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Bavarian Loan Works: The jumbo edition no one asked for

We review everything from the last international break and the last two week’s of club fixtures.

BK Häcken v Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Group H - UEFA Europa League 2023/24 Photo by Jörg Schüler/Bayer 04 Leverkusen via Getty Images

It has been a while since we reviewed the performances of Bayern Munich loanees, but we have a lot to catch up on. My apologies for the delay in getting this out — I know all of you were waiting on pins and needles. I took a trip to Germany last week, which included a first for me: getting to see a Bayern loanee play in person! So without further ado, check out what all the loanees have been up to since mid-November:

FC Bayern Munich

There are four players on loan from the first team.

Germany – Bundesliga

There are two players on loan in the German Bundesliga: Alexander Nübel and Josip Stanišić.

Alexander Nübel – VfB Stuttgart

Nübel started in net for Stuttgart in their return to Bundesliga play on the road against Eintracht Frankfurt. He only faced one shot on goal from the other team and he saved it. Unfortunately, his own team put a ball passed him, which at the time was the equalizer. Fortunately, Stuttgart was able to take the lead in stoppage time of the first half and the match ended in a 2-1 win.

Stuttgart hosted Werder Bremen on Saturday. Nübel faced three shots on goal and saved all of them on his way to a shutout victory. It was a relatively easy day in net as he helped his team win 2-0.

Stuttgart will host BVB Dortmund in DFB-Pokal action on Wednesday. They will then host Stanišić and Leverkusen in a top three showdown on Sunday.

Josip Stanišić – Bayer O4 Leverkusen

Stanišić was active in both matches for Croatia as they took on Latvia and Armenia last week. He started and played 90 minutes in Latvia. In that match he created a chance for his team to score and completed 89% of his passes. He also had two recoveries and a clearance. He started again against Armenia, but only played 50 minutes. In this match, he had two chances created in the attack. On defense, he blocked a shot and recorded an interception, a clearance, and six recoveries. Croatia won both games on their way to qualifying for next year’s Euros.

Croatia v Armenia: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers
Stanišić (2) in action for Croatia
Photo by Luka Stanzl/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images

Stanišić was on the bench for Leverkusen’s match against Werder Bremen, but did not appear in the match. Leverkusen picked up where they finished off with a 3-0 win.

Leverkusen then traveled to Sweden Thursday to face Häcken in the Europa League last Thursday. Stanišić started and played the full 90 minutes again in this one. (Are you sensing a pattern here?) He was active on both sides of the ball — filling his stat sheet on defense to help his team secure a shutout — but his man of the match shouts were significantly helped on by the assist he got on each of Leverkusen’s two goals, leading Leverkusen to a 2-0 win.

Stanišić was once again on the bench for Bundesliga action in Leverkusen’s clash with Dortmund on Sunday. He did not appear in the 1-1 draw.

Leverkusen will host 2. Bundesliga side Paderborn 07 in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday. They will then travel to Stuttgart to face Nübel and company on Sunday.

Netherlands – Eredivisie

Malik Tillman is the only player on loan in the Eredivisie.

Malik Tillman – PSV Eindhoven

Tillman appeared in both of the US national team’s matches against Trinidad and Tobago last week. In the first leg, Tillman started and played 66 minutes. He had three total shots, but just one on goal. He also created a chance for his team to score. He was very active through the midfield and that attack. Tilman was not on the pitch by the time the US exploded to a 3-0 goal win. In the second match, Tilman came into the match at the 65th minute with his team down 2-1. With only 18 touches he was not able to influence the match very much, but he did have two recoveries to help keep the score as it was. Although they lost 2-1, the US still advanced to the Nations League semi-finals and qualified for next year’s Copa America.

Tilman returned to the Netherlands and club play with PSV’s trip to FC Twente. Tilman started on the bench and came onto the pitch in the 67th minute. He assisted PSV’s third and final goal, which made it 3-0.

PSV traveled to Spain last Wednesday to face Sevilla in the Champions League. Tilman came into the match with his team down 2-0. Although he did not have any stats that directly impacted the scoreline, PSV went up a man and leveled the match with a goal and an own goal before the 90th minute. In stoppage time, Tillman’s club and national team teammate, Ricardo Pepi, scored the winner for PSV. The win puts them in second place and in control of their destiny. A point from the last Champions League match would secure a spot in the knockout rounds.

