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Who did not make the cut for Bayern's Champions League Roster?

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Now with the transfer window closed, clubs are set to sort out their rosters before competition picks up in full force. A big step the top clubs around Europe had to take is submitting their Champions League rosters for the group stage. Here is the squad Bayern Munich submitted as their first squad list of the Champions League:

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forward
Player List A
1 Manuel Neuer^
22 Tom Starke^
26 Sven Ulreich^
33 Ivan Lucic
5 Medhi Benatia
13 Rafinha
15 Jan Kirchhoff^
17 Jérôme Boateng^
18 Juan Bernat
21 Philipp Lahm*
27 David Alaba*
28 Holger Badstuber*
6 Thiago Alcântara
Franck Ribéry
Javi Martínez
11 Douglas Costa
14 Xabi Alonso
19 Mario Götze^
20 Sebastian Rode^
23 Arturo Vidal
32 Joshua Kimmich^
9 Robert Lewandowski
10 Arjen Robben
25 Thomas Müller*
29 Kingsley Coman
Player List B

38 Felix Pohl 16 Gianluca Gaudino
30 Niklas Dorsch
37 Julian Green
36 Patrick Weihrauch

Club-trained player: one who has been registered with his current club for three seasons, continuous or not, between the ages of 15 and 21. (43.03)
Association-trained player: one who has been registered with his current club or a club in the same association for three seasons, continuous or not, between the ages of 15 and 21. (43.04)

Player List A is the main list of 25 players Bayern can field during the Champions League group stage. Eight of those 25 players have to be "locally trained players", which comprises "club-trained players" and "association-trained players". Although Bayern has eight players who classify as "association-trained players", only a maximum of four count as the total number of "locally trained players" (43.02). Bayern cannot add players to Player List A again until after the group stage.

Player List B comprises players born on or after January 1, 1994 who have been eligible to play for Bayern "for any interrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered by UEFA" (43.11). This list does not have a number restrictions, and Bayern can change this list at any time as long as they submit the list the day before their upcoming match (43.10).

Most of the roster decisions do not come as a surprise, for all of the regular faces are on the team. Bayern were able to fill a pretty strong B-list once again, although they only included five names this time rather than the six they had last season. While mostly straight-forward, there are some interesting wrinkles to the construction of these lists:

  • The most notable omission is Sinan Kurt, a player who made the 25-man Player List A last season after he moved from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Bayern for €1.2 million. Kurt does not qualify as a B-List player, so he is the one who likely got bumped off after the acquisition of Kingsley Coman. His absence may not be a bad think, for Bayern may want him to focus on putting in a good full season in a men's division. That said, the depth of wingers now with the first team has pushed him down the pecking order. The silver lining is Kurt will be eligible for Player List B next season, and is only two seasons away from being a "club-trained player" for Bayern.
  • Jan Kirchhoff may be taking Kurt's place, the injured center back getting named to a Champions League squad list for the third consecutive year. Though he trained earlier this week, Kirchhoff has yet to resume full team activities since his return from Schalke 04. His presence on the list means Bayern are planning to put him on the team sheet once he is healthy. He may end up just being a warm body, but he is also one of five trained center backs on the roster.
  • The lack of Fabian Benko's name is a little more head scratching, not only because is playing with the first team, but also because he and Niklas Dorsch have signed professional contracts. That omission is much easier for Bayern to change, but the fact he was left off from the start may mean Bayern are not ready to showcase him yet. The wing plethora may be a culprit in this situation as well though, while Dorsch adds another young depth piece to Bayern's midfield in the wake of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg's departure to Schalke.
  • The other part of Benko's exclusion is Julian Green's inclusion, despite Green practicing primarily with the second team at this point in time. Green has Champions League experience of course, even if it is only a handful of minutes. The selection decision may indicate Bayern's desire to showcase Green though, perhaps to open another loan opportunity or to eventually sell him.
  • Though Patrick Weihrauch has never actually played for Bayern in the Champions League, he is once again among the forwards on Player List B. This will be his last year there however, not because his contract expires at season's end, but because he will be turning 22 years old next year. His goalscoring form is impressive at the moment, but he will likely not dress for a Champions League match unless the injury bug stings Bayern again.