Jupp Heynckes Says His Dog Had Final Say on Decision to Return to Bayern Munich

?Jupp Heynckes has revealed that his wife and daughter advised him on his return to Bayern, before his dog, Cando, made the final decision.

The 72-year-old, who won a treble with the club in 2013, will take charge until the end of the season after the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti.

But he has claimed that his family ultimately persuaded him to make an unexpected comeback that he had not originally planned.

“My daughter and my wife advised me on my decision,” he said at his first press conference, quoted by ?ESPN. “Then my dog Cando barked twice and the deal was sealed.

“If I recall my last news conference in Monchengladbach, I had come to terms with the thought that my coaching career was over.

“It wasn’t my dream to ever come back as a coach. I received many offers from top European clubs, and also for work as a TV expert, but I turned them all down. It’s been a difficult time.

“After thinking things through, I came to the conclusion that you should never forget who has helped you in life.

“Bayern has helped me so much in my career — without Bayern, I would never have ended up at Real Madrid.”

Heynckes takes over with Bayern five points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, and he has admitted that, despite the quality of the squad, he faces a tough challenge. 

“It’s a difficult task — it’s a team in transition, without the best goalkeeper in the world in Manuel Neuer, and Franck Ribery is also out injured,” he said.

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“Thomas Muller hasn’t been playing his best, while Jerome Boateng is not the Jerome Boateng of 2012-13 [when Heynckes was also in charge]. The same goes for David Alaba who, after injury, is still not at 100 percent.”

And asked about those that have expressed doubt over his appointment, Heynckes added: “Of course, there are sceptics — football has changed, but it hasn’t been reinvented.

“We live in a very fast-paced and restless world. Football is right at the centre of that. My task at Bayern is to slow and calm things down. One can only gain strength from serenity.”

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Thomas Muller Takes Another Dig at Carlo Ancelotti & Raves About Jupp Heynckes

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has signalled his approval of the club’s rehiring of Jupp Heynckes.

Having handed Carlo Ancelotti his marching orders last month, the Bavarians brought their Champions League winning manager back to the Allianz Arena in a bid to get things going again.

Muller is one of the players that thrived under the 72-year-old, who is now set to undergo his fourth spell in charge of the club. And the forward seemingly had a go at Ancelotti, claiming that training sessions will be enjoyable again now that Heynckes is back.

?“We will have a good training again,” he said to Welt after Germany’s 5-1 over Azerbaijan on Sunday.

“Heynckes is the right man because he can inspire the team to have the ability to suffer more, to have more commitment and a better defensive set-up.

“Heynckes will work with interest and passion. There are several screws that need to be turned. The team have some responsibilities to carry out.”

The manager, though, wasn’t as harsh in his assessment. And he also revealed that he really had to think about Bayern’s offer as it wasn’t his plan to return to coaching.

“Things weren’t working under the previous coach, for one reason or another,” he said in his first press conference after returning. 

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“There is no questioning Carlo Ancelotti’s ability, though. He’s managed in England, Spain and Italy, and he’s won league titles and Champions Leagues. He is an excellent coach.

“It wasn’t my dream to return to coaching. I like to keep myself to myself – I don’t necessarily enjoy the limelight. As Karl and Uli have said, they all felt I was the right man for the job, but I still had to think about accepting the job. I wanted to help.”

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Man Utd, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid & Barcelona ALL Had Option to Buy Gabriel Jesus at Bargain Price

Gabriel Jesus, prior to his €32m move to Manchester City, could have signed for bitter rivals United for a cut-price of €25m due to a clause in his contract with Palmeiras, according to German publication Kicker.

The Brazilian swapped São Paulo for Manchester in January 2017 and he’s since taken the Premier League by storm. However, Jesus was available to four European giants in a value deal before his move to City, with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all passing up the opportunity to sign the 20-year-old.

Jesus has gone on to feature in 20 matches across all competitions for Manchester City, with an impressive return 12 goals and six assists skyrocketing the youngster into the limelight of world football.

When breaking through the ranks at Palmeiras, Jesus was often overshadowed by the performances of Brazilian national teammate Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa. The ex-Santos striker earned his big money move to Europe a few months before Jesus joined him on the continent, moving to Inter Milan for €29.5m.

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However, Gabigol has seen his popularity decrease after a poor start to life in the Serie A.

Moving out wide to accommodate Mauro Icardi in the Nerazzurri’s starting lineup, the 21-year-old was shipped out to Portuguese side Benfica over the summer after registering just 10 appearances for Inter Milan.

With there now being a never-ending debate in Manchester over who’s wonderkid is better, Jesus the subject of the debate along with United’s Marcus Rashford, it’s clear that José Mourinho’s side, along with the three other European giants missed a huge opportunity in signing the Brazilian last year.

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Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer Reveals He Could Be Out for ‘Half a Year’

?Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has revealed that he could be set for an absence of “half a year”.

The 31-year-old suffered a broken metatarsal in September, and may now face up to six months on the sidelines.

Neuer first sustained the injury in the second leg of Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid in April.

