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Bundesliga Wrap: Leverkusen stuns BVB, Hoffenheim cruises

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It’s back! The Bundesliga began its opening weekend with some thrilling moments to go with plenty of drama. If you’re looking for a unifying thread, the closest we can offer is “goals in bunches.” Momentum swung more than a few times on Saturday.

Friday was opening day, with Bayern Munich needing an absolutely stunning miss from Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda to settle into a 2-1 win. American ‘starlet’ Julian Green made Pep Guardiola’s 18, but did not feature off the bench.

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And there are matches to play on Sunday, with newly-promoted Paderborn hosting Mainz and Stuttgart dueling with Borussia Monchengladbach.

But let’s dig into the meat of the schedule with Saturday’s matches.

Hannover 96 2-1 Schalke 04
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened his account early in the second half, but it was more of a wake-up call to the home team than anything else. Edgar Prib and Joselu scored twice in three minutes to give Hannover the points.

Koln 0-0 Hamburg
Twenty-nine combined shots, just eight on goal, in a snoozer. Koln picks up a point in its first game since promotion.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 SC Freiburg
Haris Seferovic made a lot of fans at his club with a 15th minute goal that would stand as the winner. American defender Timmy Chandler did not play for the hosts, playing the role of unused substitute.

Hoffenheim 2-0 Augsburg
The goals came just two minutes apart, with Adam Szalai’s 33rd minute tally met by Tarik Elyounoussi’s 35th minute marker, and Hoffenheim cruised to all three points.

Hertha Berlin 2-2 Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund misfit striker Julian Schieber netted twice to give new team Hertha a 2-0 lead, but Assani Lukimya and Franco Di Santo scored twice in three minutes for the visitors to salvage a point. USMNT World Cup hero John Anthony Brooks was an unused substitute for Hertha.

Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen
The fastest goal in Bundesliga history, nine seconds from the opening whistle, would’ve been enough for the visitors to walk away with all three points. Karim Bellarabi nutmegged Matthias Ginter and pushed a ball home for the win, and Stefan Kießling added a stoppage time goal to cement the win.



Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayer Leverkusen 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0-0-0 1-0-0 3
1899 Hoffenheim 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
Bayern Munich 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
Hannover 96 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
Werder Bremen 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0-0-0 0-1-0 1
Hertha BSC Berlin 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1
1. FC Köln 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1
Hamburger SV 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-1-0 1
FSV Mainz 05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
Mönchen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
SC Paderborn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
VfB Stuttgart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
FC Schalke 04 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0-0-0 0-0-1 0
VfL Wolfsburg 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0-0-0 0-0-1 0
SC Freiburg 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0-0-0 0-0-1 0
Borussia Dortmund 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0-0-1 0-0-0 0
FC Augsburg 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0-0-0 0-0-1 0

Memphis jersey biggest seller in Premier League

during the Barclays Premier League match between XXX and XXX on September 26, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Memphis Depay‘s name has been printed on more Premier League jerseys than anybody else.

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According to, the Manchester United winger is the biggest climber on their top 10 list and fans have flocked to have “Memphis” printed on the back of their United jerseys.

The Dutch winger, 21, has had an up-and-down start to life at Old Trafford but that is not detracting fans from having Memphis, the name he prefers, emblazoned on the back of their shirts. Folks from an unnamed city in Tennessee, have you been buying lots of jerseys on the internet? No doubt the number of United fans in that region has sky-rocketed in the last few months. No doubt.

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Anyway, below is the list of the top 10 players name printed by Kitbag.

Top 10 selling jerseys worldwide

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
3. Memphis Depay – Manchester United
4. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Manchester United
5. Eden Hazard – Chelsea
6. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
7. Neymar – Barcelona
8. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
9. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
10. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool

New Arsenal contracts on the way for Alexis, Ozil

Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil
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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both in line to be handed new contracts by Arsenal.

The attacking duo, who have been in fine form in recent weeks after slow starts to the season, both have current deals which run until 2018 but the Gunners are said to be keen on locking the attacking midfielders down to contract extensions.

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According to the Daily Mail, Sanchez is set to become Arsenal’s top earner with a new deal on the table in excess of $220,000.

Sanchez is currently being paid $197,000 per week but is not the highest paid player at the Emirates, with Ozil taking that mantle and earning a cool $215,000 a week. Speaking of Ozil, talks over a new deal for him are also being prepared by Arsene Wenger and club officials with the German playmaker finally showing consistency this season, which is his third campaign in the Premier League following his $63 million move from Real Madrid in 2013.

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Sanchez, 26, missed most of Arsenal’s preseason after winning the 2015 Copa America with Chile on home soil this summer, but he is now back in his groove and the former Barcelona forward has scored five goals in his last two PL games and seven times in his last four outings for club and country.

Ozil scored his first goal of the season against Manchester United in Arsenal’s recent 3-0 win, as Ozil and Sanchez ripped United’s defense apart in a stunning 19-minute spell at the beginning of the match.

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With Theo Walcott locked down to a new long-term contract in the summer, Wenger now looks to have found his go-to front three as Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil possess a superb combination of pace, power and trickery. It’s no surprise to hear reports about new deals being prepared for Sanchez and Ozil, as the duo have that extra bit of class which has seen the Gunners win back-to-back FA Cups and comfortably finish in the top four of the PL.

Now, can they kick on and contend for the title this season? If Sanchez and Ozil stay fit and in-form, there’s no reason why not.