This cup, whatever it's been named, has never been won by Bayern Munich. We have a second-place finish in 2010, and two third-place finishes in 2009 and 2011. And while, yes, this cup is technically a friendly- matches are comprised of two 30 minute halves- it's a good measuring stick of where we are as far as the Bundesliga is concerned.
LIGA total! Cup match schedule (all times CET):
Saturday, 4:45 PM: Hamburg v Dortmund
Saturday, 6:35 PM: Bremen v Bayern
Sunday, 4:45 PM: Third-place play-off
Sunday, 6:35 PM: Final
Key Arrivals: Artjoms Rudnevs (Lech Poznan), Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Maximilian Beister (loan, Fortuna Duesseldorf).
Key Departures: Gohkan Tore (Rubin Kazan), Paolo Guerrero (SC Corinthians), Mladen Petric (Fullham FC)
The HSV website informed me that they got through a pre-season tour of Sweden without (gasp!) mobile phones. (I'm calling shenanigans.) They call Bayern the "losing Champions League finalist". Thorsten Fink apparently also went to see the wife and kids in Mallorca. I am really not making this up.
So, yeah. I've got nothing. Hope that Rene Adler deal works out well.
Key Arrivals: Marco Reus (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Julian Schieber (VfB Stuttgart), Leonardo Bittencourt (Energie Cottbus)
Key Departures: Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Lucas Barrios (Guangzhou Evergrande)
Juergen Klopp will certainly be showing Marco Reus and Julian Schieber. Leonardo Bittencourt should also feature at some point. In their Wednesday friendly against Muenster, they were without Lars Bender and Mario Goetze, but still managed a 4-2 upset.
Key Arrivals: Kevin de Bruyne (Chelsea), Eljiro Elia (Juventus), Theodor Gebre Selassie (FC Slovan Liberec), Nils Petersen (loan, Bayern Munich)
Key Departures: Francois Affolter (BSC Young Boys), Sandro Wagner (Hertha BSC), Naldo (VfL Wolfsburg), Marko Marin (Chelsea FC), Tim Wiese (Hoffenheim), Claudio Pizzaro (Bayern Munich)
Thomas Schaaf (probably distantly related to me, although I've never bothered to look it up) will be playing new acquisitions de Bruyne and Elia. Look for Nils Petersen to see some action against his team that loaned him out. (And conversely, Pizzaro will see match time against his old club.)
Key Arrivals: Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg), Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Basel), Dante (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Tom Starke (1899 Hoffenheim), Claudio Pizzaro (Werder Bremen), Emre Can (FC Bayern Munich II)
Key Departures: Danjiel Pranjic (Sporting Lisbon), Breno (erm, jail), Nils Petersen (loan, Werder Bremen), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Hans Joerg Butt (retired, butt butt butt butt butt!)
Listen, I might as well call this entry, "BASTI WILL PLAY THIS WEEKEND!". Heynckes and Hoeness said so. That's how I know it to be true. Although, if Sammer wants to give him a piggy-back ride on to the middle of the pitch? I'd be alright with that, too. Luis Gustavo will start as a left back as "choice one" and "choice two" both have broken feet. Ribery has also made the trip.
As far as predictions go? Hmmmmmm... Dortmund will play the winner of our match. That's about as far as I care to look ahead. But, as a Bayern supporter, I would really like to see us play 4-4-2 against the Schwarzgelben. There. I said it.
Auf gehts, Bayern!
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