - Gk - 90

Despite his age, still one of the best keepers in the Bundesliga. Stated that he'll play for another year if Stuttgart reach the Champions League, which looks likely.

ULREICH, Sven (20) - Gk - 82 => 82/81/80

Lost his place as 2nd goalkeeper to Stolz, but is playing for the reserves team in the 3rd division.

STOLZ, Alexander (25) - Gk - 77 => 78/79/80

2nd choice behind Lehmann, was sitting on the bench though all the time as Lehmann played every single minute in league & cup.

BOKA, Arthur (26) - LB/LM - 88 => 88/87

Has rarely played since the winter break after Magnin's return from injury. Hasn't really played welll before that though anyway.

MAGNIN, Ludovic (30) - LB - 88

Has always played since returning from injury, but he's far from his form from 2 years ago, when he was a key part of Stuttgart winning the league

OSORIO, Ricardo (28) - RB/CB - 89 => 88/87

After a disappointing performance, he's lost his place to Träsch

DELPIERRE, Mathieu (28) - CB - 90 => 90/89

Hasn't really had his best season, but with Stuttgart finishing 3rd, SM might still keep him at 90

TASCI, Serdar (22) - CB/RB - 90

Even though he missed the last couple of games of the season due to an injury, I can't see a reason to drop him. Probably Stuttgart's best defender in all games he played, and has a good chance of playing for Germany in the WC 2010. A defender I rate very highly, as he's not only a good defender, but also a good passer and good in opening the game.

BOULAHROUZ, Khalid (27) - CB/RB - 89

Hasn't really convinced in his first season and was occassionally only sitting on the bench, but his number of games should keep him on 89.

NIEDERMEIER, Georg (23) - CB - 80 => 81/82

Hasn't established himself in the starting XI yet, but Stuttgart are clso to signing him permanently, and I'm sure he'll be regular starter alongside Tasci in 1-2 years. Another Stuttgart defender I rate quite highly.

PISCHORN, Marco (23) - CB/RB - 77

OPOKU-KARIKARI, Jeremy (21) - CB/RB - 77

Both haven't played for the first team this season, but are regulars for the reserves.

TRASCH, Christian (21) - Def/DM - 83 => 86/87

Usually playing wherever he was needed in the first half of the season, he established himself as the starting RB at the end of the season, which also earned him a short appearance for Germany against UAE, where he already gave his first assist. Might change to RB/DM, RB/LB or even RB alone, but is still capable of playing anywhere in the defense,

HILBERT, Roberto (24) - RM/CM - 89

Used to be a very important player for Stuttgart, but has faded a bit away. Still playing regularly, should keep him at 89

HITZLSPERGER, Thomas (27) - CM/LM - 91

Captain of Stuttgart, regularly playing for Germany. It's quite obvious that he used to play in England. Hasn't played as a LM ever in Germany afaik, so dhould probably change to CM/DM

KHEDIRA, Sami (22) - CM/DM - 89 => 89/90

To be honest, the chance of reaching 90 is not that good, but has shown very good performances throughout the whole season. A regular for Germany's youth teams, just a matter of time until he gets his first senior call-up.

BASTURK, Yildiray (30) - CM/AM - 87 => 86

Has been injured for almost the whole season, and looks likely to move in the summer

ELSON, Falcão (27) - CM/AM - 84

Not the most impressive player, but he does his job when he comes off the bench.

FUNK, Patrick (19) - CM - 77

MANDJECK, Georges (20) - DM - 77

Both young and talented, but not good enough for the first team yet. Both are regulars for the reserves.

LANIG, Martin (24) - AM/Wing - 86

SIMAK, Jan (30) - AM/Wing - 86

Since Stuttgart don't have a native LM, both are kinda forced to play on the left side, and you can see that this is not the position they are best in.

GEBHART, Timo (20) - AM/Fwd - 84 => 86/87

Signed from 1860 in the winter break, he established himself in the first team and was playing pretty well.

RUDY, Sebastian (19) - Wing/AM - 78

Had two short sub appearances at the beginning of the season, but hasn't played since. Regular for the reserves.

CACAU, Jeronimo (28) - Fwd - 89 => 89/90

Was forming a great partnership with Gomez up front, and his recent Germany caps might give him a small chance of an increase.

MARICA, Ciprian (23) - Fwd - 88 => 88/87

A disappointing signing, hasn't even shown glimpses of his praised talent.

LJUBOJA, Danijel (30) - Fwd - 85 => 83/84

Problem child of Stuttgart, looks unhappy and is likely to move

RAHN, Johannes (23) - Fwd - 78

SCHIPPLOCK, Sven CFMS Rechts 77 20

Regulars for the reserves

SCHIEBER, Julian (20) - Fwd - 78 => 81/82

Has established himself as 3rd/4th choice striker and was regularly coming off the bench. Might get more chances next season after Gomez' departure.

GOMEZ, Mario (23) - CF - 93

Many were expecting a drop in the last changes, but in the 2nd half of the season he proved why he is a 93. Also managed to score for the NT as well again after 14 months without a goal. I'm hoping he doesn't start as slow as this

season at Bayern, as the Bayern bosses might not be as patient with him as in Stuttgart.

Hertha BSC Berlin

A constantly good performance by Hertha, who always seemed to win despite being the less active team, finally brought them to a 4th place and the sure qualification for the Europe League. Maybe a bit more would have been possible if they weren't struggling towards the end of the season.

DROBNY, Jaroslav (29) - Gk - 88 => 88/89

One of the best Bundesliga keepers this season, however Hertha's bad form in the last few weeks might cost him an increase.

FIEDLER, Christian (34) - Gk - 84 => 84/83

GANG, Christopher (21) - Gk - 75

BURCHERT, Sascha (19) - Gk - 72

There's not much to say about the goalkeepers, none of them really played.

CUFRE, Leandro (31) - LB/RB - 87

Signed in the winter break, but had to fight with with injuries for most of the season.

STEIN, Marc (23) - LB/RB - 87 => 87/88

The only wide back who regularly played, but his performances have mostly been below par. Still, his number of games leaves him a small chance of an increase.

BABIC, Marko (28) - LB/LM - 86 => 85

Also signed in the winter break, but a big disappointment

LUCIO, Carlos (29) - LB/LM - 86 => 85

Constantly fighting with injuries, made 2 short sub appearances st the end of the season.

RADJABALI-FARDI, Shervin (18) - LB 75

A very talented player, I expect to break him into the first XI within 2 years.

CHAHED, Sofian (26) - RB/RM - 86 => 85

Also injured for most of the season, will leave Hertha. Not sure where he goes

FRIEDRICH, Arne (30) - CB/RB - 91

The main reason for Hertha's success was a very strong central defense. One of the best centre back pairs in the Bundesliga together with Simunic.

SIMUNIC, Josip (31) - CB - 90 => 90/91

Formed a great partnership with Friedrich, and can't see a reason why he should be rated below him. But his age might stop SM from rising him.

VON BERGEN, Steve (25) - CB - 87

3rd choice CB behind Friedrich and Simunic, and was a good replacement when Friedrich was injured at the end of the season.

KAKA, Claudiano (28) - CB - 86 => 86/85

Now only 4th choice, has rarely played.

RODNEI, Francisco (23) - CB/LB - (80) => 82

Had a couple of appearances when many of Hertha's defenders were injured, enough for a small rise.

BANECKI, Francis (23) - CB - 76

Only playing for the reserves as far as I'm aware.

TRAORE, Ibrahima (21) - LM/Wing - 76

RIEDEL, Florian (19) - RM - 74

Both are regulars for the reserves team, and might get some more first team action next season.

CICERO, Santos (24) - CM/LM - 88 => 88/89

A player who really surprised me this season, played nearly every game and usually played very well.

DARDAI, Pál (33) - CM/DM - 88

Despite his age, he fully deserved the rise last time. Not enough to warrant another increase though.

KACAR, Gojko (22) - DM/CM - 88

Similar to Dardai, he rose by 2 in the last changes, even though I think that he still has quite a bit to learn.

LUSTENBERGER, Fabian (21) - DM/CM - 85 => 84

Hasn't played since the winter break, mainly because of an injury. Might be able to claim a starting spot back next season

HARTMANN, Lennart (18) - DM/CM - 75

ARGUEZ, Bryan (20) - DM/CM - 73

BIGALKE, Sascha (19) - AM/Wing - 75

All 3 are still young and regularly playing for the reserves. The brightest future of them probably has Bigalke, who absolutely convinced me when I saw him play a couple of times for the Germany youth squads. He's very fast and strong at dribbling, but also has an eye for his fellow players.

HOENESS, Sebastien (27) - AM/LM - 73

Tbh, I haven't heard if him until now. Apparently the son of Dieter Hoeneß, and a squad player for the reserves

EBERT, Patrick (22) - Wing/AM - 87 => 88/87

A good player, but a bit inconsistent. Also said to be a bit of a bad boy off the pitch

NICU, Maximilian (26) - Wing - 87 => 88

Regularly showed good performances for Hertha, which earned him a call-up for Romania. He would also be eligable for the German team, but he decieded to play for Romania

PISZCZEK, Lukasz (24) - Wing/Fwd - 85

Played in case Nicu or Ebert were injured/suspended. Did an ok job, but nothing to warrant an an increase

RAFFAEL, de Araujo (24) - Fwd/AM - 88 => 88/89

One of the most regular players for Hertha, however his performances haven't really impressed me. Still a 50/50 chance of an increase due to his playing time and importance for the team

DOMOVCHIYSKI, Valeri (23) - Fwd/AM - 86

Was subbed in 25 (!) times this season, never could esamblish himself as a starter. Interesting to see what will hapen to now that both Voronin and Pantelic are likely to leave

VORONIN, Andreij (29) - Fwd/AM - 89

Had a great start, but didn't keep up his good performances until the end of the season. As Hertha won't play in the CL, they probably can't afford the transfer fee for Voronin.

