Round-Up: Markus Feulner
On a weekly basis, miasanrot.com will provide 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.
This week’s Saturday soecial issue is dedicated to a player from our opponent on Sunday. Markus Feulner and FC Augsburg await Bayern and are likely to make it a difficult away game again.
Born in 1982 in Scheßlitz (Bavaria), Feulner learned to play football at FC Bamberg until he joined the youth academy of Bayern Munich in 1997. He was a regular starter in all youth teams and was captain of the A-Youth team (under 19) that won the German Championship in 2001. Many said the home-grown player was set for a great career, he was a strong player in the 2nd team and even played for the first team in the 2001/02 season.
On November 13th 2002, Feulner scored his first Champions League goal against RC Lens. He collected 13 Bundesliga appearances up until the winter of 2003/04 and due to his unhappiness with his little playing time he was transferred to 1. FC Köln. He was immediately a starter, but his team got relegated at the end of the season. The club changed coaches and he had problems to cope with Huub Stevens and thus his minutes went down again. After the promotion in 2005, the tide seemed to turn: He got along better with new coach Uwe Rapolder and was again a starter in his position behind the strikers – until a cruciate ligament injury stopped him.
After his recovery and the relegation of 1. FC Köln, Feulner was transferred to 1. FSV Mainz 05 and thus remained in the Bundesliga. For three years he made almost every game in the first and second division and was rewarded: in 2009 he followed his longtime coach Jürgen Klopp to the BVB. But Feulner had a hard time in Dortmund and never really got into the team. Only once in the two years he was substituted into the game before the 80th minute and only once he was allowed to be part of the starting XI. Although he won his second championship in 2011 (after his first in 2003), but had an aggregate playing time of about 20 minutes in the entire season. A change was the logical consequence.
In 2011, Feulner moved back into the vicinity of his home to the 1. FC Nürnberg. At “the club” he established himself again quickly and in his first game he scored a hat-trick in the first round of the cup. The seasons of 2011/12 and 2012/13 went well – until the club dropped into relegation troubles in 2013/14. Feulner played solidly but could not avoid relegation. He personally continued to play in the Bundesliga. Since last season, Feulner plays for FC Augsburg and he has been a far from insignificant part of the success story the club has written in that time. The combination of experience and variability helps Augsburg this year and Feulner is likely to get his minutes on Sunday. We wish him all the best – but no points as a birthday present.
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A quick look back at the last league game against Leverkusen: Steffen wrote our analysis of the game here . Raphael Honigstein said “Leverkusen pull off tactical masterstroke to neutralise Guardiola’s Bayern” in the Guardian. And Ryan Tank also put together a nice tactical analysis over at bundesligafanatic.
Juan Manuel Lillo is one of the major influences of Bayern’s head coach Pep Guardiola. The following quote gives a hint why:
Yes, you read it right, original footage from the championship final against Eintracht Frankfurt in Nuremberg from 1932, back in the days of Kurt Landauer. Watch the video here and don’t miss to read the comments section for further details.
If you want to know what kind of guy Douglas Costa is and how dedicated he is to his career, training and friends, enjoy this little clip on YouTube.