FC Bayern Munich wins even though it shouldn’t win


After all, won: FC Bayern with coach Hansi Flick in Stuttgart
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The Munich team is “at the limit”, says coach Hansi Flick. In the crucial moments, however, she bundles her extraordinary skills in individual actions. This is not the “Bayern dud”.

VA few years ago, Scottish striker Andy Gray said a sentence on television that then spread throughout the world of football. In a live broadcast at the time, he spoke about Lionel Messi and put forward the following bold thesis: “On a cold evening at the Britannia Stadium he would have a hard time.” brave because Britannia Stadium is home to Stoke City, a mediocre club from England. Stoke has since been relegated from the Premier League, but whenever a player or team excels, there is someone who asks jokingly: But can they make it on a cold evening in Stoke?

That Saturday evening, Thomas Müller was standing in the stadium in Stuttgart and said to a British reporter: “You have to show it on a windy evening in Stoke. It’s not windy today and Stuttgart is not Stoke, but Stuttgart is a team that has played really well in the past few weeks. ”And because Müller and Bayern Munich won 3-1, Andy Gray should have seen it afterwards : Yes, these Bavarians just do it.

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Trouble after unexpected loss of points against Bremen

Dhe linesman raised the flag, but Joshua Sargent and Ludwig Augustinsson didn’t notice. The two Bremer stood in the penalty area and watched the ball, which was surprisingly not in the Munich goal, but rolled out next to the post. Could it be? No goal? Then the referee whistled. Sargent and Augustinsson looked at the linesman. Offside. Phew, lucky for you. Wouldn’t have counted anyway.

If Sargent or Augustinsson had scored in the 16th minute, probably nothing would have happened, but it’s still worth taking a closer look at the scene. In a Bundesliga game with few sporting highlights, she was the outlier. That wasn’t because of Sargent or Augustinsson, but because of Manuel Neuer. The first thing he did was parry Sargent’s imprecise shot from three meters with his foot. Second, Augustinsson’s precise rotary shot from eleven meters by hand. A maximum of three seconds passed in between. And so the Bremen trainer Florian Kohfeldt said later: “You have an outstanding goalkeeper, he did it world class.”

It usually doesn’t mean anything good for FC Bayern Munich when Manuel Neuer, their goalkeeper, sets the climax of the game. But mostly it doesn’t mean anything bad either. This is a luxury that only Bayern have in world football. On good days, they even tear apart Atlético’s defensive artists. On bad days they always have new ones.

They had such a bad day in their own stadium on Saturday afternoon. They played 1: 1 against Werder Bremen. Maximilian Eggestein scored for Bremen in the 45th minute. Kingsley Coman scored for Munich in the 62nd minute. And if you take all the trimmings into account, from a Munich perspective you almost had to say: at least one point. In the 87th minute, for example, Sargent could have scored the 2-1. But that’s how it is when you approach Neuer: It often stays with the subjunctive. “Manu has proven his class,” said Hansi Flick, his trainer. One could formulate that more briskly.

Thomas Tuchel did that in August. When his Parisians failed in the final of the Champions League to Neuer, he said of his performance: “It’s a bit of a competitive distortion.” With the 1-1 draw, Munich still has a point ahead of Dortmund. And actually this point is pretty good for what distinguishes the two best German soccer teams at the moment: Some have new ones – and the others just don’t have it.

Wrong rotation selected: Hansi Flick


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It is particularly helpful in this part of the season that Neuer has his back on his coach week after week. He has to solve other problems. In midfield, for example. Joshua Kimmich will be absent there for the rest of the year. Corentin Tolisso (muscular problems) was also unable to play on Saturday. And because Flick also wanted to spare Leon Goretzka, he put good old Javi Martínez in front of the defense and a little further up, for the first time from the beginning, 17-year-old Jamal Musiala.

It only took 17 minutes before a new problem appeared. Left-back Lucas Hernández landed his pelvis on the floor. He couldn’t go on playing. Flick had to move against his will. He sent his chief defender David Alaba to the left and Martínez to the center of the defense. After that, game control was lost.

That was also due to the Bremen match plan. They attacked aggressively in the space between the defense and midfield, which especially overwhelmed Musiala. Robert Lewandowski also found it difficult. “The few moments we created weren’t that dangerous,” said Flick. Nothing changed when he replaced the German national team. Goretzka (for Hernández) in the first half. In the second half Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané. They were under special observation because of the events in Seville.

