Bayern tomorrow, here's the It's A Fix extract from KK217 :
4A) WEDNESDEAY SEPTMBER17TH CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP MATCH ONE : BAYERN MUNICH (AWAY) KO 7.45PM
FCB, The Bavarians, The
Reds, or FC Hollywood are also a sports club, and the most successful
football team in Germany.
The club was founded by members of a gymnastics club and eleven footballers in 1900. They played in the regional leagues but the advent of Nazism put an abrupt end to their development. The president and the coach, were both Jewish and left the country. Many others in the club were also purged, and Bayern were taunted as the “Jew’s club”.
Post war they struggled and were saved from bankruptcy at the end of the 50’s by manufacturer Roland Endler when it was OK to have a rich benefactor.
In 1963 the Bundesliga was formed and Bayern were
promoted two years later with the likes of Beckenbauer, Muller and Maier, and success continued throughout the decades to the present.
They moved to the Allianz Arena, located on the northern outskirts of the city in 2005, and the ground is shared with Munich 1860. European capacity 71,137, with 3,000 for City
Bayern Munich is run by a joint stock company but has many sponsors including Adidas and Audi who respectively paid approximately £150M towards the Allianz Arena, not yet investigated by
FFP of course!
Prior to the recent games the teams met just the once previously, in a friendly in Munich in 1953/54 which resulted in a 3-3 draw.
The teams first met competitively in the group stage of the Champions League in September 2011
We lost 2-0 in the Allianz Arena, on a night best remembered for the Tevez incident, and the two penalties we were denied.
We beat a weakened Bayern team 2-0 in the return.
Last season we lost 3-1 (Negredo) at home (45,021 with 2,529 Munichs) but won 3-2 (Silva, Kolarov & Milner) in Munich in a game where another goal would have seen us top the group. Crowd was 68,000 with 3,414 Blues.
The teams must be sick of the sight of each other by now and we even played them in a friendly last season losing 2-1 in the Allianz.
Last season they won the title at a canter with 7 games left and also won the Cup, but went out 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the Chimps league.
This season after 3 games they’re in 2nd place with 7 points from 2 wins and a draw, Bayer are top with 7 points also.
Comment : We know all about Bayern Munich by now and they will be formidable opponents
, but we’ve shown we can match them though that was mainly in ‘dead rubber games’ They continue to poach the best of German footballers from other clubs and have added Lewandowski and Pepe Reina to their already formidable squad of Neuer, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gotze, Lahna, Schweinsteiger etc but they do have Jerome Boateng!
News is that Rubery is out and Robben could be out. Jovetic and Fernando are out for us plus Zab is suspended.
A draw at least would be nice.
Todays Lpool/manumirror has an anti City article by Dave Kydd – more on that tomorrow.