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Adios, Toni Kroos!

Following the transfer of Toni Kroos, one of FC Bayern’s top young talents to Real Madrid, a competitor on the European stage, it is worth looking at some of the reasons for his sudden but not entirely unexpected transfer.

Kroos has been an integral part of FC Bayern’s dominance of domestic and World Football, and was a key member of the recent German World Cup win; however there have always been rumours of contract disputes and potential transfers away from Bayern. Continue reading

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Christian Nerlinger, Bayern’s general manager since 2010, was replaced last week by Germany and Dortmund legend Matthias Sammer. Despite being in a position that needed guts and authority, Nerlinger was criticized by many for not stamping his authority and for being merely a “yes man” to club president Uli Hoeneß. While the bitter failure of the past two seasons was not directly his fault, someone had to pay the price, so who better than the timid, evasive general manager? Continue reading

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

TFlags’ Photoshopped picture of the week: Losing all hope

Bayern Munich lost all hopes for the 2011-2012 German Bundesliga title yesterday after a 0-2 defeat at the BayArena against Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern Munich fans cannot feel anything but disappointment on what can be described as an unlucky turn of events. The game which put us 7 points behind Bundesliga leaders Dortmund (and quite possibly on the table’s third place depending on Borussia Mönchengladbach’s results today) will be analyzed over and over again. Fingers will be pointed, drastic and not so drastic cries for change will be called for.

Whatever courses of action the Club takes this point onward, if any, no one can deny our need to recover, sober up, and look at our targets ahead. We have a difficult match against FC Basel to settle scores in the UEFA Champions League and a tough trip to Gladbach in the Pokal’s semifinals. Those are serious challenges on our road to Munich and Berlin respectively. Continue reading

Reus vs. Shaqiri: Who will be the better signing?

It is no secret that Bayern Munich was interested in Marco Reus. Throughout the first half of the season, many figures associated with the Bavarians came out and made statements about Reus in an attempt to convince him to sign for the Rekordmeister. There was also rumored interest from Bayern’s domestic rivals, Borussia Dortmund, who Reus used to play for, as well as Arsenal, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester City. Reus himself was coy on a potential move to FC Bayern. Continue reading