Matthias Sammer has warned FC Bayern Munich of a “huge mistake” in the club’s management. Mehmet Scholl sees progress under coach Thomas Tuchel and praises Jamal Musiala. Meanwhile, Aleksandar Pavlovic receives a professional contract. And: The Munich cup game in Saarbrücken is taking place. Current news and rumors about FCB.
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FC Bayern Munich, News: Matthias Sammer warns Uli Hoeneß of “huge mistakes”
Matthias Sammer, formerly the sports director at FC Bayern Munich, definitely wants to see people with a football past at the top of the club. “It shocked me when Uli Hoeneß recently said: ‘Maybe I have to rethink that a footballer always has to take the leading position in a club,'” Sammer admitted in Bild’s “Phrasenmäher” podcast. “I wanted to call him directly and say to him: ‘Uli, please don’t think otherwise! That would be a huge mistake!'”
Positions in which football decisions are made “must be held by a footballer,” emphasized Sammer. “No manager, no head of finance, no McKinsey consultant or Silicon Valley type. That would be a declaration of bankruptcy for football and you can already see in many examples where manager types are at work instead of footballers that this is the case German football has not been good for us.”
On the last matchday of last season, Bayern parted ways with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and CEO Oliver Kahn, both people with a glorious playing past in Munich. “I asked myself – and no one can blame me: Is Oliver Kahn really a CEO? Or isn’t he actually a sports director?” Sammer pondered. In his eyes, the “Titan” had the wrong job at Bayern: “I talked to him about it, and even if he sees it completely differently – in my eyes that’s how it is.”
FC Bayern, News: Aleksandar Pavlovic receives professional contract
Bayern Munich has awarded its talent Aleksandar Pavlovic a professional contract until 2027. The Munich native has been playing for the German record champions since he was seven. Last Saturday, the 19-year-old made his Bundesliga debut as a substitute against Darmstadt 98 (8-0) (77th).
“I’ve dreamed of this since I was little,” said the defensive midfielder about his path to the professionals. Pavlovic started football at SC Fürstenfeldbruck and came to FC Bayern in 2011, where he progressed through all the junior teams. He played eight times for FC Bayern II in the Regionalliga (one goal).
“As a true Munich native, he made it into the FC Bayern first team – our fans dream that stories like this become reality,” said CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen, “and we feel the same way at the club.” Pavlovic’s path should “be a role model for our talents” and show: “You can make it through campus to the top!”
Sports director Christoph Freund praised the youngster as a “strong and technically adept midfielder with a very good overview. He is also extremely willing to learn, ambitious and very determined when it comes to his goals.”
FC Bayern, News: Cup game at 1. FC Saarbrücken is taking place
The second round game in the DFB Cup between record winners Bayern Munich and third division club 1. FC Saarbrücken on Wednesday (8.45 p.m./ARD and Sky) will take place as expected. Referee Frank Willenborg (Osnabrück) made this decision after an inspection of the pitch on Wednesday morning.
“The measures taken to make the pitch in Saarbrücken’s Ludwigsparkstadion playable are having an effect, the pitch has dried out significantly,” the city of Saarbrücken announced on Tuesday afternoon after a review of the conditions by representatives of the state capital, the DFB and 1. FC Saarbrücken.
Bayern had been planning to arrive on match day for a long time anyway. “First of all, the principle of trust applies,” said coach Thomas Tuchel about a possible cancellation: “If the DFB decides with the referees that you can play, then we will assume that the conditions are normal.”
Heavy rain last Sunday led to the former Bundesliga club’s third division game against Dynamo Dresden being canceled at halftime. From Bayern’s perspective, canceling the cup encounter would not have been desirable due to the busy schedule with games in three competitions.
A move to another stadium was not organizationally possible at such short notice. The game has been sold out for weeks with 16,003 spectators.
FC Bayern Munich, News: Mehmet Scholl defends coach Thomas Tuchel
Former Bayern dribbling artist Mehmet Scholl defended coach Thomas Tuchel’s results and attested to the team’s progress. “Bayern shines at times, but also plays very result-oriented. The team is no longer wobbling like it was at the beginning of the season, with the exception of the first half against Galatasaray,” the 53-year-old told Sport Bild. His conclusion: “It doesn’t look brilliant, but it’s successful.”
In his eyes, “a trust has developed between the coach and the team,” Scholl continued. “I see a lot of changes with almost the same players. However, these are not immediately noticeable.” The stars “have fun, are free, are not tactically overloaded,” Scholl analyzed, among other things, “and the spaces between the parts of the team have become smaller.”
Scholl particularly praised Jamal Musiala – he has “much, much more genius than I ever had.” The 20-year-old “can become one of the best in the world, for Musiala there is no cap, no upper limit: just like with the young Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane or Mbappé.”
