FC Bayern Munich: Derby Weekend and Uli Hoeness' Legacy

Samrin HasibAnalyst IApril 8, 2011

The players train ahead of the weekend.
The players train ahead of the weekend.

To start off, there really isn't much to say about the Gladbach match. The match was boring and had very little for the highlight reels. Bayern scored a goal through Arjen Robben in the 78th minute. Franck Ribery set up the Dutchman. Bayern then played like champions do and went searching for a second goal. The last 12 minutes was as a result, more interesting than the first 78 minutes.

The Hoeness Protests

Uli Hoeness has had a pretty rough week. Last week, a minority of the Bayern fans insulted Uli for trying to assist 1860 Munich. 1860 is in financial difficulties at the moment. The minority group felt that Hoeness should not assist their biggest rivals. Those fans tend to forget that Bayern shares a stadium with 1860. Some 1860 fans don't want help either and threw blue paint on the front of Bayern's headquarters.

Hoeness has received tremendous support from the majority of fans as well as the DFB. Hoeness is everything that Bayern is. The man has nothing but Bayern in his heart. Bayern would not be in their current financial state had it not been for Hoeness.

Also, Hoeness is a large part of the club's success on the footballing stage. I am sure Hoeness perhaps forgot about his worries for 90 minutes when he watched Schalke take on Inter at the San Siro this week.

Rumour Mill

Manuel Neuer has apparently made a deal with Bayern for next season. Schalke might sell the keeper as they need the money to overcome their debts. Christian Nerlinger has come out and said that Bayern has shortlisted more than 30 players for next season.

He did mention that eventually, the list will be shortened. He finally said that Bayern will definitely purchase defenders for the upcoming season. He also mentioned the fact that Gregory Van der Wiel and Fabio Coentrao are interesting players.

Nuremberg vs Bayern

Bayern plays Nuremberg this week in the Bavarian derby. On Nuremberg's pitch, Bayern's record isn't good.

Nuremberg has played tremendously well this season. This is one of their best ever seasons in the top flight and they are still in the hunt for a Europa League spot. They have been close to unbeatable since the winter break. Ilkay Guendogan has become a household name. Bayern's Mehmet Ekici is on loan to 'Der Club' and is also doing well there.

Nuremberg will rarely have a better chance to beat their big brothers than this week. Bayern is simply poor on the pitch. They lacked any kind of rhythm until they scored last week. They have Holger Badstuber to thank for the win. Badstuber denied Gladbach when a goal looked to be on the way. He played well and seemed to have more confidence in himself than his recent performances have warranted.

Arjen Robben plugged and plugged away as did Franck Ribery at Gladbach. They got their rewards. It seems like these two wingers want to get Bayern to the Champions League single-handedly.

However, Bayern rarely does well as far as the last six games of a season are concerned. The record books show that there is a big chance of them slipping down to fourth place. Their goal will be to hold on to third place till the end of the season.

However, they might have plenty of troubles till the end of the season starting with this match.


Prediction: Nuremberg 2-1 Bayern