Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven faced each other six times, including their first game against each other on September 17th in 1986. In the first round of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup the Reds won their away game in the Netherlands with two goals scored by Reinhold Mathy. After a goalless draw at home in the second leg, Bayern advanced to the next round. Only three and a half years later PSV had their chance for revenge, but Bayern also won on aggregate that time. After a 2-1 home win against a PSV team with Sören Lerby in midfield, PSV didn’t manage to win their home game of the quarter-finals. In these games two significant figures of European football faced each other for the first time: Jupp Heynckes and Guus Hiddink.
In the goup-stages of the 1999/2000 Champions League campaign Bayern and PSV last faced each other. Bayern won the game in Munich with 2-1 and PSV had their first win, at home and with someone named Ruud van Nistelrooy as a goalscorer and a certain Mark van Bommel in midfield.
Miasanrot.com provides a 2-for-1 information combo meal. It contains a link list to (hopefully) worthwhile texts about the red giant and a feature text about former players, upcoming opponents or the Miasanrot player of the month. This month’s feature was written by Felix.
The man that knows
The name of Marti Perarnau’s book “Pep Confidential: Inside Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich” was proven well-founded. Like only very, very few other books it provided a rare look into the inner workings of a football club’s day to day business. If you haven’t read it, do it, but hurry up, because his next book is coming up, this time called “Pep Guardiola: The Evolution” and it’s again centred around Guardiola’s stint at Bayern.
In an interview with City Watch Marti Perarnau talked about the writing process and some topics of the book in detail. The namedropping includes Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Mario Götze, the line-up of death (2-3-5), Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.
The man who wasn’t there…
… when the silverware was dished out. The career of Pepe Reina is one of missed trophies either because he came to late or left to early. This fate also struck him at his stint in Munich, as he stayed for the one year in which Bayern only won the Bundesliga under Guardiola.
On average, Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli and Bayern Munich have won 15 total trophies each since Reina made his senior debut in the year 2000, but Reina himself has collected just eight total trophies in those 16 seasons.
The man, the wall
Penaltykickstat was looking for significant over- or underperformer concerning penalty kicks. For one thing he found Man City to be unexpectedly good at converting their own and not conceding their opponent’s penalties. On a sidenote he also found out that Bayern concedes 16% less penalties than could be expected. Good job Manuel!
The man that counts
The history of football analytics is a brief one, at least compared to other (north American) sports and thus the guys (and girls) over at FiveThirtyEight invited Mike Goodmann to talk about the three eras of analytics in soccer/football in their stat school podcast episode.
Justin stopped criticising Carlo Ancelotti and rather drafted some possible solutions for Bayern’s problematic zone 14. He also wrote the preview to the Eintracht game, including an interview with the Eintracht supporter Marvin.