CHERMITI, Mohamed (21) - Fwd - 85

Similar to Domovchiyski, he only occassionaly came on as a sub.

PANTELIC, Marko (30) - CF - 90

Already dropped as this season wasn't up the his performances he showed previously. Managed to get a bit more playing time towards the end of the season. Obviously he didn't get along too well with Voronin, as well on and off the pitch, Is likely to leave.

Hamburger SV

One month ago, it seemed possible to be one of the most successful season for Hamburg in recent years, as they still had the possibility to win the German cup, the UEFA-Cup and to finish in the top3 of the Bundesliga, but a mixture of bad luck and bad form almost cost them everything. Only an (irregular) last minute goal from Trochowski brought them into international competitions.

ROST, Frank (35) - Gk - 90

Had a good season, tbh I was a bit surprised when he dropped last time. Will most likely stay.

SINOUH, Khalid (34) - Gk - 82

WOLF, Raphael (20) - Gk - 76

HESL, Wolfgang (23) - Gk - 75

As with most reserve keepers, I don't know too much about them. None of them have played for the first team, and they were rotating in the reserves squad.

JANSEN, Marcell (23) - LB/LM - 90

The drop last time was justified, but he has now established himself at Hamburg. I'm pretty confident that he can regain a better rating in the nearer future. Might get a positional change to LM/LB

ATOUBA, Thimothée (27) - LB - 87 => 86

Was badly injured for most of the season. His contract expired, not sure where he'll go to now

AOGO, Dennis (22) - LB/DM - 86 => 87

Has played in most of the games, Should continue to get regular appearances next season.

BOATENG, Jérôme (20) - RB/LB - 87

Has played around as much as Aogo, but didn't keep up his form until the end of the season, would still ber very surprised of he drops though, a very talented player. Could change to Def, plays CB for the Germany youth squads and also did a couple of times for Hamburg this season, and is only used by Hamburg as a wide back.

SCHMIDT, Volker (30) - RB - 77 => 76/75/77

MATHIJSEN, Joris (29) - CB - 90

The most constant player in Hamburg's defense. When fit, he was an absolute leader.

ALEX SILVA, Sandro (24) - CB/DM - 89 => 88

A huge disappointment. Arrived with high expections, but couldn't esablish himself in the defense. Had to play as a DM most of the time, and it was quite obvious he didn't feel too well there

REINHARDT, Bastian (33) - CB - 89 => 88

Has been been badly injured, has the skill and experience though to get back to 89 when he's fit.

GRAVGAARD, Michael (31) - CB - 88

Brought in as a replacement for the injured Reinhardt, he struggled to find his place first after a few shaky performances. Has played better towards the end of the season.

DEMEL, Guy (27) - Def/DM - 88

The very versatile defender and midfielder hasn't really played great, but he did play quite often. Can play anywhere across the back four and in the defensive midfield.

NDJENG, Marcel (27) - RM/RB - 85 => 84/85

Rarely played, and when I saw him play he didn't do anything special.

JAROLIM, David (30) - CM/DM - 91

Probably Hamburg's most important player, even more than for example Olic or Mathijsen. I don't rate him too highly, he's a rather unfair player IMO, and often gets away with his bad temper.

BENJAMIN, Collin (30) - DM/Def - 87

ANother very versatile player from Hamburg but hasn't really played well enough to warrant a rise

TAVARES, Mickaël (26) - DM - 86 => 86/87

A very positive surprise IMO, he did play rather well towards the end of the season. Not sure if it's already enough to warant an increase yet.

RINCON, Tomás (21) - DM - 84 => 84/83

Rarely played, and tbh, I didn't even notice him once although I'm pretty sure I've seen the games he was in. Still young, so might break through soon though.

KUNERT, Timo (22) - DM - 75

TROCHOWSKI, Piotr (25) - Wing/AM - 91

A regular player for Hamburg and now also for the NT. His last minute goal (even though it was offside) brought Hamburg into the UEFA Cup.

STREIT, Albert (29) - Wing/AM - 88 => 88/87

Was a key player at Frankfurt 2 years ago, but couldn't establish himself neither at Schalke nor in Hamburg. Was only loaned out, and Hamburg will probably send him back.

CASTELEN, Romeo (26) - Wing/Fwd - 87 => 86

Constantly injured.

PITROIPA, Jonathan (23) - Wing/AM - 86 => 87/88

Often an important player for Hamburg, really impressed with his pace, but his finishing is ok at best. Did occasionally play as a second striker due to injury problems in Hamburg offense.

SAKA, Kosi (23) - Wing - 77

PETRIC, Mladen (28) - Fwd - 91

A shame Dortmund traded him for Zidan, a very good striker with good finishing and heading abilities, but also fast. Despite an injury towards the end of the season I don't see a reason why he should drop.

GUERRERO, Paolo (25) - Fwd - 89 => 89/90

Finally had his breakthrough this season IMO. Got regular playing time, and showed some good performances. However, SM might want to wait until next season to increase him, when he shows some consistency.

CHOUPO-MOTING, Eric (20) - Fwd - 80

One of the most talented young strikers in Germany IMO, but not enough to play for the first team yet. Still a player who should be kept.

TORUN, Tunay (19) - Fwd - 75

OLUMIDE, Joseph (21) - Fwd/AM - 74

Torun had 3 short sub apps at the beginning of the season, haven't seen him play then though. Never heard of Olumide tbh.

OLIC, Ivica (29) - Fwd/Wing - 91

Had a good season with Hamburg, but I'm not sure if a move to Bayern was the right choice for him, as I don't think he can keep Klose/Gomez/Toni out of the squad.

CHRISANTUS, Macauley (18) - Fwd - 77

The 18yo forward won the U17-WC with Nigeria and was top scorer. Is loaned to Karlsruhe next season, I think he can get some playing time there and gain experience.

Borussia Dortmund

A very positive surprise this season was Dortmund under their new manager Klopp, who after financial struggles in the recent years now seem to be back on track. A team full of promising youngsters like Subotic, Sahin and Hummels, which only were hindered from an international spot by an irregular goal from Hamburg, but to be fair they could have sealed it themselves with a win against Gladbach on the last turn.

WEIDENFELLER, Roman (28) - Gk - 88 => 88/89

Had a good season, however he'a still a bit too inconsistent. A very underrated keeper IMO.

ZIEGLER, Marc (32) - Gk - 85 => 84/85

Had 3 games at the beginning of the season, but after Weidenfeller's return from injury, has hasn't had much chance to prove. 84/85 is an appropiate rating for one of the best 2nd choice goalkeepers in the Bundesliga.

HOTTECKE, Marcel (22) - Gk - 77

Had a bad injury, but is now playing regularly for Dortmund's reserves again. A good and talented, can't see him breaking through at Dortmund though.

DEDE, Leonardo (31) - LB/LM - 88

Had a bad injury, but since his return Dortmund have been on stunning form. A great leader, good at defending, but also good at going forward. A very important player.

LEE, Young-pyo (32) - LB/RB - 87

Played regularly when the other wide backs were missing, but despite good performances, he's only 3rd choice behind Owomoyela and Dede. However, I'm sure he's an adequate replacement on both flanks. A drop would be harsh

SCHMELZER, Marcel (21) - LB - 83

Hasn't played as much as before his increase, mainly because all first team players were fit again. Still a talented player, and can replace the other ageing wide-backs which aren't the youngest anymore.

VRZOGIC, David (19) - LB - 75

Hasn't played in the first team this season, but a regular at the reserves.

OWOMOYELA, Patrick (29) - RB/RM - 86 => 87/88

Almost back to his best days, has been on good form, both defensively but also going forward and making crosses. If he stays injury-free, he might rise further next season.

SUBOTIC, Neven (20) - CB - 87 => 88/87

Had a phenomenal start to the season, with quite a few goals as well. Has steadily become better under Klopp, another rise this time should be possible.

FELIPE SANTANA, Augusto (23) - CB - 86 => 87

Already considered as a flop, he showed all his talent when he replaced the injured Hummels after the winter break. Bit of a luxury problem here, Subotiv, Hummels and Santana are all young and talented, I think he's most likely to sit on the bench with Hummels and Subotic being starters next seasons

HUMMELS, Mats (20) - CB - 86

Only loaned out from Bayern at the beginning, he was then permanently signed. One of the most talented German centre backs, but a bit injury-prone. Missed most of the second half of the season due to an injury. If he stays injury-free and Dortmund are kepping up their good form next season, I wouldn't rule out a rise to the 90's in the nearer future

HUNEMEIER, Uwe (23) - CB - 77 => 78

A regular for Dortmund's reserves, and had a short appearance in the last game of the season when Subotic was suspended. Can't see him breaking through at Dortmund though.

BLASZCZYKOWSKI, Jakub (23) - RM/Wing - 88 => 88/89

Always a dangerous player, very fast and strong at dribbling. If he can improve his finishing, he can even go higher.

KRINGE, Florian (26) - RM/LM - 88 => 87/88

Hasn't had his best season, and only came off the bench in the last games of the season.

