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Daily Schmankerl: Boateng in car crash, Giulia Gwinn joins WeKickCorona, Robben and Thiago stay fit, and more!

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Jerome Boateng’s car went off the road on his way home to Munich. Fortunately, he was unhurt. In other news, ever hear about the time Neuer scored as a sub?

FC Bayern Muenchen - Training Session Photo by S. Widmann/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Jerome Boateng in car accident (Bild)

Jerome Boateng was involved in an accident on the A9 while driving home to Munich near Selbitz in northern Bavaria. Boateng wasn’t hurt, but he caused some €25,000 in damage to his car. According to the local report, Boateng was not speeding, but was driving with summer tires — and so will probably receive a ticket. His car went off the road when he changed lanes after being overtaken by a sudden hail storm.

Boateng had driven to see his son Jermar, who lives with his mother near Leipzig. He made the trip because his son was sick, missing cyber-training with the team that day.

Poulsen wants out, Werner’s release clause coming due (Transfermarkt.us)

Some things are shaking up at RB Leipzig: longtime Danish striker Yussuf Poulsen has reportedly informed the club that he wants to transfer out this summer. A destination in the English Premier League seems likely, and Newcastle is the favorite. Curiously, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is supposedly a big fan of Poulsen, despite significantly limiting his match time.

Poulsen has scored 3 goals and made 11 assists this season, and Leipzig’s price is reportedly €30 million. “We don’t want to have a major changeover after the end of the season,” sporting director Markus Krösche said.

More relevant to Bayern Munich, Timo Werner also hopes to leave the club, but there is a deadline looming: his contract reportedly contains a release clause of approximately €55-60 million, but it expires after June 15. Liverpool is one club that was interested in Werner, but it isn’t certain how the coronavirus crisis might affect their transfer plans.

Could Bayern have a change of heart? Hansi Flick will have to persuade sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic — but it remains to be seen whether Bayern will give Flick the authority over transfers he would like to have.

Giulia Gwinn joins WeKickCorona (Bild)

Bayern Munich Frauen player and German national Giulia Gwinn has joined Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka by donating to their WeKickCorona foundation. She said,

I thought the initiative by Joshua and Leon was fantastic from the start and I immediately wanted to get involved.

Gwinn was concerned that her donation would not be enough, since her wages are dwarfed by those of her male counterparts.

I had doubts at first because we earn totally different wages in women’s soccer than in men’s, and I thought that my contribution might perhaps be too small. But after conversations with my family and close friends, it became ever clearer to me that it was not about the amount. It’s about the signal.

Gwinn’s Germany teammates Klara Bühl and Turid Knaak soon joined. Gwinn said,

I wanted to make this signal and thus also motivate other women players and fans of women’s soccer to support people who right now are doing a lot of good for other people.

Gwinn was delighted to report that Kimmich personally thanked her for the gesture. She says Kimmich has been her athletic idol for years.

Stay fit at home with Thiago

Need to get moving? Probably. Here’s Bayern’s own Thiago sharing a workout routine that you can do in your own home:

Robben joins cyber-training (Sport Bild)

Arjen Robben just can’t stop: Bild found out that Robben has been joining the team’s 11 AM cyber-training sessions since last Friday, joining the team for exercise biking and mat work.

Bild reports that the Dutchman is “totally happy” to be training with the team again. His “all-out” training mentality is keeping the motivation high.

The time Manuel Neuer came on as a a sub and scored (SPOX)

SC Paderborn’s veteran defender Uwe Hünemeier told SPOX an amusing story about Manuel Neuer when the two of them faced each other at the youth level.

We played against each other back then in the B and A youth levels, when I was at BVB and he was at Schalke. We beat Schalke 5-1 with BVB. Manuel Neuer sat on the bench at first and came on as a sub when the score was — I think — 0-5 from Schalke’s point of view. He then was the one who scored the goal for Schalke.

He came on the pitch as a sub and then scored the consolation goal. Didn’t accomplish anything, but that’s the kind of story that connects people.

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