Bank in January 2019, Barcelona made a move for Ajax's Frenkie De Jong. Now we know, at least, according to former Bayern Munich youth player Meritan Shabani, that the Dutch champions wanted to bring him to the club and the future replacement.
"What I noticed at the time is that Ajax wanted me to be de Jong’s successor,” Shabani told Transfermarkt, “and they really wanted me.”
Now, the extent to which what Shabani is saying is the truth is anyone’s guess. He goes on to say that Bayern wasn’t interested in loaning him out either. Over the summer, Bayern ended up selling Shabani to Wolverhampton Wanderers in England.
The A-Junioren Bundesliga (U-19s) and the B-Junioren Bundesliga (U-17s) have been suspended through the end of November following a recommendation from the DFB Youth Committee. The move puts the DFB in line with the nationwide order to suspend all amateur athletics for the month.
DFB Vice President Ronny Zimmermann said the following about the cancellation:
“The clubs of the junior national leagues have once again proven that they stick together in the corona crisis, act responsibly and jointly look for the fairest solution. The increasing number of infections and the associated availability do not allow the game to continue in the usual manner. It is therefore necessary to suspend play in the junior national leagues. Although we would have liked to have given the young players the opportunity to continue to play, the health of everyone involved and society is ultimately the top priority - and this also corresponds to the social responsibility of the Football.”
There’s terrible news for the Bayern Munich II vice captain. The club has announced that midfielder Maximilian Welzmüller suffered a LCL tear last week in training and will be out for “several weeks”. The injury will not be treated with surgery.
Bayern II are already without captain Nicolas Feldhahn as he recovers from injury; however, he’ll be returning to training soon. Without Welzmüller in the midfield, the club will lose some of the veteran experience they’ve come to rely on.
Welzmüller has played in the first seven games of the Bayern II season before missing this weekend’s win against Wehen Wiesbaden.
DFB temporarily suspends 2.Frauen Bundesliga and B-Juniorinnen-Bundesliga (DFB)
After a meeting with the various state Prime Ministers and DFB committees, the recommendation has been made to temporarily suspend all games in the 2.Frauen Bundesliga and B-Juniorinnen-Bundesliga (U-17s) until the end of November as Germany is embroiled in another COVID-19 outbreak. The decision, as earlier with the men’s leagues, puts the DFB in line with the nationwide order to suspend all amateur athletics for the month.
DFB Vice President Hannelore Ratzeburg said the following about the cancellation:
“Of course we want to give the players of the 2nd women’s Bundesliga and the B-Juniorinnen-Bundesliga the opportunity to play against each other on the pitch and develop individually. The top priority at the moment is the players’ health. Therefore Unfortunately, there is currently no alternative to the suspension of games in the 2nd women’s Bundesliga and the B-Juniorinnen-Bundesliga.”
The DFB has also announced that all youth national teams will cease activities through the end of 2020 except the U-21s following unanimous agreement between the DFB’s sports management and team management division and the executive committee.
“Although our hygiene concept has worked extremely well in all international match phases so far,” said Joti Chatzialexiou, the youth national team Sporting Director. “So it is increasingly difficult to maintain regular courses in the U-national teams due to the different Corona regulations across Germany.”
Germany’s U-21 team, coached by Stefan Kuntz, have one more game in qualifying for the 2021 UEFA European U-21 Championship. The Germans have one more match to play, on November 17, against bottom-of-the-table Wales.