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Bundesliga Team Of The Week: Round 2

The top match of the weekend ended all-square as Bayern Munich could only draw 1-1 with Werder Bremen.  Hamburg hit four past Borussia Dortmund to kickstart their season, while Stuttgart also scored four against Freiburg.  

Champions Wolfsburg kept up their 100% record with a 3-1 win over Koeln spoiling the return of Lukas Podolski. Schalke are joint top of the nascent league following their second successive win under Felix Magath.     

Goalkeeper:  

(1)  Timo Hildebrand (Hoffenheim)  

The Hoffenheim keeper pulled off a whole host of top saves to deny the Leverkusen strikers before being ultimately beaten by Stefan Kiessling.  This performance was a shout out to national team trainer Joachim Loew not to forget about him with regards the international team and the World Cup.   

Defenders:  

(2)  Nikolce Noveski (Mainz)   

The 30-year-old Macedonian had a very good game on Saturday as Mainz chalked up their first point of the season away at Hannover.  The centre-back kept the likes of Konan Ya and Mikael Forssell quiet all afternoon.  

(3)  Roel Brouwers (Bor. Moenchengladbach)  

The Dutch defender showed his worth to Gladbach for the second consecutive weekend.  Solid at the back and always a goal threat when going forward for set plays.  His header (his second goal this season) set the Fohlen on the way to victory over Hertha.    

(4)  Sami Hyypia (Bayer Leverkusen)  

The former Liverpool stalwart showed against Hoffenheim that despite his age, he still has what it takes to perform at this level.  He read the game well and dealt with the threat posed by the much younger Vedad Ibisevic, Chinedu Obasi and Maicosuel.   

(5)  Artur Boka (Stuttgart)  

VfB’s Ivorian full-back enjoyed a fine afternoon against Freiburg.  His ambitious forays down the flank caused problems all afternoon and his precise crosses were just what new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak will thrive on.   

Midfielders:  

(6)  Christoph Moritz (Schalke)  

Two weeks ago few people had heard of Schalke midfielder Christoph Moritz.  Given his second start in the Koenigsblauen line-up by Felix Magath, the 19-year-old marked his home debut with a fine performance and a goal to boot.   

(7)  Eljero Elia (Hamburg)  

Hamburg’s big summer signing really enjoyed his Bundesliga debut at the Nordbank Arena against Dortmund.  He was lively throughout and a constant threat to the BVB back line.  It was the Dutchman who set up Paulo Guerrero for HSV’s third goal.      

(8)  Elson (Stuttgart)  

Stuttgart’s Brazilian midfielder stole the show against Freiburg with his double strike, which set the Swabians on the road to victory.  His first goal came via the penalty spot, but his second was a screamer from 25 meters out to make it 3-1. 

(9)  Mesut Oezil (Werder Bremen)  

The reputation of the Werder midfielder is growing game by game.  The youngster went very close with a free-kick, before handing Werder the lead at the Allianz Arena against Bayern with a well taken goal.  He was involved all afternoon and showed that he is more than ready to take on the Diego role.   

Forwards:   

(10)  Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen)  

Like keeper Timo Hildebrand, Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling is staking a claim for a berth in the national team and if he carries on performing like he is, then he should get his chance.  He scored the only goal of the game against Hoffenheim, but would have had more if it wasn’t for Hildebrand in goal.   

(11)  Mohamadou Idrissou
(Freiburg)  

Freiburg won’t be happy to have lost on Saturday against Stuttgart, but trainer Robin Dutt will be happy with the goalscoring exploits of Cameroon striker Mohamadou Idrissou.   He scored twice to keep the match interesting and will be hopeful of many more goals this season.  

Hildebrand  

Noveski   Brouwers   Hyppia   Boka  

Moritz   Elia   Elson   Oezil    

Kiessling   Idrissou  

Honourable mentions:  

As always there are a number of players, who deserve a special mention despite having not made it into the final XI.   

Hamburg midfielder Ze Roberto proved his class against Dortmund, while striker Paulo Guerrero also deserves a mention.  Per Mertesacker defended well for Werder at the Allianz Arena as did Nurnberg Javier Pinola at Frankfurt.  

Pavel Pogrebnyak grabbed a goal on his home debut for VfB Stuttgart, and Brazilian Caio showed that he can cut it in the Bundesliga with a good display for Eintracht.   

Sascha Riether
played ever so well for Wolfsburg, while Obafemi Martins did well to score on his home debut after coming on as a substitute.  Fabrice Ehret played well for Koeln and was unlucky to be on the losing side.  Juan Arango also impresed for Gladbach.  

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Mathew Burt, Goal.com