TINGA, Paulo (31) - CM/RM - 88 => 87/88

After Kehl's return and Sahin's great form, he has lost his regular place. Still shows glimpses of his talent, but a drop wouldn't surprise me.

KEHL, Sebastian (29) - CM/DM - 87 => 88

Probably the most important player at Dortmund, when he's fit he's a great player and leader. A hard worker defensively, and dangerous when going forward. Has scored quite a few important goals for Dortmund.

NURI, Sahin - (20) - CM - 87 => 87/88

After his return from his loan spell at Feyenoord, he looked like he'd only be a bench warmer (again), but towards the end of the season he has proven that he is one of the most talented footballers of his age. Has played on the left side in a 4-4-2 diamond, but isn't really a flank player. Might change to CM/LM.

BOATENG, Kevin-Prince (22) - CM/DM - 85

The 'bad boy' in Dortmund, if he can get his disciplinary problems and his bad temper under control, he could become a good footballer. But he's often ruined good performances with bad fouls or stupid mistakes.

VRANCIC, Damir (23) - CM - 78

NJAMBE, Franck (21) - DM/CB - 75

Both are regulars for the reserves, but unless Dortmund are really unlucky with injuries, I can't see them playing for the first team.

HAJNAL, Tamás (28) - AM - 89

A great transfer from Dortmund, he has brought life into Dortmund's offense. However, due to the lack of international football, I can't see him rising to 90 (yet), maybe next season.

ALEKSANDROV, Mihail (19) - AM/Wing - 74

A very, very talented player, I'm sure he'll brake into Dortmund's first team within 2 years or so.

TYRALA, Sebastian (21) - Wing/Fwd - 79 => 78

Hasn't played for the first team this season due to injuries.

FREI, Alexander (29) - Fwd - 90

Top scorer for Dortmund, and IMO the only player who is worthy of a 90 atm.

ZIDAN, Mohammed (27) - Fwd/AM - 88 => 87/88

Supposed to play algonside Frei, he lost his place to Nelson Valdez at the end of the season. Not sure if it's already enough to drop him, but it wouldn't surprise me.

VALDEZ, Nelson (25) - Fwd - 87 => 87/88

Had his best season at Dortmund this year, but is still giving away far too many chances. Has been named has as the most improved player since last season by SportBILD, one of the biggest football newspapers in Germany

SADRIJAJ, Bajram (22) - Fwd/AM - 74

KULLMANN, Christopher (22) - CF - 74

Only squad players for Dortmund, when all forwards remain fit, I don't think any of them has much of a chance to play.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

The high-flyers from the first half of the season struggled after the winter break, when many of their most important players picked up long-time injuries or had to fight with disciplanary problems. Still, 7th is a good finish for a Bundesliga newcomer, and if their first team stays fit and they add abit more depth to the squad, they could finish even better next season.

HILDEBRAND, Timo (30) - Gk - 88

When he came in the winter transfer window, he was expected to strengthen Hoffenheim's only real weakness, the defense. However, due to a lot of minor injuries and a lack of form, probably because of the missing match experience, he couldn't fulfill the high hopes. Towards the end of the season, he showed why he once was one of most highly-rated keepers in Germany, and that should make him stay.

HAAS, Daniel (25) - Gk - 86

The actual no.1 at Hoffenheim, he missed the first half of the season because of an injury, and after the winter break Hildebrand was signed. Did a good job though when he played.

OZCAN, Ramazan (24) - Gk - 85 => 84/83

Was a regular in the first half of the season, but is now only 3rd choice, and a 3rd choice keeper can't be rated 85 IMO. Will slowly drop further unless he moves.

IBERTSBERGER, Andreas (26) - LB/RB - 86 => 86/85

Missed most of the games after the winter break due to an injury, but hasn't really convinvced when he played either. With the signing og Eichner he might just be sitting on the bench next season.

FABRÍCIO, Silva Dornellas (19) - LB/CB - 80 => 81/80

A player who didn't really impress me, but he got a few more appearances after he was added. He's still young, and maybe he can develop well if he gets loaned out to another club.

BECK, Andreas (22) - RB - 88 => 88/89

The only player in Hoffenheim besides Ba who has a chance to rise to 89 IMO, he hasn't really kept of the form of the first half of the season, but he was called up the German senior NT a couple of times, which gives him a small chance of an increase.

JANKER, Christoph (24) - CB/RB - 83 => 85/84

A very versatile defender, played LB most of the time after Ibertsperger's injury. Should change to Def, as he can play anywhere in the back 4. Will move to Hertha this summer.

COMPPER, Marvin (23) - CB/LB - 87

Started off with good performances, but since his Germany cap, he has faded away a bit. but tbh, most of Hoffenheim did. Might rise further if he gets back to his late 2008 form.

JAISSLE, Matthias (21) - CB/LB - 86 => 85

One of the long-time injured players at Hoffenheim. If he returns from injury and can pick up his form again, he'll probably rise again.

NILSSON, Per (26) - CB/DM - 85 => 86/85

Replaced the injured Jaissle, but performance-wise, he couldn't convince. Still, the number of games might give him an increase.

WEIS, Tobias (23) - RM/CM - 87 => 87/88

Tbh, the chance of 88 is very small IMO, his performances for Hoffenheim haven't been as good as at the beginning, but he recently got his first appearance for Germany, where he didn't play too bad.

KELLER, Matthias (34) - RM - 76

SALIHOVIC, Sejad (24) - CM/LM - 88

Like most of the Hoffenheim team, he couldn't keep up his performance from the first half of the season. Still very dangerous from set-pieces though.

TEBER, Selim (28) - CM/RM - 84 => 86

Only a sub at the beginning of the season, but was captain for the mist games after the winter break. Missed the last games due to an injury, and will leave Hoffenheim in the summer.

LUIZ GUSTAVO, Dias (21) - DM/CM - 87

Another undisciplined player. If he could calm down a bit more and play fairer, I wouldn't have ruled out an increase, but for now, he's probably still too unexperienced.

VORSAH, Isaac (20) - DM/CB - 83 => 85

Became his chances when many of Hoffenheim's first XI were missing, but IMO he didn't use them. Looked shaky as CB and unspectacular as DM. Should increase a bit for the number of games he played.

CARLOS EDUARDO, Marques (21) - AM/LM - 88

Another player who's still too aggressive on the pitch sometimes, if he calms down a bit, his performances could easily earn him a 90 within 2 or so seasons, granted Hoffenheim do well.

OBASI, Chinedu (23) - Fwd/Wing - 87

Played regularly towards the end of the season, but he's nowhere near the level of his attacking collegues.

WELLINGTON, Luis (21) - Fwd - 83 => 83/84

Picked up a bit more playing towards the end of the season, but still couldn't establish himself in the starting XI despite many injuries.

HERDLING, Kai (24) - Fwd - 75

Signed in the winter, but couldn't make any impact in the first team.

BA, Demba (24) - CF - 88 => 88/89

As mentioned earlier, he's the only player in Hoffenheim besides Beck who might deserve an increase to 89. One of the few players who didn't dip in form too much. Has been linked with Stuttgart after Gomez' departure, but Hoffenheim probably won't let him leave.

SANOGO, Boubacar (26) - CF - 88 => 87

On loan from Bremen, but he was nowhere near being a replacement for Ibisevic.

IBISEVIC, Vedad (24) - CF - 88 => 88/87

Probably the unluckiest player in the Bundesliga. Was having a sensational season, when a bad injury in a friendly cost him the rest of the season. Based on that, SM might drop him. It will be interesting to see he regains his form after his injury, if he does, he could be one of the first players in Hoffenheim to reach 90.

TERRAZZINO, Marco (18) - CF - 75 => 77/78

Picked up another couple of minutes after his debute which got him added, but hasn't really shown all his talent yet.

FC Schalke 04

One of the biggest disappontments this season. Solid at the back as usual, but a weak offense hindered a better finish.

NEUER, Manuel (23) - Gk - 90 => 90/91

As mentioned above, Schalke has the best defensive record this season. One of the main reasons is Neuer, an always reliable keeper, and the last one to enter the fight for the German No.1 after Enke, Adler and Wiese.

SCHOBER, Matthias (33) - Gk - 85

Solid whenever needed.

FAHRMANN, Ralf (20) - Gk - 80

A very talented goalkeeper, who'll move to Frankfurt. If he manages to get a starting spot there, which I wouldn't rule out, he can reach 86/87+ next season.

PANDER, Christian (25) - LB/LM - 88

One of the best left-foots in the Bundesliga. Missed a couple of games, but when he played he usually did well. Always dangerous on set-pieces.

RAFINHA, Marcio (23) - RB - 90

One player that I find totally overrated and overhyped, he's a good defender, but nowhere near world class.

BORDON, Marcelo (33) - CB - 91

I found it harsh he dropped last time, but then again he hasn't really been good enough to earn his 92 back this time. Was injured at the end of the season, and there are constant rumours that he'll leave in the summer.

KRSTAJIC, Mladen (35) - CB - 88

If Bordon wasn't injured, it would have been a tough fight for the 2nd CB spot between him and Höwedes. A solid player, but will leave after this season.

HOWEDES, Benedikt (21) - CB - 86 => 87

One of the most talented German defenders, should become a regular next season.

ZAMBRANO, Carlos (19) - CB - 80

Hasn't played for Schalke, but already picked up games for the Peruvian NT.

WESTERMANN, Heiko (25) - Def/DM - 91

Had a great start to the season, which earned him quite a few appearances for the NT. IMO he's playing best in the defense, but is often used as a DM or CM at Schalke, which could mean a positional change to DM/Def.

