Bayern Munich had a hugely disappointing 2010/11 season after what could have been a treble season in 2008/09, eventually ending with the sacking of Louis van Gaal. The team would win the DFL-Supercup but not even reach the DFB-Pokal final, lose in the Champions League round of 16 to Inter Milan who had also beaten Bayern in the final not nine months earlier, and finished third in the Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. The transfer window was also fairly quiet by Bayern standards.
Here is the summary window:-
- Luiz Gustavo from TSG Hoffenheim for 17 million euros (winter transfer)
- José Sosa to SSC Napoli for 3 million euros
- Martín Demichelis to Málaga CF for €3m (winter transfer)
- David Alaba to TSG Hoffenheim on six-month loan (winter transfer)
- Mark van Bommel to AC Milan for free (winter transfer)
- Edson Braafheid to TSG Hoffenheim for free (winter transfer)
- Luca Toni in Genoa for free
- Christian Lell at Hertha Berlin for free
- Mehmet Ekici at FC Nürnberg on a season-long loan
- Andreas Görlitz to FC Ingolstadt for free
- Michael Rensing’s contract expires
- David Alaba is definitely promoted to the first team.
Letterer: David Alaba
Well, he had no competition, but David Alaba definitely deserves this spot.
He would make his debut in the 2009/10 season – becoming the youngest player in Bayern Munich’s competitive history – but wouldn’t really have many chances this season, despite being listed in the squad. He would not start for Bayern but for Hoffenheim later in the season, and upon his return to the team in the summer of 2011 he would start in various positions. He would be used in the center of midfield, on the right, as a 6, as a left midfielder, but by the end of the season he was settled on the left side of defence. It would be the start of a great ten-year history with Bayern Munich, playing 431 games, scoring 33 goals and 56 assists. He would form a wonderful partnership with Franck Ribery on the left flank but move into the center of defense under Hansi Flick in the 2019/20 campaign where he would spend his final two seasons at Munich. Along the way, Alaba would win ten Bundesliga titles, two Champions League titles, six DFB-Pokals, five DFL-Supercups and was named Austrian Footballer of the Year eight times.
Überschuss: Jose Sosa
José Sosa had a disappointing spell at Munich after arriving in 2007. After a lackluster loan spell at Estudiantes in 2009, he spent 2010 on the bench before being sold to Napoli in August for 3 million euros.
Sosa would get back on his feet, notably in Ukraine with Metalist Kharkiv but would again flounder with unsuccessful spells at Atlético Madrid, Beşiktas, AC Milan, Trabzonspor, Fenerbahçe and now a return to his boyhood club Estudiantes where he is currently. .
Sehr Vermisst: Martin Demichelis
Martín Demichelis was not massively missed at Bayern Munich as the center of defense would be filled with players such as Daniel van Buyten and Dante for the next few years, but there’s no denying that he continued to be world class. Part of Malaga’s Champions League contingent, Demichelis would lead the defense with his experience and voice, impressing enough that Manchester City bought him for €4.5million in 2013 from Atlético Madrid who had him picked up for free earlier in the window. Demichelis formed a great centre-back partnership with Vincent Kompany who won the Premier League in 2013/14 and would go on to be a great team player until 2016 when his contract expired and he would continue his career in the Spanish mid-table with RCD Espanyol and Málaga. He finally retired in 2017.
Rue des Käufers: None
Bayern Munich have only bought one player this season.
New Legend: Luiz Gustavo
Luiz Gustavo has been impressive during his two-and-a-half-year spell, playing well in whatever role he’s been given in defense or midfield. He was mainly employed as a 6 in a double pivot, sometimes as a central defender.
Gustavo was never able to break into the starting XI and would be sold to VfL Wolfsburg for a fee of €16m. Gustavo would be world class at Wolfsburg for a few seasons, but a drop in form would see him sold to Marseille for €10m and then to Fenerbahçe for €6m. Gustavo is now 35 and works at Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia alongside fellow Brazilian Anderson Talisca after a fine career.
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