Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been in great form, but when will the 35-year-old start to slow down? Is has to happen eventually...right?
Well, not any time soon according to former Germany and FC Köln goalkeeper Toni Schumacher.
“If Manuel is fit, he can play well into old age. I trust him that he will still be on the pitch at 38 or 39,” Schumacher told Florian Plettenberg’s Meine Bayern-Woche podcast (as captured by Abendzeitung). “A career ending at over 40 years of age is also possible, as Dino Zoff has shown,” said Schumacher. “As long as he is in the mood, he should play. From my own experience I can say that it is still good at 42 years of age.”
The rumors linking Bayern Munich to a pursuit of Borussia Dortmund phenom Erling Haaland started to heat up this week and I imagine there could be a steady diet of these on the way:
Elsewhere in the European elite, Bayern Munich are unwilling to sell Robert Lewandowski this summer, but have an eye on Erling Haaland’s contract clause, likely to be around £76m next summer. Of course they do. They’ve played us all for fools again!
The whole Bayern-Haaland-Robert Lewandowski love triangle is a little crazy. Whatever the case, though, Haaland will be leading BVB against SC Freiburg on Saturday and he will likely be looking for a big game after being stifled by the Bavarians in the DFL-Supercup on Tuesday.
Is Borussia Dortmund plotting a move for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie?
Weston McKennie and Juventus is an increasingly creaky marriage. Moreover, (McKennie)is liked by several teams and one particularly interested seems to be Borussia Dortmund.
The Gialloneri, for their part, would already have a plan for the offensive in mind. It seems they are thinking of including (Axel) Witsel’s card in the deal, valued at a maximum of 15 million. Dortmund would then add a substantial cash portion to complete the transaction. Juventus, however, would not like the exchange in question, as the Belgian’s profile does not fit. Allegri, in fact, would prefer (Miralem) Pjanic. They’ll see if the Bosnian’s return from Barcelona will materialize, but first they’ll try to place McKennie.
If you enjoy good Frauen content, here you go:
With another crazy week in the books, the Weekend Warm-up podcast is here to hit all the latest Bayern Munich news — and there is no shortage of that.
Here are the topics we have on tap:
- How things stand after matches against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund.
- The news that Robert Lewandowski wants to move on why that means Bayern Munich needs to prepare to bid on Erling Haaland.
- Why won’t anyone bid on Corentin Tolisso?
- Is Bayern Munich taking a big risk by playing this season with Tolisso and Niklas Süle on lame duck deals?
- The uncertain season ahead of Julian Nagelsmann — especially after declaring his roster was a bit thin.
RB Leipzig’s Dominik Szoboszlai is finally healthy and lit VfB Stuttgart up for a brace during his squad’s 4-0 victory:
️ Dominik #Szoboszlai:— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) August 20, 2021
"You can't ask for anything better for your debut at home in front of your own fans.
It wasn't easy for me while I was injured, so I'm even more pleased to be able to celebrate my goals with the fans in the #RedBullArena."
⚪ #WeAreLeipzig #RBLVfB pic.twitter.com/FyL454V10q
While there was a social media storm after his performance, we at BFW were not shocked at all. We have know this kid was a star for YEARS thanks to our guy Brian Kellogg.
Will Aaron Ramsdale be able to unseat Bernd Leno as Arsenal’s starting goalkeeper? If so, that could be a detriment toward further national team selections for the German:
Following the signing of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal’s summer spending shows no signs of stopping. The shot-stopper joins Mikel Arteta’s squad as the club’s fifth significant acquisition of the summer window.
A cost of £24 million has been agreed for the 23-year-old, which may rise to £30 million with add-ons, so how good is he?
What position does Aaron Ramsdale play?
Aaron Ramsdale was a goalkeeper for Sheffield United and will, likely, play the same role for Arsenal.
How old is Aaron Ramsdale?
Aaron Ramsdale was born on May 14, 1998, making him 23 years old.
What is Aaron Ramsdale’s height?
Ramsdale is six-foot, two-inches tall.
How good is Aaron Ramsdale?
Ramsdale was signed by Chris Wilder as the replacement for Dean Henderson, who had returned to Manchester United after a season-long loan, ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Henderson had been a stand-out player in Wilder’s side, as they shocked the country by finishing ninth in the Blades’ return to the Premier League. Ramsdale, on the other hand, couldn’t keep his team from finishing 20th in his first season at Bramall Lane.
My guy Schnitzel made his podcast debut on the preview show, so give him a listen.
Bayern Munich will be back in Bundesliga action this Sunday, and against Köln, they will look to carry the momentum from their thrilling 3-1 win against Dortmund that clinched them the DFL Supercup.
Köln started the season with a dominant 3-1 win against Hertha Berlin, and will therefore be no easy opponent. Bayern’s defenders will have their hands full with Köln’s speedy attack, but the Bavarians are no slouches either and would aim to trouble the opposition with some intense pressing and relentless attacking. Lewandowski in particular will be rearing to carry his elite goal-scoring form into this game.
Yes, Nagelsmann did show us some of what he might have in store for the fans this season in the victory against Dortmund, but the fact remains that he has yet to win a Bundesliga game with Bayern (I know, the team has only played one game, but still), and now will be the best time to get to winning ways.
Here’s what we have in store for you:
- A quick intro (this is my first pod, after all!)
- Some quick takeaways from Bayern’s game against Dortmund
- The form of both teams going into the game
- Key players and predicted lineups
- A final score prediction