Since Bayern Munich II failed to secure promotion after top of the Regionalliga Bayern in the 2013/2014 season ( thanks again Lukas Raeder), they've been a team in a constant state of flux. That flux has been mirrored by huge changes in the academy technical development and coaching staff.
This summer is no different as a grand total of 10 players have already swapped their colors for Bayern red or gone the opposite way and it's only just the second day of June. In addition, a big contingent of Bayern's U19 squad have moved up to the reserve side as well in what may forceast additional departures to come.
- Patrick Weihrauch - leaving for 2.Bundesliga side, Würzburg Kickers
- Matthias Strohmaier - free agent
- Angelos Oikonomou - free agent
- Philipp Steinhart - free agent
Weihrauch, Strohmaier, and Steinhart were key cogs in the Bayern Munich II starting lineup this past season logging nearly 7000 combined minutes for the Regionalliga side. Oikonomou for his part had an injury mired season as a 20-year-old that limited him to just 200 minutes after logging nearly 2000 the year previous.
- Ilias Becker - winger, arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt
- Leon Fesser - centerback, arriving from TSG Hoffenheim
- Tim Haussler - leftback, arriving from Energie Cottbus
- Erdal Oeztürk - midfielder, arriving from TSG Hoffenheim
For Bayern's part Becker, Fesser, and Haussler are all positional like-for-like replacements for the departing Weihrauch, Strohmaier and Steinhart. All four new arrivals have extensive A-Junioren Bundesliga pedigrees and this may signify a change away from the the approach of past seasons.
Targeting the likes of Gerrit Wegkamp, Lukas Görtler, and Kodjovi Koussou as free agent additions in past seasons, Bayern II had adopted an approach of acquiring "proven Regionalliga talent" approach to earning promotion. The new additions of academy players straight out their U19 squads belies what could be a more purposeful approach in building a talented core to earn their way into the 3.Liga rather than trying to jumpstart their promotion.
Bayern U19 Promotions
- Bastian Grahovac, midfielder
- Michael Strein, winger
- Alexander Gschwend, centerback
- Marcel Leib, winger
- Valentin Micheli, midfielder
- Bernard Mwarome, midfielder
Any way you shake it, Heiko Vogel has his work cut out for him this summer as his 10 new additions will at least keep him busy for the next few months. But after a disappointing 6th place finish in the Regionalliga Bayern, 12 points off the champions Jahn Regensburg, this team has to figure out how to a strategy for sustaining success and getting into the 3.Liga.