FC Bayern’s opponent in the cup is sure to be ahead of the game when it comes to team spirit. While ex-star Franck Ribery is still in top shape in old age, CEO Oliver Kahn has high goals for FCB. News and rumors about the people of Munich can be found here.
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FC Bayern, News – Cup opponents sure: “Have better team spirit”
FC Bayern should actually have started in the DFB Cup on Friday, after a corona case against Bremer SV, the game was postponed to August 25. Benjamin Eta, coach of the Hanseatic League, is happy that the game is taking place at all and has also sent a declaration of war to the overpowering opponent.
“We are a mega good team. We are like Freiburg or Union Berlin. We have the best center in the league, we only play targeted long balls. Bayern are stronger everywhere, but in terms of team spirit we will be better than FC Bayern”, explained the coach of the regional league team in Sport1-Podcast My Bavaria Week.
Due to the corona case, “all players who were not fully vaccinated had to be in quarantine”, Eta even feared that Bayern would advance without a fight, “because we are in the fifth division”. But it won’t turn out like that.
Eta is particularly impressed by Robert Lewandowski, whom he observed very closely in the stadium during the friendly against SSC Napoli: “He’s not just in the penalty area. He plays so much, he comes towards the ball so often. This allows players like Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane or the eighth keep going down. It’s very difficult to defend. “
FC Bayern, News: Ribery can still help top team
In the legendary game last Wednesday, Franck Ribery wore the Bayern jersey for the first time in two years, and his fitness trainer Matthias Blankenburg is convinced that the 38-year-old could still help a top team at an advanced age.
“He makes a very, very fit impression. There is still a huge athlete in him. He is fast, agile and lively,” said Blankenburg picture. He has worked with the French on several occasions in the past few weeks.
It is true that Ribery, who played for FCB from 2007 to 2019, was “difficult to play for 90 minutes at a top club”, but: “He could play a major role as a joker, even deliver an outstanding game for 60 minutes !
Last season Ribery played 28 games for Fiorentina, but he has no future at the Serie A club and has been without a club since July. He played 273 games for FCB and won the German championship nine times. With Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, his ex-club is still very thin on the wings.
FC Bayern, News – Kahn: “Want to be among the top 3 in Europe”
Board boss Oliver Kahn has big goals with FC Bayern despite the difficult framework conditions compared to international competition. “We want to continue to be among the top 3 in Europe,” he said in the club’s magazine 51. “That’s why we have to get creative and break new ground.”
“For the first time in many years” the FCB could “not draw on the full”, which Kahn attributes primarily to the reduced TV and audience income. The “enormous financial power” that there is, for example, with the rivals in England, Bayern must compensate differently.
“What sets us apart from all the other clubs is that we have always had a very strong community and a very strong culture of success. Others have a winning mentality too – but we have this very specific ability to win,” said Kahn.
More statements from Kahn about the new coach Julian Nagelsmann and an announcement to the Bayern players can be found here.
FC Bayern, News: FCB officials mourn Ballack’s son
Former national team captain Michael Ballack mourns the loss of his son Emilio, who died after a quad bike accident in Portugal. The Bayern officials are also thinking of their former player, who was active in Munich from 2002 to 2006.
Herbert Hainer (President): “This news is a big shock for the entire FC Bayern family and for me personally. I have known and valued Michael for more than 20 years, I am incredibly sorry for him and his family. I now wish you all the strength in the world. “
Oliver Kahn (CEO): “I was deeply shocked by the news of Emilio’s death. At a moment like this, there are no words.
Hasan Salihamidzic (Sports Director): “I am stunned by Emilio’s death. Michael was my teammate for many years and is my friend. Our thoughts are with him and his whole family and will remain so during this difficult time.”