Scholl could understand Tuchel’s desire for a defensive-minded midfielder: “Jens Jeremies, Thorsten Fink, Owen Hargreaves, that direction, yes. With Javi Martínez they later had such a player and were able to celebrate great success with him. Someone who sweeps in between, without being thrown off the pitch. Jerry (Jeremies; editor) could do that. A player like that is good for every team, including FC Bayern.”
FC Bayern, News: CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen defends cooperation with Rwanda
FC Bayern has been cooperating with the Rwanda Tourism Authority since August 2023. The country is heavily criticized for human rights violations. At “Blickpunkt Sport” on BR, CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen has now defended the record champions’ commitment. Despite a genocide almost 30 years ago, Rwanda is “today one of the most stable countries in Africa. Of course we cannot measure Rwanda with our standards from Germany. Where we are doing well, where we grew up in a big free world, in a free society.”
That’s why the club wants to “support prosperity, that’s why we have this partnership ‘Visit Rwanda’ to support tourism. Safari tourism is high-priced tourism,” emphasized Dreesen: “It brings prosperity, it creates jobs, which means infrastructure can be created And that’s why we’re here.”
Dreesen demanded that one “should have respect, not just from a German, European perspective to judge everything, but from a country in which completely different historical possibilities existed. And to that extent yes: of course we have to be measured by the values .”
FC Bayern Munich, News: David Beckham praises Harry Kane for goal from his own half
Harry Kane scored a sensational goal from his own half in the 8-0 win against Darmstadt 98. This brought back memories of other famous long-range goals in football history. Including one from David Beckham: He also scored a goal from his own half against Wimbledon in 1996.
“Becks” now compared the two goals on Instagram: He posted two celebrating pictures of himself and Kane with similarly raised arms and wrote: “I don’t know where you got this idea from. What a goal!”
Kane thanked him for the laurels in his Insta story: “Respect,” he wrote, and posted a handshake emoji.
FC Bayern, News – Watzke: BVB and FCB “not on equal financial terms”
Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke sees FC Bayern also facing financial difficulties in the near future. “Financially, we are not on equal terms, and we will not be able to reduce this gap in the coming years. FC Bayern is in an economically too strong environment for that,” said Watzke before the top game in the Bundesliga on Saturday (6.30 p.m./ Sky) the sports picture.
But it is a strong achievement for BVB that “we have followed suit for 18 years and have not let up in a big way in terms of sport. We ensured an exciting championship battle last season,” emphasized Watzke, who became boss of the Westphalians in 2005: “I am sure that we will have an exciting championship battle in the Bundesliga again this season.”
FC Bayern, News: Tuchel raves about “machine” Sané
Thomas Tuchel has once again praised Leroy Sané highly. “Physically he is a machine, that’s what he needs. And that, along with his talent, is the best thing he brings,” said Tuchel about the winger and added: “He can implement our instructions like no one else.”
Sané is in the form of his life. The 27-year-old has scored eight goals and assisted two more in nine Bundesliga games. Tuchel is sure he knows the secret behind it.
“I believe that, first of all, it helps Leroy to bring his potential to the pitch when he is calm. When he feels comfortable and the principles are clear,” he explained and said: “His position is clear, left or right Wing.” It is also important for Sane to “play regularly”. The offensive man was in the starting line-up in 13 of the 14 games of the season.
In addition, it suits Sané “if his starting position is wide at the beginning,” Tuchel analyzed: “Right now he is playing on the left because King (Coman, editor) is in a good mood on the right.” Tuchel’s conclusion: “His performance cannot be rated highly enough at the moment.”
FC Bayern, rumor: Neuer will not return to the DFB team for the time being
Manuel Neuer apparently has to wait longer for his return to the German national team. As Sport Bild reported, there are no plans to nominate the 37-year-old for the international match window in November. National coach Julian Nagelsmann’s DFB team will face Turkey in Berlin on November 18th and Austria three days later in Vienna.
Neuer’s last of 117 international matches was the 4-2 win in the World Cup group game in Qatar against Costa Rica on December 1st of the previous year, when Germany sensationally failed in the preliminary round. After breaking his lower leg, the 2014 world champion was represented by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who is currently in pole position for the 2024 home European Championships.
FC Bayern, News: Lahm talks about Nagelsmann and Neuer
Former DFB captain Philipp Lahm sees the German national team on the right track under the new national coach Julian Nagelsmann. “I believe that it can be good. Of course you don’t know, but there is still enough time to turn things around. Julian radiates energy, that is very important,” said the head of the OC for the home European Championships on Sky.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes that Lahm (39) can replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the DFB goal after his almost eleven-month injury break. “If he performs well and returns to the absolute top level, then he certainly has a chance of being number one between the posts,” said Lahm.
Neuer, like Lahm, a 2014 world champion, celebrated his comeback last Saturday in FC Bayern’s 8-0 win against Darmstadt 98. It’s “nice,” said Lahm, “that Manuel is back. He’s taken goalkeeping to a different level in the recent past. The most important thing now is that he’s fit and gets games to get into the rhythm. “
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