19
Oct

Mario Gotze shines off the bench, leads Bayern comeback

Oh, right. They have him, too.

Mario Gotze played his first full half for Bayern Munich since late August, and the $50 million Dortmund transfer immediately made his presence felt in a big way.

With Bayern surprisingly down 1-0 to Mainz at the half, Pep Guardiola brought on Gotze to stir the pot, and it worked like a charm. Just four minutes into the second half, Gotze set up Arjen Robben to pull Bayern level, before having a hand in Bayern’s next two goals en route to a 4-1 comeback win.

After feeding Robben a sublime through ball for the equalizer, Gotze combined again with Robben just two minutes later to set up Thomas Muller to complete the lighting-quick comeback. For Bayern’s third goal, it was once again Gotze providing the assist, this time to Mario Mandzukic.

And just like that, Gotze has re-introduced himself to those who wondered if the “German Messi” would ever make it back from a string of plaguing injuries. It should make Pep Guardiola’s life a lot easier, after Franck Ribery joined Xherdan Shaqiri on Bayern’s still crowded sick bay (Javi Martinez and Thiago are still not match-fit).

Conversely, it should really, really worry the rest of the competition. With Gotze back finding his form, Bayern once more look even better than before.

11
Aug

David Villa, Mario Gotze score on their debuts

 (Video: 101GG)

Two of the most high-profile names to switch clubs this summer were Dortmund shooting star Mario Gotze and Spain’s all-time leading scorer David Villa. It didn’t take long for either of them to make their marks at their new clubs.

Villa scored this wonderful goal on his Atletico Madrid debut in a friendly against Las Palmas. While he was no longer wanted at Barcelona just three years after a €40m transfer from Valencia, it sure looks like Atletico — who got Villa at an eighth of that price — will find some use for him.

Meanwhile, Mario Gotze finally gave his Bayern Munich debut after a long injury spell that saw him miss last season’s Champions League final and all of the preseason. How long did it take for him to open his goals account for the Bavarians? A solid two minutes:

Gotze wasn’t done, later adding a second goal as Bayern beat Hungarian champions FC Györ 4-1.

Looks like both clubs will find plenty of joy in their new stars.

26
Jul

Guardiola, Bayern look to topple Dortmund in German Super Cup

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The German Super Cup, the annual preseason bout between Germany’s league and cup champions, could be seen as irrelevant.  After all, it is just the preseason.

But remember what happened last year?

A year ago, Jurgen Klopp’s team entered the Super Cup as back-to-back German champions and the toast of the Bundesliga. BVB had wrested the laurel wreath from their rivals to the south, Bayern Munich. Experts predicted a Dortmund three-peat, and Bayern were cast as the team with a point to prove.

Bayern did just that, switching momentum back in their favor by winning 2-1 in the first game of the ‘real’ season. It was the first win for Bayern over Dortmund after five straight defeats. And we all know what happened next: Bayern ended up as champions not only of Germany but of Europe to boot.

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2
Jul

Bayern in trouble with Adidas after Gotze fashion faux-pas

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Well… this is awkward…

Bayern Munich had to explain to kit maker and minority owner Adidas why new signings Mario Gotze and Jan Kirchhoff showed up to their official introduction wearing…Nike shirts of all things!

The faux pas was explained away as a small oversight in the midst of the media frenzy surrounding the high-profile unveiling of $37m man Gotze.

Yeah, real tiny slip-up there, FCB. Not noticeable at all.

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30
Jun

The 60 most valuable footballers

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Ever wondered who the most valuable footballers in Europe are at this minute? What about the 60 most valuable footballers? Well, you’re in luck.

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has put the most-coveted soccer players into a nifty little table. The ranking is sorted by predicting the price range of the respective player. For example, the list has Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at the top, with his price tag ranked at around £200m.

The CIES Football Observatory has certainly been hard-pressed to produce this, and with the transfer market officially opening tomorrow, it’s a nice little taster for what’s to come.

What do you think of the list? Barca, United and Real Madrid are all tied on seven players a piece, but there’s no Neymar to be seen. Predictable names such as Gareth Bale and Edinson Cavani feature heavily.

26
May

2013/14 Champions League odds to win

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With the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League in the books and Bayern Munich hoisting the trophy, it’s time to turn an eye to the 2013/14 campaign.

Many changes will be made between now and the start of the next tournament, including transfers, new coaches, and potential injuries, but the odds-on favorite to win the 2013/14 Champions League is…Bayern Munich. With an already impressive team and the addition of Mario Gotze (and possibly Lewandowski) it’s easy to see why they are held in such high regard.

2013/14 UEFA Champions League odds to win
Bayern Munich 7/2
Barcelona 4/1
Real Madrid 5/1
Man City 10/1
Man United 11/1
Chelsea 12/1
PSG 12/1
Borussia Dortmund 20/1
Juventus 20/1
AC Milan 25/1
Arsenal 25/1

4
May

Dortmund fans won’t be forgiving Mario Gotze any time soon

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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.

23
Apr

Gotze to Bayern! Reaction and analysis

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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!

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4
Apr

Caught! Mario Gotze takes a leak on Malaga’s stadium

Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze was caught in the act of relieving himself during the team’s training at Malaga’s La Rosaleda Stadium prior to their 0-0 draw. The footage has since been broadcasted on Canal+ and Spanish TV.

Even after realizing he was caught on tape, Gotze still finished answering the call of nature before heading back on the pitch.

Think this gives Malaga some added incentive for payback? We’ll have to wait until the 2nd leg match next Tuesday to find out.