Round-Up: David Jarolim

Dennis Separator May 20, 2016

David Jarolim is most commonly associated with one club: Hamburger SV. Rightly so, because the Czech played the vast majority of his games for the club in the north. Still, he started his career at Bayern Munich. After winning the youth championship with Slavia Prague in 1994, he was signed by Bayern at the age of 16. In the next four years he was mainly part of the amateur team.

He only played in three games with the first team however. He was subbed in for Ali Daei (1999), Lothar Matthaus (1999) and Roque Santa Cruz (2000) and thus collected his first Bundesliga minutes. After his move to 1. FC Nürnberg he became a regular starter and was an important part in their promotion. In 2003 he finally moved to the north. In the following years Jarolim became a key player and later even captain during a period in which HSV managed a couple of rather successful season in the middle of the last decade. 2009 marks the turning point, in which Jarolim suffered from the many managerial changes in which he lost his place. Only in 2011/12, as the HSV suffered relegation worries, the Czech came to a renaissance and helped his club with great performances to stay in the league.

After a formal farewell the midfielder moved to Evian FC in France for one year and eventually hung up his boots at Mlada Boleslav.

We congratulate David Jarolim to his 37th birthday!

On a weekly schedule, provides a 2-for-1 information combo meal. It contains a link list to (hopefully) worthwhile texts about the red giant. Each round-up is dedicated to a former Bayern player who is celebrating his birthday in that week.


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Press review

Preferisco La Coppa

That’s the name of Carlo Ancelotti’s autobiography and it “declares an ambition for trophies and a taste for ham in one three-word pun”. There’s only one game left on Guradiola’s tenure at Bayern and Carletto has kept his promise to stay out of the headlines until summer. He spends his time in Canada with his wife. Financial Times lured him out of the shadows with an invitation to good (preferrably Italian) food. Ancelotti comes across as a quiet, father figure type of guy, who doesn’t impress at first glance, but who has amounted a lot of success during his career.

The hand that shakes mine at Babbo, an Italian restaurant of his choosing in Mayfair, has lifted the Champions League trophy three times. It is a record in the modern history of Europe’s highest competition. He has prospered in four countries. Steeped in glory, loved by players for his light touch, he is probably the most coveted coach in the world.


Mr. Ancelotti has been able to be on the down low in North America, because Bayern Munich is still not an household name across the Atlantic. Since Bayern is lacking a flashy super star equivalent to the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar, they need to develop a unique fan experience, which is centred on the club rather than a single player. At least that’s what the Guardian wants to tell us.

Højbjerg Watch

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is set to return to Bayern Munich in the summer, after two years on loan at FC Augsburg and FC Schalke 04, which can be called solid, but not impressive (like Toni Kroos 18 months development at Bayern Leverkusen into international class). Ancelotti will have to decide, if the Danish hot dog will be part of the Bayern diet next season. If not, there are clubs waiting in line for Bayern’s youngest Bundesliga debutant, who already has 15 Danish caps under his belt. SL Benfica will be one of them, it’s rumoured.

Talent Radar

Speaking of young talents, OOTB (Outside Of the Boot) put together the best XI of 22 or younger players from this Bundesliga season. Spoiler: Coman made the team, but Kimmich didn’t.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Goalimpact metric for evaluating individual player skills, their Young Player Challenge is a good opportunity to look into it. It lists all the top rated teenagers and follows their development in terms of Goalimpact and estimated transfer value. Why am I telling you that? Just to highlight, that Bayern just bought the top known talent from the list with Renato Sanches. Thank you Mr. Reschke. Side note: Renato Sanches’ peak Goalimpact is even better than Martin Ødegaard’s.

Stats, stats, stats

If you follow these Round-Ups closely, you already know what that headline means. Constantin Eckner and Experimental 361 have updated their data visualizations.

Hitchhiker’s guide to modern football

edAfootball (sorry could not find the real name) called his piece for “Tactical Theory: Vertical Build-Up Passing”, but don’t let him fool you, it’s a universal article about the aspects of modern football. So don’t close the tab when you realize how long it is. The article highlights the vertical build-up passing of Alaba, Hummels and Xabi Alonso. Why he didn’t even mention Boateng’s laser passes is a mystery to me.

You don’t know that you’ve got til it’s gone

Thank you Mr. Guardiola for three years of dominant and beautiful football.

Spanish dominance in the European competitions

»Eier, wir brauchen Eier!«

— Oliver Kahn

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