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Daily Schmankerl: Harry Kane urged to join Bayern Munich; Robert Lewandowski sent a brutal message from Bayern; Thomas Müller is a legend; Manuel Neuer is stingy?; Chris Richards to Crystal Palace; and MORE!

Absolutely amazing to see Bayern on the pitch again.

Harry Kane grimaces as he kicks a ball in a July friendly against Sevilla in South Korea
‘Wait, why am I playing for Tottenham when I could be voting for the Bavarian Football Works podcast in the 2022 World Soccer Talks Awards instead?’ (see link in story! Vote, vote, vote!)
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Luis Garcia urges Kane to join Bayern ‘right now’ (HITC)

After rumors circulated about Bayern Munich’s interest in signing Harry Kane as a potential replacement for Lewandowski, former Liverpool player Luis Garcia is urging Kane to join Bayern as soon as possible:

“I think it must be on the table,” said Garcia. “Harry Kane is mentioning last year and the year before that he might be looking for a different option, he wants to win trophies and challenge for every single competition.

“And he has been struggling. He always delivers, but I think the team lets him down, so it could be one of the options (joining Bayern).

“The moment Bayern has a big place up front, where a number nine could join, I think it’s a fantastic option for Harry Kane.

“Not just waiting for six months or a year, it could be the right moment to take the chance (now). I am not sure Conte is going to be ready to allow him to go now they are building a strong team.”

As for Garcia, well, he’s ex-professional who used to play for Liverpool. Tells you a lot about his credentials huh? I kid, I kid.

Robert Lewandowski sent brutal message by Bayern Munich (Mirror)

Following his departure, Lewandowski has left a few people confused and at the same time a little angry. Of course this was inevitable, but according to Bayern’s front office, certain things could have been done better:

The German champions’ sporting director Salihamidzic has now hit out at Lewandowski’s decision to join the Blaugrana. The decorated former winger added that the Poland international’s conduct had disappointed him and he could not understand why he acted in the manner he did.

Salihamidzic has now spoken out about the striker’s departure: “My understanding towards Lewandowski’s attitude is really zero point zero. Nothing. As a player, I would have tried to clarify my situation internally to sort out my situation and I would have fulfilled my contract.”

In some ways, Brazzo is right. But come on, when a player wants to leave (and publicly expresses their desire to leave), you just gotta let them go. But about Barcelona’s oddly capacious transfer wallet? Nagelsmann was spot on when he observed in bewilderment: “They have no money but buy every player!”

(See you in the Champions League again, Barça?)

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 2 — The soap opera that is Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, and FC Barcelona; The latest on Matthijs de Ligt; How Serge Gnabry fits if he re-ups; and MORE!

If you thought HUGE news would drop in the early part of this week, you were probably a little disappointed. Fear not, though, there was still plenty to talk about when it comes to Bayern Munich.

Here is what we have on tap for this episode:

  • A look at the ongoing (festering?) situation between Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, and FC Barcelona.
  • The latest on Matthijs de Ligt. Can Bayern Munich get the deal done soon?
  • Serge Gnabry looks like he will ink a new deal...where does he fit?
  • An exit for Chris Richards seems more and more likely.
  • Is a kinder, gentler Brazzo getting deals done — and what if he was playing the long game with Erling Haaland?
  • Some quick takes on the season finale of The Boys and the second half premier of Better Call Saul.

Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast

As always, we love your feedback and appreciate all the support!

Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.

Thomas Muller makes a fan’s day (Instagram)

The original Raumdeuter is a mensch. After playing in the D.C. heat, he snapped a photo with an overjoyed fan who found his way over to the locker room:

Attaboy Thomas, making dreams come true.

Chris Richards is completing his move to Crystal Palace (The Athletic)

The USMNT center-back is set to join Premier League side Crystal Palace permanently, not on loan. This comes after Richards successful (yet plagued by injuries) stint at Hoffenheim, via two The Athletic reporters as captured by @iMiaSanMia:

This is extremely sad, as I always thought Richards was an immense talent who Bayern should have kept and developed until he reached the prime Ramos stage of his career. But oh well, let’s hope he does just as well in England.