In any case, the 0: 6 later attracted more attention than the 1: 1. At the latest when Thomas Müller came to the Sky interview. He should say something about Seville, which he then did. “That hurts,” he said, and when asked weekly what it looks like if he, Hummels and Boateng returned to the national team, he only replied: “As I said, none of us resigned.” the Bundesliga Saturday in Munich had reached its new high point.

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Thomas Müller from FC Bayern talks about a comeback in the DFB team

Thomas Müller seems open to a return to the German national soccer team. “As I said, none of us resigned,” said the 2014 world champion after his FC Bayern 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen on Saturday on Sky. But he was “not of the opinion that we should discuss players”. After the 6-0 defeat of the DFB selection last Tuesday in Spain “we should discuss other things”. His “main focus” is also “on the club”.

Like his Munich team-mate Jérôme Boateng and Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Müller was sorted out by national coach Joachim Löw in March 2019. The 60-year-old justifies the decision with the change in personnel, so far he has not deviated from his course. The return of at least parts of the trio was repeatedly called for from different sides – not least after the Spain game by several experts.

Müller said on Saturday: “Of course you suffer with your teammates in the club and your former national team colleagues as well as the spectators.” The fans “longed for things to go well again,” said the 31-year-old. “At the moment there is a lot of negativity around the topic, it really hurts.” In the Nations League in Seville, the national team lost as much on Tuesday as it has not since 1931.

The national team’s crisis allegedly does not burden the work at Bayern Munich. “The boys are professionals enough,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic on Saturday in the Sky interview before the game with a view of the Munich national team. The training was good and there were talks with the returning players. “I’m not worried that it won’t continue the way it ended in Dortmund,” emphasized Salihamidzic. The national team should analyze what happened in Seville. “We do our work here exactly as we did it before.”

Salihamidzic did not confirm reports about the supposedly imminent departure of Jérôme Boateng from Bayern next summer. “We all know that Jérôme has an ongoing contract until June 30, 2021,” said Salihamidzic. “We will meet with him and his management at a reasonable time and make a fair decision for everyone.” The former national player’s contract was “not at all our topic at the moment”.

Boateng (32) himself had said that he was “surprised” by the customer that his contract should not be extended beyond the summer of 2021. Coach Hansi Flick had expressed his great appreciation for the central defender on Friday. “He’s a player who has shown outstanding performance, he’s won the triple for the second time. Little need to be said about its qualities, ”he said. “Jérôme certainly knows how I see the whole thing and how I feel about it.”

FC Bayern meanwhile have to fear defender Lucas Hernández’s failure. The world champion hit the ground after a duel in a 1-1 draw against Bremen and was replaced after 19 minutes. He had problems with his hip and will be examined on Sunday, said coach Flick. “We have to wait and see.” For Hernández, who signed for 80 million euros last year, a long absence would be particularly bitter, as he is now a regular at the Munich team as a left-back after a difficult first season.

Alphonso Davies is missing as another left-back injured. Flick hopes that in Wednesday’s Champions League game against RB Salzburg midfielder Corentin Tolisso and right-back Bouna Sarr can return after their muscular problems. “We’ll have to wait and see,” said Flick.

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DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff should present crisis analysis

National team manager Bierhoff is to present a crisis analysis to the DFB presidium for the team of national coach Löw in December – whether there will be a vote on its future is open.

The crisis management around Joachim Löw will last at least until December 4th. On this day, Oliver Bierhoff, as director for the national teams, is to present the results of an analysis of the state of the German elite footballers after the historic 0: 6 against Spain to the Presidium of the German Football Association (DFB). The “Bild” reported after a message from the highest DFB committee on Friday.

FAZ: Need for discussion in the presidium because of Fritz Keller

According to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, however, “within the Presidium, there is now an increased need for discussions – on their own behalf. According to this, parts of the committee accuse President Fritz Keller (63) of a sluggish course and a lack of communication after the defeat in Seville last Tuesday.

In terms of work-up, the DFB executive committee agreed on a common line, according to the FAZ. The “Bild” wrote of a debate that was “very factual”.