KOBIASHVILI, Levan (31) - LM/LB - 88

Either playing in midfield or at LB when Pander was missing, solid performances, but nothing special.

JONES, Jermaine (27) - CM/DM - 89

Has shown ascending form, if he keeps it up he might have a chance to get into the German NT any maybe get to 90 then.

ENGELAAR, Orlando (29) - CM/DM - 89 => 88

A disappointing signing, has played below Bundesliga standard for most of the season, but somehow kept his starting place.

GROSSMULLER, Carlos - (26) - CM - 86 => 85/84

An even worse signing, hardly played and when he did, he played awful.

KENIA, Levan (18) - CM/AM - 80

A talented player, but only had one short sub appearance this season. Still a hot prospect though.

LATZA, Danny (19) - DM - 74 => 75/76

Certainly not a world-beater, but within a few years time, he could establish himself as a better squad player. Also versatile, played DM, RB and from what I heard can also play as LB or CM.

RAKITIC, Ivan (21) - AM/Wing - 89 => 89/88

A talented player that is wasted at Schalke. He's best when playing AM, but in Schalkes 4-3-3, he's too offensive-minded for a midfielder, and his passing and shooting abilities don't help him when playing on the flanks. If he moves or SSchalke switch to a 4-4-2 diamond for example, I can see him going uo again.

FARFAN, Jefferson (24) - Wing/Fwd - 91 => 90

Probably the most overhyped and disappointing signing this season. If even, he's only shown glimpses of his supposed talent. Usually missing easy chances, being way too selfish and giving away too many balls.

ASAMOAH, Gerald (30) - Wing/Fwd - 88 => 88/87

A constant hard worker, but due to his age, he's losing his strong sides, mainly his pace. Can't see him going up anymore.

ALTINTOP, Halil (26) - Fwd/AM - 89 => 89/88

Another player that is wasted because of Schalkes tactical system. For the wings, he's not good enough at dribbling and a bit too slow, for being CF he's not good enough at finishing. Again, in a 4-4-2 as a support striker he'd probably be best.

VICENTE SANCHEZ, Martín (29) - Fwd/AM - 87

Had a regular spot in the middle of the season, but was then dropped back to the bench due to rather poor performances.

KURANYI, Kevin (27) - CF - 91 => 91/90

Probably his worst season. Kicked out of the NT, and poor performances for Schalke. Can't see any reason why he should be joint highest rated player at Schalke besides SM's conservativeness.

ERWIG, Christian (25) - CF - 74

Bayer Leverkusen

A team with quite a few youngsters and talents, but towards the end of the season they struggled, and couldn't even reach European competition besides reaching the cup finale and being in the Top5 for a long time.

ADLER, René (24) - Gk - 91

IMO the most talented keeper in Germany, as he's not only an excellent shot-stopper and great in 1 on 1 situations, but has also contineously improved his anticipating skills. If he's only getting a bit more consistent, and either moves or Leverkusen establish themselves internationally, he can become of the world's best keepers. But for now, no rise.

KIRALY, Gabor (33) - Gk - 83 => 82/81

Only 3rd choice, will move to 1860, but I can't see him getting past Tschauner there either.

FERNANDEZ, Benedikt (24) - Gk - 82

A good back-up for Adler, but not much more IMO. He might be good enough to be 1st choice for a lower Bundesliga or 2nd division team, but he seems happy at Leverkusen.

KADLEC, Michal (24) - LB/CB - 88

Definitely a talented player, if he and Leverkusen improve abit he can hit 90 in time.

GRESKO, Vratislav (31) - LB - 86 => 84

Hasn't played one single game

DJAKPA, Constant (22) - LB - 84

Nothing more than a back-up player, never really left an impression

CASTRO, Gonzalo (21) - RB/DM - 90 => 90/89

Many were surprised by his drop, as SM are usually not that harsh to younger players. However, despite being dubbed the new German RB, I can't see him getting into the NT soon. With the arrival of Daniel Schwaab, he might even have to move to DM permanently

SARPEI, Hans (32) - RB/LB - 86 => 86/85

The defensive allrounder is getting old, and has rarely played. Sell definitely.

HAGGUI, Karim (25) - CB - 88 => 88/87

Rarely played, will move to Hannover.

FRIEDRICH, Manuel (29) - CB - 90 => 90/89

Hasn't really had his best season, a drop is unlikely but possible.

HENRIQUE, Buss (22) - CB/RB - 88

One you should have grabbed the last time, 88 is probably his maximum. There's no reason for him to rise again, and I don't think he's good enough for Barcelona.

SINKIEWICZ, Lukas (24) - CB/DM - 86

Has played a bit more towards the end of the season, but not really well enough to ensure a starting XI spot next season, especially not after Hyypiä's signing.

DUM, Sascha (22) - LM/LB - 84

Has had 20 apps this season, but been subbed in 18(!) times and subbed out the other 2. I don't think he's good enough for a starting spot.

RENATO AUGUSTO, Soares (21) - RM/AM - 89 => 89/90

Performance-wise, he'd deserve the 90, however, with Leverkusen's rather bad season (or bad second half of the season rather), I don't think he has much of a chance to rise.

SCHNEIDER, Bernd (35) - RM/CM - 89

Finally returned after a long-term injury, and in his short 20 minute comeback he already gave an assist again. I really hope SM don't drop him again, as the past has shown they rarely rise a player again even if he plays well.

ROLFES, Simon (27) - CM/DM - 91

One of Leverkusen's best players throughout the season, and he's still regularly playing for the NT.

ZDEBEL, Tomasz (36) - CM/DM - 87 => 87/86

Can't say much about him, has played from time to time, but not really enough to be considered a first-teamer. Has been linked to 1860 Munich.

SCHWEGLER, Pirmin (22) - CM/DM - 85

Can't really break into the first team yet, but shows his talent when needed.

VIDAL, Arturo (22) - DM/CM - 88

A very talented and versatile player, if he manages to clam down a bit (10 yc, 2 rc) and is hopefully used on his favorite position (DM), he definitely is a 90 player. Has played pretty much everywhere for Leverkusen, AM, DM, Wing, Wide back, I hope that SM recognize his versatility and change his position.

KROOS, Toni (19) - AM - 85 => 85/86

On loan from Bayern since the winter break, he's slowly made his way into the starting XI and started the last few games of the season, was seen pretty much everywhere, might change to AM/Wing.

BARNETTA, Tranquillo (24) - Wing - 90

Definitely a talented player, but I have the feeling that he doesn't show his full potential at Leverkusen. At a better club (or of Leverkusen find some consistency) he might even rise further.

KIESSLING, Stefan (25) - Fwd/AM - 90

A constant hard worker, but he lacks the killer instinct of a real class forward, so I can't see him getting past 90, which is probably the fairest rating for him.

HELMES, Patrick (25) - Fwd - 89

Has picked up a bad injury, and will probably miss for around 6 months. In case he would have stayed fit I'd have predicted a rise (4th best scorer in the league), but if he did, SM would have no other choice but drop him again after.

CHARISTEAS, Angelos (29) - CF - 87 => 87/86

On loan from a 2nd division team, and he hasn't really showed the form which once made him cup winner with Nürnberg and Euro Champ with Greece. Will return to Nürnberg.

SUKUTA-PASU, Richard (18) - CF - 77

One of the most talented strikers of his age, and Helmes' injury could be the big chance for him to make his break-through in the Bundesliga, even though Kiessling will probably partner up with Derdiyok at the beginning. I'm sure he gets one chance or another next season, and if he impresses, well, he might rise quite a bit.

Werder Bremen

By their standards, they had onw of their worst seasons in recent times. However, reaching the UEFA Cup final and winning the cup - DFB-Pokal - shows that they have quite a few good and talented players in their squad

WIESE, Tim (27) - Gk - 90 => 90/91

Has finally shown what he always lacked in the past: consistency. Often ruined great performances with horrendous errors earlier, but he has now become much more confident. Still has a chance to be nominated for the Germany 2010 WC squad.

VANDER, Christian (28) - Gk - 82 => 82/83

IMO, 82 is too low for him, he's always been a solid replacement for Wiese when he missed, but then again, he probably hasn't played enough to warrant a rise.

PELLATZ, Nico (22) - Gk - 77

MIELITZ, Sebastian (19) - Gk - 75 => 76/77

Has played just as much as Pellatz for the reserves, and both have obviously been doing ok, but not good enough to play for the first team.

BOENISCH, Sebastian (22) - LB/LM - 86 => 86/87

He hasn't really played extra-ordinarily, but he managed to pick up most of the games and can be considered a regular.

TOSIC, Dusko (24) - LB/CB - 86 => 85/86

Lost his place to Boenisch after quite a few disappointing games.

ANDERSEN, Niklas (20) - LB - 77

A regular for the reserves, and had his Bundesliga debut a few days before the end of the season.

FRITZ, Clemens (28) - RB/RM - 90

After the very disappointing Euros, he played solid for Bremen, should stay at 90.

HOLSING, Finn (25) - RB/RM - 77

MERTESACKER, Per (24) - CB - 93

Despite what most people say, he fully deserves his 93, despite Bremen's rather poor defensive record and league position. He's one of the very few players I'd considere as a sure starter for the NT (besides Lahm and Klose and probably Ballack), and after all, he's probably the fairest defender I know.

NALDO, Aparecido (26) - CB - 91

He also deserves to be rated at 91, together with Mertesacker, he forms one of the best CB pairs in the Bundesliga. Also always dangerous when going forward and has a good shooting and heading ability.