ICYMI: Vote for Bavarian Podcast Works! (Bavarian Football Works)

It’s our pleasure to announce that Bavarian Podcast Works has been nominated for the “Best Club Podcast” by World Soccer Talk.

That’s right your (hopefully) favorite Bayern Munich podcast network is up for an award. While we are humbled and honored that we have not chased everyone away, we could use your help in securing the trophy. That’s can vote! Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast

Bear in mind, we didn’t nominate ourselves or anything like that for this award...somebody likes us!

We’ve put a lot of hard work into helping the podcast network grow and evolve over the years. We’d love to bring home the gold here and frankly we have not been this fired up over a competition since the Bunducksliga was at its peak. Voting closes at midnight EST on July 31, 2022. (Direct link:


Brazzo set to sign a new contract with Bayern Munich (iMiaSanMia)

After a pretty much successful summer transfer window, fans are starting to regain confidence in Hasan Salihamidzic, although many still believe he completely messed up Lewandowski’s situation:

I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Brazzo, but after all the transfers he pulled off this summer, I’m okay with him staying a little while longer.

Taxi driver left seething, accuses Manuel Neuer of being stingy (Sport Bible)

My goat? Never. But it looks like it:

The man, who has been named as ‘Hazir S.’ by reports, drove Neuer and a friend from Munich’s Odeonsplatz to an apartment building in the Lehel district, according to Sky Germany.

But when he cleaned the vehicle later on, he went on to make a discovery. Neuer had left his wallet in the car.

The taxi driver was intent on returning the wallet to its owner and thanks to a passer-by, he managed to deliver the wallet to Neuer’s manager at Tegernsee, a town in the Miesbach district of Bavaria, along with his contact details.

Two weeks later, Hazir was left ‘outraged’ after he received a jersey in the mail without comment. “This finder’s fee is a mockery. I have four children,” he said via Sky Germany. “I can’t do anything with the jersey.”

According to the law, a finder is entitled to 5% of a find worth €500, and everything more than that gives you only an additional 3%. So that means Hazir would have been entitled to receive around €34 for finding Neuer’s wallet (if the reported amount of money is to be believed). A Bayern jersey, however, is worth significantly more than that (around €100). But the taxi driver claims that he traveled 120 kilometers to deliver the wallet, which cost him about €400. If it were me, I’d have taken the jersey and sold it on eBay, saying it was delivered by The Wall himself as a reward.

Bavarian Podcast Works S5E3: How Robert Lewandowski leaving affects Bayern Munich (Transfers, tactics, and expectations)

So it happened. Bayern Munich have sold Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona for a fee of around €45m guaranteed plus €5m in bonuses. With his departure, Bayern lose a striker who has scored 50+ goals a season for three seasons in a row. Without him, Julian Nagelsmann will have to find new solutions for the attack, while the transfer fee raises money to reinvest into the squad.

Since this is a major discussion, we got three people together for only our second-ever three-person podcast.

In this episode, INNN, Tom, and Schnitzel discuss:

  • Our initial impressions on Lewandowski leaving the club.
  • Can the striker pairing of Sadio Mane and Serge Gnabry make up for the loss of Lewy’s goals?
  • The problems with the rumored 3-5-2 formation planned by Julian Nagelsmann.
  • Schnitzel suggests a different formation that gives INNN conniptions.
  • How Bayern can still operate a 4-2-3-1 with Sadio Mane as a lone striker.
  • INNN’s take: Why the defense needs to be the focus for the upcoming season.
  • Massive argument about formation fluidity and how to use Thomas Muller.
  • What transfers do Bayern Munich have left in the window? Which transfers are still likely?
  • Why Cristiano Ronaldo could still end up coming to Bayern.
  • Closing thoughts — what are the expectations for Julian Nagelsmann in the upcoming season? Expected positions in the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, and the Champions League.

If you guys like what you hear, PLEASE vote for us on the World Soccer Talk — Best Club Podcast award. Go on that page and vote for Bavarian Football Works. We cannot lose to a Spurs pod!

Be sure to stay tuned to Bavarian Podcast Works for all of your up to date coverage on Bayern Munich and Germany. Follow us on Twitter @BavarianFBWorks, @jeffersonfenner, @TheBarrelBlog, @tommyadams71, @bfwinnn, and more.

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