Rarely has a newcomer to FC Bayern Munich integrated so quickly at all levels as Sadio Mané (30). Stories from the early morning hours on Säbener Straße, from Frankfurt fences and a visit to a regional league game.
Ultimately, it wasn’t enough for an immediate appointment to the team council: Although his name was reportedly discussed, Laut took over sports1 Ultimately, Leon Goretzka took over from Sadio Mané for the post that had become vacant following the departure of Robert Lewandowski. The team’s internal committee is completed by captain Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich and Kingsley Coman.
The fact that the 32 million euro newcomer from Liverpool FC was even considered for this responsible position says a lot: Rarely has a new player in Munich integrated so quickly at all levels as Sadio Mané. He convinces sporty and character; Fans, colleagues and those in positions of responsibility all seem equally enthusiastic.
In the course of the introductory press conference about two months ago, CEO Oliver Kahn, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and President Herbert Hainer painted the picture of a modest superstar. Salihamidzic said Mané welcomed him to his old home in Liverpool with a mango in hand and accepted him the same day. “I was impressed by how quick and crystal clear Sadio was in the first conversation,” said Salihamidzic. “Those who decided so quickly for FC Bayern had a lot of fun here.”
Sadio Mané at Bayern: Two goals and a visit to the fence
And indeed, Mané seems to be having fun in Munich: About two months later he was hanging on the fence in front of the away block of the Frankfurt Arena and gave the megaphone the ultras the whip. “Sadio on the fence: You can feel a very, very good energy there,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann.
After a very short time, Mané celebrates a closeness to the Bayern fans that his Sturm predecessor Robert Lewandowski never sought during his eight years in Munich. Mané already seems more approachable than Lewandowski ever was. In fact, he seems well on his way to becoming Franck Ribéry’s successor as a foreign star figure. The fans also maintained an intimate relationship with the Frenchman, who was adopted in 2019 – unlike Mané, who was quite controversial.
Of course, all the celebrations were only made possible by his convincing performances on the pitch so far. In the 6-1 win in the Bundesliga opener against Eintracht Frankfurt, Mané contributed a goal, just like before in the 5-3 Supercup win at RB Leipzig. He scored twice on his home debut against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (2-0), but the VAR refused to recognize his two goals.
In the new 4-2-2-2 system, Mané played alongside Serge Gnabry up front again, but often switched to his natural wing habitat and also regularly castled with the two playmakers Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller. The way the quartet combines it seems like they’ve been playing together for a very long time and not just a few weeks.
Sadio Mané: Extra shifts on Säbener Straße
Since the start of training, Mané has been in excellent physical condition, which is obviously not really surprising. “He comes an hour before everyone else in the morning and leaves late,” praised Salihamidzic. “He’s a full professional.” Regular observers of the training sessions on Säbener Straße report on talks and extra sessions with the talents Jamal Musiala, Paul Wanner, Mathys Tel and Gabriel Vidovic.
“He’s very humble, an extreme team player who puts his own sensitivities aside,” said Nagelsmann. “You don’t notice at any moment, in any conversation, that he’s a superstar. He’s more of the other extreme, sometimes a tad too subservient given the status he has. He always wants to win and tries to get his team-mates there.”
Communication with the new colleagues is obviously going well: in English, with the many French-speaking players in the team in his mother tongue and soon in German as well. “It will probably take me three months before I can communicate perfectly in German,” he announced at his introductory press conference. Mané came into contact with the language during his two-year spell at RB Salzburg from 2012 to 2014.
Even then, Bayern showed interest in Mané, but the transfer only worked out eight years later. It somehow seems as if what was meant for each other finally came together. “He loves Munich and makes sure that he settles in well,” said Salihamidzic. At the same time, FC Bayern is doing everything to ensure that Mané feels comfortable in his new home.
Sadio Mané’s sidekick Désiré Segbe signed with the reserve
A report of tz According to Mané, he is currently residing with his buddy Désiré Segbe in the posh Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in central Maximilianstrasse. Segbe initially drove Mané repeatedly to training before he signed with FC Bayern himself. Not for the professionals, but for the reserve. But at least.
Mané and Segbe met at Génération Foot’s academy in Senegal, before taking their first professional steps in Europe with partner club FC Metz in France. While Mané became a world-renowned superstar, Segbe made it into the national team in his home country of Benin. Before signing with FC Bayern, he only played in the French Ligue 2.
His commitment to the reserves seems quite questionable and should be a pure concession for Mané, as Segbe at 29 does not really fit into the new philosophy. In order to give the in-house talents even more playing time, two of the three experienced players, Nicolas Feldhahn (35) and Maximilian Welzmüller (32), left the club in the summer. The only remaining anchor is Timo Kern (32). “In the reserve, we are focusing more on young talent than before,” emphasizes coach Martin Demichelis in an interview with SPOX and GOAL.
And then suddenly a 29-year-old striker appears? What role Segbe will play in the team seems pretty unclear. So far he hasn’t been allowed to play anyway, but he and Mané recently stopped by at the home game in the regional league against SV Viktoria Aschaffenburg at the stadium on Grünwalder Straße. Mané in particular should have gained more sympathy points from the fans – after climbing the fence from Frankfurt, it was his second significant gesture in Munich.