As a professional footballer, you probably have to hurry up, otherwise the finest rooms with sea views on Mykonos or Ibiza will soon be fully booked – for the summer of 2023. That could be the year of longing, at least for national players, when a season begins like it has never been before has given, which follows another season as it has never been before. 2020/2021 is a season without a break due to Corona, followed by the European Championship and the Olympics and a World Cup in the winter heat of Qatar in 2022. In 2023, national players could possibly go on holiday again for the first time – provided, of course, that the associations don’t come up with a few Supercups and Superleagues that can be hosted in risky or other crisis areas. 2023: Which social network will then be the hottest for vacation photos?
“It hurt a lot in the end,” said coach Hansi Flick after FC Bayern’s 2-1 win against FC Sevilla in the Supercup. You don’t necessarily have to feel sorry for that, but the extra scenes in Budapest were the first indication of the madness that the calendar is causing this year. Even Leon Goretzka, who could appear at relevant trade fairs with his fitness acquired during the Corona break, was tired. Because everything is going well on the pitch at Bayern, that was also good for something – so it was of course obvious to replace the winning goal scorer Javi Martinez after 99 minutes. And yet: the season has only just started.
In the rhythm of the first week it goes on, on and on: Sunday Hoffenheim, Wednesday Dortmund (of course, Supercup again), Sunday Berlin. Then there will be international matches again, a total of six within six weeks. National coach Joachim Loew must politely ask Flick, his former assistant, to be able to invite the Munich players. Löw also complains about the scheduling (on behalf of the players, he’s probably more relaxed about it), but he might still like to practice a few moves with his regular team, half of which consists of FC Bayern’s regular team.
If Hansi doesn’t want to mess with Jogi, there is actually only one option for his key players to take a few breaks, and Flick spoke about that again in Budapest: transfers for more quality on the bench, successors for Thiago, Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and Alvaro Odriozola. As is well known, the Munich team started what is possibly the toughest season ever with the smallest squad ever. But the transfer market is also more complicated than usual: As a buyer, you want pandemic special prices, for all sellers FC Bayern is the quadruple winner.
The longer the commitments drag on, for which there is only time until October 5th, the more often there is talk of a few players who are already in Munich. Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi, 18, came from Paris this summer to defend himself against the injured Tanguy. For midfield, for example, Jamal Musiala, 17, who recently scored 8-0 against Schalke, or Mickaël Cuisance, 21, who allegedly cost twelve million euros last summer, and Nicolas Kühn, 20, winner of the Fritz Walter medal in attack Gold as the best German U 19 junior player 2019.
More playing time for your own talents, that would not only please sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, who brought them, but maybe also the Bundesliga: They could then try one or the other time to be as competitive as Sevilla FC on Thursday.