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Daily Schmankerl: Mats Hummels returns to training; Thomas Müller turns 29; FCB Frauen win 7-0; and MORE!

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Mats Hummels has a balky Achilles, but is back at training.

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Mats Hummels is back at Bayern training (Sport1)

The Bayern Munich center back had been battling issues with his Achilles heel, but has returned to training with the squad.

The defender, who recently suffered from an Achilles tendon irritation and therefore could not play in the friendly match against Peru, returned to the team training on Thursday. At 11.30 am, the 29-year-old entered the training ground at Säbener Straße shortly after Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich.

Even if Mats Hummels is pronounced fit, it is possible he would be held out this week as a precaution. With Niklas Süle and Jerome Boateng providing superior depth, there is no need to rush Hummels back.

Thomas Müller is 29 today (@FCBayernEN)

Happy birthday to Thomas Müller, who is 29 today.

Xherdan Shaqiri thinks Liverpool needs more of a Bayern mentality (The Mirror)

Switzerland international and former Stoke City man Xherdan Shaqiri thinks his new squad needs even more of a German influence than what Jürgen Klopp is providing. Specifically, Shaqiri wants Liverpool to have Bayern’s focus on accumulating titles. Shaqiri, after all, spent a couple of years in Bavaria and gained an appreciation for the laser focus Bayern has on winning:

At Bayern Munich, they have only the mentality to win titles. Liverpool are one of the biggest teams in the world. Last year they had a very good year. Sadly they didn’t win a title. Now we try to make a step forward and try to win titles. That’s the most important thing now and it has to be our goal — to win titles. Of course it’s a big change from Stoke to Liverpool. Liverpool is a big, big team. But I know how to be in a big team, because I played at Bayern Munich and I played at Inter Milan. So I knew what it would be like.

FC Bayern Frauen dominate Champions League opener (FCBayern.com)

The FC Bayern Frauen used a superb effort to thrash ZFK Spartak Subotica, 7-0 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League’s opening leg. Jill Roord (2), Lina Magull, Gina Lewandowski, Kristin Demann, Jovana Damnjanovic and Lineth Beerensteyn scored the goals. Coach Thomas Wörle was pleased with the effort:

It is very gratifying that we have made so many different goals. The great first leg result now opens up all possibilities for the second leg, which also takes place again in an English week.

“We have #FCBFrauen set a clear signal where we want to go this season!” The 7-0 win at the @UWCL kick-off against @zfkspartak ➡️ http://fcbayern.com/gudZ1 ♦️ #MiaSanMia

A call for fan groups (BavarianFootballWorks.com)

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 have 7 clubs on board so far. I’d LOVE 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: barrelsportsblog@gmail.com.