Persuasion plan for success track

But now it’s up to Löw, who has retired to his home in Baden, together with co-trainer Marcus Sorg, goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke and Bierhoff to analyze and explain the target state as well as the current state. Those responsible for the team must ultimately convince the Presidium of how they want to shape the team into a successful unit again in order to achieve the declared goal of the semi-finals at the EM in the summer of next year.

“There is no free ticket for Jogi Löw,” the “Bild” quoted a participant from Friday who was not named. He will listen very carefully to what Löw’s review looks like and what perspective he is showing the DFB Presidium with a view to the EM 2021. This also includes the question of whether there is a need for more experienced players in the squad who would take command – “especially when things are not going well”. The main concern is the retirement of ex-world champions Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller and Jérôme Boateng.

Löw should be spared further appearance

It is unclear whether there will be a vote on Löw’s future after the meeting at the beginning of next month, wrote the “Bild”. That Bierhoff should explain the situation is because the DFB presidium wanted to spare the national coach another appearance.

The World Cup qualification will be drawn on December 7th just three days after the presidium meeting, which was already scheduled. The national coach will not be able to convene his squad again until mid-March, so that he can work with his national players for the last time before the EM training camp.

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Boateng does not expect a comeback in the national team

Jérôme Boateng apparently has little hope of a comeback in the national soccer team under Joachim Löw. After the 6-0 debacle against Spain, some experts demanded that the national coach have to bring him, Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels back into the selection – but Löw immediately declined. “That was clearly communicated last year. The DFB has chosen this path, you have to respect that – and I do, ”said the 2014 world champion in an interview with Spox and Goal on Thursday.

The 32-year-old added that he doesn’t want to go back to the national team at any cost. “I have expressed my position on this several times, and those responsible at the DFB have also done so. Basically, I don’t rule it out, but it would also depend on how I feel at the moment, ”he said.

The defender had once again developed into a top performer at Bayern Munich under coach Hansi Flick last season and has also impressed this season. Nevertheless, the Munich-based company does not seem to offer him a contract extension beyond 2021, according to a “Bild” report. But he doesn’t want to deal with that either.

Boateng has now come to terms with the fact that his contract with the Bundesliga leaders, which expires at the end of the season, will not be extended. “I was surprised and would have liked to have sat down beforehand. But now I don’t deal with it anymore, ”he said.

He always explained. “That I would like to get to know something else and accept a new challenge”. Boateng is apparently toying with a move to a metropolis. He is “a person who loves to get to know new cities, new cultures and new people. I’m actually not the type who likes to stay in one place for a long time. Accordingly, Paris, London, but also cities outside Europe are interesting for me, ”said the 32-year-old.

Born in Berlin, he moved from Manchester City to Munich in 2011. He will always keep fond memories of the ten years with the German record champions. Boateng: “When the day comes when they part ways, I will look back proudly on the years and many successes with this club. Not many footballers are allowed to experience something like this. “

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What everything has to get better

Sechs to zero. For Spain. Zero to six. For Germany. And that was still gracious, it seemed as if every shot by the Spaniard at Manuel Neuer in his 96th game as national goalkeeper could have landed in the box. The team in front of him, “la team”, made an uninvolved impression, dull, tired, lifeless.

Michael Hanfeld

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They don’t defend themselves against the defeat, noted the former national team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger in his new position as an ARD expert. Schweinsteiger has always resisted. He fought. From the final of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, alongside Mario Götze’s winning goal in the 113th minute, the images of the irrepressible, exhausted, and in the end tear-streaked Bastian Schweinsteiger will be remembered.

And now? Drooping heads, drooping shoulders after the first goal. After three to zero, you had the impression, said ARD presenter Matthias Opdenhövel, rightly, that three more could come for the Spaniards, but not the turnaround. It got worse minute by minute.

An average of 7.34 million viewers saw it, which is a miserable rate for football. It says something. But we would doubt that so many viewers stayed until the bitter end. The commentator Tom Bartels suspected in the second half that it required perseverance in front of the screen, which the people of the national team lacked. The game was far from over and the sixth goal hadn’t been scored.

Now we know how the Brazilians felt, said Matthias Opdenhövel. We can only speak of luck, we thought at this point that this was not the semi-finals of an EM or World Cup. The German selection supposedly wants to make it there. But she won’t do that, as everyone could see on Tuesday evening.

