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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern linked to €100M bid for Paulo Dybala; the aftermath of Bayern-SV Rödinghausen; and MORE!

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Bayern linked to Juventus man Paulo Dybala again (Calciomercato)

The shock here is not that Bayern Munich reportedly has interest in Paulo Dybala, but that the club would think about paying €100M for the Argentine forward.

As has been reported by today’s edition of Il Corriere di Torino, Bayern Munich are preparing a bid of at least 100 million euros to sign Juventus’ Argentine forward Paulo Dybala. With the arrival of Ronaldo at Juventus and an overcrowding of attackers, any opportunistic side wanting to pounce on one of Juve’s attacking options have the perfect opportunity to do so. Not only must the Bianconeri free up space in their squad but also sell to recoup some of the costs spent on bringing Ronaldo in from Madrid.

Yesterday, we wrote about Juventus’ interest in James Rodriguez, so maybe there is some smoke to this fire? Who knows, but Calciomercato certainly started connecting the dots:

Paratici and former Juve CEO Beppe Marotta considered the sale of Dybala during the summer but ultimately chose to keep hold of the forward. It could be that this deal ties somewhat into Juventus’ reported interest in Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez; who is on loan at Bayern. Whether this be Bayern terminating Rodriguez’s loan to sign Dybala or the Bavarian side purchasing Rodriguez fully from Madrid and using him then in a bargain with Juventus for Dybala.

I just can’t see Bayern throwing down €100M for Dybala

Happy Halloween (Bavarian Football Works)

This isn’t a Halloween costume, but is still great and appropriate for today:

Die Folgen: Bayern Munich vs. SV Rödinghausen (Bavarian Football Works)

That was a bit underwhelming to say the least. Anyway, here are some quick hitters on the match:

  • A win may be a win under any circumstance, but that was not encouraging. After busting through the gates for two quick goals, Bayern fell silent. As Thomas Müller pointed out after the game, something changed in the demeanor of the team after Renato Sanches clanged Bayern’s second penalty attempt of the night off the crossbar. The intensity and precision just was not there overall as a squad.
  • More than anything, it appears to be a problem of motivation at times; almost as if getting up 2-0 was enough to win, so why keep pressing? There were definitely moments under Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, and even Jupp Heynckes like this, so it’s not shocking that it would be happening under Niko Kovač. It just looked as if Bayern was content to play it safe, which is absolutely disappointing, but also understandable in some ways (from a player perspective) given the competition. Regardless, Bayern has to be better than that.
  • It was nice to see Sandro Wagner get on the scoreboard early, although he is a bit miffed he’s not getting more opportunities. The former Hoffenheim man has not gotten much game time in his role behind Robert Lewandowski.
  • Sanches’ terrific drive to the net resulted in a PK that Müller calmly deposited home. It was a shame to see Sanches put too power behind his own PK attempt later in the first half. Leon Goretzka drew the penalty while being hauled down in the box on a header attempt.
  • With his goal, Müller has moved into the top 10 all-time for DFB-Pokal scoring.
  • The injury to Thiago was the big takeaway. It didn’t look good. Let’s hope for the best, but he is expected to be out “a few weeks.”

If you missed our Match Awards or Observations from the match, please give them a look.

Peter Stoger finally tells all on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (

The final days of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s tenure with Borussia Dortmund were marred with controversy, which was having an effect on the entire locker room. Already in a state of confusion after Peter Bosz was sacked, Peter Stoger was left a raging dumpster fire to deal with, only there was no fire extinguisher in sight.

Stoger finally opened up on how Aubameyang greased his way out of town to Sport Bild, which was captured by

He left me no other choice. He trained well four days of the week. But to underline his wish for a transfer, he skipped team meetings before games or refused to run during the final training. We did our best to keep him for at least another half a year, but Auba wasn’t ready for that.

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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