We're happy to announce the new name for the PhillyBFC Tippiel Trophy: The Barber Cup!
Rouwen Hennings is a 30-year-old forward for Fortuna Düsseldorf. Hennings was born on August 28, 1987 in Bad Oldesloe, West Germany, and spent his youth career playing for VfL Oldesloe and Hamburger SV. His senior career continued at Hamburg beginning in 2005, where he played for the reserve squad in the Regionalliga Nord and for the senior squad, and also played on loan to VfL Osnabrück and FC St. Pauli. He transferred to St. Pauli in 2009, where he made appearances for both the reserve and senior squads, and was also loaned again to Osnabrück. His career continued at Karlsruher SC from 2012 to 2015 and Burnley from 2015 to 2017. A loan to his current club in 2016 became permanent in 2017, and last season he scored 13 goals in 33 appearances.
The 2018-19 Bundesliga season began on Friday with Bayern winning 3:1 over Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena. The season’s first goal came from Thomas Müller in the 23rd minute, but Hoffenheim was able to briefly even the score in the 57th minute when Adam Szalai fired the ball past Manuel Neuer. Bayern pulled ahead again in the 81st minute on a goal from Robert Lewandowski, and sealed the win in the 89th minute with a goal from Arjen Robben off a pass from Müller. This was the 14th time that Bayern has scored the Bundesliga season’s opening goal, and Thomas Müller now has 5 Matchday 1 goals to his name. Among this season’s changes are the introduction of on-screen text explanations for every video-assist check and the use of a calibrated offside line for video-assist checks, the new Derbystar Brillant APS ball with a traditional black and white design and red Bundesliga logo, headsets for coaches to allow communication between staff on the touchline and staff in the stands, the use of 3 tablets by coaching staff to access match data, and 2 new referees promoted from the 2. Bundesliga. The latter brings the total number of referees in the 1. Bundesliga to 26, including 11 who are FIFA-listed. Last season’s 2. Bundesliga champions, Fortuna Düsseldorf, who last played in the 1. Bundesliga in 2012-13, will host Augsburg on Saturday, and will be assisted by new signings Dodi Lukebakio, Kevin Stöger, and Marvin Duksch, who was the 2. Bundesliga’s top scorer last season when he played with Holstein Kiel. Augsburg retains the services of Andre Hahn, while 12-goal striker Alfre∂ Finnbogason is still struggling to recover from an injury This will be only the 3rd meeting of the 2 sides, and comes 6 years to the day after their first, which Düsseldorf won. The league’s other newcomer this season, 1. FC Nürnberg, will travel to Berlin on Saturday to face Hertha Berlin. This will be the first meeting of the 2 clubs since December 2015, when Hertha won 2:0 in the last 16 of the DFB Cup. In the Bundesliga, however, Hertha are winless in 6 matches against Nürnberg, and captain Hanno Behrens scored 14 goals last season. Behrens came up through the Hamburg youth system and will make his 1. Bundesliga debut on Saturday. Sunday’s highlight match will undoubtedly be the contest between Dortmund and Leipzig. New Dortmund captain Marco Reus is unbeaten in 2 career appearances against Leipzig, but Leipzig’s first-ever Bundesliga win came against Dortmund in 2016.
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