Dante, Robben, and Kroos in Training
Things are looking good for the Trio injured in the last week and a half. Although brief, Dante returned to train with his fellow mates. and looks probable for Saturday's match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben did a little less, doing speed drills to help recover from their oddly-coincidental groin injuries. Robben was cautiously optimistic:
"It is better day-to-day, but we don't want to receive any risk."
Good news for Thiago as well, as the victim of a syndesmosis tear did tempo training.
Bild: Boateng and Alaba Close to Extensions
Both out of contract after 2015, Jerome Boateng and David Alaba are close to signing extensions with FC Bayern, according to Bild.
The report explains that Alaba's father George has seeked support from Bastian Schweinsteiger's agent, Robert Schneider, while Boateng's agent has undertaken exchanges with FC Bayern "several times."
Both in their low to mid 20's, Boateng and Alaba could be fixtures in FC Bayern's back for years to come.
Green Not to Get His International Chance Yet
"We are going to give Julian an opportunity to breathe," said Klinsmann. "All of these conversations and attention can be a bit overwhelming for a young player, so we decided to take the foot off the pedal and let him focus on his work at Bayern. He's a mature young man and he clearly has a bright future. I told him that when the time is right, the door is wide open."
Too soon? Well...maybe, but the fact that the 18-year-old Green was even considered for an international role is a huge complement, considering he was playing with the Germany U19's earlier this month.
Vogel named U19 Manager
Not long after Marc Kienle left the the U19 squad, FC Bayern have already found a replacement in Heiko Vogel.
Vogel managed in FC Bayern's before, from 1998 to 2007, and last managed at FC Basel in 2012. His record with the Swiss side is impressive, amassing 33 wins, 15 draws, and 7 losses.
"I am excited for my new project and for many well-known faces," said Vogel, who is signed through 2016
This appointment further strengthens the credentials of the FC Bayern youth coaches. Erik ten Hag was an assistant at FC Twente and PSV Einhoven before managing Eredivisie team Go Ahead Eagles.