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Reflecting on an exciting first half of the German Bundesliga season

The ESPN FC crew discuss Borussia Dortmund's domestic struggles after a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, finishing 2014 joint-bottom with Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

"2014 was a year that made all our wishes come true," said German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach this week. But the World Cup party from Germany's win this summer couldn't go on forever, of course. Domestically, the 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign brought more trouble than festive cheer for all but a handful of clubs.

These were the main storylines of the typically eventful, unpredictable first half of the season after "that night in Rio."

1. Borussia Dortmund come off the rails

No other place to begin...

Sluggish Schalke held by Hamburg

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Schalke went two consecutive home games without a win to end 2014 on a sorry note with a goalless draw at home to Hamburg.

On the day the Gelsenkirchen club announced the contract extension of striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Roberto Di Matteo's men lacked inspiration up front and had to defend stoutly to hold on to a point against the strugglers.

Hamburg had the better chances to win it in the second half, but will nevertheless be pleased with the point which keeps them above the bottom three going into...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 17, 2014

Latest on U.S. players in the Bundesliga

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein delivers the latest updates on how Americans John Brooks, Julian Green, Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler are performing in Germany's top league.

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Hamburg SV 0-1 VfB Stuttgart

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Stuttgart closed the gap on fellow strugglers Hamburg thanks to a 1-0 win at the HSV Arena on Tuesday night.

Florian Klein scored the only goal of the game in the first half as Huub Stevens managed to get one over his former side and lift his current club off the foot of the Bundesliga.

Stuttgart ended the game with 10 men after Georg Niedermeier was shown a red card early in the second half, but their win rarely looked in any danger as Hamburg's three-game winning streak at home was brought to an...

Ruud van Nistelrooy hoping Hamburg continue Bundesliga run vs. Stuttgart

Hamburg will be hoping Ruud van Nistelrooy can be their good luck charm on Tuesday, with the former Manchester United attacker in the stands to witness the club's last home match of the year against Stuttgart.

Van Nistelrooy, 38, is currently studying for his coaching badges and is on a two-day sit-in with his former club. The retired attacker played for Hamburg for 18 months at the beginning of the decade and scored a total of 12 goals in 36 Bundesliga appearances.

The first two came in Hamburg's...