Tillman started on the bench in PSV’s return to league play — an away fixture against Feyenoord. In 26 minutes he had just 21 touches, but did record a shot on goal. Other than four recoveries he made on defense, there was not much on the stat sheet from his time on the field. All three goals were scored after he came onto the pitch, as PSV got the narrow 2-1 road victory. They have now won 14 of 14 league matches.

Feyenoord v PSV - Dutch Eredivisie
Tillman (10) in action against Feyenoord.
Photo by Photo Prestige/Soccrates/Getty Images

PSV will host SC Heerenveen in league play on Thursday.

Croatia – HNL

Gabriel Vidović is the only player on loan to the Croatian HNL.

Gabriel Vidović – Dinamo Zagreb

Vidović began Zagreb’s match against Osijek at home, and came into the match in the 68th minute. Shortly after coming on, Zagreb conceded an equalizer. With just 11 touches in 22 minutes, Vidovic scored the game winner in the 90th minute with his only shot attempt! The match ended 2-1.

Zagreb traveled to Kazakhstan to take on FC Astana in the Europa Conference League and picked up a 2-0 win. Vidovic started and scored the opening goal in the 48th minute. He also created two chances for his teammates to score and put another shot on goal. He was subbed off in the 86th minute, shortly after his team went up 2-0.

Vidović started for Zagreb again on Monday, as they returned to league play with a road fixture away to Slaven. In this match he was only able to get one shot off — which was off target. He had three touches inside Slaven’s box and had a pass into the attacking third to try to help his team in the attack, but did not directly contribute to the scoreline. Vidović was subbed off in the 61st minute and Zagreb went on to win 2-0 again.

FC Astana v GNK Dinamo: Group C - UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24
Vidovic (72) celebrating with teammate after scoring goal
Photo by Marko Lukunic/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images

Zagreb will host Rudes in league play on Sunday.

Italy – Serie A

Arijon Ibrahimović is the only player on loan to Serie A

Arijon Ibrahimović – Frosinone Calcio

Ibrahimović started and played 61 minutes for Frosinone. In his time on the field, he only had 23 touches, but was able to create one chance for his teammate to score and had one shot attempt that was on goal and required a save from the opposing keeper. When Ibrahimovic left the match, it was level at 1-1. However, his teammates were able to get a winner deep into stoppage time to end with a score of 2-1.

Ibrahimović started again for Frosinone when they took on AC Milan at the formidable San Siro. In his 66 minutes played he had two shots from outside the box — one missed high and wide and one was blocked before it even got to the box. He also tracked back on defense to help limit the damage and recorded six recoveries. Frosinone would go on to lose 3-1.

Frosinone will host Torino on Sunday.

Germany – 2. Bundesliga

Paul Wanner is the only player from the first team on loan to the 2. Bundesliga

Paul Wanner – SV 07 Elversberg

Wanner came into the match for Elversberg against Paderborn after his team was already up 4-1. In the 14 minutes he played, the match didn’t require much from her. He only had 11 touches and attempted just seven passes as his team coasted to an easy win.

Elversberg traveled to Berlin to face Hertha BSC on Sunday. I was at this match and was excited to watch Wanner play live. I really wanted a goal from him, and it looked like my wishes came true in the first five minutes when he put a shot into the back of the net. However, VAR would step in and say he was offsides. Hertha scored about five minutes later, but Elversberg came right back with a huge goal from outside the box. I thought that Wanner should have been given the assist on this goal, but it must have taken a deflection before it got to his teammate. Unfortunately, this was about all that Wanner and Elversberg had to offer as Hertha ran away with the match and won 5-1.

Hertha BSC - SV Elversberg
Wanner (17) celebrating his goal which would be disallowed
Photo by Soeren Stache/picture alliance via Getty Images

Elversberg will return home for a league fixture against 1. FC Nürnberg on Sunday.

Germany – 3. Liga

Johannes Schenk is the only player on loan from the first team in the 3. Liga.

Johannes Schenk – Preußen Münster

Schenk was in goal again for Münster against Viktoria Köln. He only saved half of the six shots on goal that he faced. Fortunately for his team, they also scored three goals and the teams split the points with a 3-3 draw.

Münster traveled to face 1. FC Saarbrücken on Saturday. Schenk faced seven corners and 11 shot attempts — five of them on target — but was able to keep the shutout for his team. The only bad part is that his teammates could not return the favor with a goal and the match ended 0-0 — a third straight draw for Münster.

Münster will host SC Verl in 3. Liga play on Sunday.

FC Bayern Munich II

There are 12 players on loan from the second team.

