On this day exactly ten years ago, FC Bayern won their Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0. Bayern, then in second place in the league, decided the game in the first half, with goals coming from Mark van Bommel (24′) and Roy Makaay (29′). Claudio Pizarro even missed a penalty just before the half-time whistle. Already in the starting XI then: Philipp Lahm. It was also a memorable day for Stefan Maierhofer, who came in for the final two minutes of the game; two of the eleven minutes he collected for Bayern.
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.
Jérôme, the visionary
The role of the modern central defender has changed over the last few years and shifted from a skill-set focused on defence only to a very deep-lying playmaker. To describe this evolution and the effects, Matt Dengler uses Jérôme Boateng as the role model for a modern centre back on The Penalty Arc.
Golden Boy – and then?
Renato Sanches received the Golden Boy award and Kingsley Coman came in third (after being runner-up last year), which makes FC Bayern and especially their scouting department under Michael Reschke the real award winners. But do Golden Boys also become Golden Men or do they falter under the increased expectations that usually come along with youth awards? Global Times has looked at the careers of every Golden Boy since 2003. Especially 2011 was a very interesting year from a Bayern perspective.
Everyone wants red and white jerseys
The guys at Sporting Intelligence made a list of the clubs that sold the most jerseys in the last five seasons and Bayern is one of the teams that climbed the ladder since the last analysis. The Reds sold 1,200,000 jerseys, only behind Manchester United, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Bang for the the buck
Manchester United not only top the list for most jerseys sold, they also have the most expensive squad when adding up the transfer expenditures. Their current squad cost over 700 million Euros, twice as much as Bayern’s team (ranked 9th).
ELO for Europe
Jens Ulbrich analysed how many ELO points each German team collected in their European Cup history. It is no surprise to see FC Bayern at the top of the list, but interesting to see that they collected as many points as the next three teams combined (Dortmund, Karlsruhe! and Schalke). If you have no idea what ELO point are about, the site “Football Club Elo Ratings” can help you out.
— Jens Ulbrich (@JensUlbrich22) October 22, 2016
Christopher analysed the strong first half with Vidal and Costa against Gladbach. Napto walked us through the youth teams and pointed out the problems in the older teams. Justin wrote the double-preview for the two games against FC Augsburg, including an interview with Twitter’s Sammy Kuffour. Felix needed a break from writing the Round-Ups and analysed the DFB Pokal win against FC Augsburg, with special words for two young Bayern players. Steffen wrote down the arguments why FC Bayern would be well advised to push their wage limits in order to keep Robert Lewandowki.
Special thanks go out to this week’s translator Tobi.