The Bavarians just another bayern site Sat, 26 May 2018 01:25:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 119167188 Bayern’s very possible transfers this summer Sat, 26 May 2018 01:25:05 +0000 From July 1, 2018, Niko Kovac will take over at Bayern. Earlier, he led his side, Eintracht Frankfurt, to a win against his newly appointed club in the DFB Cup.

That definitely did not go well for some Bayern fans who were unhappy with the loss of a domestic cup trophy.

Bayern Munich was once again dominant in Bundesliga, winning the league with 84 points in 34 matches. Schalke 04 stood in second place with just 63 points. There was hardly any competition for the title and the team eased themselves to the title. However, in the UEFA Champions League, things have not been as rosy as expected.

The German club crashed out of the competition despite securing a draw while playing in Spain. The first leg loss at home condemned Bayern to an aggregate scoreline of 4-3 where Real Madrid advanced. With Kovac taking charge soon, he will certainly be keen that the fans are eager to see the club advance further in the Champions League and put up a challenge for the highly coveted trophy. On that note, here is a look at three players who could join Bayern Munich in a bid to boost the team and help them reach greater heights.

Kevin Vogt (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)

There have been lots of rumors surrounding the future of Jerome Boateng. With his future uncertain, Bayern Munich could possibly be keen to sign Kevin Vogt who has been eyed as a backup center-back. The German league leaders have successfully signed a few players from Hoffenheim in recent years including Niklas Süle and Sandro Wagner, and Vogt could be the next player to pack his bags.

The 26-year-old stands at 1.94m and will easily become one of the tallest defenders on his side. His height gives him a great advantage when it comes to defending set-pieces. Additionally, he is one of the most consistent and regular players of his side. In the 34 Bundesliga matches this season, he has played a total of 31 times for his club.

For the majority of the time, he has been used as a center-back but Vogt can play as a defensive midfielder too. Passing is one of his strongest assets and according to Squawka, he has had a passing accuracy of 88% throughout the season. If Boateng does decide to leave during the transfer window, Vogt can serve as a pretty reliable replacement.

Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen)

According to some sources, Bayern Munich has offered €60 million for the player. The 20-year-old footballer has attracted plenty of interest from the German champions who look extremely keen in signing him. However, reports say that Leverkusen is demanding €100 million and would prefer Real Madrid as the player’s destination.

The Jamaican winger finished his debut season with 12 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions. With great pace in his runs, he has been regarded as Arjen Robben’s successor in the position of a right-winger. Bailey charges down his flank and is fearless when facing the defenders. As Robben ages, Bayern is indeed in need of a young player who can take over his role.

At 20 years of age, he is wanted by many clubs around the world. If he joins Bayern Munich, he is almost guaranteed to lay his hands on the Bundesliga title and enjoy European action against top opponents. These can serve as a wonderful opportunity for him to learn and also pick up some new skills.

Jann-Fiete Arp (Hamburger SV)

Arp has made his interest known that he wants to join Bayern Munich. At 18 years of age, signing Arp will count as part of a long-term investment. In another three to five years, the club’s top scorer, Robert Lewandoski, would have aged and probably be unable to play every single match for the club. Furthermore, there is plenty of speculation that the Polish striker could be leaving for Chelsea or perhaps Real Madrid who has been a long-term suitor of the player.

The German player made his debut this season and played in 18 Bundesliga games, scoring two goals. While playing for Hamburger under 17s, he netted 37 times in 45 matches. He probably needs more opportunities and game time in order to realize his full potential. It will be way too early for Bayern Munich to ignore him as he can become as lethal as Lewandoski.

From the statistics gathered by WhoScored, Arp is best at dribbling the ball. His ability to keep possession is pretty weak but that is probably due to a lack of experience when it comes to playing at a high-intensity level. The striker should be one of Bayern’s targets this summer as he may potentially soon become a valuable player for the club.

Joachim Low tells who is more complete – Messi or Ronaldo? Sat, 26 May 2018 01:07:33 +0000 Lionel Messi’s ability to both score and create goals means Germany boss Joachim Low would prefer him in his team ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Debate over which of the two La Liga stars boasts the greater legacy is set to rage again during the World Cup in Russia as they both aim to claim football’s biggest team prize for the first time.

Low got the better of the Barcelona man in that match, but he would happily have the attacker in Germany colours over Real Madrid star Ronaldo.

“I would stick with Messi,” Low told Bild.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is sensational, a very good professional, an incredible goalscoring machine for many years, but Messi is the most complete player I have seen.

“He is a great team player. He’s provided 30 to 40 assists for the last 10 years as well as scoring around 50 goals.

“He’s capable of leaving eight or nine players in his path and his goals always stay in your memory.”

Low will attempt to lead Germany to back-to-back World Cup triumphs in Russia, a feat managed by only two other nations.