Germany – 2. Bundesliga

Four players are on loan in Germany’s 2. Bundesliga: Jamie Lawrence, Hyun-ju Lee, Yusuf Kabadayi, and David Herold.

Jamie Lawrence – 1. FC Magdeburg

Lawrence was on the bench for Magdeburg’s 2-0 road win against VfL Osnabrück, but did not make it onto the pitch. The same was true the next week for Magdeburg’s 4-1 win over Kaisterslautern.

Magdeburg will host Fortuna Düsseldorf in the DFB-Pokal on Tuesday. They will then travel to face Greuther Fürth on Saturday.

Hyun-ju Lee – SV Wehen Wiesbaden

Lee started for Wiesbaden on the road against Greuter Fürth and played 63 minutes. He completed 89% of his passes, but did not attempt a shot. He also helped on defense, recording an interception and four recoveries. Unfortunately all of this was not enough, as Wiesbaden fell 2-0.

Wiesbaden were on the road again when they faced Holstein Kiel on Saturday. Lee started, and had an interesting game. He was very accurate with his passes — completing 20 out of 20 — but not so much on his shots. Of his three shots, all three were way off of target, including on that came nearly from midfield. Lee was subbed off in the 76th minute when his team was down 3-0. A late brace by a Wiesbaden teammate made the result a much more respectable 3-2.

Wiesbaden will host Eintracht Braunschweig in league play on Friday.

Yusuf Kabadayi – Schalke 04

Kabadayi was on the bench for Schalke’s crazy 5-3 loss on the road to Fortuna Düsseldorf, but did not make it onto the pitch. He was missing from the lineup for Schalke’s 4-0 home win over bottom of the table Osnabrück. He is now listed on the injury report with a muscle injury and is expected to be out through mid-December.

Schalke will head to Rostock on Sunday to face Hansa Rostock.

David Herold – Karlsruher SC

Herold was on the bench for KSC’s 4-1 home win against 1. FC Nürnberg, but did not make it onto the pitch.

KSC hosted Hansa Rostock on Sunday. He came into the match shortly after Hansa thought they went up 3-1, but the goal was called off after a VAR review. In just 20 minutes on the field, Herold attempted 23 passes and completed 21 of them (91%). He also had five passes into the final third and created two chances for his teammates to shoot. KSC would go onto leveling the match at two and splitting the points with Rostock.

KSC will travel to face Hanover 96 on Friday.

Germany – 3. Liga

Lenn Jastremski is the only player on loan from the second team to the 3. Liga.

Lenn Jastremski – SSV Ulm 1846

Jastremski was on the in the matchday squad for Ulm’s 2-1 win over Freiburg II. He was also missing for Ulm’s 3-1 road win over Viktoria Köln on Saturday.

Ulm will host Borussia Dortmund II on Saturday.

Germany – Regionalliga

Jakob Mayer is the only player on loan to a Regionalliga team.

Jakob Mayer – FC 08 Homburg

Mayer started in goal for FC 08 Homburg when they faced Eintracht Frankfurt II. He helped his team to a 2-0 shutout victory. He was back on the bench for their 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim II. That match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Homburg — the lone Regionalliga side left in the DFB-Pokal — will host St Pauli on Tuesday. They return to league play on Sunday with a home match against Lehnerz.

Austria – Bundesliga

There are two players on loan to the Austrian Bundesliga: Torben Rhein and Angelo Brückner

Torben Rhein – SC Austria Lustenau

Rhein started for Lustenau on the road to Sturm Graz in their only match played so far since the international break. He did everything he could to help his team out of this historical slump they are in. He had a great opportunity early in the match to get his team on the board with a shot on goal from just outside of the box that came from a fast break counter. Rhein also created three chances for his teammates to score, but they were not able to get on the board. He was subbed out when they were down just 1-0, but would go on to lose 2-0.

Lustenau is scheduled to face Altach on Tuesday, which seems to be rescheduled from this weekend when Austria was hit by the same snow storm that caused Bayern’s match to be postponed. They will also host LASK on Saturday.

Angelo Brückner – TSV Hartberg

Brückner was on the bench for Hartberg’s 3-2 loss on the road against RB Salzburg. He was not on the matchday squad at all for their 1-1 draw against SK Austria Klagenfurt on Monday.

Hartberg will host Wolfsberger AC on Sunday.

Austria – 2. Liga

There are three players on loan in Austria’s 2. Liga: Luka Parkadze, Shaoziyang Liu, and Benjamin Dibrani.

