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Daily Schmankerl: Liverpool wants Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland; Tottenham Hotspur eyeing rumored Bayern Munich target Jonas Hofmann; James Rodriguez heads to Qatar; Chris Richards is thriving; and MORE!

Is anyone else not ready for Bayern Munich’s Friday tilt vs. SpVgg Greuther Fürth?

Borussia Dortmund v 1. FC Union Berlin - Bundesliga Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

LFC targeting Haaland (Transfer Market Web)

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland could be wearing red next season even if he eludes the grasp of Bayern Munich.

Liverpool is said to be eager to bring in the Norwegian phenom:

According to a source, Liverpool is attempting to recruit Erling Haaland ahead of Real Madrid and PSG.

The Reds have been connected with a number of players ahead of the 2022 season, with many predicting a busy summer window.

Meanwhile, Haaland might be on his way out of Dortmund, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Norwegian is a target for the Reds.

The player has been in excellent form this season and it’s no surprise the top tier clubs wants his services.

Ulreich offers a note of thanks after getting Cuisance’d (@FCBayernUS)

Poor Sven Ulreich...he didn’t deserve that:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show — Bayern travels to Greuther Fürth in a lopsided derby (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich travels to Greuther Fürth in a Bavarian derby this weekend. Fürth is at the bottom of the table with only one point to their name, having been thrashed by VfB Stuttgart on opening weekend. They lost to Hertha Berlin last weekend after having gone up a goal courtesy of a Branimir Hrgota penalty.

In this podcast, we take a look at some changes Julian Nagelsmann might make ahead of Bayern’s game against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League in midweek; we also look at Greuther Fürth’s struggles and how we think this game will go. We wonder if Marcel Sabitzer might get a start and if Joshua Kimmich (gasp) might get a rest!

Spurs eyeing Hofmann (Transfer Market Web)

Tottenhan Hotspur is reportedly scoping Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann. Hofmann, of course, has been linked to Bayern Munich and also seems to be staking his claim to the right-back position for the German national team:

Playing for Borussia Monchengladbach since 2015/16 second half, 29-year old German international winger Jonas Hofmann, according to latest UK news, has been targeted by Tottenham. Currently on a deal with Bundesliga side until June 2023, former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05 player is allegedly worth 16 million euros, according to Transfermarkt.de.

Often deployed as an attacking midfielder, and even as a central one, Hoffenheim alumni has so far capped six times for German senior national team, scoring one goal therein, less than three weeks ago, against Armenia. As a pro club player, Hofmann has so far collected 301 caps in official games, scoring 47 goals altogether.

James signs with Al Rayyan SC (@AlrayyanSC)

After some speculation, James Rodriguez made it official: The Colombian has moved from Everton to Al Rayyan SC:

WTF (The Athletic)

I don’t even know how to describe this story, so here you go:

It was an eventful night for Suriname vice president Ronnie Brunswijk. He started the evening by making his professional soccer debut at the age of 60, captaining the team he owns, Inter Moengotapoe, against CD Olimpia.

But it was his actions after the match that caught the eye of CONCACAF. After losing 6-0 in the first leg of a CONCACAF League Round of 16 match, a social media post appeared to show Brunswijk handing out money to players from Olimpia.

“We are extremely concerned at the content of a video circulating on social media which raises potential integrity issues surrounding the CONCACAF League match between Inter Moengotapoe and CD Olimpia,” CONCACAF said in a release.

The matter is being referred to the CONCACAF disciplinary committee who will commence a formal investigation and a further update will be provided when that process has concluded.”

Brunswijk, who almost certainly becomes the oldest player to ever compete in an international club competition, captained his side for 54 minutes before being substituted. Depending on the outcome of CONCACAF’s investigation, the return leg is set for Sept. 28 in San Pedro Sula.

NFL player who is Bayern fan has wild night (@Tyrellcrosby)

Noted Bayern Munich fan — and Detroit Lions offensive lineman (currently on injured reserve) — Tyrell Crosby had himself a night:

Well...that’s not good, but how much worse did it get?

Oooooof! That is awful! Can it get worse? Slightly:

Ah...but it’s always good to keep a positive mindset even in the most frustrating of situations:

True stories:

  • I had a car stolen once (from a mall!)...and I can assure you that feeling never leaves you. Any time I slightly forget where I parked, I just assume my car got jacked. The worst part of the story, though, is my baseball equipment was in the trunk!
  • I once went to Detroit and had a gun pointed at me. Other than that it was lovely trip (honestly, it was).

Richards recognized for stellar play (@WhoScored)

Chris Richards and Hoffenheim just seem like a match made in heaven:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works S4E7: Did Nagelsmann fix Leroy Sane, Bayern’s defensive masterclass, UEFA’s awful new FFP, and more! (Bavarian Podcast Works)

It’s been a tough week of games following the end of the international break, but Julian Nagelsmann and Bayern Munich have navigated them brilliantly. The Bavarians have scored 14 goals and conceded only once since coming back from international duty, which included games against the likes of RB Leipzig and Barcelona. Now, with a whole week’s break to look forward to, we can finally stop and take stock of how far the team has come since Julian Nagelsmann took over.

In this episode, Tom and Ineednoname discuss:

  • Is Leroy Sane fixed? What did Nagelsmann do to him?
  • How Bayern’s wingers are improving under the new coach.
  • What Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka’s contract extensions mean for Bayern (and Germany).
  • Talking about Bayern’s revamped defense, including our best backline.
  • UEFA’s new FFP rules, and why they’re awful.
  • Why the 50+1 rule is set to face another challenge.