Ah, much to discuss… I’ve finally gotten my desktop and netbook back in order, (Damn you, Windows!) so now I can finish spewing my opinions willy-nilly. Eh, it’s part of my charm… right?
Braafheid’s Switch to Celtic
Right at the transfer deadline Bayern coach, Louis van Gaal, opted to send Edson Braafheid on loan to
Celtic. Van Gaal gave an interview stating that Edson “was not rated by the fans in Bayern”. And, that, “in such a case, it is better to let the player go and leave the club.”
Can I get a “huh”?!
Since when do fans control a club? Frankly, Edson ran like he had a refrigerator on his back… and Holger Badstuber, as Braafheid’s replacement on the left-side, has done an admirable job… but, still?! I know, collectively, as fans, we think we know everything--- But, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to be in charge of decision-making at FC Bayern Muenchen. If I were, Lahm would be captain, Tymo would be starting over van Bommel and Miro would get more playing time.
So, what gives with van Gaal? Why is he pawning-off a poor decision, on his part, on to the shoulders of the Bayern faithful? Perhaps because Edson is Dutch? There was a bit of rumbling, as this season’s team was being put together, by Bavarians who weren’t exactly happy to have such a sudden influx of “so many” Dutchmen. (See: World War II, Germany / Holland.) Or, perhaps it’s because the summer signings haven’t exactly worked out so well… (See: Pranjic, Tymoschuk) …with the exception of fellow Netherlander, Arjen Robben.
Die Roten Hosen
Speaking of Arjen, and underwear… The, probably, first-and-only “long-john scandal” has come to a conclusion as someone has finally found Mr. Robben red tights to wear underneath his kit.
As a female football fan with a bit of fashion sense (bear with me, boys!), I found it hard to appreciate his game, as the ugly grey long-johns were so distracting. Apparently, the DFL did as well; threatening fines levied against the chilly Dutchman if he couldn’t find some matching drawers. Sheesh! All they had to do was call me: I’ve got a pair of red tights I would’ve been more-than-happy to let him borrow!
Strangely enough, this is the second Bayern uniform “scandal” in two years. (See: Franck Ribery’s blue boots.) I wonder what’ll be next…
Daniel van Buyten, Holger Badstuber and Thomas Mueller were all given contract extensions ‘til 2012, 2014 and 2013, respectively. A solid decision on the part of the bosses at Bayern, as all three, this season, have really come in to their own.
And now we’ll wait, breathlessly, for the enormous Ribery discussion that we know is in the works. I wonder how it’s going to pan out. I would think it will have a lot to do with how many trophies Bayern captures this season. I’m pretty sure we’re going to get the “big, ugly plate” (Bundesliga) and the “big, ugly cup” (DFB). And I, kind of, like our chances at the “be-ribboned, pretty, silver cup” (Champions League), although that will depend, a lot, on the draw.
Is two trophies enough to keep Ribery at Bayern? I will admit to being ambivalent about it, as I think Thomas Mueller will slide in, nicely, to the Frenchman’s role.
What do you think?