Many people will agree that he is not ready for a team like Bayern. And maybe they will be right. The team played excellently in the first 7 games, with nothing pointing to the catastrophic weeks afterwards. And this is happening when Jupp left a team that had worked well overall but lacked some important elements. Continue reading
Note: This article is almost 6000 words long as I tried to be as thorough as possible. If you don’t want to read it all, the sections which should most interest the casual reader are 1c (striker issues), 2 (counterpressing), and 6 (recommendations).
I do not believe there is anyone reading this, maybe not anyone in the entire world, who would argue that the German National Team did not underperform this World Cup. Failing to get out of the group stage for the first time in history is, to put it simply, a catastrophe, and it is a catastrophe we must engage in in order to draw lessons for the future. Continue reading
Shortly after FC Bayern announced Toni Kroos’ departure to continental rivals Real Madrid last summer, it emerged that Xabi Alonso was to move in the opposite direction. The first impressions of Xabi Alonso were astounding. The midfield maestro himself must have been surprised about how rapidly and seamlessly he integrated into the team, breaking a few records along the way. For a moment, FC Bayern fans forgot Toni Kroos. For a moment, Xabi Alonso looked worth his weight in gold.
That is all in the past now. Fast forward to today and the Internet is awash with articles and social media comments about how Xabi Alonso is looking old and that he’s past it. So how does one exactly go from gold to old in the space of a few months?
He doesn’t. Continue reading
Our monthly poll is back. This month’s topic of discussion, chosen by members, is Philipp Lahm’s ideal position on the field. Should it be right-back, or should it be defensive midfield? Or do you think it is a position he less commonly plays in? What is your opinion? Continue reading
Pep Guardiola, the illustrious Bayern Munich coach, has been in the job six months now, having taken over from the hugely successful Jupp Heynckes in June. While he was welcomed by many, and regarded as the ideal coach for the club, some fans seemed to have a combination of nostalgia for the Heynckes-era and doubts about any changes Guardiola might introduce. So the end of the first half of the season seems like a good time to examine how well has he done in those first six months, and what expectations fans can have for 2014. Continue reading
With the Bundesliga opener a week away, it looks like it is time to start wondering how our team is going to play this season. In the transfer market, we’ve bolstered our team with the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, Claudio Pizarro, Mario Mandzukic, Dante, Mitchell Weiser and Tom Starke. Finally, the signing of the Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez seems to be bogged in semantics in negotiations, yet very close to being completed, so this article will be written on the assumption that Martinez will be wearing all red by Monday.
(note: Neuer is left out of this discussion because he simply… is) Continue reading