Felix Götze’s game-tying goal against Bayern Munich on Tuesday was surely the highlight of his young, Bundesliga career; but it also had a deeper meaning for the 20-year old.
Götze, who joined Die Roten in 2014 on a free transfer, left for FC Augsburg last summer after it appeared that his career with Bayern had hit a roadblock. The move has turned out to be a brilliant one for Götze as he has featured in two Bundesliga games and one DFB-Pokal match so far for Die Fuggerstädter. Regardless of any of that, though, Götze was definitely motivated against his old club; apparently because neither Felix, nor his brother Mario, felt fulfilled from their time in Munich.
We’ll always support each other. He’ll be happy for me and I’ll always be happy for him. The goal proves that we Götzes are capable of many things. Mario will come back stronger, like he was before. The goal was for him.
Interestingly, two of Götze’s ex-club mates spoke of their respect for the youngster. Mats Hummels, for one, is definitely a fan:
Felix is a great guy, and a good footballer. If he hadn’t scored against us, we probably would have enjoyed it a bit more! But we’re happy for him anyway, even if he didn’t necessarily have to choose today to get his first goal.
Even Manuel Neuer, whose late gaffe led to Götze’s tally, has much respect for Götze:
I’m not exactly pleased Felix scored his first goal against us. But it’s good for him personally. He was always willing to learn here.
It was widely believed that Jerome Boateng was the party who ultimately made the call against a transfer to Manchester United. News out of England, however, is challenging that assertion:
The Manchester United board intervened and stopped Jose Mourinho pursuing the signing of Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng over the summer, according to the BBC. The Red Devils failed to strengthen at the heart of their backline during the most recent transfer window, but were heavily linked with a move for the 30-year-old Bavarian star, who spent one season at Manchester City during the 2010-2011 campaign. Reportedly, Mourinho has always been a big admirer of Boateng but Old Trafford hierarchy informed their boss to forget about chasing the centre back.
Whether it was Boateng who said, “Thanks, but no thanks” or if Manchester United’s board truly was leery of investing in an oft-injured commodity really doesn’t matter now, but it is at least interesting to hear a different version to the story. In reality, though, Manchester United has its own set of troubles right now that nothing to do with Boateng.
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The FC Bayern Frauen are set for the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 after dispatching Spartak Subotica 4-0.
The FC Bayern women moved confidently into the knockout round of the UEFA Women’s Champions League with a 7-0 in the first leg and today’s 4-0 in the return leg of the sixteenth. The draw for the last sixteen matches will take place on Monday, October 1st.
Thomas Wörle: ”We deserved to win and are clearly drawn into the next round. We changed a lot today, which was very noticeable at the beginning. We were not so happy with the first half, the second half was much better. We all know that the next important match is coming up on Sunday, so we may have held back a bit.”
Kristin Demann: ”It was very nice for all of us that we could play at the FC Bayern campus. We did not finish well offensive offensive at the beginning. In the second half we did better. But in the end we won 4-0 and are very happy to be one lap away. “
Highlights of the game are below:
Everyone is a little excited about advancing to the round of 16.
For a capsule-style recap of the Bundesliga’s weekend fixtures, just click here.
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