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What the fans say: Nein to false nine

The results of BayernForum.com’s first ever Monthly Poll are in, and while the difference between the two leading options is only slight, one conclusion can be drawn: the fans do not want Bayern to radically change into a strikerless team.

The question asked was: Do you think Bayern have played better with or without Mandžukić this season? 50% of the voters (9 users) said it made no difference, while 44% of the voters (8 users) voted With Mandžukić. Only 1 voter felt that Bayern are better off playing without a real striker. Continue reading

Older Players

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A Complex Business

Almost nothing is straightforward in the world of football. One area which may appear to be relatively simple to the casual observer is that of older players. A closer inspection, however, would lead to the conclusion that there are so many factors involved that quite the opposite is the case – even in a club like Bayern, which has a responsible board that doesn’t buy and sell on a whim. Continue reading

2001: A Space Odyssey

The unfortunate events of the last few seasons have had many nostalgic Bayern fans looking back to better times. Times when the Rekordmeister was raking in the trophies and glory, times when Europe’s finest trembled at the name “Bayern”, times when legends were born. While many have accused the current squad of lacking aggression, winning mentality, hunger and, well, balls, the class of 2001 is now lauded for having those exact same things. Bayern fans today yearn for the days of Kahn, Scholl and Effenberg, despite the abundance of riches that strut their stuff weekly at the Allianz Arena. Below is a little trip back to that magical season of 2000/2001. Continue reading

Tactical permutations and all that jazz

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

EXCLUSIVE interview with David Vržogić

David Vržogić training in Trentino

David Vržogić training in Trentino

During the Trentino training camp, much has been talked about injuries to fullbacks David Alaba and Rafinha, and a while later Contento was also injured, rubbing salt in the open wound. However, there was also another fullback who was injured during the Trentino training camp. David Vržogić is a German-Serb who plays for FC Bayern II but who is considered so promising that Jupp Heynckes took him with him to Italy. Continue reading