September has arrived, and we've seen the second matchday of the Bundesliga campaign come and go. An old familiar face is at the top of the table, and a three time champion is holding up the table's bottom.
Congrats on your first Bundesliga win ever, Greuther Fürth.
There is no place I'd rather start this week's roundup than with this topic. A huge congratulations are in order for Greuther Fürth for winning their first ever Bundesliga match. Yes, it wasn't just their first win this season. It was their first EVER win in the Bundesliga.
On Friday evening, 19 year old Felix Klaus made history when his shot hit the back of the net in Mainz. The historic goal was not only the match winner, but it was also the club's and player's first ever Bundesliga goals.
With an international break this coming weekend, Fürth players and supporters now have two weeks to celebrate their first league victory.
Bayern Munich looked stellar.
After easing past Greuther Fürth in their opening match last weekend, Bayern knew that was an expected performance from them. Their first real test of the campaign would take place Sunday afternoon at the Allianz Arena when they hosted Stuttgart.
They're going to have to wait a little longer for that test.
They fell behind in the first half of Sunday's match, but they unleashed an onslaught never before seen in a match between the two clubs. When the final whistle blew, Bayern were 6-1 victors. Five different players scored the goals, and Bayern took the foot off of the gas pedal for the last forty minutes of the match. Yes, I said the last forty minutes. It was 6-1 after forty minutes.
This makes it six points in two matches with nine goals scored and one conceded. After two seasons without trophies, Bayern look like they're on a mission.
Eintracht Frankfurt's Bundesliga return is off to a great start.
Eintracht Frankfurt collapsed epically in the second half of the 2010-11 season, but they only needed one season in the 2.Bundesliga before winning promotion back to the top flight. As with any newly promoted side, Eintracht's main goal for this season was "Do Not Get Relegated". So far, as only one of two teams with six points, they're off to a fantastic start.
They opened the season with an impressive 2-1 victory against Bayer Leverkusen, and they dominated in Hoffenheim 4-0. They're currently getting goals from all over the field. It's tough to argue against these two impressive performances.
Eintracht spent money this summer in adding quality depth to the side. They're going to be a tough match for most sides this season. This run won't last forever, but they'll enjoy it while it lasts.
Hamburg are in trouble.
Hamburg have played three matches that count so far this season: one cup match and two league matches. They've lost all three of them.
Things are not going well for Thorsten Fink's side, and the pressure will already be mounting on his shoulders. However, he is not the only one that will be feeling this pressure. Sporting director Frank Arnesen will be feeling the pressure as well.
The team is a mess defensively, and a change must be made in the centerback pairing. Jeffrey Bruma and Michael Mancienne were brought over from Chelsea with Arnesen, and the two are a disaster. It's not working. Fink must realize this and figure out a way to fix this.
The club did sign Rafael van der Vaart from Tottenham Hostpur, and they'll be hoping that he can bring some offense to the team. They have yet to score a goal in two Bundesliga fixtures.
Hamburg is the only club to be in the Bundesliga for all fifty seasons. If they don't turn things around, that streak will end this year.
We thought Hannover were going to be good, but ... This good?
Hannover 96 have looked good to great in their first two Bundesliga contests this season. Their first match saw them come back to earn a draw against Schalke, and this weekend they crushed Wolfsburg 4-0.
The 96ers have qualified for the group stages of this year's Europa League. Last season they advanced all the way to the quarterfinals before bowing out to eventual champion Atletico Madrid.
Manager Mirko Slomka dipped into the transfer market to add talented players to the squad in Szabolcs Huszti, Hiroki Sakai, Felipe, and Adrian Nikci. Huszti's return to the AWD Arena from a Russian adventure has been great so far. He assisted on all four goals against Wolfsburg and is as dangerous as ever going forward.
Hannover were already built to challenge for a Europa League spot in the table. However, their added depth this summer could make them challengers for the fourth Champions League place.