Fairness pays off. The top five teams - Bayern, Schalke, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Leverkusen - are also the ones with the fewest yellow and red cards. But that doesn't mean Round 12 doesn't feature a lot of toughly contested matches. Our top game is one of them.
Schalke have beaten Dortmund and Bremen, and now the Royal Blues are trying to make Leverkusen their next victims. Schalke have entrenched themselves in second spot and have the advantage of not having to play in the Champions League this week. For their part, Leverkusen will try to recover from a listless loss to Wolfsburg in Round 11.
Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling is one of those players who always seems to be discussed for the German national team, but never gets in. So what's the problem? Does he play for the wrong team? Does he need a better lobby? We talk to Kiessling about this and other topics.
Nuremberg are hovering just above the relegation zone, and a season that started brightly has turned sour. To make matters worse, Bayern Munich are their next opponents. Nuremberg will have to hope that Bayern's stars are tired from the Germany-Netherlands friendly mid-week. But no team has lost more often to Bayern than poor Nuremberg.
We'll also have a look at Dortmund defender Neven Subotic. Coach Jürgen Klopp brought the Serbian to the German champs from Mainz, and he was part of the league's best defense over the past two seasons. But what's he like off the pitch? We'll find out.
Frank Rost was a hard guy between the posts for Bremen, Schalke and Hamburg, a player prone to yelling at teammates and winding up opponents. But nowadays he's taking a much softer approach as the coach of Hamburg's women’s' football team. We tagged along to a practice session to see how things were going.
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