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EXCLUSIVE: Noah Shawn — the mega talent, lost

Noah Shawn in his Bayern days

Noah Shawn in his Bayern days

Noah Shawn hit the headlines in 2009: videos of him dribbling skillfully past numerous opponents as a 7 year old went viral. This left several FC Bayern supporters waiting in anticipation for this wonder boy to grow up and break into the first team.

A very reliable source has unfortunately informed us that Noah Shawn no longer plays for FC Bayern. Hailed by his previous Bayern coaches as a great talent, his last FC Bayern coach, Sebastian Backer, didn’t want Noah Shawn in his team for the 2011/2012 season even before he started training him claiming he was not good enough. After pressure from his previous coach and from Michael Tarnat, the decision taken was that Noah Shawn remained at Bayern for the 2011/2012 season.

Sebastian Backer

Sebastian Backer during training

Unfortunately, Sebastian Backer left Noah Shawn to rot on the bench in the 2011/2012 season, giving him only 3-5 minute runouts. Therefore, at the end of the season, Noah Shawn left for SpVgg Unterhaching and was followed out of the door by none other than Sebastian Backer himself, amidst rumoured complaints about racial discrimination from some parents.

Noah Shawn still plays for SpVgg Unterhaching and FC Bayern is still close to his heart. Who knows, perhaps he will return one day.

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  • FCBayernMunchen says:

    Well we don’t have enough information to judge whether he was living up to expectations or not. At first glance this seems like a big loss and illogical action by Backer. Here’s hoping he will return eventually under a new coach. After all he is not playing for a big club and as a German he must dream of playing for Bayern.

  • tflags says:

    Another missed talent?

  • Bazi says:

    I think calling any player who is younger than 16 years a great future talent for Bayern München is borderline insane. It’s such a hard road towards professional football, and especially towards Bayern München’s first team.

    The video went viral while Klinsmann was our coach. There’s your reason why this vid was so popular.

    • MUTU says:

      I agree with your part about being too early, however I fail to understand the correlation with Klinsmann being coach. It’s not like Klinsmann was expected to pull a Ferguson and remain at Bayern for eternity, enough time for the kid to grow. He was 7 years old and probably needed some 11 years before seeing professional football.

  • Bazi says:

    I rather meant that Klinsmann’s management was a dire time for any Bayern fan and people were eager to find a gleam of hope towards a better future. That’s why the video of “Bayern’s next super talent” was so popular.