One can understand that in such a downfall with man and mouse the trainer is not immediately suspended and that this is not directly requested in the studio, but it is also – as far as the thing on television is concerned – admittedly a smaller part of the problem. Matthias Opdenhövel asked the national coach what the biggest defeat of a national team since 1931 meant for him personally, but the polite question remained. And when Bastian Schweinsteiger asked Opdenhövel what he thought of a recall of players like Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, a word that was superfluous: “Players like Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller,” he said, “had that Triple won with the best team in Europe. They play in the first team and have quality. Why not for the national team? ”Because:“ The national coach and his team have an opinion on this, unfortunately I personally have a different one. ”

Bastian Schweinsteiger now accompanies football as a TV expert on ARD.


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Why “unfortunately”, Bastian Schweinsteiger? Fortunately, we would say, bearing in mind the idea that a national selection should include the best of the best. The fact that the former national player Mesut Özil, to whom the national coach Löw stuck to the nibelung loyal to the nibelung for far too long, now speaks out with the same recommendation on Boateng is a bitter punchline.

Clinging to the past, stepping on the spot of German national football, is also reflected in the presentation of the games on ARD and ZDF. The gentlemen behind the microphone are always a number more state-bearing, more meaningful than, for example, colleagues Marco Hagemann and Steffen Freund at RTL. When they accompany the national team (and at other games), the two are less squeamish, but never caustic, distant, not friendly, but inside very involved and knowledgeable. On ZDF, however, Béla Réthy has been chatting up the games for years, describes the opposite of what everyone sees, and provides you with over ninety minutes random knowledge, make your ears bleed. Tom Bartels does that better in the first, but from now on his voice is forever linked to the greatest calamity that has befallen German football for decades.

The fact that the German Football Association has frozen since the miserable elimination of the national football team at the World Cup two years ago is one thing. The other is an accompanying program under public law (paid dearly by all of us, by the way) that urgently needs a less good face for the pitiful game and – more Schweinsteiger. The original Schweinsteiger, without “unfortunately”.

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What everything has to get better

Sechs to zero. For Spain. Zero to six. For Germany. And that was still gracious, it seemed as if every shot by the Spaniard at Manuel Neuer in his 96th game as national goalkeeper could have landed in the box. The team in front of him, “la team”, made an uninvolved impression, dull, tired, lifeless.

Michael Hanfeld

Responsible editor for features online and “media”.

They don’t defend themselves against the defeat, noted the former national team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger in his new position as an ARD expert. Schweinsteiger has always resisted. He fought. From the final of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, alongside Mario Götze’s winning goal in the 113th minute, the images of the irrepressible, exhausted, and in the end tear-streaked Bastian Schweinsteiger will be remembered.

And now? Drooping heads, drooping shoulders after the first goal. After three to zero, you had the impression, said ARD presenter Matthias Opdenhövel, rightly, that three more could come for the Spaniards, but not the turnaround. It got worse minute by minute.

An average of 7.34 million viewers saw it, which is a miserable rate for football. It says something. But we would doubt that so many viewers stayed until the bitter end. The commentator Tom Bartels suspected in the second half that it required perseverance in front of the screen, which the people of the national team lacked. The game was far from over and the sixth goal hadn’t been scored.

Now we know how the Brazilians felt, said Matthias Opdenhövel. We can only speak of luck, we thought at this point that this was not the semi-finals of an EM or World Cup. The German selection supposedly wants to make it there. But she won’t do that, as everyone could see on Tuesday evening.

One can understand that in such a downfall with man and mouse the trainer is not immediately suspended and that this is not directly requested in the studio, but it is also – as far as the thing on television is concerned – admittedly a smaller part of the problem. Matthias Opdenhövel asked the national coach what the biggest defeat of a national team since 1931 meant for him personally, but the polite question remained. And when Bastian Schweinsteiger asked Opdenhövel what he thought of a recall of players like Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, a word that was superfluous: “Players like Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller,” he said, “had that Triple won with the best team in Europe. They play in the first team and have quality. Why not for the national team? ”Because:“ The national coach and his team have an opinion on this, unfortunately I personally have a different one. ”

Bastian Schweinsteiger now accompanies football as a TV expert on ARD.


