The second half of the season has started and it started with a shock for the FC Bayern: Jerome Boateng suffered a serious muscle injury and will be out for several months – a heavy setback in the battle for the triple. Nevertheless, in the coming weeks the Reds will have to get into their rhythm without him and get ready for the big tasks.
Today’s round-up is dedicated to Herbert Stöckl. The Bavarian began his career at 1860 München – after a season there he moved to Helios Munich before he finally arrived at the “Säbener Straße” (Bayern Munich HQ). On September 23rd 1967 he made his debut for Bayern in the game against Hamburger SV. He also played in two further league games, and one in the Cup Winners’ Cup game. From 1968 Stoeckl played for Wuppertaler SV. There the former center-back was moved into midfield by coach Horst Buhtz and the SV got promoted to the Bundesliga in 1972. But Stöckl didn’t become a “Wessi” (jovial term for people from the West of Germany): Stöckl later mentioned that he only got along because of three other Bavarian teammates with whom he could play “Schafkopf” (Bavarian version of the card game “Skat”). Until 1975, Stöckl was active in the west – after being relegated, he moved on to St. Gallen. In Switzerland, the then 29-year-old was a regular starter, but mostly as a sweeper. After 142 games and 33 goals for the Swiss, Stöckl ended his professional career.
We wish the him a happy 68th birthday, which he celebrated already on 25 January.
#longread profile of “the most intelligent player”
James Bharma wrote an extensive article about the player that Pep Guardiola called “the most intelligent player I have ever coached”. The article doesn’t only take a look at Lahm’s professional times at Bayern, Stuttgart and the national team, but also at his days in the youth teams (e.g. under Hermann Hummels, Mats Hummels’ father, in the Bayern youth).
“No single buyer” rule for the Bundesliga TV rights
Due to actions by the German Federal Cartel Office, the Bundesliga’s broadcasting rights for the 2017/18 season will probably include a “no single buyer” rule. What that means is briefly described here.
A look into the (possible) future
The high expectations Bayern and Guardiola have to face
A recurring theme among journalists (and some fans) is that Guardiola’s time will predominantly be judged by whether he is able to win the Champions League with his team this year. Ross Dunbar shares his views about this topic in an article at FoxSports. Michael Munger’s take on this topic is a lot sterner, demanding that Guardiola “needs realism to win the Champions League”.
What’s Carlo up to?
Raphael Honigstein gives an update on the official statements about the current injury status of Jérôme Boateng by KHR (#mixedsignals). The ongoing theme of muscular injuries and the rumour of the return of “Doc Mull” in the summer, cast a little shadow over the relationship between the club officials and the coach.