February 20th, 2014
The honorary president of Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer admitted that there is a possibility of Mario Mandzukic leaving the club at the end of the season during the summer. The 27 years old Croatian footballer has been linked with a move to Arsenal and considering the fact that Robert Lewandowski is going to be joining Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund when the current campaign concludes, this puts Mandzukic’s role in the club under threat.
Robert Lewandowski made a name for himself when he blasted 4 goals past Real Madrid during the Champions League of last year and ever since that moment, Lewandowski attracted the attention of clubs all around the world and it was Bayern Munich the team that managed to sign him.
Beckenbauer told German sports magazine 11freunde: “Mandzukic could pack his bags. I see Lewandowski in the attack; his playing style is suited for Pep Guardiola’s ideas than that of Mandzukic.
“There are even more reasons why he could leave, even without him, Guardiola could still count on Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze in attack.”
Arsenal still are in the in the lookout for a striker that can not only play alongside Olivier Giroud but that can also provide backup for the French forward and if the comments and prediction of Beckenbauer actually come true, then this is an ideal moment for the Premier League club to make the move for their long awaited player.
Julian Draxler is another player that Arsenal is keeping close tabs on as Draxler is willing to leave Schalke for Arsenal in this summer but there is a fee of around €35 million that Arsenal will need to pay if they want to sign him up.
January 21st, 2014
Bayern Munich last season created history by winning the treble, as they lifted the Champions League, Bundesliga, and the German Cup in one single season. A large portion of their success was due to the attacking players like Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, but it has also been due to the defensive contribution from the centre backs like Dante. The Brazilian was initially expected to be a backup at the club, but he has grown in stature in recent years. The 30-year-old made 45 appearances for Bayern Munich in his first season at the club.
He was rock solid in defence and formed a great partnership with Jerome Boateng. He was expected to build on the success of last season due to the arrival of Guardiola, who is a fan of defenders who can play the ball. However, his form has not been exceptional like last season and there have been a few circumstances where he has been culprit of letting the opposition score. Former Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer, who made more than 400 appearances for the club in a stellar career, says that he is confident that Dante can recover the form that made him formidable.
Dante was signed for just under € 5 million at the start of last season.
“He played much better and was much more consistent last season. Now he makes many, many mistakes. Perhaps the winter break will do him good and help him to recover,” said the former Germany player and manager. Dante is already on his way to securing more trophies this campaign. He has added the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup titles to his collection. The club are in a great position to win the league title once more this campaign, while they have drawn Arsenal in the Champions league knockout stages.
December 5th, 2013
Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has stated that Frenchman Franck Ribery should be the recipient of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. However, he feels that it will be Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo who will ultimately win the title. Ribery has been the outstanding player when it comes to winning titles in the last 12 months. He has managed to lift three major honours with Bayern Munich during this period. However, Cristiano Ronaldo has not won any major title, but he has been at the forefront of scoring goals.
Ribery has been outstanding this campaign as well, but the fact that Ronaldo has been getting more press will help him win the title according to Beckenbauer, who has himself been a recipient of this coveted award several years ago. The ceremony to award the winner will take place in just over a month. Beckenbauer has won this award two times during his playing days, but it may be awhile before a Bayern Munich player lifts this award. Beckenbauer states that Ronaldo has put all his efforts into winning the Ballon d’Or award, while Ribery has worked for the benefit of the team.
“Normally Ribery would have to win this time but nothing is normal in these votes. Ronaldo has put everything in one basket, he has all the ambition and characteristics to win the Ballon d’Or. Although Ribery has been the best throughout the year, it would not surprise me if in the end Ronaldo wins it,” said Beckenbauer.
Lionel Messi is the other competitor for both these players, but it seems that Ronaldo has edged out of the Barcelona superstar in recent weeks after a string of fine performances especially for his country, Portugal. Ronaldo almost single-handedly helped Portugal into the World Cup 2014 finals after scoring four goals against Sweden in the play-offs.
October 17th, 2013
The manager of the German national football team, Joachim Low, has said that his side is up for its last World Cup qualifying game against Sweden despite the fact that they have already made it to the finals.
A win over Republic of Ireland on Friday secured Germany’s place in the finals and now, the game against Sweden is like a dead rubber for them, but, they are still desperately waiting for that game and there is a reason behind it. Actually, when these two sides had faced each other in October last year, the German team had gone up by 4-0 at one point of time and they were looking like winning that game comfortably, but, that didn’t happen. Things turned around. Four goals from the Swedish team in the second half equalized the proceedings and all Germany got was 1 point.
Talking to the reporters after the game against Republic of Ireland, Low said, “We all are ecstatic after making it to the finals, but, we are looking forward to the next game.”
“The last time we had played against Sweden, it was a draw and we were really disappointed by that. We want victory this time around.”
For the game against Republic of Ireland, Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose were not available. So, Low decided to use Mesut Ozil as a striker. That move didn’t seem to be working at the start as Ozil was feeling the heat playing upfront, but, later on, the Arsenal midfielder settled down and ended up scoring a goal too.
When asked about Ozil’s performance, the Germany boss said, “We asked him to play at an unfamiliar position today and he responded pretty well. He looked really good towards the end of the game.”