Luka Parkadze – FC Admira Wacker

Parkadze was not in the matchday squad for Admira’s 3-1 defeat to SW Bregenz, nor was he for their 4-0 road win over SV Stripfing.

Most teams have played their final match for the 2023 calendar year in the Austrian 2. Liga. They will now take the accustomed long Austrian winter break and return at the end of February!

Shaoziyang Liu – SV Ried

Liu was not in the matchday squad for SV Ried’s 2-0 road win over Dornbirn.

Ried will make up their game from this weekend when they take on Sturm Graz II on Wednesday.

Benjamin Dibrani – SW Bregenz

Dirbrani came into the match against Admira in the 67th minute when his team was already up 2-1. He did not have any major stats of record (goal, assist, cards, etc.), but his team would go onto win 3-1 after a late stoppage time PK.

Bregenz will return to play in February.

Switzerland – Super League

Justin Janitzek is the only player on loan in the Swiss Super League.

Justin Janitzek – FC St. Gallen 1879

Janitzek was not in the matchday squad for St. Gallen when the fell 2-0 on the road to FC Basel.

St. Gallen are scheduled to host Yverdon on Wednesday and then travel to Bern on Saturday to take on Young Boys.

England – League One

Liam Morrison is the only player on loan in the English League One.

Liam Morrison – Wigan Athletic

Morrison has not been in the matchday squad for Wigan in almost a month. In that time Wigan drew 1-1 away to Leyton Orient in league play, beat Fleetwood 3-0 at home in league play, and advanced in the FA Cup with a 1-0 road win against York City.

Wigan will host Stockport County in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday before returning to League One action on Sunday with a home game against Lincoln.

Scotland – Championship

Barry Hepburn is the only player on loan in the Scottish Championship.

Barry Hepburn – Queen’s Park

The only match that Queen’s Park have played since the international break was a 3-0 defeat to Patrick Thistle, which was their exit from the Scottish Cup. Even with some digging, no information could be found as to whether Hepburn appeared in the match or not.

Queen’s Park will return to Championship Action on Saturday when they host Iverness CT.

FC Bayern Frauen

There are four players on loan from FC Bayern’s Frauen team.

Germany – Frauen Bundesliga

All four players on loan are playing in the Frauen-Bundesliga.

Emilie Bragstad – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bragstad started and played the full 90 minutes of Bayer Leverkusen’s last two matches. She worked really hard on defense in both matches to help her team earn a draw in each of the matches. Against Frankfurt, she had eleven clearances — eight of them with her head! — an interception, and seven recoveries. That match would end 2-2. Against RB Leipzig, she had to play the hero as she cleared a shot off the line as the last defender. She also blocked two other shots, had four total clearances, and four recoveries. A stoppage time equalizer for Leverkusen to make it 1-1 salvaged a point in this match.

Leverkusen will return to action on December 11 when they travel to Munich to take on Bayern in the Frauen Bundesliga.

Karolina Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir– Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Vilhjálmsdóttir also started both of the last two games for Leverkusen. Against Frankfurt, she assisted the opening goal in the 17th minute. She also got off two shots of her own — one requiring a save and one blocked. She was subbed off in the 71st minute when they were down 2-1, but her team would find an equalizer. Against RB Leipzig, Vilhjálmsdóttir was unable to get a shot off, but she did create three chances for her teammates to shoot. She was subbed off in the second minute of stoppage time with her team down 1-0. Leverkusen would find the equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time to draw 1-1.

Vilhjálmsdóttir is currently with Iceland’s National Team for their matches against Wales and Denmark in the Nations League.

Natalia Padilla Bidas – 1. FC Köln

Padilla was not in the matchday squad for either of Köln’s last two matches (2-1 loss at home to Hoffenheim and a 3-3 draw away to Freiburg.) She was called into Poland’s National team for their Nations League matches against Ukraine and Greece, but was left on the bench for the first match.

After the international break, Köln will take on Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Julia Landenberger – RB Leipzig

Landenberger started for Leipzig against Werder Bremen, but just played the first half. She only had eleven touches in the half and only attempted one shot, which was off target. She also blocked a shot and tracked back to record a recovery, but Bremen were still up 3-0 at halftime. They would go on to win 5-0 in Leipzig. Landenberger was on the bench for the match against Leverkusen, but did not have a chance to play against either of her fellow loanees in the 1-1 draw.

RB Leipzig will host Nürnberg on Friday.

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