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.
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.
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)
FC Augsburg (2/1/1)
Borussia Monchengladbach (2/2/1)
SC Freiberg (3/2/0)
Eintracht Frankfurt (3/2/0)
Bayer Leverkusen (3/1/0)
1899 Hoffenheim (2/1/0)
Hertha Berlin (1/1/0)
Does Rummenigge have a gripe? What say you?