The Bundesliga says goodbye to the winter break. So it’s time to take a closer look at the first half of the German House of Lords. Who got the top transfer? What was the excitement of the first half of the season? And which debutante was the most convincing? The tops and flops of the first half of the season.
SPOX and GOAL have analyzed the first half of the Bundesliga season 2021/22 for you and summarized the most important events in 16 categories.
First round match: Gladbach – Freiburg 0: 6
From Maximilian Lotz
Those involved described what happened on December 5th in Borussia-Park as “crazy” or “surreal”. In the first half, the highest Freiburg victory in league history fell all hits. Almost every shot was on, something that SC coach Christian Streich had never seen before. Gladbach thought he was in a nightmare, after all, Borussia had knocked Bayern away 5-0 in the cup. But in the league you spend the winter in the basement.
Team of the first half of the season: SC Freiburg
From Maximilian Lotz
Ex-Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge described as a “slap in the face for many other teams” Picture TV the sensational third place for Freiburg. That was also a praise for a good job at the sports club. Despite four defeats in five games in the meantime, the best first half of the club’s history is in the end. Just in time for Christian Streich’s tenth anniversary. “Maybe I’ll light a candle,” Streich said succinctly: “No more.” In Breisgau, despite the soaring, you stay flat on the ground.
Goal of the first half of the season: Pantovic against Freiburg
By Ulli Ludwig
In a phase in which Manuel Riemann held the fate of Bochum in his hands, Milos Pantovic used a Lienhart faux pas and lifted the pill from the center circle over SCF goalkeeper Mark Flekken. But just as world class as the goal of the former Bayern jewel was the Bochum jubilation grape with the ecstatic VfL fans in the background, who had already been able to admire his 62-meter shot two match days earlier.
Goal celebration: Haaland celebration against Wolfsburg
By Gabriel Wonn
Erling Haaland had returned after his injury and of course scored a goal a few minutes later. After his karate hit, he repeated his cheers from the last game against the wolves: He propped himself up on one knee and stretched his forefinger towards the stands with a wink. However, the scene became legendary thanks to a comedically perfectly timed camera panning. One female fan didn’t find the cheers funny at all – and promptly presented the middle finger to the striker. Haaland himself had to laugh at this sequence later.