Welcome to the first edition of this new feature, where I take the latest random snippets of FC Bayern München news, quotes and gossip and mix it all into one big tasty dessert. Uli, Rudy, Basti. So, grab your Löffel and enjoy a nice big Schüssel of Säbener Semmelschmarrn.
This week, there has been quite a bit happening. Bayern president Uli Hoeneß had plenty to say, as usual. After plenty of gossip on Twitter, Sebastian Rudy is off to Schalke 04. Then, in a long-planned match at the Allianz Arena, Fussballgott Bastian Schweinsteiger is given a much-deserved farewell.
If there is one personality who divides football fans in Germany, it is the larger than life Uli Hoeneß. Sometimes, he even divides long-established Bayern fans. Always willing to speak his mind without the filter of political correctness, he always good value for money.
Last week, Hoeneß once again shared his opinion on the German World Cup failure, having another go at Mesut Özil. The Bayern supremo pulled no punches, describing the Arsenal midfielder as “a well-marketed product whose image is a lot better than he is”.
While Özil’s defenders were quick to vent on Twitter, there was definitely some truth to Hoeneß’ comments. What was slightly more tenuous was his insistence Özil had been poor for years. But with Uli, you get it straight. Some things you agree with, others you don’t.
As far as Bayern is concerned, Hoeneß was adamant that the club did not need to spend any more money during this transfer window. Even the injury to winger Kingsley Coman was something that could be overcome with the current personnel. There are plenty of fans who might disagree with this position, but the president’s prudent approach has always worked well in the past.
Blah, blah, VAR
In his latest comment (or gaffe, call it what you will) the Bayern supremo launched into an attack on VAR.
Hoeneß on VAR in the Bundesliga: 'We can't continue like this. Games will soon last 2 hours. We have to find solutions. Even FIFA showed us at the WC that this can work with Jamaican, Peruvian and Thai referees. I don't understand why we can't make it work in Germany' [sport1] pic.twitter.com/dCuprAOYqx
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 27, 2018
Taken at face value, this was clearly a comment on the inability of German referees. Not that it didn’t give Uli’s enemies among the SJW community on Twitter more reasons to have a go.
Rudy off to Schalke
Last week, the Bayern-related transfer window gossip on Twitter was all about Sebastian Rudy, and some secret meeting with the folks at Fizzy Drinks FC. This week, the unsettled defensive midfielder signed a four year contract for Schalke 04. The fee, around 16 million Euro.
Given the facts as they stand, this is a good move for Rudy on a personal level. He had found it hard to get a regular starting spot in the Bayern team, and Schalke is a good fit. But as a fan I am slightly disappointed. Rudy was one of those players who should have been given more of a chance, and could very well have cemented his position had he been given the opportunity. He is a solid player, a good team man with no airs or graces about him.
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) August 27, 2018
It could also have been a good thing for German football. In last summer’s Confederations Cup, Rudy and Bayern’s new signing Leon Goretzka worked well together as Die Nationalmannschaft claimed the trophy.
In January this year, Rudy had been looking forward to Goretzka’s arrival in Munich. We now have a situation where both players have moved in opposite directions.
No Bayern fan cannot love Bastian Schweinsteiger. If there was any player who deserves the title Fussballgott, it is Basti, known in an earlier life as Schweini. As Bavarian as Weisswurst and Obatzda, Schweinsteiger is a player who lived and breathed FC Bayern. A fighter, warrior, a player who always wore his heart on his sleeve.
Today, the club got the chance to say farewell to this great custodian. Having been awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit by state Prime Minister Markus Söder, Schweinsteiger was also welcomed in to the exclusive FC Bayern Hall of Fame, the eighteenth player to be accorded the honour.
Basti’s testimonial match, in front of a packed Allianz Arena crowd, saw his current club Chicago Fire take on a strong Bayern side. Having played for his current club for the first half, he then donned that famous number 31 shirt for the second. To say that the event was emotional does not quite cut it. Every Bayern player wore the same number 31.
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 28, 2018
Moment of magic
It is fair to say that the football was something of an afterthought, but we all wanted to see Basti get his name on the scoreboard. The match itself was something of a stroll for Bayern. Serge Gnabry opened the scoring, and Sandro Wagner doubled it before half time. There were a number of changes – including that change of team and shirt – and Arjen Robben added a third.
Then, the moment of magic for everyone in the stadium. With six minutes left, David Alaba’s cross was met on the volley by you-know-who.
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 28, 2018
The script could not have been written any better. Danke Basti, and servus! You will always be in our hearts. Mia san mia.