We're through four matches in the Bundesliga calendar, and everyone finally earned at least a point. There were a few huge upsets this weekend with Hamburg and Hoffenheim picking up their first points (and win) of the short season. On the other side of the table, we still have two unbeaten clubs. One of them is expected, but the other is a major shock.
With midweek matches this week, this was the first part of three games in one week for all the clubs. Tuesday and Wednesday features a full slate of matches as well as the regular weekend matches.
Anyway ... onto our review.
Dortmund's 31 match unbeaten streak comes to a surprising end.
Hamburg picked up the result of the weekend in a massive 3-2 victory over champion Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon. The loss for BVB snapped their 31 match unbeaten streak in the league.
The unexpected loss for BVB really throws an early curveball into the title race. Couple with Bayern Munich's win against Schalke, BVB now sit five points behind the Bavarians. The two sides don't play each until Matchday 15 on December 1.
BVB's defense was rather poor against Hamburg allowing three goals against a side that had yet to really impress and was still incorporating a major piece into the squad. Rafael Van der Vaart was very good in the match distributing the ball to his teammates, and BVB could not keep him in check.
While they may have lost this weekend, we should not overlook the sheer amazingness that was BVB's unbeaten run. They almost went the length of a Bundesliga season without losing a match. The achievement was remarkable, and they deserve all the plaudits that you want to throw at them.
Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt keep rolling along.
It's no surprise to anyone that Bayern Munich are perfect through their first four matches of the season. Their squad was already one of the best in all of Europe, and they added a lot of talent and depth to the side over the summer.
However, the big surprise is easily Eintracht Frankfurt. The newly promoted side has pulled off four impressive victories including wins over Bayer Leverkusen and away to Nürnberg. Friday's victory against Der Club was impressive especially after they lost two players early in the match due to injury.
Both sides look to continue their impressive runs on Tuesday. Bayern will host Wolfsburg where they will be expected to win the match. Unfortunately for Frankfurt, they will be hosting Borussia Dortmund. Coming away from that match with any kind of result will be a success.
Wolfsburg have two goals in four matches. Help.
Wolfsburg can't score. Well, they can, but they've only scored twice in four matches. What's going on here?
Felix Magath was very active in the transfer market as always this past summer. Three key attacking players brought in were Bas Dost, Ivica Olic, and Vieirinha. A certain guy named Diego also returned from his season long loan at Atletico Madrid.
The argument can be made that Magath is still looking for the right formation and lineup to run out there every week. His team is also still learning how to play with each other, so a lot of this can be excused.
On Tuesday, Wolfsburg will travel to Bayern Munich for their fifth match of the season. They won't be expected to pick up any points, and Bayern have only allowed two goals so far this season. It's going to be difficult for Wolfsburg to find the back of the net in the match, so we may have to wait until the next match for them to find their scoring groove.
Is Markus Weinzierl's job in trouble?
When Jos Luhukay stepped down at the end of last season, Augsburg moved quickly to replace him with Markus Weinzierl. The move was questioned by many due to Weinzierl's inexperience, and we're beginning to see that they may have been right.
Weinzierl is only 37 years old but was looked at as a good young coach. He took over 3.Liga side Jahn Regensburg in the fall of 2008 and earned promotion to the 2.Bundesliga at the end of last season. So, when Augsburg hired him as their new manager, Weinzierl had not yet coached a match in anything higher than the 3.Liga.
Augsburg have only one point in their first four matches and haven't been impressive. How long Augsburg is willing to hang on to Weinzierl will be interesting to see.
Hoffenheim finally perform like a top flight club.
After disastrous performances in three league matches and a cup match, Hoffenheim finally put together a performance worthy of a top flight club. In Sunday's 3-1 defeat of Hannover 96, The Hoff attacked and defended well throughout the match and were well deserving of their win.
The victory was huge for Markus Babbel who was skating on thin ice after an awful start to the season. Hoffenheim put together some performances that were beyond the pale to begin the season. Without the demonstrative victory over Hannover 96, Babbel may have been seeking a new job over the next few weeks especially with trips to Stuttgart and Bayern Munich in the cards.
The only loser for Hoffenheim after Sunday's win is starting goalkeeper Tim Wiese. The Bundesliga veteran is out for a few weeks nursing an injury, and 20 year old Koen Casteels stepped in to replace him. Casteels played well in his first appearance. In Wiese's four appearances in goal, Hoffenheim had conceded 15 goals. Now comes a legitimate question for Babbel when Wiese returns: Does Babbel put the greasy one back in goal?