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He missed the remainder of the season, before making a brief comeback at the start of this campaign. But he experienced a recurrence of the injury in training and was expected to be out until the new year.

However, Neuer himself has doubted the likelihood of a January comeback, admitting that his return could be more complicated than first thought.

“The wound has to stay clean and heal by itself,” he told ?FCBayern.tv. “Then the healing within the foot takes place. That can even take half a year.

“It hasn’t been an easy for me and I am longing to be back on the pitch. Of course, it always depends on the healing process. My recovery is going well so far. I’m very positive and think I am making progress.”

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Bayern have had an unusually difficult start to the new season, sitting five points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund with seven games played.

Jupp Heynckes has returned to coach the club until the end of the campaign after the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti, and Neuer has expressed his hope that more success will come.

“We are in record mode with winning titles, no team has ever done this before,” he added. “We want to extend this record and of course become champions for the sixth time in succession.” 


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Exploring Whether RB Leipzig Offer a Long-Term Challenge to a League Controlled by Bayern & Dortmund

In 2009, VfL Wolfsburg became the last team to win the Bundesliga title that wasn’t Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund. That same year, a small club in Saxony called SSV Markranstädt underwent a transformation that was born out of a desire to challenge Germany’s duopoly. In 2009, four days before Wolfsburg were crowned Bundesliga champions, RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. was born.

The most hated team in Germany – RB Leipzig’s second-placed finish in their maiden Bundesliga campaign confirmed that the young club, backed by energy drink company Red Bull, meant serious business in reaching the heights of Bayern and Dortmund.

Here, we’ll look at if the 8-year-old club have all the ingredients to succeed in offering Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund a long-term title challenge in the Bundesliga.


Where Others Have Failed

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Since FC Köln lifted the first Bundesliga title in 1964, there have been 11 other winners of the German league title. Bayern Munich have dominated the Bundesliga over the last half-century, winning 26 Bundesliga titles since it’s inauguration at the start of the 1963/64 season.
Thanks to a decade of dominance in the 1970’s, Borussia Mönchengladbach are the Bundesliga’s second most successful club alongside Borussia Dortmund, both clubs with five league titles to their name. 
Four previous Bundesliga title winners, which includes two-time winners FC Kaiserslautern, are no longer is the first division of German football. Only one previous Bundesliga winner is sat outside of the top three divisions, with 1965/66 champions 1860 Munich currently sat in the Regionalliga Bayern, the fourth tier of the German football pyramid. 

The RB Effect

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It took RB Leipzig just four years to break the €1m barrier for a single transfer. The Red Bull-backed club opened their chequebook up to sign a 19-year-old Danish striker called Yussuf Poulsen in 2013, ahead of their first season in the 3. Liga.
Leipzig’s immediate promotion into the 2. Bundesliga allowed them to stretch their financial muscles once again, this time signing seven players for over €1m. The likes of Omer Damari (Austria Vienna), Massimo Bruno (RSC Anderlecht) and Emil Forsberg (Malmö FF) moved to the Red Bull Arena for a combined €15.7m.
Since then, RB Leipzig have spent over €150m on transfers alone, their record signing currently being the acquisition of Naby Keïta from RB Salzburg – Leipzig’s Austrian sister club – and have gone on to send almost €60m in Salzburg’s direction in the shape of transfer fees.

Investing in Youth

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As a club that’s primary concern isn’t their finances, RB Leipzig could be forgiven for splashing the cash on a number of top European stars.

Although they haven’t been reluctant to get their wallet out, Leipzig’s recruitment has been very impressive. Opting to buy players that not only have the potential to become top European players, Die Roten Bullen have invested in youngsters that have a large sell-on value.

Leipzig are already set to make close to €70m in the sale of Keïta to Liverpool next summer, with the likes of Timo Werner, Dayot Upamecano and Bruma likely to follow in the Guinean’s footsteps in the future.


The Man in Charge

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As a player, Ralph Hasenhüttl was on the books at FC Köln and Bayern Munich in the latter stages of his career.
The 50-year-old turned to management in 2007, brought in as the interim coach at SpVgg Unterhaching. The Austrian was then given the full-time role at the Sportpark Unterhaching and remained on the outskirts of Munich until 2010.
Going on to then take charge of VfR Aalen and FC Ingolstadt 04 over a five-year period, Hasenhüttl was given the opportunity to sit at the helm of RB Leipzig in 2016. The Austrian guided Leipzig to an incredible second place finish in their maiden season in the Bundesliga, largely down to his counter-attacking style of play and resiliant variation on the classic 4-4-2 formation.

A Serious Title Challenge?

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Leipzig have only been in the Bundesliga for one full season, so it is likely too early to judge if Red Bull’s project will have a long-term effect on Germany’s footballing hierarchy. 
Borussia Dortmund are one of the most popular clubs in world football, while Bayern Munich overshadow most European giants with ease.
At this stage, Leipzig are nothing more than an overperforming club who have an exciting group of young players. However, their financial backing allows them to grow at a much quicker rate than the rest of the Bundesliga clubs and the possibility of a league title on display at the Red Bull Arena at some point over the next decade is a realistic aspiration for Die Roten Bullen.

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