After being in the job for 2 weeks now, manager Gary Goodson has been working behind the scenes with his current squad and making assessments on all his players. Over the last week, Gary has been spending alot of time with the youth academy, getting to know the players and making judgements on each and every one of them to see who could make a breakthrough into the first team squad.
Gary is thought to be concerned with the current depth of the first team squad and is looking to add 1 or 2 new faces to freshen up the squad, as well as looking to see which if any players are ready to be called up from the academy.
One story that is brewing is the Uruguay international Luis Suarez is unsettled in the Bavarian region and is possibly angling for a move back to Spain. Gary has made it known since arriving that he was disappointed that Robert Lewandowski has been sold to Barcelona as he is a known admirer of the Polish international. One thing is for sure however, and that is Suarez would not be allowed to leave until a replacement is found to lead the Bayern attack.
Luis Suarez has been left out of the 16 man squad that travelled to Naples earlier today, increasing speculation that he could be on his way out of the Bavarian club despite only joining a number of weeks ago.
Manager Gary Goodson was keeping tight lipped about the situation, refusing to answer any questions on the matter in his pre match press conference yesterday, stating he was only concentrating on the match with Napoli.
A club source however has stated that Gary is not happy with Suarez's attitide and application in training and reportedly had a training ground bust up this week which led to the Uruguay international being sent home. With relations soured, it is believed Gary has spoken to Technical director Michael Reschke regarding a permanent deal which would see the player leave, however not until a replacement is found.
More on this story as it develops over the coming days.............
FC Bayern.TV: Before we dicuss this weekends game, can you tell anymore about the Luis Suarez situation? Goodson: There has been alot of speculation over the last week and I can confirm we had a disagreement however we have moved on from that and Luis is available for selection if I think he is ready.
FC Bayern.TV: So will Luis be playing this week against Dortmund? Goodson: As I said, if I feel he is ready and the medical team agree then he will be considered for selection:
FC Bayern.TV: The game against Dortmund is seen as a must win game, do you see it like that? Goodson: Every game is a must win game for a club the size of Bayern. I knew that when accepting the job but it does not faze me. Dortmund are a quality side and it will be a tough challenge but I am confident in my team to get a result as we have prepared well this week on the training ground.
FC Bayern.TV: Do you see yourself dipping into the european transfer market seeing that it is ow open? Goodson: I have had time to assess the squad in the month I have been here and though I am happy with the quality of it, I would like to add 2-3 players to give us more depth.
FC Bayern.TV: Do you have any targets in mind? Goodson: I won't be commenting on individual targets however I will only sign players that will make us better now and in the long term.
Spanish international Juan Bernat has apologised to his teammates and the club’s fans after his howler against Borussia Dortmund at the weekend. The 24-year-old attempted a back pass however he did not look where Manuel Neuer was, resulting in an own goal and gifting the points to Dortmund. Speaking to FC Bayern TV after the game, Bernat was distraught but apologised. "I take full responsibility, I did not look which is a cardinal sin in football and we paid the price for it. I have apologised to my teammates who have been fantastic and I also apologise to the fans for my error. I hope I will get the opportunity to repay the managers faith in me and also my teammates, fans and everyone else associated with the club".
Manager Gary Goodson said "It is one of those things that sometimes happens. Juan was having solid game up to that point but one error will cost you at this level. Asked if this error will affect his chances of selection in future, Goodson was quick to reply ‘ No, not at all. Juan has been solid and a great professional since I got here and it was an honest mistake and it will not affect my decision on whether he plays or not. Players are picked on many things, not just a off one performance".
Stunning news coming out of Munich today after the club announced that they had concluded 4 new signings as of today.
The first to sign was Greek international defender Kostas Manolas who arrives from AS Roma for 18m. A strong a powerful centre back, Manolas will provide great competition for Bayern’s current centre back pairing of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. Speaking to the media this morning, Kostas said “ I have had a great time in Rome but when the opportunity arrived to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world then you listen. I am honoured to be here and look forward to many successful years here”.
The next signing to be announced was German international defender Antonio Rüdiger, who also arrives from AS Roma after a mixed spell in the Italian capital. Rüdiger has a glowing reputation in Germany and is tipped to be a future captain of the national side and offers versatility in defence. Quick and agile but also powerful, he will increase competition for places at Bayern. Speaking to FC BAYERN.TV, Rüdiger said “The chance to return back to Germany was one that I could not turn down, especially when a club like Bayern coming knocking. I thank Roma for my time in Italy but I found it hard to settle so I’m pleased to be coming home”.
