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Herbert Hainer argues for reform of promotion system for reserve teams

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In Hainer’s eyes, there’s no reason why Bayern II shouldn’t be allowed to play in the 2. Bundesliga.

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Bayern Munich club president Herbert Hainer feels that the DFL should re-examine the promotion structure that prevents a Bundesliga club’s reserve team from being promoted to the 2. Liga. Bayern Munich’s reserve team just finished as the champions of the 3. Liga, but cannot be promoted to the 2. Liga per current regulations.

In Bayern’s club magazine, 51 (via AZ), Hainer said that he feels that a club’s reserve team should be allowed to move up to the second division: “A performance athlete strives for the maximum — and wants to move up, if he can move up. I think that we definitely should think about that in Germany. It’s understandable that two teams from the same club cannot play in one league. But, for example, in the first and second league — why not?”

Hainer feels that allowing them Bayern’s young talent to play in the 2. Liga could be more beneficial to their careers: “More and more talents are knocking on the door to the pros, our work with the youth is becoming more and more a source of young players — at last, since David Alaba was the last who made the jump over ten years ago.”

At Bayern, Hainer said a lot of credit for the reserves’ success belongs to Hasan Salihamidizc and Jochen Sauer: “You have to pay Hasan Salihamidzic a giant compliment; together with Jochen Sauer, the director of the FC Bayern Campus, he has put our youth academy on a new footing.”

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