Bastian Schweinsteiger now accompanies football as a TV expert on ARD.
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Image: AFP

Why “unfortunately”, Bastian Schweinsteiger? Fortunately, we would say, bearing in mind the idea that a national selection should include the best of the best. The fact that the former national player Mesut Özil, to whom the national coach Löw stuck to the nibelung loyal to the nibelung for far too long, now speaks out with the same recommendation on Boateng is a bitter punchline.

Clinging to the past, stepping on the spot of German national football, is also reflected in the presentation of the games on ARD and ZDF. The gentlemen behind the microphone are always a number more state-bearing, more meaningful than, for example, colleagues Marco Hagemann and Steffen Freund at RTL. When they accompany the national team (and at other games), the two are less squeamish, but never caustic, distant, not friendly, but inside very involved and knowledgeable. On ZDF, however, Béla Réthy has been chatting up the games for years, describes the opposite of what everyone sees, and provides you with over ninety minutes random knowledge, make your ears bleed. Tom Bartels does that better in the first, but from now on his voice is forever linked to the greatest calamity that has befallen German football for decades.

The fact that the German Football Association has frozen since the miserable elimination of the national football team at the World Cup two years ago is one thing. The other is an accompanying program under public law (paid dearly by all of us, by the way) that urgently needs a less good face for the pitiful game and – more Schweinsteiger. The original Schweinsteiger, without “unfortunately”.

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Bierhoff names danger when returning from Müller & Co. – These are “alpha animals”

Doubts about full EM stadiums

DFB director Oliver Bierhoff openly addressed a particular problem in the debate about a possible return of former world champions Thomas Müller (31), Mats Hummels (31) and Jérôme Boateng (32) to the national team. “If you bring back well-deserved national players, you have to assume a certain approach. These players would of course be set, ”said Bierhoff on Monday in Leipzig at the meeting point for the current DFB squad for the last three international matches of the year. Currently there is “no need for action”.

Bierhoff recalled an example from his own time as a DFB player. National coach Berti Vogts reactivated former captain Lothar Matthäus for the 1998 World Cup in France. Do something like that with a group, Bierhoff warned, “because they are alpha animals”. Even at the failed 2018 World Cup, there were discussions between young and old players. The DFB selection was eliminated in the preliminary round. “It is absolutely correct that Jogi continues on the path. You have to give the young people space to develop, ”explained Bierhoff.

Max, Uduokhai & Baku nominated for the first time: The DFB squad in the gallery

International matches in November

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Munich’s Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sané as well as Toni Kroos, Matthias Ginter and Timo Werner are intended exclusively for the Nations League games against the Ukraine (November 14th) and in Spain (November 17th). Germany will meet the Czech Republic on November 11th.

Goal: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim, 0 internationals)

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Goal: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern, 94 international matches)

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Goal: Bernd Leno (Arsenal, 8 caps)

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Goal: Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt, 4 international matches)

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Defense: Matthias Ginter (Bor. M ‘gladbach, 33 internationals)

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Defense: Robin Gosens (Atalanta Bergamo, 4 international matches)

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Defense: Ridle Baku (Wolfsburg, 0 internationals)

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Defense: Robin Koch (Leeds United, 4 caps)

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Defense: Philipp Max (PSV, 0 internationals)

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Defense: Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea, 35 caps)

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Defense: Nico Schulz (BVB, 11 internationals)

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Defense: Niklas Stark (Hertha, 2 internationals)

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Defense: Jonathan Tah (Bayer 04, 11 internationals)

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Defense: Felix Uduokhai (FC Augsburg, 0 internationals)

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Midfield / Attack: Nadiem Amiri (Bayer Leverkusen, 4 international matches)

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Midfield / Attack: Julian Brandt (BVB, 33 internationals)

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Midfield / Attack: Mahmoud Dahoud (BVB, 1 international match)

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Midfield / attack: Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern, 15 international matches)

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Midfield / attack: Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern, 27 international matches)

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Midfield / attack: Ilkay Gündogan (Man City, 39 internationals)

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Midfield / Attack: Jonas Hofmann (M’gladbach, 1 international match)

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Midfield / Attack: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, 100 caps)

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Midfield / Attack: Florian Neuhaus (M’gladbach, 1 international match)

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Midfield / attack: Leroy Sané (FC Bayern, 23 international matches)

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Midfield / Attack: Luca Waldschmidt (Benfica Lisbon, 4 internationals)

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Midfield / Attack: Timo Werner (Chelsea, 33 internationals)

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Löw confirms retirement: “Nothing has changed about that now”

Löw had confirmed on Monday in the “Kicker” that the Munich Müller and Boateng, who had been retired in March 2019, as well as the Dortmund Hummels, would not be brought back to the DFB team. “We basically decided not to nominate these players, that has not changed now.”

