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Daily Schmankerl: the FC Bayern Frauen win again; Emre Can facing surgery; and MORE!

Another busy week for Bayern will kick off tomorrow, but in the mean time, get caught up on some assorted musings.

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Dortmund legend warns that Bayern is not dead (

Former Borussia Dortmund star Sebastian Kehl thinks the race for the Bundesliga crown is far from over and that Bayern Munich will be around to do battle. In an interview with Sky Sports that was captured by, Kehl commented on Bayern’s issues and how the club will overcome them:

The problems Bayern have had will not last until the end of the season. They will fight back and continue to be favourites for the title, nothing has changed. [There is] still a long way to go.

Surely Kehl knows what he is talking about when it comes to overreacting to Bayern’s sometimes shaky form. There is quite a long way to go and Der Klassiker on November 10th should give both clubs an idea of where they are.

FC Bayern Frauen take care of business against SGS Essen (@FCBfrauen)

Sara Däbritz and Fridolina Rolfö each scored to give the FC Bayern a bit of a cushion and help secure a 2-0 victory over SGS Essen.

YES!!! Important and hard-fought 2 win against @SGSEssen!

The goals were scored by Sara Däbritz and Fridolina Rolfö! And: Melanie Leupolz & Gina Lewandowski are finally back in the team! ♦️ #MiaSanMia #DieLiga #FCBFrauen

If you want to see something frightening, check out the goal differential for Wolfsburg....

Emre Can undergoes surgery (BWRAO)

Emre Can is inching toward catching up to Mario Götze for injuries, maladies, ailments, and overall bad luck. The German international reportedly had thyroid surgery in Germany today:

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Can will undergo thyroid surgery in Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday, going with the option that only seemed inevitable knowing that this is a rather important health decision rather than something like a pulled muscle or muscle fatigue.

Juventus are feeling relatively good about the situation, the Gazzetta says. The time that Can will likely miss, according to the newspaper, will be around one month — which sounds like a good amount of time, but remember that there is yet another international break waiting for us in a couple of weeks. So if the timetable for Can’s return is on point, then the German midfielder could very well be close to returning to action when the post-international break slate games starts on Saturday, Nov. 24, when Juventus faces SPAL in Turin.

Hertha Berlin ultras cause a ruckus in Dortmund (Deutsche Welle)

In a case of “Well, that escalated quickly”, Hertha Berlin ultras clashed with local police during the match between Borussia Dortmund and Die Alte Dame.

Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin drew 2-2 at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday afternoon but events on the field were overshadowed by violent clashes involving visiting Hertha supporters and local police.

After Hertha ultras ignited pyrotechnics for the second time in the first half, police entered the area in front of the away section and attempted to confiscate a large banner underneath which fans had donned masks - a frequent practice by supporters who don’t want to be identified using pyrotechnics, which are banned in German stadia.

Ahead of kick-off, the same banner had been used as part of an authorized choreography celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the Hertha ultra group “Hauptstadtmafia” (capital city mafia). That choreography also involved the prohibited use of pyrotechnics.

In response to the attempt to confiscate the banner – considered an extreme affront in ultra circles – the ultras attempted to drive the police out of the away end, attacking officers with flagpoles and at least one more flare. In the ensuing melee, police deployed batons and pepper spray against the fans.

According to an official statement from Dortmund police, toilets underneath the away end were heavily damaged at halftime before intervening police officers were again attacked with pieces of porcelain, toilet doors and a metal security fence.

Below is one of the videos circulating of the clash:

Looking to catch-up on the Bundesliga action from the weekend? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

For a capsule-style recap of the Bundesliga’s weekend fixtures, just click here.

A call for fan groups (

We are trying something here at the Daily Schmankerl and need YOUR help. If you read my man Tommy Adams’ piece about his experience with the FCBNYC Fan Club (if you haven’t, SHAME ON YOU!), you could see how great the event was. So we want to highlight some of these wonderful groups that are out there globally and this is what we need from you:

  • Name of the group
  • Location
  • Year founded
  • Leadership (if you have people are kind of running the show)
  • Meeting place
  • Social media handles
  • Pictures

We want to be able to feature a different fan group every week this season. Maybe we can do it, maybe not...but only YOU can help decide the fate of this idea. Send your info to:

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