Bayern Munich “only” have ten players suiting up for their national teams during this month’s international break. Since April will be a very busy month, it is probably a good thing that most of the squad will remain in Munich.
But the players that are playing in the international break are ones that are fun to watch in their nation’s colors. Here are all the players who will be in action over the international break.
Matches: March 24 vs. Moldova (WCQ), March 28 vs. Finland (Friendly)
Bayern Player: David Alaba
Alaba will be back in midfield as he transforms into a box-to-box player for Austria. Their squad also looks a lot better with Guido Burgstaller, Martin Hinteregger and Stefan Ilsanker performing so well in the Bundesliga. Check out his games too, because Alaba is known for scoring some spectacular goals in qualifying.
Matches: March 23 @ Argentina (WCQ), March 28 vs. Venezuela
Bayern Player: Arturo Vidal
A rematch against Argentina. Those who have followed Vidal’s career closely knows that these are the games he lives for. Some don’t like the effort he puts into the national team, but Chile is in a better position in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table than Argentina is. Take that for what it’s worth.
Matches: March 22 vs. England (Friendly), March 26 @ Azerbaijan (WCQ)
Bayern Players: Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Müller
Bayern’s representation in Germany’s team is pretty light this time around with Manuel Neuer sitting out due to a calf injury. Kimmich will get some much-needed playing time after making just three starts in 2017, most likely returning to the right back position he played so well at the Euros. Germany may benefit from Müller’s uptick in form, provided Löw doesn’t get too cute and throw him back on the wing.
Matches: March 25 @ Bulgaria (WCQ), March 28 vs. Italy (Friendly)
Bayern Player: Arjen Robben
Yes, Robben still plays for the national team, and one can understand why after his little hissy fit after being substituted off against Gladbach. He has missed out on many qualifiers for the Netherlands in the last few years with various injury issues. The Dutch will certainly be happy to have him back after missing out on qualifying for the Euros, but the squad Robben comes into is not comparable to the ones that reached the semifinals and final of the World Cup.
Matches: March 26 @ Montenegro (WCQ)
Bayern Player: Robert Lewandowski
You think Lewandowski’s club form is good? He has already scored seven goals in four World Cup qualifiers, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo for the most. He has become a much more well-rounded striker this season too, which makes it more likely to do more for his national team despite the talent around him.
Matches: March 25 vs. Hungary (WCQ), March 28 vs. Sweden
Bayern Player: Renato Sanches
He does not start for Bayern, but Fernando Santos could very well start him for the Portuguese national team. Unlike the at the club level, the national team does perhaps need his energy and raw ingenuity to get things done. But Hungary was a team that gave Portugal trouble at the Euros, and since he has not found a way into Bayern's team, he may have trouble getting back into the Portuguese team.
Matches: March 24 vs. Israel (WCQ), March 28 @ France (Friendly)
Bayern Player: Javi Martinez, Thiago
Javi Martinez finally gets back into the national team after missing out due to fitness issues. With the form that he is in, he may get a decent look from Julen Lopetegui, maybe even a half against France. Where Thiago slots in will also be interesting to see considering, for the first time in his national team career, he may be the best midfielder they have.