Butt will be fondly remembered by the Munich faithful for his four seasons of service for the Bavarian club. Everyone's favorite Bayern Butt moment? His penalty kick against Juventus in Champions League competition in '09. Ahhhhh... A sublime little slice of Bayern Muenchen history. He leaves professional competition with 496 total apperances and 29 goals (!). And for Bayern Munich, 80 appearances with 253 saves and one very memorable PK. Danke fuer alle, Herr Butt!
And, just one more time: Butt! Butt! Butt! Butt! Butt!
Monchengladbach defender Dante has finally put pen to paper, inking a four-year deal that will see the Brazilian at the Allianz through the '15-'16 season. This news, coupled with Daniel van Buyten re-upping for another season, gives some depth to our back four. Sorely needed, you think? These two signings probably mean, however, that Benedikt Hoewedes is off the radar. Four central defenders (none who are jailed for arson) should be just enough; where they'll all get plenty of playing time and Jupp Heynckes can rotate them as neccessary, as they all have different skill sets.
The final contract extension everyone has been waiting for has come to a last-minute halt. Arjen Robben balked just before all was supposed to be set; still angry over the dressing-room incident with Franck Ribery, and the "lack of support" about said incident by Heynckes. Ribery suffered a €50,000 fine, and all seemed to be mended between the two (yeah, fist-bump!): So what happened now? I can only imagine he wanted something stipulated in his contract that Bayern couldn't (wouldn't?) agree to. I mean, you can't contractually prevent a punch, can you?
And, the Premiere League comes sniffing around... Vultures.
I, honestly, don't see him going anywhere else and would be greatly surprised if it happened. Bayern has fought for Robben time and again, and the mercurial winger won't have it better anywhere else (see: Chelsea, Real Madrid). I just think he needs a little ego-stroking, and a couple of cups might just do the job.
Finally, what do you all think of the new away kits? A subliminal message to keep Arjen around? Coupled with everyone's parti-colored boots, I think they look like a pack of highliters. But, as a Florida Gator fan, I like the orange. And I already have a hoodie to match.
Strange to not have a mid-week match to write about. I'll see you all over the weekend.
Auf gehts, Bayern!
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