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The Daily Bee (January 1st, 2019): Happy New Year!

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2018 is done, and 2019 has begun!

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Borussia Dortmund enter the new year in first place.
Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images

Good morning, Fear the Wall! Happy New Year. I hope you’ve all returned home safely from your New Year’s celebrations.

Let’s jump right into some hardcore soccer analysis:

Kid with Afro Scores Golazo

While the BVB adults have the holiday season off, the U-12s are in Spain for a tournament held by La Liga. They seem to be holding their own, and one of them scored a stunner of a goal the other day:

Rumors that this was Axel Witsel disguised as a child are unconfirmed. Until further evidence arises and proves otherwise, I choose to believe that it was.

Bundesliga Fantasy Team of the Season

Last week, I posted Whoscored.com’s Bundesliga team of the season. Here’s the one posted by Bundesliga.com:

As you can see, two Borussia Dortmund players, Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus, have made the squad. This makes sense, given their high goal and assist counts.

Overall, I think this one makes a lot more sense than the Whoscored one, at least in terms of the quality of players selected. Having Gregoritsch in for Axel Witsel is a bit baffling, but it makes sense in the context of fantasy-soccer, where goals and assists can disproportionately improve a player’s ratings.

Another bizarre aspect of this is that all three “center backs” have actually spent most of their time playing as full backs. I suppose full backs are more likely to have offensive stats.

The Daily Buzz

What’s your New Year’s Resolution, that you 100% won’t forget within two weeks?