May was the month in which the German football championship was decided. But for several years, the reigning champions FC Bayern have usually triumphed much earlier.
Donata Hopfen had been the managing director of the German Football League less than two months before she had already antagonized Bayern’s eloquent defender Uli Hoeneß.
With her cheeky statements (“If the play-off helps us, then we will talk about the play-off”), the strong young woman in the Bundesliga not only angered many football fans and traditionalists, but also especially Hoeneß, who had helped build the current Munich national team. dominance for decades.
Therefore, Hoeneß clearly replied: “The new managing director of the DFL is now thinking day and night about how we can break the dominance of FC Bayern. And now they come up with this idea.” He spoke in his typical purity of “joke idea.” It is not about more excitement and attractiveness, but about “a law against Bayern MunichFor several months this discussion has been more current than ever, combined with the question: How can this Bundesliga be made exciting again?
The end of the series does not appear
of Bavaria are champions ten times in a row, an unprecedented series in major European leagues. But that’s not all: The team, led by still mentally ill Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller, not only wins bowl by bowl, but also does so in an impressive way year after year. Eight titles were brought in with a double-digit lead, and so it seems again this season. Only in 2018/19 there was a close duel with Borussia Dortmund. In short: the series does not seem to end.
Football expert Matthias Sammer, who was Bayern Munich sporting director from 2012 to 2016, sees the financial and personal superiority as well as the FC Bayern mentality as a big plus. “If there is a failure, everything is called into question. Other clubs have a different way of thinking. There you enjoy smaller successes, failures are hidden,” Sammer told Sport Bild, calling the end disappointing in first grade. . as an example against Villarreal.
“In Bayern there is only one thing: victory or catastrophe! It affects the mind, soul and mentality of every player,” Sammer explained. This is sometimes exhausting, but one must also learn from the competition. “Developing this greed is a process that does not happen overnight. But this is exactly the key for FC Bayern,” said Sammer, who, along with then-coach Pep Guardiola, had a massive impact in the early stages of this decade. dominant.
The next generation is ready
This spring, there seemed to be something like a glimmer of hope. National team player Niklas Süle made a free transfer from Munich against Dortmund, the flawless Bavarians suddenly lost at Bochum or failed in the cup, the frame of subscription champions around Neuer (36), Müller (32) and world footballer Robert Lewandowski (33) is not getting younger and now only has contracts by the summer of 2023
But does this really give hope? With the 1995 vintage around national players Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka, the next generation is now ready. And when Bundesliga stars like Dortmund’s Erling Haaland or Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku are traded in the transfer market, the Bayern name quickly emerges as a matter of course. On the other hand, it can certainly be ruled out that a Gnabry will move to Leipzig or a Müller to Dortmund. The extraordinary change of parties from Süle may have already marked the summit in this regard.
Playoff idea against Tradition
BVB chief Hans-Joachim Watzke is not too optimistic that the current situation could change quickly. “No one denies that the missing master race is essentially a problem,” Watzke told Zeit online. What can be done about domination? “To be honest, only false socialist or extreme capitalist instruments can help,” said the desperate Borussia boss.
The idea of the playoffs is definitely appealing in terms of excitement and variety, but a look back at the final years of the DFB Cup is enough. There the Munich team won only five titles in ten seasons – and, for example, the losses against Frankfurt, near Gladbach or the second division Holstein Kiel. It remains to be seen if the league is ready to leave behind decades of tradition and overload the full calendar even more to generate more emotion in the last one-dimensional battle of the championship.
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