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August 20, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/20/2012

Javi Martinez is probably, more-likely-than-not, coming to Munich early next week. With all the reports and counter-reports, I'll try to sort you out.

Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/20/2012

SSV Jahn Regensburg and FC Bayern Muenchen are the last two teams to match up in this first round of DFB-Pokal matches. There have been a surprising amount of upsets thus far: Newly promoted Bundesliga squad (and Bayern's opening opponents next weekend) SpVgg Greuther Fuerth were taken down 2-0 by third-division Kickers Offenbach. Thomas Rathgeber (28th min., penalty) and Lars Bender (90+ min, and no, not that one) completed the scoring for OFC.

August 11, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/11/2012

If this DFB Super-Pokal (or DFL-Supercup) were comprised of the opponents it's supposed to have, Dortmund would be playing themselves. Alas, Bayern Munich were the Bundesliga (and everything else) runners-up last season, so it's time, once again, to trot out this new / old rivalry. Last time Bayern featured in this match, in 2010, they beat Schalke 2-0. And the last time the Bavarians met up with Borussia Dortmund here in 2008, they lost 2-1.

August 4, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/04/2012

Sadly, this is the last year that this cup will be called the "LIGA total!". Sky Deutschland AG outbid Deutsche Telekom in June for the broadcast rights. Stock up on those white / infrared away kits while you can, as we won't see the pretty T-com pink again!

August 2, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/02/2012

With two friendlies in two days, the upcoming LIGA total! cup this weekend and an injury to another defender, I figured it was high time for my summer break to be over. So, I've dusted off the trusty laptop, unlocked my footie lexicon and gave my fingers a little stretch. I'm back for another season of Bayern Munich!

May 22, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/22/2012

It has taken me a couple of days to try and get my head around our Champions League loss to Chelsea. I've been glum, bitter and utterly sad. I haven't had any words. And, for someone as verbose as I am? That's (not) saying a lot.

May 18, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/18/2012

This is, of course, the final that I wanted. When the last draw was set in the elimination rounds, I thought, "Is it possible that we get through Real Madrid AND Chelsea survive Barcelona?". Leave those two Spanish teams to their umpteen El Clasicos; I would have found a replay of that to be utterly boring.

May 10, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/10/2012

The first of two consecutive legendary Saturdays for Bayern Munich pits them against Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal final. Two versus One. The best defense and second-best offense against the best offense and third-best defense. The glamor club and the working man's club. The team that everyone loves to hate and the team that everyone loves to love. It's the biggest ticket in Germany right now- barring one, and although Berlin's Olympiastadion holds over 77,000 people, the DFB could have sold a few million for this one.

May 3, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/03/2012

Blame it on the new orange away kits: Arjen Robben has re-upped his Bayern contract through 2015.

May 2, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/02/2012

This blog is not about Bayern Munich. It is, however, about football and a woman's place in this most beautiful of games. On Monday, Simon Borg, a writer for and panelist for ExtraTime- MLS' official podcast- prefaced a sexist, ignorant rant by saying, "It's going to be a little unpopular to say this..."