Earlier this afternoon, Bayern announced their 3rd signing and amazingly, they went back to AS Roma, this time acquiring the services of Bosnian international Edin Dzeko. Dzeko had an up and down time at Manchester City a few seasons ago but has re-invented himself in the Italian capital and had many suitors but chose Bayern as his next destination. “I spoke to the manager and I liked what I heard and did not need any convincing. A team the stature of Bayern instantly gets your attention and I cannot wait to work alongside some great players already here.
Just a Bayern fans were catching there breath, news broke on their official club website fcbayern.com that French international Alexandre Lacazette had signed for a reported 20m from French side Lyon. Fans could not hide their delight at the signing, claiming it to be a great piece of business by everyone involved at the club. Rumours have been going around for over a year as to where Lacazette would make his next move and it is Bayern that has secured his signature. The signing has increased speculation that Uruguayan international Luis Suarez will now be allowed to leave after falling out with management recently. Notably, Suarez was missing from the match day 16 for the game against Atletico Madrid this weekend, adding further fuel to the fire that he indeed will be on his way out.
FC BAYERN.TV caught up with manager Gary Goodson to get his thoughts behind the signings. “I am delighted that we have managed to get these deals sorted as we have been working on all 4 deals over the past week. I thought we may have missed out on Alexandre but I am delighted we got in there with a late bid. I hope fans see that these signings are a statement of intent and that we are looking to build something special here in Munich. We have great options in all positions now and it will keep everyone on their toes over the remainder of this season and beyond”.
Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world right now, Manuel Neuer aptly nicknamed 'The Wall' is an imposing figure who possesses great shot stopping, reflexes and technical ability that puts many of his competitors to shame.
Unlike any of his predecessors or contemporaries, Neuer boasts technical ability most wannabe outfield players can only dream of. Be it with his hands, feet, chest or head, there is scarcely a pass Bayern's inimitable goalkeeper-turned-libero cannot make. Of course, none of those skills would add up too much had he not perfected the bread and butter art of shot-stopping in the first place. There have been inevitable comparisons with Bayern legend Oliver Kahn in that department, but forget the similitude. Neuer is the greatest goalkeeper the game has ever seen.
Very much the understudy to Neuer, however German Sven Ulreich is a safe pair of hands should Goodson choose to start with the stopper.
He has found his chances limited since swapping VfB Stuttgart for Bayern Munich however he is a fine shot stopper and very brave however lacks the technical skills that Neuer possesses hence we cannot see him breaking into the first team unless Neuer is injured. A great backup goalkeeper to have but how long will he be happy sitting on the bench?
Now 35 and in the latter stages of his career, Starke formerly played for 1899 Hoffenheim, Duisburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg and has found first team opportunities even rarer than Ulreich. On his day, he was a great shot stopper and though his skills have declined over the last couple of years, he is still a safe pair of hands to turn to if needed.
His experience has been vital, especially for some of the academy graduates such as Memetoglou and Weinkauf but has stated this could be his last season as a professional footballer before going into coaching.
Arguably one of the best centre backs in the modern day, Mat made his name playing for rivals Borussia Dortmund before swapping yellow for the red of Bayern. A strong, dominant centre back who is excellent in the air and is rarely beaten to the ball. Over the last couple of years, he has become more adept to bringing the ball out of defence and starting attacks. Not afraid of a tackle, what he lacks in pace he makes up for with his excellent reading of the game.
Highly rated Greek international who was a recent acquisition from AS Roma who will be looking to establish himself in the Bayern backline for many seasons to come. Like Hummels, he too is great in the air and likes to start attacks from the back however also has pace which can get him out of tricky situations as he is not as a good a reader of the game as Hummels. Has all the skills to go on to be a top-class centre back for many years to come.
Was signed from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, originally as a holding midfielder, but after some impressive displays at the centre of the Bayern defence, has now been switched to a centre back full time. Very under rated Spanish international who is excellent at reading the game and is a constant threat at set pieces due to his intelligent running and his ability to get above his marker. May find opportunities harder to come by after the recent signings of Manolas and Rüdiger.
