Top of the table clash in Nuremberg

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13 August 2004 , HAMBURG - When the Bundesliga schedule was announced a few weeks ago, nobody could have imagined that Saturday's match between Nuremberg and VfB Stuttgart is a top of the table clash. Newly promoted Nuremberg led the table for one night following their 3-1 victory in their first game of the season against Kaiserslautern, but were then toppled by Stuttgart who beat Bundesliga rookies Mainz 05 4-2 a day later. Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand, whose two mistakes against Mainz led to goal

13 August 2004

HAMBURG - When the Bundesliga schedule was announced a few weeks ago, nobody could have imagined that Saturday's match between Nuremberg and VfB Stuttgart is a top of the table clash.

Newly promoted Nuremberg led the table for one night following their 3-1 victory in their first game of the season against Kaiserslautern, but were then toppled by Stuttgart who beat Bundesliga rookies Mainz 05 4-2 a day later.

Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand, whose two mistakes against Mainz led to goals for the newcomers, says he believes the game against Nuremberg will not be easy. "They are a strong side, but after the match on Saturday, we will top the table."

Bayern Munich, who beat SV Hamburg in their opening game, are at home to a Hertha Berlin side that gave away a two-goal lead against Bochum and have not won in Munich since 1977.

Berlin coach Falko Goetz however believes that his side has the quality to irritate the former champions. "I would rather play against Bayern at the beginning of the season, as none of the teams, including Bayern, are at their best yet."

Champions Werder Bremen, who looked far from impressive in their opening 1-0 victory against Schalke 04, travel to Hansa Rostock and could welcome back Greek Euro hero Angelos Charisteas, who missed the game against Schalke with an injury. Werder also have Brazilian Gustavo Nery, available after the defender arrived in Germany from South America.

In Gelsenkirchen, Schalke and Kaiserslautern, who both suffered defeats in their first matches, clash in a match both sides will be eager to win. Schalke have invested heavily in a squad they would like to see challenging for the title, while Kaiserslautern spent the entire last season fighting relegation and will be determined not to do the same.

Another team looking to kickstart their season after a disappointing first match is Borussia Dortmund, who lost at home to Wolfsburg. They travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Dortmund's Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk said he was certain the team would have gained some confidence against Wolfsburg. "We played well and did not deserve to lose. I think the team would have seen that."

Mainz, who take on SV Hamburg at home, will be hoping for their first-ever Bundesliga win. The newcomers looked impressive in parts against Stuttgart and will fancy their chances against a Hamburg side that looked sluggish against Bayern.

Sunday's matches sees Bochum take on Bayer Leverkusen, while SC Freiburg travel to Wolfsburg.

The match between Hanover 96 and Arminia Bielefeld will be played in September as the stadium in Hanover is not available.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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