You are not logged in or registered. Please login or register to use the full functionality of BayernForum.com

Facts favour Bayern in race for title

News that's automatically retrieved from the official FC Bayern Munich website.
 

Facts favour Bayern in race for title

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:50 pm

24.01.2007

At precisely 8:30 pm on Friday, the Bundesliga wakes from its winter hibernation for the second half of the 2006-7 campaign. Some 41 days after champions Bayern signed off for Christmas with a sparkling 4-0 away success against Mainz, last season's double winners rejoin the campaign trail away to Borussia Dortmund, although it is the first time since 2003-4 that the Reds find themselves playing catch-up at this stage.

Munich lie three points off leaders Werder Bremen and second placed Schalke, but the champions are confident of retaining their championship shield when the points are added up for the last time in May. <b>fcbayern.de</b> has identified seven crucial factors in the Reds' favour.

<b>1: The World Cup is (finally) over</b>
The 2006 World Cup officially ended on 9 July, but the after-effects of the global showdown cast a long shadow over Bayern right through until Christmas. "We sent far more players to the World Cup than any other club," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pointed out in a recent newspaper interview. The tournament took a physical and mental toll on Bayern's international stars for many months, but the Christmas vacation and mid-season training period has served to recharge the players' batteries. "Germany's summer fairy-tale is finally at an end, so it's time for Bayern's winter fairy-tale to begin," Rummenigge declared.

<b>2: Mid-season training:</b>
Compared to pre-season in the summer, Felix Magath has had his entire squad together for a full four weeks during the winter break. Back in August, only 10 players were available for the early pre-season workouts, with the last of the stars rejoining the squad just 11 days before the first league fixture. By contrast, the head coach welcomed all his fit players back to Munich on the appointed date after Christmas, and the squad has achieved a consistent level of fitness since then.

<b>3: The injury situation</b>
The squad has come through the winter break without major injury, and both Owen Hargreaves and Mehmet Scholl have finally resumed the full programme after long lay-offs. Only Valerien Ismaël continues to work his way back to fitness following a double leg fracture.

<b>4: The fixture schedule</b>
Boss Magath has described the three-point gap to top spot as "nothing serious." Furthermore, both Bremen (11 March) and Schalke (weekend of 31 March) have yet to visit the Allianz Arena, where Munich could take two giant strides towards the title against their fiercest rivals. "You have to convert the match ball at the decisive moment," Oliver Kahn observed.

<b>5: Bayern's Cup exit</b>
The Reds' final outing before Christmas was a big disappointment at the time, as holders Munich were knocked out of the German Cup by Alemannia Aachen. However, every cloud has a silver lining. "We ended the year on a less positive note, so we're doubly determined to make up for that now," Andreas Ottl remarked.

<b>5: The record books</b>
No-one can touch Bayern when it comes to playing catch-up in the Bundesliga: Munich have finished as champions despite failing to top the table at the halfway point on a record six occasions. It last happened in 2000-2001, when Schalke led the way at Christmas and appeared to have wrapped up the shield on the last day. But a Patrik Andersson free-kick in stoppage time away to Hamburg was enough to earn Bayern a famous 1-1 draw and the title by a single point from the Royal Blues.

<b>7: The 1985-6 campaign</b>
The going-in position was the same back then, with Bayern three points off leaders Bremen at the halfway stage. But the Reds reeled in their northern rivals on the last day, as Werder fell 2-1 in Stuttgart while Bayern were thrashing Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0 at home. The clubs finished level on points, but Munich's superior goal difference was enough to claim the shield.
User avatar
FCBayernNews
News fetcher
 
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
 
Posts: 10884
Joined: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:46 am
Has thanked: 0 time
Been thanked: 162 times

Postby Schweini_rules » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:57 pm

yeah yeah yeah , i know one thing...with Diego Werder kicks ass.
FC BAYERN MUNCHEN

- "I had hoped until the end that this was just a nightmare, because Deisler is one of the best players Germany has ever had." -
Hoeness
User avatar
Schweini_rules
I'm a chatterbox!
 
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
 
Posts: 758
Joined: Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:22 pm
Location: Sheffield , England
Has thanked: 0 time
Been thanked: 0 time


Return to Official FC Bayern News

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 3 guests