PRÖDL, Sebastian (21) - CB - 86 => 87

Played quite often towards the end of the season, as he always had to replace some injured player. However, he didn't play well enough to deserve a higher increase. Also played as RB when needed, should change to CB/RB.

PASANEN, Petri (28) - Def - 88 => 88/87

Also played a bit more towards the end of the season, atm, I'd say Prödl is preferred over him at the CB and RB position, which could mean he drops.

ARTMANN, Kevin (23) - LM/CM - 80 => 78

has only played for the reserves, and picked up a bad injury.

JENSEN, Daniel (29) - CM - 89 => 88/87

Rarely played, and when he did, he usually disappointed. Actually doesn't deserve to be rated above the likes of Gentner and Sahin IMO

VRANJES, Jurica (29) - CM/DM - 87 => 87/86

Pretty much the same as Jensen.

FRINGS, Torsten (32) - DM/CM - 92 => 92/91

He's getting older, and he slowly looses the attributes which once made him a 93 player.

BAUMANN, Frank (33) - DM/CB - 88 2lia34p.jpg

Retires after this season, sell as long as he's still worth something.

TZIOLIS, Alexandros (24) - DM - 87

Apparently one of Schaaf's favorite players, but has never really shown why...

NIEMEYER, Peter (25) - DM/RB - 84 => 85

It's difficult to say much about him, he was almost invisible in most of the matches I've seen. But that's not really a bad thing for a defensive player...

FELDHAHN, Nicolas (22) - DM/CB - 78

OZIL, Mesut (20) - AM/LM - 89

I really hope he can finally show ALL his potential now that Diego left, and I'm pretty confident that he does, he's one of the most talented German footballers. No rise for now though, as he hasn't really played enough.

DIEGO, Ribas (24) - AM/CM - 94

One of the best players in the Bundesliga, unfortunately left and will now be playing in Italy. Will leave a huge gap at Bremen, but this could prove to be the big chance for Özil.

HUNT, Aaron (22) - Wing/Fwd - 87

Not first choice at Bremen, but his performances haven't really helped him either. If he gets some playing time, I'm sure he'd whow more of his talent.

ROSENBERG, Markus (26) - Fwd - 89 => 88/89

IMO a horrible striker, he's missing far too many chances. That being said, he's still a hard worker and usually has an eye for his teammates. Definitely not on the same level as Pizarro though.

HARNIK, Martin (21) - Fwd/AM - 84

Hasn't played that much for Bremen, he's still playing frm time to time for the Austrian NT.

MENGA, Addy-Waku (25) - Fwd/Wing - 80 => 78

Joined from 2nd division team Hansa Rostock and has only played for the reserves.

BEGEORGI, Fabrice (22) - Fwd/Wing - 78

Also a reserve player who joined in the winter

HUGO ALMEIDA, Miguel (25) - CF - 89

IMO the better partner for Pizarro than Rosenberg this season.

PIZARRO, Claudio (30) - CF - 89 => 89/90

Performance-wise, he'd deserve the rise, but as he'll likely return to Chelsea in the summer, he'd probably drop there again, so I'm not really expecting a rise for him.

OEHRL, Torsten (23) - CF - 78

Regular for the reserves, with one short sub appearance in the Bundesliga.

Hannover 96

To make it short, there's only one reason why Hannover didn't get relegated and didn't even have to fight with relegation for most of the time, and that's their keeper. Their defense is bad, the midfield lacks creativity and the attack is too harmless.

ENKE, Robert (31) - Gk - 91 => 91/92

By far their best player, and IMO he currently has the best chances to e Germany's first keeper at the WC 2010. Always consistent, a great shot-stopper, and good anticipation.

FROMLOWITZ, Florian (22) - Gk - 82 => 82/83

Did a good job when he had to replace Enke, who was a bit unlucky this season with injuries, and IMO a 2nd choice keeper can and should be rated higher than 82

JENSEN, Morten (21) - Gk - 77

Regular for the reserves, but only 3rd choice in the first team, but even had one game when Enke was injured and Fromlowitz suspended, but for now, I can't see him getting past Fromlowitz.

TARNAT, Michael (39) - LB/LM - 85

Retires after this season

RAUSCH, Konstantin (19) - LB/LM - 82 => 84/85

IMO can be considered a regular, and IMO, he was one of the best in Hannover's defense for most of the time.

CHERUNDOLO, Steve (39) - RB - 86 => 85

Hasn't played since the last changes, and is getting really old. Sell as long as he's still worth something.

ISMAEL, Valérien (33) - CB - 86 => 85/84

Probably one of the players whose career was ruined by injuries. IMO one of the best defenders when fit, but he's rarely been that in the past couple of years. He's even talked about retiring, but so far, it's not 100% sure.

VINICIUS, Bergantin (28) - CB - 86 => 85/86

Not first choice either, and when I've seen him play, he usually was one the worst players on the pitch.

EGGIMANN, Mario (28) - CB - 86

One of the most error-prone defenders in the league, only the amount of games he played will probably keep him at 86.

FAHRENHORST, Frank (31) - CB/DM - 86

One of the better player's in Hannover's defense, but still far from being good. Will move to Duisburg next season, I'd be surprised if he keeps his rating there.

KRZYNOWEK, Jacek (33) - LM/CM - 87

Did the right thing with his move to Hannover, and IMO has been of the better players in Hannover's squad. Should be safe at 87 for now, but I don't think he can keep it that much longer.

PINTO, Sergio (28) - RM/AM - 86 => 86/87

Played a bit better towards the end of the season, but was invisible for me most of the time. Performance-wise, he doesn't really deserve the increase, but the amount of playing time leaves a slight chance.

ZIZZO, Salvatore (22) - RB/RM - 75 => 75/76

Not really the best player I know, but he was subbed in quite often towards the end of the season. A small increase might be possible, but I don't think he's good enough to get a starting spot next season.

YANKOV, Chavdar (25) - CM/RM - 85 => 84/83

Hasn't played in the second half of the season, and is likely to move in the summer, will most likely end at a club in the 2. Bundesliga.

SCHULZ, Christian (26) - DM/LB - 88

A very versatile player, and it looks like he's settled in Hannover's central defense. Not really good enough to deserve a rise though, but should change to Def/DM, IV/DM or something similar.

LALA, Altin (33) - DM/CM - 87 => 86

Had a very weak season IMO, didn't really strengthen the defense when he played. Continually has problems with his back, I'm not really sure how long he will stay active.

BALITSCH, Hanno (28) - DM - 87

One of the most consistent performers, fair at 87

ANDREASEN, Leon (26) - DM/CB - 86

Did the right thing with moving away from the EPL, has regularly played for Wolfsburg.

SCHULZ, Bastian (23) - DM - 80 => 81/82

Has gotten another couple of subs and starts, but didn't really excell

BRUGGINK, Arnold (31) - AM - 87

Has done an ok job, isn't really the most creative play-maker or best goalscorer.

ROSENTHAL, Jan (23) - AM/RM - 86 => 86/85

Rarely plays when most of the others are fit, but usually does a god job.

STAJNER, Jiri (33) - Wing/Fwd - 87 => 87/88

Despite his age, he's still one of the best in Hannover's squad, still fast fo his age and regularly dangerous in front of the goal.

HAHNE, Hendrik (23) - Wing - 74

SCHLAUDRAFF, Jan (25) - Fwd/AM - 88 => 88/87

IMO still a good footballer, but has been hit hard by injuries this season. If he gets back to his pre-Bayern form, he can go higher again.

HANKE, Mike (25) - CF - 87 => 86/87

FORSSELL, Mikael (28) - CF - 86 => 87/86

It's difficult to say what will hapeen to these two, IMO Forssell has been disappointing for most of the season, but he has played more than Hanke. Both should probably be the same rating, but I wouldn't be surprised if either SM stay conservative and both stay or if they switch ratings.

1. FC Köln

The main reasons for Köln's rather good finish (they were out of the relegation battle quite early) are their striker Novakovic and a good, solid central defense. The rest of the team haven't really excelled. With the signing of Podolski they got another top striker, if he teams up well with Novakovic, Köln should be able to avoid relegation in the nearer future and establish themselves in the Bundesliga again.

MONDRAGON, Faryd (37) - Gk - 87

Still one of the better keepers in the league, but not really good enough to deserve an increase.

VARVODIC, Miro (20) - Gk - 80 => 79/78

Never heard of him tbh, now back in Croatia. Didn't even play when Mondragon was missing.

KESSLER, Thomas (23) - Gk - 76 => 78/79

Dropped last time despite being actual 2nd choice behind Mondragon. Played 3 games at the end of the season, and got some media attention by giving an assist in his 2nd game.

WOME, Pierre (30) - LB - 87 => 87/86

Missed quite a few games because of injuries, but always a solid performer when fit.

BRECKO, Mišo (25) - RB/RM - 86 => 87

Already rose 2 last time, and he kept up his good form and is likely to rise again. Don't think he can get much higher than that though.

CULLMANN, Carsten (33) - RB/CB - 75

Only playing for the reserves

GEROMEL, Pedro (23) - CB - 88

FOrms one of the CB partnerships in the Bundesliga with Mohamad, fully deserves to be one of the highest-rated players in Köln. Might get higher if he moves.

MOHAMAD, Youssef (28) - CB - 87

As mentioned above, one of the best partnerships in the league, but a tad less solid than Geromel

MCKENNA, Kevin (29) - CB - 85 => 85/86

Native CB, but usually played RB when both CB's where fit. Small chance of a rise, but should change to CB/RB or maybe even Def.

