August 29, 2009
Normally this time of year is a celebration in Munich. The Oktoberfest is about to get started, and FC Bayern’s sitting pretty in the top quadrant of the Bundesliga.
Paulaner’s giving away beer at the Allianz Arena, Bayern’s in 14th place; only having wrestled 2 points in 3 matches., and we’re playing Wolfsburg? Sounds like a recipe for disastrous fun to me…
August 27, 2009
So, my intention was to come home from work today and write about Bayern’s Champions League draw (Juventus, Bordeaux, Haifa - not bad, and you‘ll have more on that from me later), and then write again about our (can I say…?) crappy start to the Bundesliga season. The first assignment a bit less gloomy and depressing than the second.
However, a few hours ago, after I was madly texting footie-friends for the Champions League draw results, I snuck outside work and called one of my best buds. (I will probably get in trouble for that sentence.)
August 21, 2009
Looking at Mainz tomorrow, here we sit in 11th place, taking two points out of a possible six. Should we be concerned? I don’t think so… yet.
August 16, 2009
“Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end; then stop.”
---Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
Only a quote from a Lewis Carroll book could do, ahem, justice to the nonsensical saga starring Franck Ribery this summer. Rumors, hard statements, false quotes, exorbitant sums of money, comical posturing, hush-hush negotiations? This tale has it all.
We start in late April…
“It would be difficult for me to stay if we do not reach this goal,” Ribery says about Bayern qualifying for the upcoming Champions League season. Drool spontaneously erupts from the mouths of several leading European managers--- and Ribery’s agents. Inter shows interest. (I had to get the “Special One” in there.)
On in to May…
El Mundo Deportivo claims representatives from Barcelona and Bayern have met with Ribery’s agents and agreed to a cash plus player deal. A few days later, Manchester United denies putting together a record deal for the Frenchman (Although, this is when they thought they were still going to have Ronaldo.)
August 4, 2009
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