Aggressive centre back or right back who was signed from AS Roma to add competition to the current Bayern backline. Can get caught out from crosses into the box and will need to improve on this if he is to be a regular for Bayern but has great concentration levels throughout a game and has a good turn of pace. Has his work cut out to dislodge those in front of him but has already stated he is up for the challenge.
A youth international for France at various levels, Issa is definitely one for the future however many within France believe he is ready to make an impact now despite his relative inexperience. Another defender whose concentration levels are second to known however has developed a bit of a reputation for his indiscipline at times which has landed him in hot water. Manager Goodson obviously sees talent in Issa and will be looking to develop this over the coming seasons.
A very versatile player, Alaba has played in a multitude of roles, including central midfield, central defence, right and left wing, but has since blossomed as a left-back where Goodson has stated he sees it as his best position. Adored by the Austrian public, he holds the record as the youngest player to play for their senior national team, debuting for them in 2009 as a 17-year-old. Quick and agile and has great technical ability which makes him a threat going forward but also solid in defence.
Spanish international left back who was brought in to provide stern competition for Alaba and who has certainly not disappointed when called upon. Like Alaba, he is great going forward due to his great technical and passing abilities but is seen as more solid defensively than his teammate. Can be caught out at the back post due to his lack of height but aside from this, has no other notable weaknesses. A European champion with the under-19 team in 2012, Bernat made his senior debut for Spain in 2014.
A German and Bayern legend, Lahm will go down as one of the best, if not the best fullback the game has ever seen. Can play as a holding midfielder also where he has been deployed for by the national team but he made his name as a marauding fullback with a great engine and who still has unbelievable energy levels despite his advancing years. A great professional who is a role model for any young footballer coming through the ranks at Bayern though has stated he is not interested in a coaching role once he retires.
Brazilian who has found it hard to break into the side due to Lahm’s presence, however when he has been selected, he has looked assured and more than capable of filling the void left. Is the weakest fullback defensively at the club but has great crossing ability and loves to get forward and get beyond the wide men. He also has great technical ability but his lack of defensive discipline can leave Bayern vulnerable to swift counter attacks.
International defender who has rebuilt his career after a less than successful spell in England with Manchester City. Has come on leaps and bounds over the last couple of years and has cut out the errors he was prone to commit when playing in England. A favourite of national coach Joachim Löw and very well liked within the corridors a Bayern. Has a fight on his hands with the arrivals of Manolas and Rüdiger but more than up to the challenge
Stunning news coming from Munich this evening in that Bayern Munich have re-signed Robert Lewandowski from Barcelona with Luis Suarez going the other way plus over 1m. The football world was shocked when the original deal was concluded a few months back and this too has also shocked many. Since taking over in April, manager Gary Goodson has let it be known he was disappointed to learn that Lewandowski had been sold so is delighted with the capture. Goodson just never hit it off with Suarez with Gary questioning his attitude more than once since taking over. Suarez did however start the last game at home to Monaco but was again jeered by some fans which many feel prompted Gary to act swiftly. A recent poll showed 97% of fans wanted Lewandowski back and are delighted that he has returned.
Speaking to reporters as he arrived at the Allianz arena this evening Lewandowski said 'I am delighted to be back. I never wanted to leave in the first place but the previous manager made his feeling clear I could go so what could I do. My heart was not in Barcelona and that impacted my performances as all the time I was wishing I was in Munich. I am delighted to be back and thankful to the gaffer for bringing me back. When I spoke to him, I could feel the passion and that he really wanted me back at the club so I told him "make it happen" and he has lived up to his word. Now I cannot wait to get started again at a club that is very dear to my heart'.
Goodson was also delighted with the signing. 'For me, Robert is one of the top three strikers in world football right now and I wanted him back here is Munich. He gives us something extra and is a real threat to opposition defenders. When I realised that the deal could happen I did everything I could to make sure we got it over the line. I wish Luis well at Barcelona as it just didn't work out here but we move forward and we are excited for the future with Robert in our team'.
The deal has taken Goodson's spending to almost 75m in just two weeks and he will now be expected to deliver after a poor season so far this time round.
