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On the US tour and Bayern’s pre-season

By Julian Green. Posted by tflags.

Disclaimer: This blog post is an unadulterated copy of the original article which can be found here. The article has been quoted in its entirety.

What a summer! It felt great to finally be back home in Munich, but I’ll never forget the last couple of months.. Between the US national team training camp, the World Cup in Brazil and the US Tour it was a period I’ll never forget. Don’t get me wrong, I really like traveling and wouldn’t miss a single day of this exciting summer, but there is no place like home.

Overall, the tour was a lot of fun but it was hard work as well. We had a tough schedule, a lot of intensive training sessions, events with sponsors and so on. But we had a great time overall as a team. The training conditions were fantastic and the interest in soccer was truly amazing. You can definitely tell that the sport is growing fast in the US from the tour.

It wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced the country’s passion for soccer either. I saw and felt it during my time with the US national team as well. It was great to see all the Americans going crazy over the sport then like they do in Europe and it was fantastic to see that happen again with Bayern Munich, a German club. To experience that and get to meet some of the fans was simply awesome!

Honestly, every day in America was special. Bayern really did a great job planning the tour. One of the biggest highlights for me personally, though, was New York. It’s just such a cool city! There are millions of people and there is nothing you can’t find or do in that city. I like the busy atmosphere and all the skyscrapers. We took part in a boat trip and had a fantastic view of the city skyline. Portland was a bit smaller and easier to get around. In comparison, there seemed to be more interest in soccer in Portland than New York, but both were great experiences.

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Between a lie and a hard truth: Club Athletic of Bilbao

This past transfer season FC Bayern went after Spanish player Javi Martínez; a defensive midfielder with multiple qualities who played for Club Athletic of Bilbao. Despite multiple reportedly generous offers, Bilbao or – as they preferred to be called – Club Athletic, didn’t budge. President Urrutia’s announcement that Athletic was not selling any of their players was a call to arms; leaving the Germans to afford no other option than his full release clause – a cool 40 million. The Spanish club’s firm stance surprised not only the Bayern brass but also the rest of the teams making inquires about the midfielder.

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Booed in Marseille: A peak into Ribéry’s recent years

German giants Bayern Munich took a huge step to securing a place in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League by defeating Olympique de Marseille, the French team playing on home soil. The match saw plenty of yellow cards for the Germans (five in total) together with goals by Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben. Other interesting sights were completely empty sections of the Stade Vélodrome-the stadium is getting a huge makeover for the Euro 2016-a third choice keeper on the French side, and a not so quite upset Bastian Schweinsteiger, who managed to get a rather quick yellow card just eleven minutes after being subbed in.

One of the not so welcomed surprises of the night, however, was the quite intensive booing of Bayern left winger Franck Ribéry, a two-season veteran of Marseille who reportedly had looked forward being back at his former arena; one that saw him reach the finals of the Coupe de France twice while at the club. Continue reading

Getting ready for some payback

Oh what a different week. Bayern Munich got back on track this weekend with a beautiful 7 – 1 at the Allianz Arena versus TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. An early goal by Mario Gomez sat things in motion for what was to be become a close to perfekt afternoon: Bayern Munich scored so many goals on Saturday that 5 minutes to the end of the match Luiz Gustavo decided to hand his former team a freebie accidentally – a gift Ryan Babel certainly welcomed since he couldn’t really do one by himself. The Brazilian defensive midfielder is now leading the scoring charts for Bayern this season; the own goal chart that is.  Continue reading