Why Joachim Low Was Right to Drop Bayern’s World Cup Winning Trio & Trust Germany’s Young Stars

?Everything must come to an end. But in the cases of Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, the end came far quicker and far from left-field than they could have imagined. World Cup winning heroes in 2014, dispensed with and thrown aside in 2019. 

In effectively ending the international careers of three of his most high-profile superstars, Joachim Low put his own Germany career on the line. In his 23-man squad for this week’s international fixtures, eight of them could still feature for the youth sides, whilst only four have earned 30 caps or more. Perhaps even more significantly, just three remain of the 2014 World Cup dynasty: Manuel Neuer, Matthias Ginter and Toni Kroos.

Philipp Lahm

Following their worst performance at a World Cup in 80 years last summer when they were knocked out at the group stages, Low promised to rejuvenate the side, and embrace a team with more pace, more dynamism and more guile. 

He said (as quoted by ?Channel News Asia): “What is important is to have more tempo, more dynamism, more focus up front. I know how to deal with pressure. I can feel what it means in the current position. We have learned from setbacks. We now need to have a completely different attitude from the year 2018.”

A seismic part of that ‘different attitude’ has been the blooding of youngsters, with former ?Arsenal star Serge Gnabry and Bayer Leverkusen’s 19-year-old sensation Kai Havertz the shining lights. At a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the game against Serbia, Low spoke of a glowing optimism of Germany’s international future, but admitted that his new young side would face teething problems along the way.

He revealed: “We are now facing a new time, a new challenge. I have to give the team the feeling that we fully trust them. 

“We have to give them the chance to develop, take over more responsibilities and also during a rough patch offer them solutions when they make mistakes so they have the trust to go into the next months.”

Some of those ‘mistakes’ could be seen against Serbia, where in their first game without their famed Bayern trio leading the charge, Germany fell behind to a 12th minute strike from Luka Jovic. They looked nervous defensively, and had it not been for last-ditch tackle from Lukas Klostermann to deny Jovic another, could have been 2-0 down inside the first half.

But following the introductions of the mercurial ?Marco Reus and the dynamic Leon Goretzka at the break, German fans bore witness to what could have potentially have been the beginning of this much heralded new era.

?Manchester City’s Leroy Sane was devastating with his speed and movement, Reus became the heartbeat of the side’s attacking play, and Goretzka struck a much-deserved equaliser. If indeed the game against Serbia provided a glimpse of the future, then against the Netherlands on Sunday, Low’s side delivered a more defining statement.

Away in Amsterdam, against an in-form Dutch side, and in the first game of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, Germany could have been forgiven for a sluggish start and to have been overwhelmed by the confident Oranje. Instead, Sane and ?Gnabry struck inside the opening 45 minutes to give Germany a shock lead, and but for some fine saves from Jasper Cillessen could have been out of sight.

Then, when they were pegged back to 2-2, Nico Schulz stepped up to score a last-minute winner to secure victory and all three points in the Group C clash. But to Low, and to German football on a wider scale, Schulz’s goal had far bigger implications than a measly three points in a relatively straight-forward qualification group.

It avenged their Nations League misery to the Netherlands last November. It gave a shot into the arm of those detractors who feel the side’s youth and inexperience won’t be able to achieve results. And ultimately, and perhaps most importantly, it became a vindication for Low’s expulsion of Muller, Hummels and Boateng. 

England’s young guns might be taking the limelight during this international break, but the old rivals are beginning to turn a new leaf themselves. And if you’re a Germany fan, then don’t you just Low it.


Joachim Low Insists Germany Still Have Work to Do Despite Victory Over the Netherlands

?Germany manager Joachim Low claims there is still plenty of work to be done following their 3-2 win over the Netherlands in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

Low has been under considerable pressure since his side’s dreadful year, where they were knocked out of the World Cup group stages and relegated from the Nations League top division.

But a 90th minute Nico Schulz winner after the hosts came from 2-0 down to equalise gave Die Mannschaft their first win on Dutch soil in 23 years, and gave Low a much needed reprieve following a difficult few months for his team.


“The first half was great, we had the game under complete control,” Low said to RTL, as reported by Sportskeeda.

“The goal in the second half came at a very bad time. It is a process that our young team have to go through with. With a good attack, we made the decision.

“We have not lost the faith, today we had the gambling luck that we lacked in the past games.”

“A win in Holland is very good, it will help us in our further process. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” he added.

“We stayed in the match until the very end, so compliments to the team.”

Much of the attention heading into this game was focused on Low’s decision to end the international careers of World Cup winning trio Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.


The 59-year-old is attempting to bring a new era for Die Mannschaft, but one thing that will not change anytime soon is the fact that Manuel Neuer will be his number one goalkeeper.

The Bayern Munich shot stopper has been under severe scrutiny after a number of high profile errors for club and country in recent months, but made important saves against the Dutch.

Despite the sensational form of Barcelona keeper Mac-Andre ter Stegen, Low insists Neuer is first choice, stating: “Ter Stegen plays in a great club. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and I will give him options to play. 

“But I have not changed my opinion at all, Neuer is still my starting goalkeeper and our number 1.”


