Pep Unveiled in Press Conference
With just a week to go until the team embarks on preparing for the 2013/2014 campaign, the Bayern brass finally held what was probably the most highly-anticipated press conference (the first being Jupp Heynckes departure) in German football.
Pep is here! Speaking in his innocent broken German in front of 240 reporters, 40 TV crews and 30 photographers.
"To me, this is a gift. I’d like to thank Bayern Munich very much for the opportunity to become the club’s new coach."
-Pep Guardiola via fcbayern.de
Josep "Pep" Guardiola always wanted to be here. Well, that is Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's and Uli Hoeneß's version of the story.
"Bayern Munich wanted Pep and Pep wanted Bayern Munich – it’s a feeling we had from the first day."
-Karl-Heinz Rummenigge via fcbayern.de
"After five minutes, I sensed there was a fit"
-Uli Hoeneß via fcbayern.de
Pep's first impression at the club came at the Audi Cup two years ago, according to Rummenigge. He will now have to make a first impression of a different kind in the Audi Cup this time around.
FC Augsburg Keen on Can
After departures of six of their players – Simon Jentzsch, Somen Tchoyi, Sebastian Langkamp, Torsten Oehrl, Stephan Hain, Knowledge Musona, and Ja-Cheol Koo – FC Augsburg is looking to reload a little. Well, not too much though.
"It is enormously important that we can hold together the bulk of the regulars. We must only selectively strengthen ourselves."
-Manager Stefan Reuter via Kicker
According to Kicker's information, one of those selective strengths could come by the way of Emre Can, as the 19-year-old is at the top of Augsburg's summer shopping list.
Can spent most of the season with FC Bayern II, but did make six appearances (four starts) with the senior side. He also was called in to the Germany U21 squad for the UEFA U21 Championship, but only made one appearance.
This smells exactly like a loaning opportunity for the Turk-German. The question will remain if, with the departure of Anatolliy Tymoshchuk to Zenit St. Petersburg, whether FC Bayern will oblige.
That is something I want to hear from all of you: do you think that a bench role at Bayern would serve Can, or do you think the youngster should be loaned out? Vote and comment below.
In Case You Missed It...
-Toni Kroos is back on the training pitch! The 23-year-old completed a training session, running and doing ball training in the rain on Monday morning. He is expected to be a full participant in training next week.
-Dante scored his first goal as a member of the Brazilian National Team in their final group game against Italy. Here is the goal in case you weren't able to watch the game:
(Video Courtesy of ESPN)
-FC Bayern II will also begin their season in July. Their season starts when they play an away game on July 13 against SV Heimstetten in the Regionalliga.
Enjoy your week! And thanks for reading.