Per kicker, Chris Richards has picked up a new nickname (so long, Texas!) as his teammates have dubbed him “Air Richards” given his header ability — both offensively and defensively. The basketball terminology is appropriate as well given that Richards is reportedly very good on court. One might say that if you get him on the court, he’d be trouble and that he might...mess around and get a triple-double.
Anyway, Richards’ dad Ken was a professional basketball player, so the new nickname certainly is a good fit.
I'm doing all right, getting good grades— The Barrel (@TheBarrelBlog) October 1, 2020
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades https://t.co/4YPpVXuv57
And yes, I do like Timbuk 3 song. Don’t @ me...the 80’s were FANTASTIC for music from Nu-Wave to Heavy Metal to Pop to Hair Bands....I CELEBRATE the decade’s entire catalog.
In the same kicker report, it was stated that Adrian Fein is “not very popular with Flick.” Is that true? Who knows. Fein is a player that would seemingly be able to fill a need in the defensive midfield, but if Flick is not convinced of his quality, it could mean Fein’s days in Bavaria will be spent with Bayern Munich II in 3.Liga.
As only he could do, Thomas Muller had his own Champions League awards and draw coverage yesterday:
Live from the horse stable: Reporter Thomas Müller - Part 1.— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) October 1, 2020
Congratulations @Manuel_Neuer, Joshua Kimmich and @lewy_official #fcbayern #esmuellert #EuropasFußballerDesJahres #UCL #ThomasMüller pic.twitter.com/gvT1pFpDeN
Before anyone starts the conspiracy theory about Muller leaving out an “award” for Hansi Flick, the Raumdeuter made good on his slip-up:
Live from the horse stable: Reporter Thomas Müller - Part 2.— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) October 1, 2020
Congratulations to Hansi Flick - Coach of the year! What a fantastic season with so much titles. pic.twitter.com/uDnXRkua0L
Philadelphia as a World Cup host city? I can’t think of anywhere better to be.
Joining forces to bring the FIFA #WorldCup to Philadelphia in 2026: Two, two-time FIFA Women’s World Champions (@CarliLloyd and @JulieErtz), a Super Bowl Champion (@ZERTZ_86), and a @PhilaUnion star (@AleBedoya17).— discoverPHL (@discoverPHL) October 1, 2020
Learn more ➡ https://t.co/W1VWiOKl45#PHL2026 #TheBidIsOn pic.twitter.com/PfW1bqgRIU
This was a bit of an interesting piece by the league website. If you are a person new to the game or maybe one who does not quite grasp some of the nuances of certain positions, this is a good read.
One of the fun things that Bundesliga.com did with this piece was name a “Bundesliga archetype” for each position. Among the Bayern Munich players selected were:
- Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
- Full-back: Benjamin Pavard
- Wing-back: Joshua Kimmich
- Centre-back (stopper): Niklas Süle
- Defensive midfielder (deep-lying playmaker): Thiago Alcantara (well, not any more)
- Forward: Thomas Muller
- Striker: Robert Lewandowski
Other “positional archetypes” include:
- Centre-back (sweeper): Makato Hasebe
- Centre-back (quarter-back): Mats Hummels
- Defensive midfielder (ball-winner): Thomas Delaney
- Box-to-Box midfielder: Weston McKennie (now with Juventus on loan)
- Wide midfielder: Filip Kostic
- Attacking midfielder: Marco Reus
- Winger: Jadon Sancho
- False 9: Mario Götze (free agent)
You could definitely argue with some of the selections for “positional archetypes”, but it was a good read. I’d think Leon Goretzka is a better box-to-box example than McKennie, but okay.
I also get the selection of Kimmich as wing-back, even though he is not really playing the position. I think the rationale is correct in that Kimmich would probably be great there if he currently played the position, but he’d likely be great almost anywhere on the pitch.