Who’s In? Every Bayern Munich Player Included in Their Country’s 23-Man World Cup Squad

The 2018 World Cup is tantalisingly close and after another dominant domestic season, Bayern Munich fans will be looking to forward to watching 11 of their finest talents strut their stuff in Russia. 

Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of German representatives on show but there are also four other nations who will have a Bayern player in their ranks.

Here’s a look at who will be representing the German giants this summer…

1. Manuel Neuer

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2009

It was always going to be a race against time to be fit for Russia for Neuer who, before Germany’s recent friendly against Austria, had not played a competitive match since September due to injury. His match of match practice has not put off Joachim Lowe however, and the Bayern number one will remain Germany’s number one this summer.

2. Mats Hummels

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2010

Mats Hummels has enjoyed yet another positive season with Bayern, proving his status as one of the best defenders in Europe. He will be expected to be a crucial part of the Germany defence, just as he has been for both the previous World Cup and the European championships two years ago.

3. Jerome Boateng

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2009

Boateng will be playing at his third consecutive World Cup this summer and will be expected to form a rock solid partnership with his club teammate Hummels. The pair have proved that they are hard to get past at both club and international level and their cooperation could be key to Germany retaining their World Cup title.

4. Niklas Sule

Country: Germany

Year of Debut: 2016

After making the switch from Hoffenheim last summer, Sule has more than proven his worth for Bayern, stepping in to make a big difference whenever Hummels or Boateng were absent. The 22-year-old is unlikely to be in Germany’s starting XI but he may play a part in the tournament as fatigue begins to take its toll on the side.

5. Joshua Kimmich

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2016

After making the transition from defensive midfield to right-back Kimmich has made the position his own. The 23-year-old is now one the best full-backs in European football and will almost certainly start in Russia, despite his relative lack of international experience compared to his defensive teammates.

6. Sebastian Rudy

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2014

Rudy joined Sule by making the switch over from Hoffenheim last summer and has mostly had a positive impact on the side since his arrival. The 28-year-old hasn’t been an automatic starter for Bayern and he is unlikely to start for Germany either, but his steady passing and sound linkup play mean that he is a perfect squad player for Die Mannschaft.

7. Thiago Alcantara

Country: Spain

Year of debut: 2011

Since making the switch from Barcelona, Thiago has more than found his feet at Bayern and has developed into an incredibly well-rounded midfielder who excels at virtually everything. He suffered an injury ridden season but when he did feature he continued to demonstrate his abilities which has earned him a spot in the Spain squad – no mean feat considering their midfield options.

8. Corentin Tolisso

Country: France

Year of debut: 2017

Corentin Tolisso is slowly developing into one of Europe’s brightest talents after proving himself at Bayern this season. The 23-year-old scored 10 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions and that has earned him a coveted spot in the French squad ahead of the likes of Adrien Rabiot.

9. James Rodriguez

Country: Colombia

Year of debut: 2011

After winning the Golden Ball at the 2014 World Cup, James Rodriguez failed to live up to expectations at Real Madrid and was shipped out on a two year deal to Bayern. He has since regained some of that form that saw him light up Brazil four years ago and he will be the leading man for Colombia again in Russia.

10. Thomas Muller

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2010

The second previous golden ball winner in the Bayern squad, Thomas Muller will be hoping to shine once again for Germany. This season has been another good one for the 28-year-old, scoring 15 times in all competitions. Germany are thin on the ground when it comes to striking options, so Muller may be forced to play in a more advanced role than he would for Bayern.

11. Robert Lewandowski

 Country: Poland

Year of debut: 2008

Robert Lewandowski is not only Bayern’s main man but he is also the star of his national side Poland. This will be the 29-year-old striker’s first World Cup and Poland’s first since 2006 but there is a lot expectation for Lewandowski to guide his side to at least the knockout stages where there is every chance they could face up to England.


Man Utd on Red Alert as Gareth Bale Reportedly Wants PL Return if He Quits Real Madrid This Summer

?Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has reportedly told ?Bayern Munich that he wants a move to the Premier League, should he leave Los Blancos this summer.

New Bayern boss Niko Kovac had reportedly made the winger his number one priority this summer, as the Bavarian club looks to replace the ageing Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

According to a report by the ?Mirror, the 28-year-old has told the German club that he would be looking to return to England, rather than a move to the ?Bundesliga, should his time with his current employers come to an end.

The news of Bale’s post-Madrid ambitions will have offered encouragement to ?Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has – much like Kovac – identified Bale as a priority target to strengthen his club during this summer transfer window.

However, any success in sealing the reported £100m deal for the Welshman that is being suggested will rely on whoever takes over at the Santiago Bernabeu following Zinedine Zidane’s departure.

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Just hours before Zidane’s surprise exit from the Real Madrid, Bale had announced that he would be leaving the Spanish side this summer after five years in Madrid.

However, with new management set to come in it remains to be seen whether the Welshman will actually be on the move this summer.

Ultimately, it will be the new boss at the club that will have the final say on whether the winger moves, and given recent league performances and that stunning Champions League final cameo, retaining Bale’s services may be considered a high priority to any new management.


