The tension rises: After a few weeks in which the team tried to get back into their rhythm, Bayern are about to face Juventus next Tuesday in their first big challenge of the second half of the season. But first things first: Bayern will play against SV Darmstadt 98 in the league on Saturday.
Reiner Maurer was born in Mindelheim, about an hour’s drive west of Munich, in February 1960. He started playing football for local youth teams, at TSV Mindelheim and FC Memmingen. In 1982 he was discovered by SpVgg Unterhaching, from where he moved to Bayern Munich in 1983 to sign his first professional contract. Maurer played seven games in the Bundesliga and twice in the European Cup. However, the defender could not prevail at the FCB and after only one year he moved to VfB Stuttgart. At Stuttgart, he was only fielded 11 times as well so Maurer’s journey continued. After one-year stints at Karlsruher SC and Arminia Bielefeld, he came to Switzerland and stayed with the Old Boys Basel for two years. Maurer discovered his great love only towards the end of his career: At TSV 1860 Munich he played 146 games in six years. In 1995 he ended his professional career.
As a coach, Maurer’s career again began in Memmingen and from there he became an assistant coach for 1860 Munich in 2001. In 2004 he was appointed head coach of the lions – however, in 2006 he was dismissed, in spite of the club’s best first half of the season performance in the second division since their relegation. Maurer left Germany and tried his luck in Greece. But Maurer failed in the first year in all three stints at Crete, Rhodes and Kavala. In 2010 he returned to 1860 Munich as U23 coach. After Ewald Lienen was fired, Maurer promptly was appointed coach of first team, but his third spell at 1860 ended in 2012. After that he went to Skoda Xanthi, his fourth Greek station, where he left after only a few months in September 2013. Belated birthday congratulations to him!
Injury list updates
Matthew Buening speculates about the potential impact of returning Bernat, Rafinha and Ribery on bayerncentral.
How to build a Champions League winner?
James Tyler analyzed the finalists of the last 10 Champions League seasons for the amount of money they spend, their home grown players, their age structure etc. to find a golden formula for the biggest trophy in European football.
Listen to Tobi’s guest contribution at the Rekordmeister Podcast discussing Kimmich’s performance as a central defender, Bayern’s potential dependency on the two headed monster Lewandowski/Müller and many other things or give it a go with Jolle and her interview with Caroline Jönsson, the former Swedish National Team goalkeeper and her engagement as a chair of FIFPRO.
Graphs, graphs and more graphs
Experimental 3-6-1 created his scatter graphs for the Bundesliga and also for the Champions League Last 16. Interestingly Bayern and Juve are the two teams with the least amount of shots allowed.
This fact is further emphasized by a look at the expected goals analysis of the European Elite teams:
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) February 18, 2016
Social / Media / Management
If Cristian Nyari, the media manager of Bayern’s office in NYC, is still an unfamiliar name, his interview for the CUSP podcast is a nice chance to catch up. Nyari reflects on how his tech-savvy past as a Bundesliga fan living in Austria and the US has made him a nice fit for Bayern’s surge to conquer the US with their (social media) expansion strategy starting in 2014.
Ok, but what is CUSP? It’s the Columbia University’s Sports Management graduate program. An Ivy League graduate program that has partnerships with FC Bayern Munich and OptaPro.
Bayern Munich’s digital transformation called “Digital 4.0”, which is lead by Stefan Mennerich (director of IT and new media at Säbener Straße) and Felix Loesner (Head of social media), is Bayern Munich’s attempt to give the club greater control and flexibility over its content and the way the fans consume it around the world.
Talking about control of the media, Bayern Munich has won a court battle over the false Arturo Vidal allegations against Kicker and Sport Bild.
Last but not least, Oliver Kahn told German media that he thinks Guardiola does not get the credit he deserves in Germany.