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Daily Schmankerl: Guardiola left over transfers, Adrian Fein having fun, “porno in room 24”

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Pep Guardiola was not happy that Bayern Munich refused to break the bank for him.

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Pep Guardiola left Bayern over their transfer policy (Bild)

In the latest highlights from Bild reporter Christian Falk’s new book about FC Bayern, the veteran insider revealed that Pep Guardiola ultimately declined to renew his contract because the club did not sign for him the superstar players he wanted. “FC Bayern’s transfer policy was a misunderstanding between Pep Guardiola and the club from the get-go,” Bild writes.

As Falk puts it, the fact that Bayern talked him out of Neymar and persuaded him to take Mario Götze “hurt him long in his soul.” Guardiola also wanted Bayern to sign Luis Suárez from Liverpool — at the time, he cost €40 million rather than the €80 Barcelona paid.

Falk further writes, “During his tenure at Bayern, Guardiola dreamed of players like Paul Pogba, Marco Verratti, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Raheem Sterling. Bayern’s then-technical director Michael Reschke offered him players like Gonzalo Castro or Hakan Calhanoglu. Nein, danke.

Gasp: Bayern player behind “porno in room 24” (Bild)

Who? Who? Our team Slack channel was buzzing with curiosity when Bild dropped that bombshell with their typical Twitter tease:

Tom: wtf?
Chuck: Inside FC Bayern has a whole new meaning.
Tom: hahahahahaha
INNN: wut
Chuck: exactly
Tom: so, what exactly happened? They all watched an adult film?
Chuck: It’s Bild+...no idea
John: well, I guess I better get those articles
Tom: maybe that means someone ordered it on a hotel t.v. ... could’ve been a joke
Chuck: No idea...but the premise is hilarious
Tom: maybe just another power move from Cuisance lol
Chuck: Haha...
Tom: or a prank from Muller lol - ordered it from a younger player’s t.v as a joke

Well, guess what: it happened in 1966. The Bayern player behind it? Sepp Maier! He and his Germany teammate roommate Bernd Patzke hatched the plan at the team hotel in London for the 1966 World Cup. “Porno in Room 24” was the watchword given to the team at dinner one evening. The players piled into Maier’s room later for the event.

No, Maier and Patzke did not order the movie on the TV. They had a projector that used film. But the evening did not go quite according to plan. Maier recounted, “We did’t set the thing up right. In the picture projected on the wall, the heads were on the bottom, the bodies on top, and the dividing line was in the middle.”

Over the players’ protests, Maier insisted on fixing the projector, but “The damn film ripped on me while I was adjusting it.” The players were so angry that Maier and two teammates took a car to go rent a new film. An hour later, the show finally went on...

Adrian Fein having fun with the first team (FCBayern.com)

Since returning from Hamburger SV, Bayern’s academy product midfielder Adrian Fein is “happy to be home again.” This past week, he has trained with Bayern’s new signings Leroy Sané, Alexander Nübel, and Tanguy Nianzou.

“It feels very good to be able to compete here with so many top international players,” he said. “The first few days back at Säbener Strasse have been a ton of fun.”

Executive for sport Hasan Salihamidzic said, “Adrian is very talented. He was trained by our academy and has developed very well in his first two years as a professional. Now we hope that he will take the next big step with us in Munich.”

Ron-Thorben Hoffmann’s future up in the air (kicker)

Bayern II keeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann played a very strong Rückrunde, contributing significantly to the Bayern reserves’ championship in the 3.Liga. What is next for Hoffmann is uncertain. “These games were a very positive stage that I took advantage of,” Hoffmann said of the campaign. His strong performance could make him an attractive prospect to a team in the 2.Bundesliga.

Hoffmann himself said, “The status quo is only conditionally satisfying. I’d like to prove myself at a high level long-term. I’m also ready to come out of my comfort zone and to choose a harder road.” Hoffmann’s contract with Bayern Munich runs until 2021. He would presumably have to extend his contract by a year before he could go on loan like Lars Lukas Mai or presumably his direct competitor Christian Früchtl.

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Bayern Frauen schedule for first half of season revealed

The Frauen Bundesliga will kick off the first weekend of September with a Friday night match between Wolfsburg and Essen. The rest of the league will start that Sunday. Bayern Frauen will host their first game of the season against SC Sand.

And, new news! The Champions League is expanding with the 2021/22 edition, so the Frauen Bundesliga will get THREE teams in the competition instead of two.

Schedule

September 6 - Sand - Home

  • September 13 - Werder Bremen - Away
  • September 27 - Freiburg - Home
  • October 4 - Essen - Away
  • October 7 - Duisburg - Home
  • October 11 - Hoffenheim - Away
  • October 18 - Turbine Potsdam - Home
  • November 8 - Meppen - Away
  • November 14/15 - Wolfsburg - Home
  • November 21/22 - Bayer Leverkusen - Home
  • December 13 - Eintracht Frankfurt - Away

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