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Is this best Germany XI left at home? Fri, 25 May 2018 23:24:55 +0000 Mario Götze and Andre Schürrle combined to lift Germany to their fourth World Cup triumph four years ago, but they’ll watch the 2018 showpiece from home.

As if Germany’s sheer strength in depth wasn’t abundantly obvious already, just look at the players that haven’t even made Löw’s provisional 27-man squad. Andre Schürrle assisted Götze for that winner four years ago, yet the pair will watch on, alongside Julian Weigl, as Reus leaves as the only Dortmund player joining up with Germany in Russia.

Benedikt Höwedes, who spent last season on loan at Juventus from Schalke, played seven of Germany’s eight games in Brazil, but he may not get another chance to add to his 44 caps despite only turning 30 in February.

There is still time for Serge Gnabry, the Bayern-owned forward who ended the season with seven goals from 14 Rückrunde games with Hoffenheim, though teammate Sven Ulreich might not be so lucky, with Neuer’s return ending any lingering hopes he may have had.

Germany star missed three calls from Joachim Löw Fri, 25 May 2018 23:13:33 +0000 Nils Petersen has said he missed three calls from Germany manager Joachim Löw before realising he had been included in the reigning champions’ preliminary FIFA World Cup squad.

Petersen, 29, was a surprise inclusion in the selection that was revealed last week, earning a place ahead of Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner – who has since retired from international football.

The former Bayern and Werder Bremen player spoke for the first time on Friday about how he received the news, and said he had to react quickly to make sure he had made the cut.

“I was having lunch with my Freiburg teammates and saw I had three missed calls on my phone, so I was hoping no-one else had been called,” Petersen told a press conference while on duty with Germany.

“The next few days were different than planned. I was surprised but extremely excited to be involved in the squad.”

Petersen’s father is thrilled about his son’s achievement, too, but the Freiburg player opted to tell his girlfriend first.

“My father would have been the most excited, but it was my girlfriend that I told first as we had to change holiday plans,” Petersen said.

“He was so euphoric about my nomination. He probably would’ve announced it to the world straightaway, which is why I told my girlfriend first.”

Petersen earned the call-up after scoring 15 goals in 32 league matches for Freiburg this season, helping to keep his club in the top flight for another year.

The top-scoring German forward in the 2017/2018 Bundesliga is uncapped at senior level, and was thankful to receive such unexpected news so late in his career.

“You always think about playing for Germany,” he said. “Twenty-nine years of life have brought me here and I’m very proud to be a part of the squad.”

Petersen could still be left out of the 23-man squad that will travel to Russia for next month’s tournament, but one thing in his favour is his incredible impact as a substitute.

No player in Bundesliga history has netted more times from the bench – 20 – than Petersen, and Löw cited his goalscoring record as a substitute – or a ‘Joker’ as Germans refer to supersubs – as one of the reasons he was considering him.

“I’m well aware of my nickname being the joker,” Petersen said.

“It’s probably part of the reason I’m in the squad, but I’m someone who tries to make a difference for the full 90 minutes.

“Sometimes a few minutes can change a game, and so it’s important not to be down should you be on the bench, but ready to take advantage of the moments if they come.”

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Martinez set to sign for Inter Fri, 25 May 2018 16:40:07 +0000 Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez has arrived at Inter’s headquarters to sign his contract.

The Argentinian youngster flew in to Italy yesterday to finally complete his move, and had a medical this morning.

In the past hour Martinez, accompanied by former Nerazzurri striker Diego Milito, has arrived at the club’s HQ to sign his contract.

Once he has signed he’ll head back to Argentina, before joining up with Luciano Spalletti’s squad in July.

WORLD CUP 2018: Chances of winning (%) Fri, 25 May 2018 16:23:25 +0000 We’re less than a month away from the biggest sporting competitions in the world.

The 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14 as host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia.

Germany will try to become just the second team in World Cup history to win the tournament back-to-back, while doing so would tie Brazil for the most titles in history.

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Five Bayern stars join Germany Fri, 25 May 2018 15:10:27 +0000

Germany head coach Joachim Löw has all his Bayern pros at his disposal: Niklas Süle, Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller, Jérôme Boateng and Joshua Kimmich arrived at Germany’s Eppan training base on Friday.

Manuel Neuer and Sebastian Rudy had arrived on Wednesday. The players will complete their first squad training session in the late afternoon. Jérôme Boateng, who was out of action with a thigh problem recently, will turn in an individual session.

Hrubesch calls up 5+1 FCB women

The Germany women take on Canada with five FC Bayern players on 10 June. On Friday head coach Horst Hrubesch called up Verena Faißt, Leonie Maier, Sara Däbritz, Kristin Demann and Melanie Leupolz for his 20-strong squad. Nicole Rosler, who turned in convincing displays for Bayern over the last few weeks, is a replacement player and might still make it to the squad.