Congrats Bayern Munich!
Congrats Bayern Munich!
Although the papers are dominated by Sir Alex Ferguson and speculation, which has turned out to be true, that he has decided to retire at the end of the season, one story has slipped under the radar. Wayne Rooney has reportedly told some of his United teammates that he wants to join a European powerhouse. Click here for this and more gossip from the UK media.
During Saturday’s Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich — the club that Gotze will join this summer — fans made their feelings clear. They’re hurt, and they’re angry.
The 20-year-old is a product of Dortmund’s youth academy, and when the news broke that he would move to Bayern this summer, fans were understandably shocked and enraged.
If the rising star can help deliver the Champions League title in May, perhaps that will make the pain of him signing with their biggest rivals sting a little bit less? Possibly, but even if BVB fans can find it in their hearts to temporarily forgive, they’ll never forget.
C’mon Marco, oldest trick in the book!
Robert Lewandowski tripped Marco Reus on a warm-up lap at Dortmund training camp earlier this season in a classic display of trolling by the Pole.
With Dortmund’s sights set on the Champions League final against Bayern in a few weeks’ time, Lewandowski will look to trip up the Munich defense next. Dante, Boateng, Lahm: you’ve been warned.
#TBT: Jupp Heynckes’ first title as manager (Bayern, 1989)
Manchester City are planning a £75 million double swoop for Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani. Both players are top scorers for their respective clubs and will command hefty price tags!
For this rumor and more of today’s transfer gossip, click here.
Pep Guardiola is already starting to flex his muscles even before he’s started working at Bayern Munich. The rumor is that winger Arjen Robben will leave the club in the summer even if Bayern win the Champions League. Tough world eh Arjen? Click here for this and more gossip from the UK press.
The graphic represents the most expensive 11 players in the Bundesliga, with their market value in millions of Euros at the top of the player card.
Notice a trend? All 11 players play for Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, with 9 playing for the former (10 if you count the soon to be transferring Mario Gotze). Not even Barcelona, Real Madrid, or PSG can make that claim in their respective leagues.
As evidenced by their 4-0 demolition of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich is making the most of their money.
Is this kind of financial dominance bad for the competitive balance in the Bundesliga? Or, is it worth it to have a super team that can represent the league and country so well on an international level?
By: Thomas Hautmann
Start of a new dynasty?
Bayern Munich flexed its powerful financial muscle once again in the Bundesliga by triggering the €37 million buyout clause for Dortmund star Mario Gotze, considered the greatest German talent in a generation. While the move itself isn’t very surprising, the timing of it certainly is.
The news broke late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, the day of Bayern’s gigantic home match against Barcelona, and just two days before Dortmund’s critical clash against Real Madrid. Dortmund’s team, and especially the fans, must now show incredible resolve and togetherness in a difficult situation. They must beat Real at home to have a chance at the Champions League final where, of course, they could potentially face Gotze’s new team. What a game that would be!