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Tom Starke plays his last game Saturday

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Bayern Munich’s third goalkeeper is passing the torch, but not leaving - and apparently neither is Sven Ulreich.

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Tom Starke has announced that he will end his professional playing career after defending the goal for Bayern Munich one last time this Saturday in Bayern’s final home game against Freiburg.

Starke thus will join Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso for what promises to be a memorable retirement celebration at the Allianz Arena. Starke is not leaving the club, however: he will stay on as goalkeeping coach - a role he has already been performing informally.

Starke’s replacement as Bayern’s third goalkeeper will be youth talent Christian Früchtl. The seventeen-year-old played over 2000 minutes between Bayern A and B junior teams in the U19 Bundesliga Süd/Südwest before a syndesmotic tear in his ankle sidelined him in April. “We think extremely highly of the young man,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated.

There is also news about Bayern’s injured number-2 keeper, Sven Ulreich, who proved the need for keeping three keepers in a squad when he suffered a season-ending elbow-ligament injury two weeks ago.

It has been expected that Ulreich would leave Bayern Munich for a starting job at another club. Now Bayern Munich are insisting that Ulreich will remain at Bayern Munich next season. It thus seems likely that Ulreich will see out his contract, which ends June 30, 2018.