Bayern Munich boss angry that Bundesliga clubs won’t postpone season

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Germany’s World Cup run has some ‘club or country’ repercussions for Bayern Munich, and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is none-too-pleased that his Bundesliga peers aren’t helping him out.

The Bundesliga is set to launch its next season on Aug. 22, and Rummenigge had asked the other clubs to postpone the start of the season in order to give more rest to players involved in the World Cup’s final matches.

They said no. And Rummenigge is ticked off.

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Bayern had 15 players on World Cup rosters, including six on Germany (seven if you count Toni Kroos, who just left for Real Madrid). And Rummenigge thought a little rest and respect was in order for his men, who served their country up a world title.

From the Associated Press:

Rummenigge tells Bild, “That was rejected on the grounds it was the only chance to give Bayern problems.”

Bayern had nine players involved on the final weekend of the World Cup – seven on the victorious German side, as well as Dante and Arjen Robben for Brazil and Netherlands, respectively, in the third-place playoff.

Rummenigge says “I miss the solidarity among the clubs that send many players to the World Cup.”

But how much solidarity should’ve been expected by the reigning champions? The Bundesliga had loads of players on World Cup rosters, and Bayern weren’t alone.

They do dominate the list of Bundesliga teams with players playing in the tournament, knockout rounds and final weekend, but should the domestic league bow to poor Bayern because they have the fiscal power to keep such power on a roster?

After all, how many of the players who share the honor of a roster spot on both teams were developed by Bayern?

Manuel Neuer? No, bought from Schalke. Jerome Boateng was purchased from Manchester City and Mario Goetze was a high-profile pull from Borussia Dortmund last season.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller were all brought up by Bayern.

Here’s a very quick (and perhaps inexact due to the ongoing transfer window) run we took through the World Cup rosters to get a feel for how much more representation Bayern had than the other Bundesliga clubs.

Representatives at World Cup (total players/# in knockout rounds/playing final weekend)
Bayern Munich (13/11/8)
Borussia Dortmund (8/6/5)
Schalke (7/3/3)
Wolfsburg (7/4/1)
Hannover (3/1/1)
FC Augsburg (2/1/1)
Borussia Monchengladbach (2/2/1)
Mainz (5/1/0)
Stuttgart (4/0/0)
SC Freiberg (3/2/0)
Eintracht Frankfurt (3/2/0)
Bayer Leverkusen (3/1/0)
Hamburg (2/1/0)
1899 Hoffenheim (2/1/0)
Hertha Berlin (1/1/0)

Does Rummenigge have a gripe? What say you?

Podolski after golazo finale: “This is like a great movie”

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Lukas Podolski has won a EURO, a World Cup, and the Bundesliga with two different sides.

Only Lothar Matthaus and Miroslav Klose have been capped more than Germany’s Polish born Podolski, and he received a hero’s send-off from the home crowd at Germany’s 1-0 win over England on Wednesday.

And of course he sent himself off in style with a gorgeous goal.

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Podolski said there were more than 30,000 people from Cologne at the match, where he won one of his two Bundesliga titles.

“That’s when you know where you home is, and that you’ve done a lot of good, also off the pitch,” Podolski said. “That makes me very proud.”

It was a perfect night to say goodbye, and the goal made it almost surreal (Thomas Muller called it “cheesy”).

From Goal.com:

“This is like a great movie,” he told ARD. “We win 1-0 and I score the goal.

“I know I have a left foot that was probably gifted to me by God, or someone up there, and I can always rely on it. I am proud of these last 13 years.”

Feel good hit of the Spring.

Report: Guardiola close to adding $43m Benfica goalkeeper

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Year Two of the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City could feature another big goalkeeper purchase.

Claudio Bravo hasn’t panned out in sky blue, and Joe Hart doesn’t look likely to be coming back. Wily Caballero is getting the lion’s share of the minutes right now, playing every minute aside from a trio of FA Cup matches since February.

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$43 million is the fee noted by Abola when it comes to the latest target for Guardiola, a neck-tattooed Brazilian by the name of Ederson.

The Benfica backstop, 23, has 20 clean sheets in 32 appearances this season. He signed a new six-year deal in late January, but money may talk here.

Podolski goes out with super goal; Germany tops England

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The highlight of Wednesday’s international friendly docket was Lukas Podolski‘s final match for Germany, and the former Arsenal man did not disappoint his crowd.

But first, Canada plays its first match since unveiling new coach Octavio Zambrano.

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Scotland 1-1 Canada

Zambrano saw plenty to like from his new side, as Canada went ahead early with a goal from former Scottish youth Fraser Aird. Toronto-born, the ex-Rangers and current Falkirk man got his first Canadian goal against the team he represented at U-17 and U-19 levels.

Norwich City’s Steven Naismith redirected Tom Cairney‘s shot to make it 1-1 before the break, but Scotland never found its way back into Canada’s net.

Germany 1-0 England

Lukas Podolski scored his 49th international goal in his final cap for Germany, and it was spectacular.

Joe Hart didn’t stand a chance.

The match saw big stops from both ‘keepers, as Hart thwarted Leroy Sane on a second half break after Marc-Andre Ter Stegen defied Dele Alli in the opening 45.

Podolski subbed off in the 84th minute to wild applause, but it must sting slightly to know you finished an illustrious career one goal short of a nice, round 50. We guess he’ll have to rest on his millions and millions of earnings and loads of on-field honors.

Elsewhere
Vietnam 1-1 Chinese Taipei
Philippines 0-0 Malaysia
Cyprus 3-1 Kazakhstan
Yemen 0-1 Palestine
Cambodia 2-3 India

McClean to wear No. 5 in honor of deceased ex-teammate

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James McClean is a colorful personality who doesn’t shy away from strong opinions — he once called Jurgen Klopp “a bit of an idiot” — and the West Brom man is using the big stage of World Cup qualifying to proudly honor a deceased ex-teammate.

McClean has long before friends with Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who shockingly died hours after leading his side to a league win this weekend. Given his age (27), few saw it coming even after McBride admitted to feeling ill after the match.

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McBride and McClean played together at Derry, and the latter was excused from Republic of Ireland training to attend funeral services this week.

He’s still expected to play a role in Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday, and McClean will don the No. 5 of McBride. Irish defender Richard Keogh usually wears the number and agreed to the change.