Bayern cannot repeat 2013 – Hoeness

The club chief has looked to ease expectations on Pep Guardiola to repeat Jupp Heynckes’ treble-winning achievements in 2012-13

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness believes that the club cannot replicate last season’s unprecedented treble for a second consecutive year.

The Bavarians, who are currently competing for the Club World Cup trophy in Morocco, made history last term by becoming the first German club to secure the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League titles.

Hoeness – a three-time Bundesliga and European Cup winner with Bayern in the 1970s – says that the club’s achievements in 2012-13 exceeded all possible expectations and he does not expect Guardiola’s side to repeat the feat.

“We all have to get used to it that we experienced an exceptional year,” he told B5 aktuell.

“2013 will go down in history. I cannot imagine it is repeatable.

“We need to sit back, reflect on the last year’s achievements and enjoy and then approach the challenges that lie ahead with new commitment.”

Pep Guardiola’s men – who currently sit seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and are into the Champions League round of 16 – will aim to add to their impressive list of honours on Saturday as Bayern take on Raja Casablanca in the Club World Cup final.

Ribery named Bundesliga Player of the Year

The former Olympique de Marseille attacker has added yet another individual award to his resume following an impressive 2013

Bayern Munich attacker Franck Ribery has been named the 2013 Bundesliga Player of the Year following his fine performances in the past 12 months.

The France international, who is also on the shortlist for the Fifa Ballon d’Or with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, adds the title to the Champions League Best Player and Uefa Best Player in Europe awards he won earlier in the year.

The 30-year-old came out on top in a poll of the 36 captains from the top two tiers of German football.

Ribery claimed the crown ahead of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, who continues to be heavily linked with a summer switch to the Allianz Arena.

Since the turn of the year, Ribery has recorded 18 goals and 20 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions, winning the Champions League, Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Uefa Super Cup in that time.

With Bayern through to the final of the Club World Cup, Ribery could add even more silverware to his trophy cabinet in Morocco on Saturday should Pep Guardiola’s men defeat Raja Casablanca.

Robben: Ronaldo over Ribery for Ballon d'Or

The Bayern Munich winger has snubbed his team-mate in favour of the Real Madrid ace, and believes the final three-man shortlist is fully justified

Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben believes it should be Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and not team-mate Franck Ribery who wins the Ballon d’Or.

Ribery helped Bayern to an unprecedented treble alongside Robben last season and has continued his irrepressible form into this campaign under new coach Pep Guardiola, earning him a place in the final three-man shortlist alongside Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

However, Robben, who last year had a reported dressing-room bust-up with the Frenchman at half-time in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, says it should be Ronaldo who is crowned this year’s Ballon d’Or winner for his exceptional individual performances for both club and country.

“I never had the award on my mind, even though I was nominated within the last 23 players,” he told Voetbal International.

“It’s always the same players who are left over: Ronaldo, Messi and now Ribery joins these two, which is fully justified.

“Because it’s an individual award, I think it will go to Ronaldo. He really deserves it.”

The winner of the award, which has been won by Messi for the last four years running, will be unveiled at a Gala in Zurich on January 13.

Pep Guardiola convinced to join Bayern Munich after 'meat' and greet

The Bavarians’ president has revealed a business trip to the United States to sell his family’s sausages ended up in a successful meeting with the former Barcelona coach

Uli Hoeness has revealed how he convinced Pep Guardiola to join Bayern Munich during a trip to sell meat to Aldi in the United States.

The German and European champions’ president travelled to Chicago on a business trip for his family’s sausage factory last year, and arranged to meet up with the former Barcelona coach in New York during his travels.

Hoeness hoped to keep the meeting private, but revealed how the duo were almost caught out by ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

“It was partly a business trip for my company,” he told Bild.

“I went to Chicago first to visit Aldi. I knew that Pep was about to fly to Barcelona for his holidays and that a meeting there would have been far more dangerous, so we decided I would meet him in the States, where the risk of being spotted was smaller.

“I wanted to take him out for a meal, but that night, Alex Ferguson was dining in the very same restaurant.

“It certainly would not have been funny had he seen me and Pep together.”

However, the journey proved to be a positive one for Hoeness, with Guardiola announced as Bayern’s new coach from the beginning of the 2013-14 season in January.

“He just wanted to get to know me better,” continued Hoeness. “Of course it was an extraordinary trip. Nobody really expected Bayern to appoint Guardiola.

“We didn’t believe he was being serious with us either for a long time.

“What we are seeing now is a consequence of those few hours in New York.”

Bayern will compete in the Club World Cup final in Morocco this weekend after beating Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 in Tuesday’s semi-final.

Neymar, Bale and the transfer chain reaction

Goal Transfer List 2013: Activity in the transfer market this year showed that one big move can led to a series of deals that are all connected

A series of deals sparked a chain reaction in 2013 that connected the top sides in Europe as players were bought and sold on in equal measure.

Take Napoli as a starting point, for example. By selling Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain for €64.5 million, the Serie A side obtained the cash to strengthen their team, with Real Madrid trio Gonzalo Higuain (€37m), Jose Callejon (€10m) and Raul Albiol (€12m) heading to the Stadio San Paolo for a combined figure of €59m.

The sale of that trio allowed Madrid to break the world transfer record and spend €100m on Gareth Bale, which in turn prompted the Santiago Bernabeu side to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for €50m and offload Kaka to AC Milan for free as the duo were no longer needed.

Tottenham Hotspur had money to spend with Bale on his way to Madrid and the Premier League outfit brought in Erik Lamela from Roma for €30m after the Giallorossi purchased Gervinho from Arsenal for €8m.

There is also a link between the transfers of Neymar, David Villa and Radamel Falcao. The Brazilian’s transfer to Barca saw Villa’s spell at the club come to an end, while Falcao’s decision to leave Atleti for Monaco saw the Vicente Calderon side in need of a new striker.

Finally, the transfer of Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich was at the centre of a string of transfers across the world.

BVB made €37m on the creative midfielder and then spent €13m on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and €27.5m on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to strengthen their squad again. The Armenian midfielder’s departure, meanwhile, allowed Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Bernard for €25m.

Furthermore, the signing of Gotze saw Bayern cash in on Mario Gomez (€15.5m) as the prolific striker joined Fiorentina, with the Serie A team then selling Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City for €27.5m.

The Montenegro star was not the only new arrival at City as Alvaro Negredo (€28m) also found his way to the Etihad Stadium, with Carlos Tevez then departing to Juventus for €11.8m.