Bayern are Bundesliga ‘winter championship’

SaturdaySchalke 04         vs     M’gladbach    16:30    Mainz         vs     Hannover 96Leverkusen     vs     NurnbergFC Augsburg     vs     SC FreiburgSpVgg Fürth     vs     StuttgartBayern         vs     Dortmund    19:30   

Saturday
Schalke 04         vs     M’gladbach    16:30   
Mainz         vs     Hannover 96
Leverkusen     vs     Nurnberg
FC Augsburg     vs     SC Freiburg
SpVgg Fürth     vs     Stuttgart
Bayern         vs     Dortmund    19:30   

Sunday
Hoffenheim     vs     Bremen    16:30   
Wolfsburg         vs     Hamburg SV    18:30   

BERLIN - Bayern Munich have become the first Bundesliga team in history to clinch the Herbstmeisterschaft after only 14 games, as they went ten points clear at the top of the table after beating 10-man Freiburg 2-0.

The Herbstmeisterschaft (winter championship) is the unofficial title handed to the league leaders after the first half of the season. Out of the 49 winter champions so far, 32 went on to win the league title. Bayern’s achievement marks the earliest Herbstmeister in Bundesliga history.

Bayern beat SC Freiburg 2-0 on Wednesday, and, after chasing pack Dortmund, Frankfurt and Schalke slipped on Tuesday, they opened a ten-point gap over Bayern Leverkusen.

Ahead of the German ‘clasico’ on Saturday, however, Bayern’s players were cautious, despite winning the unofficial title. “This means nothing,” warned midfielder Toni Kroos. “Just remember last year!”

In the 2011-12 season Bayern had also topped the table, three points ahead of chasers Dortmund and Schalke. During the second half of the season, though, Bayern lost 11 points on Borussia Dortmund and finished second.

Bayern’s focus will now shift towards the Dortmund game this weekend. In the Bundesliga, Bayern have lost the last four games against Dortmund. “It is time to finally beat Dortmund again,” said Neuer.

 

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