MATIP, Marvin (23) - Def/DM - 85

Has been used as DM more often recently, but hasn't really shown all his qualities there.

EHRET, Fabrice (29) - LM/LB - 85 => 86

Can be considered a regular for Köln, but nothing spectacular.

BOATENG, Derek (26) - CM/DM - 86

Came in the winter break, but hasn't really excelled.

BROICH, Thomas (28) - CM/RM - 84

PETIT, Armando (32) - DM/CM - 90 => 89/90

Despite being a good performer and leader at Köln, he hasn't really played any better than other Bundesliga players with the same rating.

PEZZONI, Kevin (20) - DM/CM - 84 => 85

Another small rise for the youngsters, has done a good job when he was needed,

ANTAR, Roda (28) - AM - 85 => 84/83

Was fired by Köln, and will now be playing in China

ANDRE, Oliveira (24) - AM - 82

Another player who actually moved away from Köln a while ago, but is still listed in their squad.

YALCIN, Taner (19) - AM - 75 => 76/77

Has gotten a few more minutes towards the end of the season, a small rise is justified.

VUCICEVIC, Nemanja (29) - Wing/AM - 86

Has been very inconsistent this season, and his contract didn't get renewed. Not sure what he'll do next seaoson.

CHIHI, Adil (21) - Wing/Fwd - 83

There have been much talks about his talent, but whenever I've seen him play, he hasn't even shown glimpses of it. Don't think he'll ever make an impact at a major club.

SANOU, Wilfried (25) - Wing/Fwd - 81

Only a squad player, and hasn't performed too well when he played.

BROSINSKI, Daniel (20) - Wing - 75 => 77/78

Faded a bit away after his spectacular debut with a goal against Bayern, played a bit more, but never has been of the top performers. Still a keeper for the future, might make his break-trough next season or the season after.

SCHERZ, Matthias (37) - Fwd/Wing - 82 2lia34p.jpg

Has retired.

NOVAKOVIC, Milivoje (30) - CF - 87 => 87/88

If you want to be harsh, Novakovic was the only dangerous player in Köln's team. Scored half of their goals this season, worthy of another rise if he keeps it up.

RADU, Sergiu (31) - CF - 86 => 85

ISHIAKU, Manaseh (26) - CF - 85 => 84

Both have been totally harmless when they played, but I wouldn't class them as classical CF's anyway.

Eintracht Frankfurt

A team which had to fight with many injuries for most of the season, but still managed to stay in the Bundesliga. A very balanced squad qithout any real topstars, but a good morale and spirit.

PROLL, Markus (29) - Gk - 87

NIKOLOV, Oka (35) - Gk - 86

ZIMMERMANN, Jan (24) - Gk - 76

Although Nikolov wears the #1 shirt, it has been a close race between him and Pröll for most of the season. But since both were also very injury-prone, even the 3rd keeper Zimmermann made a short appearance. It'll be interesting to see which keeper will start next season, as Fährmann, a keeper I personally rate quite highly, also joins Frankfurt. Depending on who is number one, two and three at the beginning of next, the rating will change accordingly. Atm I can't make any statement of who's most likely to start, only that Zimmermann doesn't have much of a future at Eintracht.

SPYCHER, Christoph (31) - LB/LM - 88 => 88/87

The Swiss international hasn't really convinced this season and also missed around half of the season due to an injury.

PETKOVIC, Nikola (23) - LB - 85 => 85/84

Signed as replacement for the injured Spycher, but his performaces have been rather poor, and he was then dropped to the bench and didn't play for the last 10 games of the season.

OCHS, Patrick (25) - RB - 88

Probably the best player for Frankfurt, maybe if he joined a better club I wouldn't rule out a Germany call-up.

JUNG, Sebastian (18) - RB - 74 => 77/78

A young and fast defender, IMO he'll make it into a Bundesliga starting XI within 2 or 3 years. Atm he has no chance to take over the RB spot from Ochs, but is also versatile enough to replace injured/suspended wide-backs or DMs. Should change to RB/DM for now,

RUSS, Marco (23) - CB/DM - 87

The most solid and consistent performer in Frankfurt's central defense.

BELLAID, Habib (23) - CB - 87 => 87/86

Has played more towards the end of the season, but his performances have been below par for most of the season.

VASOSKI, Aleksandar (29) - CB - 84 => 83

Been injured for most of the time.

KOHLER, Benjamin (28) - LM/CM - 87 => 87/86

Picked up an injury at the end of the season, but couldn't really convince before either.

TOSKI, Faton (22) - LM/Wing - 83 => 83/82

Missed most of the second part of the season because of an injury.

LJUBICIC, Krešo (20) - LM - 76

STEINHOFER, Markus (23) - RM/RB - 86

MAHDAVIKIA, Mehdi (31) - RM/RB - 85

Steinhöfer is usually preferred over Mahdavikia, who seems on his way down.

INAMOTO, Junichi (29) - CM/DM - 87

Like most of the Frankfurt squad, he struggled with injuries for a big part of the season. Will move to France next season.

CAIO, César (23) - CM/AM - 85 => 85/84

Played ok when he was needed, but despite many injury problems, he's only a squad player.

PREUSS, Christoph (27) - CM/DM - 84 => 83

MIssed the whole season due to injuries.

FINK, Michael (27) - DM/CM - 88

The best and most consistent performer in Frankfurt's midfield, will move to Besiktas since he didn't want to renew his contract at Frankfurt.

BAJRAMOVIC, Zlatan (29) - DM/CM - 87 => 86

CHRIS, Maicon (20) - DM/CB - 85 => 86/85

Has been partnering up with Russ in the central defense for most of the season after the winter break, if he keeps up his good performances he can rise further. Should change to CB/DM.

MEIER, Alexander (26) - AM/Fwd - 86 => 86/87

Returned from injury in the winter, and has since made good performances for Frankfurt. If he stays injury-free, he might get a bit higher again.

KORKMAZ, Ümit (23) - Wing/Fwd - 85 => 85/84

Had a bad injury, and has since not been able to cement a starting spot and only had a couple of short sub apps.

AMANATIDIS, Ioannis (27) - Fwd - 88 => 88/87

A good player, but, who could guess it, missed most of the season due to injury. When he's fit at the beginning of next season and performs well, he should keep his rating

LIBEROPOULOS, Nikos (33) - Fwd/AM - 88

A player I personally don't rate too much, but the amount of games he played probably keeps him at 88.

FENIN, Martin (22) - Fwd/AM - 87

Has been good and constant for most of the season, but not enough IMO to rise.

KWEUKE, Leonard (21) - CF - 82 => 82/81

Had a few chances to prove himself, but after many rather poor performances he was dropped to the bench.

HESS, Martin (22) - Fwd/Wing - 76

Only a player for the reserves.

VACCARO, Angelo (27) - CF - 78

TSOUMOU, Juvhel (18) - CF - 75

Only players for the reserves.

VfL Bochum

FERNANDES, Daniel (25) - Gk - 87

A pretty average keeper in my opinion, but still first choice at Bochum

HEERWAGEN, Philipp (26) - Gk - 80 => 80/81

Did a very good job when he had to replace Fernandes, however I believe that he has no chance to take over the no.1 spot, but is surely the definite no.2

RENNO, René (30) - Gk - 80 => 78/79

Only 3rd choice.

FUCHS, Christian (23) - LB/LM - 87

The Austrian international was probably Bochum's best defender despite actually being a midfielder. If he wasn't injured at the end of the season, I'd say he could rise, maybe depending on his performances next season it might be possible in the near future.

BONIG, Philipp (29) - LB - 86

Picked up most of his games after Fuchs' injury, but IMO he should remain lower than him.

CONCHA, Matias (28) - RB - 86 => 86/85

PFERTZEL, Marc (28) - RB/CB - 86

Pfertzel seems to have secured himself the RB spot, but IMO hasn't done enough yet to warrant a rise.

SCHRODER, Oliver (28) - RB/DM - 85 => 84

Mainly used as a midfielder, will move to Rostock.

YAHIA, Anthar (27) - CB - 87

MALTRITZ, Marcel (30) - CB/DM - 87

They form a (for a 'lower' Bundesliga club anyway) pretty solid duo, although the amount of games they played together decreased steadily due to injuries. If both remain fit, I'd say both could reach 88 even if they stay in Bochum.

MAVRAJ, Mergim (22) - CB/LB - 82 => 84/83

Played most of the games at the end of the season, when many Bochum players were hit by injuries.

FABIAN, Patrick (21) - CB - 74 => 75/76

Had 2 full games in the middle of the season after 3 short subs, but isn't really close to the first team if all are fit.

GROTE, Dennis (22) - LM - 84 => 85

A talented player who slowly establishes himself in Bochum's first team, but will probably never be world-beater, but can be a solid 87/88 within a year or two.

FREIER, Paul (29) - RM/Wing - 86

Played regularly since his return, but his far from his form which once earned him quite a few Germany call-ups. IMO he's past his best, sell him while you can.

AZAOUAGH, Mimoun (26) - RM/AM - 85 => 86

The versatile midfielder is the player with the most games after Dabrowski in Bochum's midfield. Has played pretty much everywhere, but not really sure to what he should change.

DABROWSKI, Christoph (30) - CM/DM - 88

The only player besides Sestak who really deserves the 88, Bochum's most important player.

IMHOF, Daniel (31) - DM/CM - 85 => 86

Made a solid impression when he and Dabrowski played together in DM.

