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Bayern Munich boss angry that Bundesliga clubs won’t postpone season

Jul 20, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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Germany’s World Cup run has some ‘club or country’ repercussions for Bayern Munich, and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is none-too-pleased that his Bundesliga peers aren’t helping him out.

The Bundesliga is set to launch its next season on Aug. 22, and Rummenigge had asked the other clubs to postpone the start of the season in order to give more rest to players involved in the World Cup’s final matches.

They said no. And Rummenigge is ticked off.

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Bayern had 15 players on World Cup rosters, including six on Germany (seven if you count Toni Kroos, who just left for Real Madrid). And Rummenigge thought a little rest and respect was in order for his men, who served their country up a world title.

From the Associated Press:

Rummenigge tells Bild, “That was rejected on the grounds it was the only chance to give Bayern problems.”

Bayern had nine players involved on the final weekend of the World Cup – seven on the victorious German side, as well as Dante and Arjen Robben for Brazil and Netherlands, respectively, in the third-place playoff.

Rummenigge says “I miss the solidarity among the clubs that send many players to the World Cup.”

But how much solidarity should’ve been expected by the reigning champions? The Bundesliga had loads of players on World Cup rosters, and Bayern weren’t alone.

They do dominate the list of Bundesliga teams with players playing in the tournament, knockout rounds and final weekend, but should the domestic league bow to poor Bayern because they have the fiscal power to keep such power on a roster?

After all, how many of the players who share the honor of a roster spot on both teams were developed by Bayern?

Manuel Neuer? No, bought from Schalke. Jerome Boateng was purchased from Manchester City and Mario Goetze was a high-profile pull from Borussia Dortmund last season.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller were all brought up by Bayern.

Here’s a very quick (and perhaps inexact due to the ongoing transfer window) run we took through the World Cup rosters to get a feel for how much more representation Bayern had than the other Bundesliga clubs.

Representatives at World Cup (total players/# in knockout rounds/playing final weekend)
Bayern Munich (13/11/8)
Borussia Dortmund (8/6/5)
Schalke (7/3/3)
Wolfsburg (7/4/1)
Hannover (3/1/1)
FC Augsburg (2/1/1)
Borussia Monchengladbach (2/2/1)
Mainz (5/1/0)
Stuttgart (4/0/0)
SC Freiberg (3/2/0)
Eintracht Frankfurt (3/2/0)
Bayer Leverkusen (3/1/0)
Hamburg (2/1/0)
1899 Hoffenheim (2/1/0)
Hertha Berlin (1/1/0)

Does Rummenigge have a gripe? What say you?

  1. mith242 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Hard to feel that sorry for Bayern Munich while they’ve won the league very easily last few seasons. So worst case scenario they lose some early games and don’t already have the title wrapped up three-fourths of the way into the season?

  2. drewvt6 - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    waaah…cry me a river. Bayern can afford to lose for a few weeks on this end of the season. Maybe now they won’t win the title until early May rather than March.

  3. jylick - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:33 AM


  4. jhnyr45 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    As a bayern fan i do not feel bad for them, It was boring watching the bundesliga games halfway through the year when they already had the title, this will challenge them and make them stronger as a club, also give Dortmund a chance to put the pressure on them

  5. Comrade23 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    That’s what a joke the Bundesliga is becoming. One team controls every season, and as soon as Dortmund start challenging their dominance, Bayern poaches all of their players. People give the Premier League a hard time for having a “big 4,” but it’s really become a 5-team race each season (Chelsea, Arsenal, United, City, Liverpool). Only Serie A can boast similar parity among the top European leagues.

  6. mikeevergreen - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I think Germany should be playing the same dates as the US. And several club heads in Germany agree with me, including Rummenigge himself.

  7. gla1967 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Oh, please. Yet more whining, sour grapes and conspiracy theories from an elite club. As noted in the article, players from other BL clubs played well into the final stages.

    I’m quite sure Bayern will cope and will win the league comfortably yet again.

  8. mazblast - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Is there anything worse than a whiny winner?

  9. granadafan - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Perhaps this is something they could have agreed upon BEFORE the World Cup and not after.

  10. vipod4ever - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Agreed, should have been decided before.

    Bayern should bring the entire youth league, play them for 5 games. Chances are they would win a couple. Give the rest of the teams a little head start, and then beat the crap out of them the rest of the way. Great entertainment, my popcorn and Pilsner are ready!

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