If you were ever wondering “Mia san mia” how rose to such prominence as a mantra at Bayern Munich, you should check this out. Marc Kosicke, a consultant to coaches like Jürgen Klopp and Florian Kohfeldt claims to have played a big part in the Bavarians adopting the Mia san mia slogan.
On the “Kicker meets DAZN” podcast, Kosicke gave his side of the story on how the motto was conceived. In 2008, while on a flight to a FIFA event, Uli Hoeneß, who was Bayern Munich’s manager the time was allegedly “upset that the newcomers did not have a Bayern Munich feeling and didn’t even know what Bayern Munich meant.”
Kosicke, a native of Bremen, then asked Hoeness, “What messages should be sent?” Hoeness responded, “We don’t have anything like that. Can you do something like that?”
Kosicke then claims to have told Hoeness, “Of course, sure I can!”
Kosicke then assembled a team to work on establishing Bayern Munch’s core values over the course of four weeks. The team came up with the name “Bible” for the project because, as Kosicke said, “As a young man I hated whenever the Bayern players came with their Mia san mia attitude to the Weserstadium and still won in the 90th minute.”
At the final presentation, Kosicke distributed “Bibles in lederhosen-leather.” with “Mia san mia” etched on them.
That was not as dramatic as I was expecting to be honest.
Could highly-coveted RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai get wings and fly over to Leipzig? A move to his parent club could be in the works:
Quite unexpectedly staying put at Red Bull Salzburg after last market window, Hungarian international midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai (turning 20 on October 25) might be allegedly fetched by main-branch side RB Leipzig. Austrian giants playmaker is still tracked by a bunch of clubs around, including Lazio, AC Milan, Hertha Berlin, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Szoboszlai, of course, was linked to Bayern Munich at one point, but the midfield is currently jam packed.
In an interview with the FC Bayern Kids Club, Leroy Sane let the children in on a little secret: His footballing idols.
“I had two idols. They were once Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho,” Sane said.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Kayleigh Green pulled off a unique double on Sunday against Everton. Green was shown two yellow cards but never left the field during her Women’s Super League clash against Everton.
Green received her second yellow in the final 10 minutes, but referee Lucy Oliver inexplicably did not send Green off. Predictably, Everton manager Willie Kirk was incensed.
“We have to talk about it, that’s a major incident,” Kirk said to BBC Sport. “For a player to be booked twice and still be on the pitch is baffling. I think it’s only happened once in my lifetime. It shouldn’t happen. Nobody wants players to get sent off but that’s how the game goes. It would have given us an opportunity to really get at them in the last 10 minutes. It’s frustrating the referee made that mistake.”
Inter Milan’s Christian Eriksen will soon be linked to EVERYONE:
Once having failed the attempt to fetch him, back in January 2020, before he joined Inter Milan, PSG are back tracking hard Danish international midfielder Christian Eriksen (28). Increasingly at odds with boss Antonio Conte, former Tottenham star playmaker might be parting ways with Italian giants in a few months already. Currently on a deal with Nerazzurri until June 2024, Eriksen is also tracked by Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin.
Interesting news at the bottom there on Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin. Those whispers keep popping up.
Well, if there was any doubt that this bear was not part of the #MullerMafia, those thoughts can be thoroughly dismissed:
Signed by RB Salzburg just two months and a half ago, Croatian U19 international midfielder Luka Sucic (18) has been targeted by both AC Milan and Juventus. The Austrian-born young player is currently on a deal with Red Bull-sponsored club until June 2024.
Sometimes the spirit of competition carries more weight than anything else as the Stuttgarter Kickers proved against Nottingen in Germany’s fifth division. Per The Athletic, the Stuttgarter Kickers went out of their way to express good sportsmanship:
Lukas Kling of fifth-tier Stuttgarter Kickers found his own net with a backpass on Saturday as keeper Thomas Bromma failed to connect. However, what looked like a calamitous mistake was, in fact, deliberate. Just moments before, Kickers had scored their second goal of the afternoon against Nottingen from a throw-in, after an opposition player had put the ball into touch to enable the treatment of an injured teammate.
Coach Ramon Gehrmann wouldn’t have it. The Kickers coached rushed onto the pitch and instructed his men to score an own goal to make up for taking advantage in such an unfair manner. They complied to set a nice example for sportsmanship, and at the same time proved that winners can be nice as well. The game finished 4-1 to them.