Well, 2023 was a heck of a ride.
Bayern Munich saw breathtaking wins, heartbreaking losses, upheaval in the front office, a new coach, and a few more stars arrive.
Clearly, it was an active year — and through it all the Bavarian Football Works community was there. Sure, the staffers here did the writing for the site and the yacking on the podcast, but it was the great group of people here that made 2023 another fantastic year.
Things definitely did not always work out well for Bayern Munich on the pitch and we all had our fair share of disagreements, but the important things was that BFW — as a community — was here to be the sounding board, the counselor, the (sometimes) battleground, and — most importantly — the place where we can all meet up and chat about Bayern Munich.
On to 2024 and much more of the good things we had here in 2023 (and hopefully less of the bad!).
Of all of the transfer rumors we see, this one might be the most bizarre as Al Ahli is lobbing contacts (and potentially offers)!? over to possibly disgruntled Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich:
#AlAhli sent a first official offer to #BayernMunich for Joshua #Kimmich for a possible transfer in the summer.— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) December 31, 2023
️ The club also approached the entourage of the CM and a new round of contacts is expected in the next few weeks: evolving situation. ⚽ #Transfers pic.twitter.com/Go6FaRBklL
There is virtually no shot this happens. Kimmich is in his prime and battling for trophies. Moreover, he is an extremely valuable figure in the modern game, who is — allegedly — coveted by clubs like Manchester City, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
There may be a time when Kimmich ponders cashing out and taking a move to Saudi Arabia, but I can’t imagine it will be soon.
Bayern Munich and Germany legend Sepp Maier has heard the rumors that Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos could find his way back to the German national team — and he is not a fan of such an idea.
“I wouldn’t bring Kroos back. I don’t think it’s a good thing if he plays for the national team again. He had his time. We have many other talented players in his position who can help the team,” Maier said. “It’s a popular topic for the media, but I wouldn’t call Kroos up again. But that doesn’t mean he’s not a great player and hasn’t done anything for German football.”
It does seem like the DFB is grasping at straws right now. Kroos was disinterested (at best) at the end of his last tenure. Is he still good? Yes. Does he still have the desire to play international football? That is a big question mark and manager Julian Nagelsmann does not have time to waste on trying to figure it out for anyone not fully committed to the project.
Ah...the Winterpause is here, so Bayern Munich is on hiatus. Much like rust, however, the Weekend Warm-up Podcast never sleeps.
Despite the break, there is still plenty to talk about when it comes to Bayern Munich and the German national team. So, let’s get down to it! Here is what we have on tap for this week’s episode:
- The most recent transfer rumors, including Joshua Kimmich to Manchester United or Manchester City...and how Matthijs de Ligt might also be on the chopping block.
- Should Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos return to the German national team? Is this just another tinkering maneuver for Julian Nagelsmann to help quell his insatiable need to make change after change.
- What do the rumors about Kroos say about Nagelsmann’s confidence in Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka?
- One final Germany note...İlkay Gündoğan as a No. 10 for Germany? Where does that leave Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz, and Thomas Müller?
Bayern Munich, Liverpool FC Tottenham Hotspur, and Paris Saint-Germain were all linked to Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Manu Koné, but they will have competition. Napoli and Juventus are also in the mix per transfer expert Ekrem Konur:
While his bosses might want Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is not convinced the player will fit:
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri could veto the club’s pursuit of Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips as he does not suit his tactical system.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Inter Milan center-back — and one-time Bayern Munich transfer target — Alessandro Bastoni to Spain:
Carlo Ancelotti is a fan of Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni and would like Real Madrid to make a move for him amid their defensive crisis.
The Bundesliga may be on break this week but that doesn’t mean the drama will stop. After the European Court of Justice ruled against UEFA in favor of the European Super League, Bayern Munich were one of the first clubs to come out against the new competition and affirmed their commitment to the existing European football pyramid. However, with big clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona pushing for it plus FIFA looking for their own piece of the pie with the Club World Cup, can Bayern keep its place at the top of football for much longer?
In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss the following:
- The return of the European Super League — good or bad?
- Why Premier League teams continue to refuse to join the Super League, and how it differs from Germany.
- Isn’t the Premier League already becoming a Super League?
- How UEFA and the top clubs across Europe brought this outcome on themselves.
- How leagues can still block a Super League themselves.
- Why teams like Madrid and Barca, plus the teams in Italy would probably not mind being banned from their league if they can play in the Super League.
- How FIFA is trying to get a bigger slice of the pie with the revamped Club World Cup and the new World Cup format.
- Is football headed for a Formula 1 style closed system?
- Isn’t the situation in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich’s dominance an example of what football is headed towards?
- Shouldn’t Bayern Munich also be held responsible for the current situation in European football?
- Closing out with a look at the drama at Borussia Dortmund and what it means for the league.