Man City to Demand Public Apology From Bayern President After Controversial Transfer Dig

?Manchester City are set to demand a public apology from Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness after the 67-year-old’s controversial comment about the Citizens’ transfer dealings.

Hoeness recently suggested that Pep Guardiola prepares a video presentation of any potential new signing and takes it to club owner Sheikh Mansour, who decides to finance the deal and recovers the money by raising oil prices in the United Arab Emirates.

Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour bin

News of ?City’s reaction to Hoeness’ comments comes from ?The Mirror, who claim that the Citizens are prepared to take legal action if they do not receive a public apology from the ?Bayern president.

A City source is quoted as saying: “It was the remark of a smug, arrogant egotist. We are also concerned that there may be a racist element to what Hoeness has claimed.”

In recent years, City have faced criticism for their level of spending in the transfer market. The likes of ?Riyad Mahrez?Kyle Walker and ?Benjamin Mendy have all arrived for high fees, transforming Guardiola’s side into one of Europe’s elite.

Riyad Mahrez. Kyle Walker

However, Hoeness’ allegations are said to have seriously offended City, who feel that he has taken an unnecessary swipe at the way in which they conduct business.

The Bayern president is no stranger to controversy, having been jailed for tax evasion in 2014. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after failing to pay €28.5m in tax, but served just 18 months before being released in February 2016.

Uli Hoeness

He quickly decided to run for the presidency of Bayern, and won the election with ease as there were no other candidates. Hoeness arrived at the club shortly after Guardiola’s three-year tenure at the Allianz Arena had come to an end, and he has remained in the role ever since.

It is thought that UEFA may look to involve themselves in the situation as they seek to avoid a public bust-up between two of Europe’s biggest clubs.


Man Utd Set to Rival Bayern Munich in Race to Sign Chelsea Starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi

?Manchester United are set to rival Bayern Munich in the race to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Bayern Munich have shown the strongest interest in the exciting prospect so far, having made a £35m bid in January but failing to complete a deal with the Blues.

?Liverpool and ?Borussia Dortmund are also said to be among the interested clubs but, according to the ?Daily Mail, it is ?United who are prepared to step up their interest in Hudson-Odoi, with the forward no closer to signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

His current deal runs until the summer of 2020, meaning that ?Chelsea could risk losing arguably their brightest young star for a minimal fee if they do not cash in on him this summer. No further talks over fresh terms are said to have taken place since January, meaning that Chelsea must act.

It is said that ?Bayern will come back in for the starlet with another £30m bid in the summer, with the player’s value set to decrease as his current contract continues to run down.

Offers have been made in attempts to make Hudson-Odoi commit his future to Stamford Bridge, but even the offer of an £85,000-a-week deal has so far been rebuffed by the player, as he has seemingly prioritised playing time over finances.

The forward is still yet to start a Premier League match under Maurizio Sarri and, despite his more regular appearances in the Europa League, his development is clearly being restricted through a lack of consistent game time.

Callum Hudson-Odoi,Jadon Sancho

Chelsea are said to be reluctant to sell their brightest prospect to a domestic rival, meaning that United could struggle to convince their Premier League counterparts to do business, whilst Bayern are apparently eyeing Hudson-Odoi as Arjen Robben’s successor.

Hudson-Odoi was given his England debut during the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday, becoming the youngest ever player to make his Three Lions debut, and the winger’s budding international career is only likely to further increase his stock in Europe.

However, his future has also been cast into further doubt by Chelsea’s transfer ban, as Chelsea would be unable to sign a replacement should they opt to sell Hudson-Odoi, as had previously seemed very likely. The club are appealing against the ban.


Bayern Munich Veteran Rafinha Set to Join Flamengo On Two Year Deal This Summer

?Bayern Munich veteran Rafinha is on the brink of joining Flamengo after he is said to have agreed a two-year deal with the Brazilian side.

Rafinha joined Bayern from Genoa back in 2011 and has gone on to make 261 appearances in all competitions, registering six goals and 29 assists along the way. In recent years the versatile full-back has found himself behind David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich in the pecking order at the Allianz and his current contract is set to expire at the end of the season.


According to ?UOL, Rafinha has recently been in negotiations with Flamengo over a potential free transfer and is said to have come to an agreement over a two-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2021.

Once the deal becomes official, Rafinha will be presented as a Flamengo player on July 1, bringing an end to his eight year stint with ?Bayern.


The Brazilian is set to become Flamengo’s fifth signing of 2019 after they have previously acquired Rodrigo Caio, Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique and Gabigol. UOL are reporting that the club’s new signings amount to over $100m in transfer fees.

Rafinha’s departure may not come as a surprise after he was previously vocal about his lack of game time under Niko Kovac, saying in February (via ?Goal): “I do my work and train well, but the coach does not count on me.


“I do not know why. I have not made any problems. But of course I am disappointed. I played under all coaches here at Bayern, whether under [Pep] Guardiola, [Jupp] Heynckes or [Carlo] Ancelotti.

“Since I said in January that I will leave the club after the season, I’m not playing anymore.”