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August 20, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/20/2012

Javi Martinez is probably, more-likely-than-not, coming to Munich early next week. With all the reports and counter-reports, I'll try to sort you out.

May 3, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 05/03/2012

Blame it on the new orange away kits: Arjen Robben has re-upped his Bayern contract through 2015.

April 30, 2012
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/30/2012

Saturday afternoon saw Bayern Munich in better shape than I was after our respective trips to Madrid. And while it wasn't the most organized or exciting 90 minutes of football witnessed this season, it was a lovely way to send off Hans-Joerg Butt. Retiring from competition after these next three matches, Butt managed a clean sheet in front of a full house at the Allianz.

April 20, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 04/20/2011

Is it possible that for once in this turbulent, distressing season I am happy?! Say it ain't so!

You may think it a bit worrisome that our future coach, Jupp Heynckes, lost to Bayern Munich 5-1 on Sunday, but I don't really see a cause for concern here. Leverkusen have been crumbling at Munich since 1989. It's almost a time-honoured tradition.

March 22, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 03/22/2011

Some musings worth mentioning after the Freiburg match, before we head in to the week of international competition.

January 24, 2011
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/24/2011

This entry was going to be titled: The Best Defence Is a Good Attack?

Although Bayern managed an important and emphatic 5-1 victory over Kaiserslautern on Saturday, troubles remain in the amount of scoring chances we are allowing opposing teams. Breno and Badstuber will take a bit to gel, and newcomer from Hoffenheim, Luiz Gustavo, will take awhile to be comfortable in Munich's system.

November 3, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 11/03/2010

In the late nineties, during the reign of coach Giovanni Trapattoni, FC Bayern acquired the unflattering nickname “FC Hollywood”. Squabbles and in-fighting were the norm, Trapattoni’s antics were a joke, and players made regular appearances in the gossip rags. Things settled down a bit in ‘98, as Ottomar Hitzfeld took the helm and ushered die Roten in to a period of national and international success: Four Bundesliga Championships, two DFB-Pokal Cups, one Champions League Cup (one runner-up), and one Intercontinental Cup.

August 4, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/04/2010

Hi, everyone! And, welcome back!

I’ve waited a little longer to start writing about Bayern than most of my colleagues for a couple of reasons:

1) The majority of the transfer rumors regarding FC Bayern Muenchen are complete and utter nonsense. And, I regard most of them as “slow news days” for various media. There are some exceptions to my rule, however.

2) With 9 first team members participating in the semi-finals / final of that little tournament this summer, I knew we’d only be getting to the big issues when they got back to training--- this Monday.

And, of course, we start off with a bang…

February 9, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 02/09/2010

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”?!

January 14, 2010
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 01/14/2010

…And I say “Goodbye”.

So, the winter break is finally over. Thank goodness. Now I have something else to watch besides Premiership, La Liga and Serie A. I’ve been sitting in pubs the last month watching Liverpool lose, Manchester United play some very unspectacular football, David Beckham’s return to AC Milan and keeping tabs on Fiorentina; all the while fielding questions about Bayern.

November 17, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 11/17/2009

Sigh. Not only am I terribly distraught about the death of Robert Enke, I’ve also got to be alarmed at the state of mein Verein. I sit, writing this, in my Bayern fleece, drinking coffee out of my Bayern mug, idly fiddling with my Bayern bracelet (which hasn’t come off in over a year), wondering where it’s all gone wrong.

After another drubbing by Bordeaux, which sees us likely making a first-round exit in Champions League competition (I have to root for Bordeaux now, really?), I figured the least we could do is man up and take away 3 points from the Schalke match. Or, as it seems, not.

August 27, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/27/2009

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 16, 2009
Posted by Susie Schaaf on 08/16/2009

“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.)