Bierhoff assured that the topic was purely about a personnel realignment of the German national team. There was “nothing interpersonal between Jogi and the players”.

Bierhoff laments the mood around Löw-Elf: “Cloud over the team”

Bierhoff fervently defended the young German national team against criticism and complained about a bad general public mood. “We are in a prominent position and earn a lot of money. But it’s people. There is a cloud over the team that is fighting, that is working, ”said Bierhoff. In his more than ten-minute monologue, Bierhoff spoke of tension and frustration in the team over recent mediocre results. “But they stand up and don’t take the easy path,” Bierhoff advertised.

12 in the 100 club: The German record international players

12 – Toni Kroos | 100 international matches

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11 – Thomas Müller | 100 international matches

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10 – Thomas Häßler | 101 international matches

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9 – Franz Beckenbauer | 103 international matches

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8 – Per Mertesacker | 104 international matches

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7 – Jürgen Kohler | 105 international matches

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6 – Jürgen Klinsmann | 108 international matches

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5 – Philipp Lahm | 113 international matches

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4 – Bastian Schweinsteiger | 121 international matches

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3 – Lukas Podolski | 130 international matches

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2 – Miroslav Klose | 137 international matches

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The European champion from 1996 complained several times about the “tonality” with which the Löw selection was spoken. “What will be achieved and not what will not be achieved” should be the focus. “The players have earned our trust and they will pay back.”

The DFB-Elf will meet the Czech Republic in a test match in Leipzig on Wednesday. The Nations League game against Ukraine follows on Saturday, before the competition ends three days later with the game in Seville against Spain. “It’s only about results on the pitch. We have to perform there, we have to be there in a nutshell, ”said Bierhoff, calling for success at the end of the year.

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Bierhoff does not believe in EM 2021 with full stadiums: “I doubt”

In view of the unforeseeable end of the corona pandemic, Bierhoff also does not believe in an EM with full stadiums and the processes familiar from previous tournaments. “How do I imagine the EM 2021? Not in the way I would like, ”he said.

“You have to assume that Corona will not have left us next year,” said Bierhoff. He is assuming strict rules for the teams at the European Championship finals, which had been postponed by a year due to the virus and should now start on June 11, 2021.

One of the twelve venues is to be Munich, where the German team would also play their three group matches against world champions France, defending champions Portugal and Iceland or Hungary. “They will try to do that with the teams,” believes Bierhoff, who pessimistically added with a view to the fans: “I doubt that the stadium will be full. But I think that a few spectators will be there. “

Copenhagen to London: The envisaged EM stadiums by capacity

Telia Parking / Capacity: 38,000 / Home Team: FC Copenhagen

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Aviva Stadium / Capacity: 51,000 / Home Team: Ireland

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Hampden Park / Capacity: 51,000 / Home Team: Scotland

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San Mamés / Capacity: 53,000 / Home team: Athletic Bilbao

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Johan Cruijff Arena / Kapazität: 54,000 / Heimteam: Ajax Amsterdam

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Arena Națională / Capacity: 54,000 / Home team: Dinamo Bucharest

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Gazprom Arena / Capacity: 61,000 / Home team: Zenit St. Petersburg

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Olimpico di Roma / Kapazität: 68,000 / Heimteams: AS Rom, Lazio

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Puskás Aréna / Capacity: 68.000 / Heimteam: Ungarn

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Baku Olympic Stadium / Capacity: 69,000 / Home team: Azerbaijan

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Allianz Arena / Capacity: 70,000 / Home team: FC Bayern Munich

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Wembley Stadium / Capacity: 90,000 / Home team: England

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Champions League: Trouble with Alaba overshadows Bavaria’s gala in Salzburg

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Trouble about Alaba overshadows Bavaria’s gala in Salzburg

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Bayern with 14th CL victory in a row

FC Bayern Munich celebrates its 14th consecutive Champions League victory in Salzburg – an absolute record. And striker star Robert Lewandowski finally hits the gate again.

