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Friday, July 22, 2011

2011-12 Bayern Munich Team Preview.

Bayern Munich's 3rd kit

After Bayern Munich finished 3rd last term behind Bayer Leverkusen and Dortmund,  the German powerhouse will look to re-establish themselves as the nummer ein team in Deutschland. In a quiet transfer window so far for the Munich giant's, I wonder if their current squad of players can take them to domestic and Champions League glory? The Bundesliga seems to be the league with the most parity, and in any given season, a new champion can emerge. After playing second fiddle, they want the spotlight and after last season, improving the squad seemed a must The first step in building a successful club starts from the back, and they have got themselves one fantastic keeper. 

Germany's no.1 Manuel Neuer signed amid speculation of a move to Manchester United, will don the gloves, making for an awfully tough obstacle to circumnavigate  between the sticks next season.

Bayern commandeered Schalke's Brazilian right back Rafinha, who will provide back-up to captain Phillip Lahm.

Jerome Boateng, the towering bother of Kevin-Prince has sealed his move from Manchester City giving Bayern fans some insurance in their back line, after Demichelis took them to the end of their sanity. Boateng will play in the center of defense, his preferred position vs. right back which he played for City. With his towering presence, Herculean strength and composed demeanor, Bayern fans can sleep a little bit easier at night.

Notable departures:

Miroslav Klose left to join Italian side Lazio, Hamit Altintop is heading for Real Madrid and goalkeeper Thomas Kraft to Hertha Berlin. 

There's a core of a really strong side in Munich, not to mention young. On a whole the first team squad is solid but beyond that it's mediocre at best.  Bayern's success  come's from their dynamic wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, in collaboration  know as "Robbery. The torment that Robben causes to European defenses by cutting onto his left, from the right  is Bayern's bread and butter. To keep this butter churning, Robben must be kept fit!!! The worlds best one-trick pony has been known to have bones of glass and Bayern can ill-afford a season with Robben not being fit. 

 Germany's former golden boy Bastian Schweinsteiger, will be accompanied by Germany's new golden boy Toni Kroos, who will haft to have big season this year. When on loan at  Leverkusen he was a mainstay in the starting line-up scoring 10 goals in his 43 appearances, who was voted player of the month for december in Kicker Sports Magazine. Kroos will maybe play a more advanced role than Schweinsteiger, and could torment some defenses if he is given a chance.

Mario Gomez was the Bundesliga's top scorer last season with 28, and if he is still on song come fall, Munich will have something to say and sprechen they will.

My prediction: Bundesliga: 1st
                        Champions League: Quarterfinal

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