And while the first- although there was a smidge of hope- was expected; the second absolutely floored me! Say it ain't so!
I had two matches to watch on Saturday; the FA Cup final, pitting Chelsea against Portsmouth, and, of course, the DFB Pokalendspiel with FC Bayern absolutely demolishing a hapless Werder Bremen. (In hindsight, does anyone else think the final scores would've belonged to the opposite matches? You know, where Chelsea destroys Portsmouth 4:0, and we sneak past Bremen?)
But, as this is my Bayern blog, and not my Germany one, I'll concentrate on the latter.
Is the 63rd minute goal, against Bremen, by Franck Ribery, to be his last in a Bayern uniform? Two months ago, I would've said, "Absolutely." Errrrr... Franck-ly speaking, I'm kind of tired of writing about him. With the whining about not getting on with van Gaal, to the complaining about how cold it is in Germany, and the obnoxious-ness of his agent - his constant injuries, the blue boot saga, and... the small matter of an underage prostitute.
And, although the drama has given me many things to write about this season, I'd rather not.
However, the big boys at Bayern are sticking behind him. With their multiple appeals to UEFA and the CAS to remove Ribery's 3-match ban, they may be winning him over to stay in red and white next season... and beyond.
Now, there's no denying the Frenchman's talent, but I've got to admit I would've been relieved to see him go. And would've been more than happy to see the wunderkind, Toni Kroos, return to die Roten starring in Franck's spot. However, the lure of a possible treble winning team, I would think, would be enough to see him stay in Munich. You know, despite the crap weather and all...
Author's note: I would've had this done a bit earlier, but everytime I hop on the computer I start watching youtube videos about Bayern. Someone might be a bit obsessed... Also, I'll be writing one from Madrid on Friday, and am wondering if any of my readers will be in Spain for the match? If so, I'd love to get together!