The World Cup in Russia is over. France unseated Germany as champions. A team that, despite brilliant attacking potential, shone rather more due to its defensive performance. Germany, on the other hand, didn’t play a role in 2018. What does that mean for Niko Kovac? In much of the German media, football is discussed superficially […]
This time last year, the footballing world came together to mourn the death of Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest personalities the beautiful sport produced. In a memory of the late wizard, we decided to look back at his illustrious career by citing the times he faced his old acquaintance, Bayern Munich. NOTE: This article […]
After covering the current condition of Bayern’s youth teams last week, today’s Stats & Links section will focus on youth football as well. Therefore the relative age effect (RAE) will be introduced, which has an enormous impact on the selection of youth players and hence can shape future squads. What is the relative age effect? […]
When Toni Kroos left the club to Madrid in July 2014, many fans and observers doubted that he could be replaced. Then after injuries to Schweinsteiger and Martínez, there was an urgent need for action. The solution: Xabi Alonso. For many it was somewhat surreal, since Alonso hadn’t just gained his legendary status at Liverpool, […]
Holger Badstuber transfers out to FC Schalke on a loan. What that means for him and the club. An overview. Bayern fans had to take a deep breath when the news of Holger Badstuber’s transfer to Schalke broke, even though it was hardly surprising, after the discussions that had preceded it. Badstuber had given a […]
An eventful Bayern year is drawing to its close, and we look back on the best goals, biggest moments, and other peculiarities that happened in this past year. Goal of the year: Xabi Alonso against Werder Bremen The new season has only just woken up; really, it’s still half-asleep. And suddenly: boom. There were more […]
In his new book Martí Perarnau tells us more about the era of Pep Guardiola in Munich. We talked to him about Carlo Ancelotti, the last three years and Philipp Lahms present to Pep.
Saturday afternoon in Munich: FC Bayern passes the ball along their defensive line. Ahead of them: an area of maybe ten square metres, occupied by Xabi Alonso. Hoffenheim keeps this area open to then attack the routinier and put him under pressure. He gets the ball. He loses the ball. The public image of Xabi Alonso […]