Hansi Flick already coach June 6, 2021 on Bayern’s homepage (FCBayern.com, Bild)
Well, how about that? According to Hansi Flick’s profile on Bayern Munich’s official homepage, his contract runs until June 30, 2021.
That’s interesting, because Flick has not yet signed any permanent contract or extension. He has been serving as interim coach under contract until the end of the year since Niko Kovac resigned. There has been ample speculation about whether and when Bayern might sign Flick to a permanent deal.
The curious date on Flick’s profile was noticed by Bild readers. Bild says they have no information about contract negotiations between Flick and Bayern so perhaps it is just a case of someone on their PR team jumping the gun — or even wishful thinking. Bayern has been playing so well since Flick took over, that one could be forgiven for wanted to extend his time with the club.
Bayern likely to reward Ivan Persic with a contract (kicker via TZ)
Ivan Perisic is still recovering from a broken ankle, but the Bayern bosses have potentially seen enough of the Croatian winger to warrant signing him to a contract this summer. He has been on loan from Inter Milan this season with a purchase option of €20m.
At 31 years old, Perisic has been an ideal team player. He has not created any drama whatsoever as a backup winger behind regulars Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, and he has consistently delivered on the pitch, scoring 5 goals and assisting 8.
I will not be surprised in the least of Bayern indeed signs Ivan “The Pretty Good” Perisic to at least a one-year deal.
David Alaba soon to sign an extension? (kicker via TZ)
Kicker also had some information about David Alaba. His contract ends in 2021, so now is the time to decide whether to extend him. And that extension looks very likely.
Alaba told kicker, “I presume that the club will come to us.” They have yet to do so, but it would be very surprising, to put it mildly, if Bayern were to move on from their rock-solid academy product. Alaba celebrated his 10-year jubilee as a Bayern pro not long ago. He has been a revelation at center-back while Alphonso Davies plays in his own regular position at left-back.
Wherever Alaba figures in Hansi Flick’s and Bayern’s plans, he surely figures in them. Get it done, Bayern!
Robert Lewandowski takes in the game from the stands
Robert Lewandowski is feeling good. He was spotted already out of his cast for his bruised tibia and took in the game on Sunday with wife Anna.
Bayern U14, U15, U16 teams all dominate in shutouts (FCBayern.com)
Bayern’s U16 youth team utterly crushed TSV 1860 Weißenburg — no, not that 1860, another one — 9-0 on Sunday. By halftime, they already had a 6-0 lead. Coach Alexander Moj said after the game,
The boys played a very good game, particularly in the first half, kept the tempo consistently high, and created very many chances for themselves. A good appearance, all in all, that would have turned out significantly higher with better finishing.
Bayern’s U15’s beat the aptly named DFI Bad Aibling 4-0 in a shutout of their own. They thus extended their lead at the top of the Regionalliga Bayern’s C-Juniors.
And Bayern’s U14’s kicked off their Rückrunde with a 5-0 walloping of their northern neighbors SSV Jahn Regensburg.
7-year-old FC Köln fan sends heartwarming letter to Alexander Nübel (DW)
As we all know, Alexander Nübel’s nightmare of a season at Schalke 04 reached an ignominious nadir when he somehow mishandled a ball through his legs for an own-goal. It was Köln’s third of the day, and the last time that Nübel will probably play for Schalke before his transfer this summer to Bayern Munich.
The Schalke fans response was scathing: “Nübel raus! Nübel raus!” the stadium echoed.
That went too far for one little Köln fan. 7-year-old Noah wrote an encouraging letter to Nübel. You can read it below:
In the letter, Noah writes:— DW Sports (@dw_sports) March 9, 2020
“Dear Alexander, I was at Cologne's game against Schalke. I’m sorry that the stupid fans didn’t behave properly. Every keeper can make mistakes. All the best in your next games! You are good the way you are!” 6/7 pic.twitter.com/jDKlnaZGJO
Be kind to people!
Dat pass (JB17)
For me, the moment of the game: Jerome Boateng lobs a bomb into the path of Thomas Müller. I have thoroughly enjoyed Boateng’s renaissance under Hansi Flick this season.
That pass from Boateng— Goal (@goal) March 9, 2020
Muller makes the finish look easy
Bayern Munich at their best pic.twitter.com/JaLEcq4hH0
Long-range golazo alert (MLS)
Holy crap — Jakob Glesnes, a 25-year-old Norwegian who plays for the Philadelphia Union (shoutout to Chuck!) fired a veritable rocket into the top corner to give his team a temporary 2-1 lead (the game ended 3-3, what a wild ride!).
I mean, who even thinks, “Yeah, I’m going for goal!” this far out?
You do you, Jakob.