Lothar Matthäus Wants Germany Coach Joachim Löw as Next FC Bayern München Manager

?Football pundit and former player Lothar Matthäus wants Joachim Löw to become the next manager of FC Bayern München, should Jupp Heynckes leave as planned.

Heynckes came out of retirement for his third full-time stint with the German champions in early October, taking over from Carlo Ancelotti.

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The 72-year-old won the treble with Bayern – the first and only German club to do so – and has led the club to an unsurmountable lead at the summit.

Already, there is speculation die Roten wish to keep ‘Osram’ on for longer, but Heynckes has seemingly shut down such rumours in recent press conferences.

?Niko Kova? has also been linked with the job, with the former Bayern player enjoying an excellent spell with Eintracht Frankfurt.

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However, Matthäus – who also played for the Bavarians – would like to see the Germany national team manager succeed in the lineage of head coaches.

Speaking on ?Sky DeutschlandMatthäus said: “Joachim Löw after the 2018 World Cup would be the ideal solution for FC Bayern – but I do not think he will do it, but even so, if Jupp [Heynckes] does not stay, I would be happy the most about Löw.”

Löw has been one of the names swirling round the Allianz Arena to take over the hot seat, having managed Germany for over twelve years.

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In 2014, Germany won their fourth World Cup and the 58-year-old has frequently worked with many Bayern players.


Bayern Boss Jupp Heynckes Backs Real Madrid to Bounce Back and Progress in the Champions League

?Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has backed Real Madrid to turn around their recent poor form and beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Madrid currently sit in fourth in the La Liga table, 19 points behind arch-rivals Barcelona and are widely being written off by critics ahead of their last-16 fixture against PSG.

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Manager Zinedine Zidane is very much under pressure, with European silverware now their only chance of bringing something back at the end of a disappointing campaign.

But Heynckes, who was Madrid manager during their 1998 Champions League title win in his only season at the Bernabeu, thinks that Real will be able to beat Neymar and co and progress into the quarter finals.

“That Madrid is going through a low in the league at the moment is, in my opinion, quite normal, especially if you have won the Champions League twice and been Spanish champions too,” he told Goal.

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“In addition, Real have given away three very good players in the summer with Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez, perhaps to save salaries.

“They have not bought big and thought that with the young players they can compensate for that. You need a really good mix between young and old, between experienced and hungry players.

“Nevertheless, you must not write off Real in the Champions League. They have much more experience than Paris Saint-Germain. Much more! I believe they will win the tie.

“They have a good team for playing in European competition. When we first won the Champions League again in 1998, we finished fourth in the league. I know from personal experience Madrid should never be underestimated.”

Heynckes has already faced PSG this season, with Bayern facing the French giants in the group stages earlier in the season.

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Bayern haven’t won the top prize in European football since 2013 but are being tipped as this year’s dark horses after Heynckes resurrected their poor start to the campaign under Carlo Ancelotti.


Jupp Heynckes Labels James Rodriguez a ‘Godsend’ Following Another Impressive Bayern Munich Outing

?Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has branded loan star James Rodriguez a “godsend” following yet another impressive showing from the attacker during his side’s 2-0 Bundesliga win over Mainz on Saturday. 

Frank Ribery opened the scoring shortly after the half hour mark. However, a minute before the break the Colombia international put the game out of sight for the relegation struggling hosts with a stunning chested-down volley to help maintain the Bavarians’ healthy lead at the peak of the German top flight. 

The 26-year-old arrived at the Allianz Arena in the summer on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid after gradually falling out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, despite initially impressing following his €80m move from Monaco on the back of an immense global emergence at the 2014 World Cup. 

However, although struggling to make an impact under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti at the start of the season, since the Italian’s exit, Rodriguez has found the form of his former self, and Heynckes is only too grateful to be the one reaping the rewards. 

“In his current form, obviously James is a godsend for Bayern,” Heynckes told reporters at his pre-match news conference ahead of Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal clash with Paderborn, as quoted by ?Goal. 

“It’s not easy, in another country with a different culture, a different mentality and he is doing very well, playing at a very high level, but he can do it better.

“It was well known that James was no longer satisfied in Madrid. He didn’t get the time that such a player deserves, and then it is logical to get the player in. James is an instant hit.

“How he acts and integrates, how he laughs again and is relaxed… He has arrived and is happy in Munich.”

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Bayern Munich End Their Interest in Signing Bundesliga Prodigy With Other Targets Shortlisted

Reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have ended their interest in Julian Brandt, despite reportedly being in advanced negotiations with the 21-year-old winger.

The Bavarians are looking to secure a deal that will see someone take over the reigns from one of their ageing wingers, Franck Ribéry or Arjen Robben, and Brandt was understood to be at the top of their summer wishlist.

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However, the latest report from the Kicker (via Goal) suggests that Bayern want to bring a marquee player into their first-team over Brandt as the German international still has some way to go in his development.

It is also reported that as a result of Bayern withdrawing their interest in the former Wolfsburg player, Brandt will extend his contract at the BayArena despite having a host of potential suitors from across Europe.

The winger’s father and agent, Jürgen Brandt, recently claimed that the 21-year-old wanted to help get Die Werkself back into Europe and that he would see out the rest of his contract in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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“Julian’s objective is to play in Europe with Leverkusen next season,” he told Sport Bild (via Bundesliga.com). “He’ll definitely be here until 2019. Julian feels he has unfinished business at Leverkusen.”

Liverpool are the most recent club to linked with a move that would see the German international move to the Premier League, while a number of clubs currently weighing up a move for Brandt’s teammate, Leon Bailey.

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Mats Hummels Offers Troll Some Brilliant Advice After Admitting He Hasn’t Seen Franco Baresi Play

Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels responded in brilliant fashion to a Twitter troll who called him out for having never seen the legendary Franco Baresi play.

The 29-year-old was asked by a user on the social platform for his top pick out of Italian trio Baresi, Fabio Cannavaro or Paolo Maldini, to which German international Hummels admitted that it was difficult because he’d never watched the former in action.

He said: “Haven’t seen Baresi play so I cannot judge. I love Maldini so I pick him but Cannavaro ’06 was a beast man.”

It seemed like fair reasoning on the face of it but not for another user by the name of @lebronzanetti, who insisted – through some colourful language – that he should surely know how Baresi played through YouTube highlights.

Hummels sensed the opportunity to make him look silly, and retorted: “Small hint from me: don’t judge players by their YouTube videos, especially not defenders.”

The former Borussia Dortmund star is essentially right – YouTube is known to act as a ‘shop window’, highlighting players in their best moments and filtering out everything else.

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He is also arguably correct in that watching highlights of defenders on YouTube is not wise because often uploaders include the over-use of goalscoring, which is not the best measurement of a great defender.

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