Bayern tipped to win championship

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3 January 2005 , HAMBURG - Professional football players in Germany have overwhelmingly said that Bayern Munich will win the championship this year. In a poll conducted by Kicker magazine amongst 234 first division players and published on Monday, 67.8 percent said Bayern will finish first. 18.5 percent believe that Schalke will pip Bayern to the title, while VfB Stuttgart (7.5 percent) and defending champions Werder Bremen (5.7 percent) cent follow in third and fourth place. Asked who the best outside pla

3 January 2005

HAMBURG - Professional football players in Germany have overwhelmingly said that Bayern Munich will win the championship this year.

In a poll conducted by Kicker magazine amongst 234 first division players and published on Monday, 67.8 percent said Bayern will finish first. 18.5 percent believe that Schalke will pip Bayern to the title, while VfB Stuttgart (7.5 percent) and defending champions Werder Bremen (5.7 percent) cent follow in third and fourth place.

Asked who the best outside player in the league was in the first half of the season, 30.6 per cent voted for Schalke's Brazilian playmaker Lincoln. His compatriot Marcelinho, who plays for Hertha Berlin was second with 13.5 percent, while Nuremberg's striker Marek Mintal was third with 10.6 percent.

Surprisingly German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was not listed amongst the top five keepers in the country. Robert Enke, who plays for Hanover 96 received 26.4 percent, ahead of Stuttgart's Timo Hildebrand (15.4 percent) and Simon Jentzsch, who plays for VfL Wolfsburg and received 14.9 percent of the votes.

The vote for the most talented player went to German international Per Mertesacker who received 20.2 percent. The Hanover defender edged out Bayern's Paulo Guerrero (15.8 percent) and Stuttgart's Philipp Lahm (10.1 percent).

Schalke's coach Ralf Rangnick was voted as the winner amongst the coaches with 29.1 percent, beating Hanover's Ewald Lienen (21.2 percent) and Uwe Rapolder from Arminia Bielefeld (14.1 percent).

Bochum's coach Peter Neururer was voted as the loser amongst the coaches with 24.4 percent, followed by former SV Hamburg coach Klaus Toppmöller (16.9 percent) and Bert van Marwijk from Borussia Dortmund (15.5 percent).

DPA

Subject: German news

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