Bayern also wins their third Champions League game and is almost certain to qualify for the round of 16. The clear win in Salzburg is all about David Alaba once again. Sports director Salihamidzic speaks of a possible worst-case scenario.

Dhe FC Bayern took their third victory in their third game in the Champions League. The defending champion came at the Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg only thanks to late goals from defender Jérôme Boateng (79th), Joker Leroy Sané, goalscorer Robert Lewandowski (88th) and Lucas Hernández (90th + 2) to a safe 6: 2 (2 :1). This means that Bayern, as the sovereign leaders of Group A, can plan for the round of 16 next year after a nine-point start.

“We showed our strength at the end of the game. I’m very satisfied with the team’s mentality, ”said Bayern coach Hansi Flick.

After the early deficit by Mergim Berisha (4th minute), the triple winner in the spectatorless Salzburg stadium turned the game first with a penalty from Robert Lewandowski (21st) and an own goal forced by Thomas Müller with a sharp cross from RB defender Rasmus Kristensen (44th). Masaya Okugawa scored 2-2 (66th), but the strong Boateng with his first premier class goal in five years, Sané with a kick, Lewandowski and Hernández again made the decision.

Jérôme Boateng scores 3-2 and brings Bayern onto the road to victory

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Before the top Bundesliga game of the front runners on Saturday at the same point table runner-up Borussia Dortmund, Flick was able to celebrate his 44th victory in the 48th competitive game. The game began with a minute’s silence for the victims of terrorism in Vienna, both teams played with a mourning ribbon. In the constant rain, the Munich team acted again and again negligently in the defensive work in the initial phase – and were punished for it. Boateng was able to block a shot from Sekou Koita, but Berisha, who was born in Berchtesgaden, overcame the perplexed Manuel Neuer with a shot into the goalkeeper’s corner to make it 1-0.

Salihamidzic doesn’t believe in Alaba’s whereabouts

After the fuss about his future, defender David Alaba had a lot to do against the brave and offensive Salzburg team to organize the defense of Munich. Immediately before the kick-off, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic spoke in very clear terms about the imminent farewell. “I don’t know anymore how we should find each other,” said Salihamidzic on Sky. “Now we have to deal with the fact that David will leave us.”

Alaba had rejected an improved offer to extend the contract, which is why the club informed the 28-year-old and his adviser after a deadline that “we will withdraw the offer,” said Salihamidzic. Bayern President Herbert Hainer announced on BR television on Sunday evening that the club wanted to have clarity on October 31 after months of poker with Alaba and its advisors. “There is no longer an offer,” said the 66-year-old. The association wanted planning security for such an important position and personnel.

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Hasan Salihamidzic

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“We are all professionals. We value him very much, he is a top player and is very important to our team. We’ll deal with it professionally, “said Salihamidzic now, but also admitted:” If such a player leaves the club for free, that’s the worst case scenario. “Alaba had been surprised and disappointed about the withdrawn contract offer.

Despite the debates, the 28-year-old didn’t seem impressed or unfocused at his first premier class game in his Austrian homeland.

After the early deficit, Lewandowski scored with a penalty to equalize. Shortly before the break, he was also involved in preparing the tour. With his back to the goal, Lewandowski passed a pass from Benjamin Pavard perfectly to Thomas Müller. Kristensen headed the ex-national player’s sharp cross into his own goal in front of Tolisso.

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Robert Lewandowski celebrates his penalty goal

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Even if Bayern came out of the locker room again after the change and were allowed to thank Neuer for not equalizing, they now got the game more and more under control. Without Niklas Süle (positive Corona test) and Leon Goretzka (calf problems), the 3-1 only seemed a matter of time – but the Salzburg team surprised the Munich team again. Substitute Okugawa was on the pitch for less than 60 seconds when he used a strong pass from Ramalho with his first action to make it 2-2.

On the deep and wet ground, however, the hosts found it difficult to maintain the high speed and pressing. Bayern took advantage of the ice cold with four late hits to 6-2 success.

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