The ?Cardiff-born winger scored 16 goals in 26 appearances this season in ?La Liga, cropping up with a goal every 113 minutes. Those impressive statistics, even despite struggling for starts under Zidane, have made him a man in demand – and now by his own admission, one with two future destinations; either remaining at Madrid, or gracing the ?Premier League next season.


German Playmaker Claims Dortmund Were Bayern Munich’s ‘Equals’ Under Jurgen Klopp

Borussia Dortmund star Mario Götze has claimed that the Black and Yellows were as good as their domestic rivals Bayern Munich while Jürgen Klopp was in charge.

The 26-year-old became one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe during a breakthrough three-year spell at the club. Götze’s performances at Dortmund eventually convinced Bayern to spend £33m for his signature in 2013, while he scored the winner in the World Cup final in 2014.

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However, Götze had to face a number of hurdles since moving to the Allianz Arena five years ago, not least of which was battling a near career-ending illness. The midfielder eventually returned to Dortmund in 2016 in an attempt to revitalise his career. 

Götze has frequently spoken in glowing terms about his former manager in recent years, most recently appearing to link himself with a move to Liverpool by claiming that he would be ‘interested’ in working with Klopp again.

He also claimed that Klopp’s seven-year spell at Dortmund turned the club into a team who could match the Bundesliga’s most dominant side, Bayern Munich.

“I think at the time I was with Dortmund, which was also during Jurgen’s time there, we had a very good team and were definitely equals to Bayern Munich,” Götze said, quoted by Goal.

“We won the Bundesliga twice in those three years, we won the cup and played Bayern in the Champions League final. So, we certainly felt we were their equals and accepted the challenge that went with that, and we were equally hungry to win titles.

“And that’s just what we did. It was such a very, very good time.”

Götze was arguably Dortmund’s most consistent player last season and the playmaker played a huge part in securing Champions League football for another year.

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But a fourth-place finish behind TSG Hoffenheim and local rivals Schalke 04, as well as league champions Bayern Munich, has left fans desperate to see their club revamped this summer in order to return to the summit of the Bundesliga table.


Mats Hummels Reflects on Rejecting Man Utd & Insists There Was ‘No Need to Leave Germany’

Bayern Munich star Mats Hummels has claimed that he doesn’t have any regrets about rejecting the chance to join Manchester United three years ago.

The World Cup-winning defender was the subject of much speculation in 2015, whilst Hummels was still on the books at Borussia Dortmund, that linked him with a move to Old Trafford.

But the 29-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the best centre backs in the world, admitted that he has never had the desire to move away from Germany.


I thought about going to Manchester United in 2015,” Hummels told Sport Bild (via Bundesliga.com). “There were other possibilities in 2016, so it isn’t correct to say I haven’t dealt with it. But I really have no need to go abroad.”

Hummels has won back to back Bundesliga titles since moving to Bavaria in 2016. The experienced defender also lifted two league titles during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

The Germany international will now link up with Joachim Löw’s squad that is looking to retain the World Cup this summer – something which hasn’t been done since Brazil won the competition in 1958 and 1962.

Hummels will then return to Bayern Munich where he will work under their new manager Niko Kova? for the first time, following the departure of legendary boss Jupp Heynckes.

Kova? tasted great success whilst in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt, even beating Bayern in the German Cup Final last month, and Hummels has insisted that the Croatian won’t be walking into a dressing room full of egos in Bavaria.

“It’s like that with guys like Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer,” Hummels continued, looking ahead to the new campaign. 

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“Thomas isn’t going to go up to Niko Kova? and tell him ‘look, I’ve won the title seven times, I know better.’ The coach is the boss. He might as well say goodbye to the coach that way.”


Pep Guardiola Rejects Claims That Bayern Munich Tenure Was a Failure Due to Lack of UCL Success

Pep Guardiola has refuted the statement that his tenure at ?Bayern Munich was a failure because he did not win the UEFA Champions League. 

The ?Manchester City boss spent three seasons at the Allianz Arena, claiming the Bundesliga title in each of his terms at the helm as well as the DFB Pokal in 2014 and 2016. 

However, the Catalonian’s men were unable to overcome ?Real Madrid (2014), ?Barcelona (2015) and ?Atletico Madrid (2016) in the semi-finals of three successive European Cup campaigns, leaving the German superpower without continental success since Jupp Heynckes departed in 2013. 

But despite the lack of Champions League silverware, Guardiola insisted to Catalunya Radio, as quoted by ?Bundesliga.com, that his tenure in Munich was full of positives. 

“My time in Munich won’t be judged on not having won the Champions League,” he said. “Winning it is hard, and defeats are part and parcel of the competition. 

“Football always gives you another chance, and people are surprised by the difficulty of the Champions League: with Bayern, I got to three semi-finals and was knocked out in each.

“Bayern have won successive league titles – and the same goes for Juventus – so perhaps for them, the Champions League seems more important.

During his first season at Manchester City, Guardiola ended the term trophy-less; however, added the Carabao Cup and the ?Premier League title to his ever-expanding collection during the recently concluded campaign by taking his total football philosophy and evolving it to conquer England’s top-flight.

“I’m happy that at Bayern and at City they’ve been able to play as we wanted,” Guardiola added. “We won a lot, but I’m happier with how we played.”