Bayern Munich started with back to back wins yet there still are a lot of (media) distractions surrounding the club before the tough away game at Bayer Leverkusen. This week’s round-up is dedicated to Michael Rummenigge.
As a 17-year-old, he followed his brother from Lippstadt to Bavaria. After some initial difficulties, in which the reputation of Karl-Heinz certainly played a role, he debuted late in the 1982/83 Bundesliga season. In the following season, Rummenigge established himself: He played in 33 of 34 games and scored 11 goals. Until 1988, the Westphalian scored 44 goals in 152 games in the red jersey and did have his share in winning five titles.
Rummenigge had to pay the price for his good performances for the reds after his move to Borussia Dortmund. Eventually he established himself at the black-and-yellows and even was appointed captain under coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. During his stay at the BVB he also won the DFB Cup. His last career move brought him to Japan, where he played the final two years of his active career for the Urawa Red Diamonds in the Japanese J-League.
Today, the trained banker is working as a player’s agent, among others Jerome Boateng was one of his clients until 2015. Moreover, Rummenigge is the head of a football school. We congratulate Michael Rummenigge to his 50th birthday!
Coman is the greatest talent
The Italian Gazzetta dello Sport ranked the top 50 talents born 1996 or later and #KINGsley is greeting us from the top of the list. Schalke’s Sane and Anderlecht’s Tielemans were placed second and third. Besides Sane, two other German players made the list: Dahoud and Brandt.
Bayern Munich used the deadline day to react to the injuries of Jerome Boateng and Javier Martinez. Serdar Tasci was loaned out from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season and Bayern have an option to buy him in the summer. Further details can be found in this article by Deutsche Welle.
Constantin Eckner (of Spielverlagerung fame) also had a look at the new player and what role he will play at Bayern in his article about the “best winter transfer window signings in Bundesliga”.
Tasci injured (no joke)
During his first training session, Serdar Tasci sustained a head injury which made him miss his own unveiling press conference (Sammer used the stage well) and it is still unclear whether he will make the squad against Leverkusen, according to Stephan Uersfeld on ESPN.
Money League – Bayern is moving south
Deloitte just published their 19th edition of their annual Football Money League and Bayern have lost a place for the first time in 12 years and are now ranked 5th, behind Real, Barca, United and PSG. The complete Deloitte analysis can be downloaded here. An in-depth analysis of the numbers (especially the foreign exchange effects) by The Swiss Ramble can be found on his blog.
The digital war for attention – Bayern on top
Despite the British Premier League’s high global presence, Bayern Munich managed to currently beat their English rivals (including United) in digital fan engagement in China, according to this article on the BBC website.
Revolution or evolution
Rory Smith is dividing the top coaches in three groups in his article: philosophers (Guardiola, Bielsa, Conte, van Gaal), pragmatists (Koeman, Simeone, Mourinho) and a group that contains PSG’s Blanc and Bayern’s future coach Ancelotti. He calls them evolutionists, fine tuners.