ONO, Shinji (29) - AM/LM - 85 => 84

Rarely played.

EPALLE, Joël (31) - Wing/Fwd - 86

Can't really say much about him, hasn't really impressed me, I didn't even know he played so much...

SESTÁK, Stanislav (26) - Fwd/Wing - 88

Played better when he partnered up with Klimowicz, his speed is amazing.

PROKOPH, Roman (23) - Fwd - 75

Only a reserves player, never made his break-through

KLIMOWICZ, Diego (34) - CF - 86

Did te right thing when he moved to Bochum, but isn't really the most dangerous player anymore. Should stay for now, but injuries and age are playing an always increasing role.

KALOGLU, Sinan (27) - CF - 85

MIECIEL, Marcin (33) - CF - 85 => 84

HASHEMIAN, Vahid (32) - CF - 84

All 3 haven't really proven themselves as goal scorers, the only thing that keeps them in the 84/85 region is the playing time.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

BAILLY, Logan (23) - Gk - 85 => 86/87

A great signing, has secured Gladbach many important points with amazing saves.

HEIMEROTH, Christofer (27) - Gk - 83 => 82/81

Will now be 2nd choice, I think 83 is a bit much for a team like Gladbach, especially since he hasn't played since Bailly's transfer

GOSPODAREK, Uwe (35) - Gk - 80 => 79/78

Lost his contract at GLadbach, not sure of his futurem but it soesn't look like he already retires.

LOHE, Frederic (20) - Gk - 74

DANTE, Santos (25) - LB/CB - 87

Did a good job IMO, was always dangerous after corners and free-kicks. If he also improves his defensive skills, he might be able to move to a bigger club.

JAURES, Jean-Sébastien (31) - LB/LM - 86 => 85/84

DORDA, Christian (20) - LB - 78

Both rarely played since the last changes

STALTERI, Paul (31) - RB/LB - 85 => 85/86

Back in the Bundesliga, he seems to find back to his old form slowly

LEVELS, Tobias (22) - RB - 83 => 83/84

Depending on the start of next season, he might be in for a small rise. Did pretty well when he played, but whn you're fighting against relegation usually more experienced players are preferred.

RUBINK, Tim (21) - RB/CB - 76

DAEMS, Filip (30) - CB/LB - 85 => 86

The most consistent player for Gladbach, mostly reliable in defense

BROUWERS, Roel (27) - CB - 85 => 85/86

Improved towards the end of the season as well, the next season will decide if he rises or not.

GOHOURI, Steve (28) - CB/RB - 84 => 83

KLEINE, Thomas (31) - CB - 84 => 82

CALLSEN-BRACKER, Jan-Ingwer (24) - CB - 84 => 83

All three only picked up a handful of sub apps at the end of the season, if any at all.

VAN DEN BERGH, Johannes (22) - LM/LB - 78

KESEROGLU, Abdulla (21) - LM - 75

I don't really think they both have much of a chance in Gladbach, even after Marin's and Baumjohann's departure.

BRADLEY, Michael (21) - CM - 88

IMO he deserved the drop last time, but this time he should stay. He constantly played rather well, and his USA games help as well.

GALASEK, Tomás (36) - CM/DM - 87 2lia34p.jpg

Was one of the most important signings and kept the Gladbach defense together in the second half of the season. I think he'd still be good enough to play another season, but he decided to end his career.

JANTSCHKE, Tony (19) - CM - 78

Made 4 games in the middle of the season, but despite good performances was dropped to the bench for more experienced players. Still a talented player, and one to keep.

ALBERMAN, Gal (26) - DM/CM - 86 => 85/86

Missed most of the season after the winter break due to an injury, but even before he hasn't really impressed. Still, with good performances at the beginning of next season he might stay.

PAAUWE, Patrick (33) - DM/CB - 86

Hasn't really convinced at Gladbach, and will move back to the Netherlands.

SCHACHTEN, Sebastian (24) - DM/Def - 76

Only one short game at the end of the season, can't say much about him, but probably not a world-beater of he still spends most of the time on the bench with 24.

COULIBALY, Soumaila (31) - AM/LM - 82 => 81

Rarely played

BAUMJOHANN, Alexander (22) - AM/Wing - 85 => 86/85

Played well and is definitely talented, will be moving to Bayern this summer, but I don't think he'll ever be able to get a starting spot there.

MARIN, Marko (20) - Wing/AM - 89

Despite many other predictions, I think he'll stay for now. His performances for Gladbach haven't been the best, and he hasn't fully convinced at the U-21 Euros either IMO, mainly because he had to play in an unusual role as a forward. But I'm pretty sure that after some time in Bremen, he can set the Bundesliga on fire, a definite player to keep.

MATMOUR, Karim (23) - Wing/Fwd - 84 => 85

I was surprised to see that he has featured in all games this season, he's often forgotten after the media hyope around Marin & Baumjohann.

TOUMA, Sharbel (30) - Wing/Fwd - 83 => 81

LAMIDI, Moses (21) - Wing/Fwd - 77 => 77/78

Made 4 short appearances at the end of the season, but hasn't left an impression.

NEUVILLE, Oliver (36) - Fwd - 85

FRIEND, Rob (28) - CF - 85

COLAUTTI, Roberto (27) - CF - 84

The weak spot in Gladbach last season, Neuville's getting older and older and never really was a prolific goal-scorer, Friend struggled with injuries and Colautti pretty much missed everything. I'm pretty sure that all will have to compete with Bobdailla next season.

The last 3 teams will follow soon...

If you have any questions, disagreements or suggestions, feel free to do so, I'll always try to listen and help.

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Re: Bundesliga Analysis & Predictions 2008/2009

Legend post' date='Phil. But,why you predict the rating changes now while German changes still far away? Everything can happen in next 5 months,huh?[/quote']

I've talked to one of the Devs, and the next German changes will probably take place in around 2 1/2 months in early-mid September, which means that only around 6 games of the new season have been be played until then. And because the last German changes have been in March, the last few games of the season will still play a big role in the rating changes. To be honest, I can't predict how (and if) all players will play at the beginning of next season, still, it should be a good indication of what direction a player's rating will go. If we're getting closer to the next changes, I'll probably make an updated list anyway, for now, I'd say the personal comment on each player is more important anyway ;)

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Very nice post, complete with details/reasons. ---:)

EDIT:

Not on DB: Macauley Chrisantus: an 18yo forward' date=' won the U17-WC with Nigeria and was top scorer. Is loaned to Karlsruhe next season, I think he can get some playing time there and gain experience.

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He is on Database rated 77?

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I've talked to one of the Devs' date=' and the next German changes will probably take place in around 2 1/2 months in early-mid September, which means that only around 6 games of the new season have been be played until then. And because the last German changes have been in March, the last few games of the season will still play a big role in the rating changes. To be honest, I can't predict how (and if) all players will play at the beginning of next season, still, it should be a good indication of what direction a player's rating will go. If we're getting closer to the next changes, I'll probably make an updated list anyway, for now, I'd say the personal comment on each player is more important anyway ;)[/quote']

Wow,then all of your prediction sounds realistic. So,in what section German Changes?

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Re: Bundesliga Analysis & Predictions 2008/2009

Only one word : wunderbar!

Being unable to see most Bundesliga matches, I really appreciate the detailed informations. It helped me make up my mind on several players I was thinking about acquiring or releasing.

Danke sehr!

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Re: Bundesliga Analysis & Predictions 2008/2009

Nicely done, Phil

I like the player ratings done within the context of the team and the league, and you have done it exceptionally well.

You've heard from the others about the timing of the next changes, so I won't comment other to say I will look forward to your updates !

Well done mate !

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Very nice post' date=' complete with details/reasons. ---:)

EDIT:

Not on DB: Macauley Chrisantus: an 18yo forward, won the U17-WC with Nigeria and was top scorer. Is loaned to Karlsruhe next season, I think he can get some playing time there and gain experience.

He is on Database rated 77?

Yeah, sorry for that, didn't look close enough, he's already listed at Kalrsruhe. Will fix that soon.

Great job!

By the way do you know where will Ze Roberto of Bayern Munich move to next season? Thanks

Unfortunately not, there are lost of rumours though, for example of a move to England or Brazil, but also to 'lesser' leagues like USA, Austria or Saudi-Arabia.

As soon as something concrete happens, I (or someone else of course) will let you know ;)

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Re: Bundesliga Analysis & Predictions 2008/2009

Excellent post, and well done! B)

As a Dortmund fan, I feel Weidenfeller, Subotic, Owomoyela, Santana, Kuba & Kehl deserve to rise. The first three (with help from the fourth) are vital components of what was the league's second-best defence last season. Kuba is a terror on the right-hand side, with his incisive runs and bursts of pace, while Kehl has been a real leader in the centre, shielding the back four & also going forward often, even chipping in with a couple of vital goals.

Sahin has slowly forced his way into the XI at the expense of Kringe, and if he holds on to his place, should see a rise. :)

By the way, there's something I wish to point out :

GENTNER, Christian (23) - CM/RM - 88 => 88/89

Regularly playing on the left flank in the 4-4-2 diamond, and playing rather well. The lack of a Germany call-up might prevent a rise

Gentner did make his Germany debut against China in a friendly last month during the team's Asia trip, and also played in the game against the UAE a few days later. ;)

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Gentner did make his Germany debut against China in a friendly last month during the team's Asia trip' date=' and also played in the game against the UAE a few days later. ;)[/quote']

There's a simple answer to this. I started compiling that list pretty soon after the end of the season (I think it was the Friday after the Cup finale), and he hasn't played for Germany until then. Will edit it accordingly.

