A subtle tribute to the world champions: Lahm is like a bratwurst for Gerland

Season 2016/17: One of the sport’s greats ends his Bundesliga profession – and receives reward from all sides. As Philipp Lahm stops, the youngest Bundesliga coach ever, Julian Nagelsmann, seems on the stage – and instantly wins the hearts of the media and the followers with the his slogan.

When the 2016/17 season entered the last, one in all the greats ended his profession after 385 Bundesliga video games. Mehmet Scholl praised Philipp Lahm stay on tv: “Because you’re standing there now … you possibly can hear it from me personally: 75 % of the video games you performed had been incredible. And the Another 25 globally.” Lahm’s discoverer and supporter, Hermann Gerland, recalled the starting of the Munich participant: “I stated to Felix Magath: “I’ve a participant for you. a nice soccer participant.’ And then he took Philipp Lahm with out seeing him. I got here dwelling and instructed my spouse about Philipp Lahm day by day. I instructed her: ‘If Philipp Lahm is not a good participant, I’ll take again my trainer soccer and I coach volleyball or water polo.’ Watching Philipp Lahm play soccer is like consuming a scrumptious bratwurst day by day!”

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And Lahm was ready to retire with peace of thoughts, as FC Bayern Munich turned German champions for the fifth time in a row on 31 match days with a 6-0 victory in opposition to Wolfsburg, who had been the menace of relegation. After the clear smack, former Bayern striker Mario Gomez stated: “In the finish it felt like males’s soccer in opposition to youth soccer.” Curiosity on the facet: For the eleventh time in collection, the Munich group didn’t win the title of their dwelling area, however in an away recreation.However, as you had been eradicated early in the DFB Cup and the Champions League, the pleasure went out in an orderly method.

With the promoted RB Leipzig, a new competitors for Bayern appeared to be growing at the time. The Saxons weren’t even defeated till the 14th match day. Then Karl-Heinz Rummenigge promised neighbors FC Ingolstadt a meal of white sausage in the event that they received – and lo and behold, it helped. After Leipzig’s 1-0 defeat at Schanzer and Bayern’s 5-0 win over Wolfsburg at the identical time, Bayern moved up to the high of the desk. Almost till the finish, Leipzig was the solely critical “enemy” (Uli Hoeneß) of Bayern.

My identify is Jan Delaney now.”

When the two high groups met on day 33, the superb recreation ended 5:4 for the outdated Bulls – after the new Bulls had a 4:2 lead at one level. RB coach Ralph Hasenhüttl was nonetheless glad: “We did not win any factors at the moment, however far more, I feel: hearts and sympathy for what we performed. We are second in the season this, that is superb.”

The stunning group of the season was one other group – TSG Hoffenheim with the youngest Bundesliga coach to date: Julian Nagelsmann (after Bernd Stöber, who on 23 October 1976 at the age of 24 solely coached FC Saarbrücken for one recreation). The media beloved the fluid coach from the begin. He was rapidly traded as Bayern’s future coach. As we all know at the moment – rightly so. Nagelsmann dismissed the rumor as an outdated hand: “I’m involved with Hasenhüttl and Tuchel. We simply agree who will likely be the coach and who will likely be the assistant coach.” It was clear early on that Nagelsmann would lose two of his gamers, Rudy and Süle, to Bayern Munich in the coming season. But that did not fear the younger coach both: “A farmer has to half together with his cows and pigs from time to time. That’s a part of it.”

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In the second half of the season, one group actually turned up the warmth. The SV Werder Bremen group scored 40 objectives. In the 5-2 win away at Freiburg, Denmark worldwide and new winter signing Thomas Delaney netted thrice. The profitable musician and Werder fan Jan Delay could not maintain again any longer: “The regional workplace Hamburg-Altona accredited my request. My identify is now ‘Jan Delaney’. After the match, nevertheless, the well-known Dane solely answered the journalists briefly. Delaney has vital plans: “First, I would like to be certain my Wikipedia entry is up to date.”

“And then we go to Milan…”

Early in the season, Köln coach Peter Stöger was requested what would occur if 1. FC Köln certified for the Europa League. In his personal approach, the Austrian replied prudently: “Then we’ll participate.” They did simply that – for the first time in 25 years. At the finish of the season in opposition to Mainz, a entire membership stood the other way up and fortunately chanted the basic: “One day, sooner or later, sooner or later it is going to occur. And then we go to Milan to see FC Köln.”

Away from the inexperienced turf, revelations (“Football Leaks”) from the coronary heart of soccer brought on a stir. But some spicy particulars made soccer followers giggle: Bayer striker Chicharito had a bonus of 100 000 euros in his contract for profitable the championship with “Vizekusen”. He definitely knew the historical past and tales of the Bundesliga two years later when he left for West Ham United.

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