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About the Dortmund players, I'm a Dortmund fan myself, and I hope I haven't been too biased (god, how much I hate that word) towards the players. While Kringe was one of Dortmund's best players a year ago, he hasn't been as influental this season, but Sahin is a different kind of player. He isn't really a flank player, but in Dortmund's system there's obviously no place for a classical central midfielder. But then again, Stuttgart was quite successful without a real LM either ;) Maybe Feulner can play there, it could be a tough battle for the LM spot next season. I also hope that Bender develops good at Germany, but at the same time, I still hope that Kehl stays fit which means that Bender won't play as often...

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HOWEDES, Benedikt (21) - CB - 86 => 87

One of the most talented German defenders, should become a regular next season

Great post, detailed yet concise.. that's always nice :)

Howedes has played rather well at the under 21 level ,but does he have the potential to break into the senior team ?

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Great post' date=' detailed yet concise.. that's always nice :)

Howedes has played rather well at the under 21 level ,but does he have the potential to break into the senior team ?[/quote']

I think he's good enough, but IMO needs an experienced CB next to him. Krstajic will leave, and it isn't sure yet if Bordon stays. The only other option for the CB spot would be Westermann, but he probably is needed as a midfielder. So the chances for Höwedes to play are pretty good, him and Bordon would be one of the best CB pairs in the league (and that from a Dortmund fan).

About the Germany squad, the spot next to Mertesacker (who's fix in starting XI when fit) is still open, I don't think he'll make it into Germany's senior team until the WC, but I could imagine that he gets his chance afterwards if he plays regularly for Schalke.

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Re: Bundesliga Analysis & Predictions 2008/2009

Do u think wolfsburg will be able to retain their strikers after a great sason , both scored goals for fun & do they have any1 in reserve if they sell both ?

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Grafite will most likely stay in Wolfsburg, he's said several times that he enjoys Wolfsburg.

The Wolfsburg bosses have said numerous times that Dzeko is not for sale, I'm not really sure if it's just a tactic to boost up his value or if they'd really reject any offer. I could imagine they might let him leave for an offer of around 25-30m, anything below that seems too little for me (and them, obviously).

If they're selling Dzeko, I think they'd get a replacement, as neither Okubo nor Cayubi are good enough for CL football next season, and Esswein is still too young.

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About the Dortmund players' date=' I'm a Dortmund fan myself[/b'], and I hope I haven't been too biased (god, how much I hate that word) towards the players. While Kringe was one of Dortmund's best players a year ago, he hasn't been as influental this season, but Sahin is a different kind of player. He isn't really a flank player, but in Dortmund's system there's obviously no place for a classical central midfielder. But then again, Stuttgart was quite successful without a real LM either ;) Maybe Feulner can play there, it could be a tough battle for the LM spot next season. I also hope that Bender develops good at Germany, but at the same time, I still hope that Kehl stays fit which means that Bender won't play as often...

Sweet. :D No, I doubt anyone could charge you with having been biased towards the BVB players; if anything, you're 'guilty' of under-rating a couple of them ;) (Kuba & Weidenfeller should be 89s, and not borderline 88/89, IMO).

Kringe's performances have dipped steadily, yeah, as have Tinga's (funny how they rhyme :P). Real shame, that, but if Sahin can fully express the immense talent he possesses, then neither of the two will be sorely missed.

Feulner - he's 27, isn't he? How good is he?

Bender can deputise till Kehl's engine starts to sputter (which hopefully won't happen anytime soon).

Oh, and Boateng is sooooooooooooooo annoying! :mad: A part of me is glad we didn't sign him on a permanent basis.

EDIT - Phil, don't you think Santana has a decent chance of grabbing the starter's spot alongside Subotic next season? He did play well when deputising for Hummels, after all. :confused:

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Sweet. :D No' date=' I doubt anyone could charge you with having been biased towards the BVB players; if anything, you're 'guilty' of under-rating a couple of them ;) (Kuba & Weidenfeller should be 89s, and not borderline 88/89, IMO).[/quote']

If they start next season like they finished the last, yes, both have a better chance of rising. However, Weidenfeller's reputation in the media, for the national coach etc. isn't as high as it should be, that's why I said he's an underrated keeper, both on SM and IRL. IMO he's a much better keeper than Rensing, and better than Wiese as well. On his best days, he simply is as good as the best in the Bundesliga, and the number of bad and error-prone days for him has decreased steadily this season. I really hope he stays injury-free, in that case he might even hit the magical 90 when Dortmund play internationally.

Kringe's performances have dipped steadily' date=' yeah, as have Tinga's (funny how they rhyme :P). Real shame, that, but if Sahin can fully express the immense talent he possesses, then neither of the two will be sorely missed.[/quote']

I really thought that Kringe would have deserved at least a call-up for the Euro squad for his performances last season, he worked really hard and was one of Dortmund's most dangerous players. But obviously Jogi Löw doesn't like Dortmund players, and I read somewhere that various players at Dortmund (including Kehl and Weidenfeller) and Klopp were criticizing Löw, as he's rarely watched any Dortmund players.

Feulner - he's 27' date=' isn't he? How good is he?[/quote']

I think he was one of Mainz' best players and played a big role for their promotion. I'm not really sure if he'll be a starter at Dortmung, but he's a very versatile player who should be at least an ok replacement for Hajnal, Sahin, Kuba or similar in case of injuries. And obviously former Mainz players tend to perform well in Dortmund under Klopp ;)

Bender can deputise till Kehl's engine starts to sputter (which hopefully won't happen anytime soon).

Yeah' date=' I mainly see him as a long-term replacement, I don't think he's fully ready for the Bundesliga yet, but within a couple of years he could be a 90+ from what I've seen of him at youth level.

Oh, and Boateng is sooooooooooooooo annoying! :mad: A part of me is glad we didn't sign him on a permanent basis.

I'm also glad we didn't buy him, obviously they've learned from their mistakes in the past and don't just bloat the squad and spend huge moneys on transfers and wages.

EDIT - Phil' date=' don't you think Santana has a decent chance of grabbing the starter's spot alongside Subotic next season? He did play well when deputising for Hummels, after all. :confused:[/quote']

I'm not really sure, the Subotic/Hummels duo seemed a tad better than Subo & Santana, however, there isn't too much behind those 3, and a good back-up CB is always important. IMO Hünemeier isn't of Bundesliga quality and Hornschuh, who got a professional contract, isn't fully developed yet. Another possibility would be that Subo and Santana play as CB and Hummels moves forward to the DM spot (where he started his career and where he, according to an interview I read recently, prefers to play), but then again there's no chance he could keep Kehl out of the squad, but maybe that would be an alternative in case Kehl's bad luck with injuries continues...

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Re: Bundesliga Analysis & Predictions 2008/2009

Really, really nice thread, mate. Must have taken lots of hours to create it.

But as a VfB Stuttgart fan I have to say:

BASTURK, Yildiray (30) - CM/AM - 87 => 86

Has been injured for almost the whole season, and looks likely to move in the summer

He will possibly even drop to 85. He only played 3 times this season. But perhaps SM is gracious and he will only drop to 86.

and

KHEDIRA, Sami (22) - CM/DM - 89 => 89/90

To be honest, the chance of reaching 90 is not that good, but has shown very good performances throughout the whole season. A regular for Germany's youth teams, just a matter of time until he gets his first senior call-up.

He should rise to 90 IMO because he played very well, scored the most goals of all midfielders of the VfB though he plays normally DM. And he would have already played in the German national team, but once he was injured and after that he had to play for the German U21 because he is their leader and captain.

But everywhere you gave the right tendence. Very well work. :D

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TEBER' date=' Selim (28) - CM/RM - 84 => 86

Only a sub at the beginning of the season, but was captain for the mist games after the winter break. Missed the last games due to an injury,
and will leave Hoffenheim in the summer
.

Is there any news as to who Teber is signing for?

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Is there any news as to who Teber is signing for?

Nope, still nothing I'm afraid. There are rumours of a move to Hannover and to Mainz, although he has also said he wishes to play in a foreign league. Still, I think he's good enough to keep a rating of 85+ afterwards wherever he moves.

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Nope' date=' still nothing I'm afraid. There are rumours of a move to Hannover and to Mainz, although he has also said he wishes to play in a foreign league. Still, I think he's good enough to keep a rating of 85+ afterwards wherever he moves.[/quote']

Cheers, thanks for the info

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Re: Bundesliga Analysis & Predictions 2008/2009

Hey Phil, Good Thread Mate.

Can I Ask You A Favour, Could You Please Keep Me Updated With Kevin Pezzoni.

As I Have Him With A Team And I Need Money So I Dont No To Sell Him Or Keep Him

:) Thanks

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Hey Phil' date=' Good Thread Mate.

Can I Ask You A Favour, Could You Please Keep Me Updated With Kevin Pezzoni.

As I Have Him With A Team And I Need Money So I Dont No To Sell Him Or Keep Him

:) Thanks[/quote']

Well, he was a good buy before the last changes, but IMO he won't rise much more in the near future, and long-term-wise he isn't really the best buy either. 84->85 isn't really the biggest jump, if you can sell him and get some better players for the money I'd do it.

Is there any news as to who Teber is signing for?

Can't be bothered to search if it's already been mentioned somewhere, but he has now signed for Eintracht Frankfurt. A club that suits him IMO.

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