Chile international how is a powerhouse of a midfielder with and seemingly endless engine. Physically strong and offers great protection to the Bayern defence whilst also posing a threat when moving further forward. Has scored some crucial goals for both club and country. He has been in and out of the Bayern team this season but is seen as a key member of the squad and the man to take over from Alonso when he retires.
Many eyebrows were raised when the Spanish international swapped Catalonia for Bavaria and after a shaky start, has won over the fans with solid performances on a consistent basis. Born in Italy to Brazilian parents, his father being former footballer and World Cup champion Mazinho, Thiago is best suited playing in a more advanced role however is also able to help out in defence when needed. A great reader of the game and who has chipped in with some important goals.
A big money signing after an impressive Euro 2016 with Portugal, Sanches has kicked on this season with many tipping him to be the European Young Player of the year after a string of impressive performances for a struggling Bayern side. Has been deployed in a wide position at times however many see his best position further up field in an advanced playmaker role due to his great passing ability. A big future lies ahead if he continues his current form.
When you are compared to a player like Xavi then you know that he is something special. Xabi, ‘La Barba Roja’ to his teammates, may be coming to the end of his illustrious career but there is still life left in the tank. A success whether it has been at Liverpool, Real Madrid or Bayern, Alonso is one of the games great passers who rarely seems to give possession away. Does not start every game however is still relied upon in the big games due to his composure and experience.
Now on the wrong side of his 30’s but still a great player on his day. Has great technique and is difficult to knock off the ball despite is small build. Likes to cut inside from the flanks, dribble and take on defenders and has great ability to play through balls. Again, has not featured as regularly as he would have liked due to the form of Sanches but again another player who is called upon for the bog occasions.
Dubbed the next big thing in German football after his performances in Euro 2016 and seen as the long-term replacement of Phillip Lahm. Can play either fullback or as a holding midfielder, the latter being with he has been deployed this season. Struggled to dislodge either Alonso or Vidal but many expect next season for him to be given more opportunities to show that he has to talent to move onto the next level.
The 20-year-old is the son of former German international midfielder Maurizio Gaudino. Seen to have a very big future in the game however has not been afforded any game time this season. Again, he is a good passer of the ball who likes to thread balls through the opposition defence. Unlikely to figure next season due to the array of talent available at Bayern but one to watch over the coming seasons.
French international signed recently from Lyon. Well sought-after forward who has great pace and technical skills and a key eye for goal which always makes him a danger when he is in or around the box. Expected to form a lethal partnership with Robert Lewandowski next season and fire Bayern to the title.
Signed from AS Roma part way through the season and brought in to provide competition to the likes of Lewandowski and Lacazette. Been unable to break into the team so far, this season and will be looking for more opportunities next season. Great in the air which makes him a threat from set pieces however how long will he be happy playing second fiddle?
The darling of the Bayern fans who has returned after a disastrous spell at Barcelona. One his day, he is one of the best forwards in world football and will looking to out his Spanish nightmare behind him and pick up where he left off last time with Bayern. Almost certain to start when fit, the question is who will partner him?
darlingtondave: If you want a team for season three please do join us now at the new forum at www.motd.forumotion.com Loads of good teams available for managers including Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal etc.
Mar 6, 2018 14:12:52 GMT
Neil: Finances are now mostly updated (I forgot the facilities revenues and expenses until 3/4 the way though uploading the files). The facilities impact on gate receipts is included. Transfers are included under other for the moment.
Mar 3, 2018 12:20:17 GMT
Neil: There was something on and off, I think it was something Mike had to check manually each week and it was not of great importance when I started running games.
Feb 13, 2018 21:42:48 GMT
harry51: Can't find it in the rules anymore. Or am I confusing motd with another esms game?
Feb 13, 2018 19:01:05 GMT
darlingtondave: Did we Harry? Thre is something in back of my mind you may be right but then a lot of things had to fall by wayside to keep site going in the interim when it got left with Neil.
Feb 12, 2018 16:24:01 GMT
harry51: didn't we have a rule of lining up a U21 in our games?
Feb 12, 2018 14:49:59 GMT
Neil: Dave, I accidentally gave one of your players an extra week's injury recovery after the Cup final. A it hasn't changed anything I haven't bothered to try and fix it.
Feb 12, 2018 11:45:09 GMT
Neil: League Cup result is now up. Congratulations to the winners.
Feb 12, 2018 11:43:31 GMT
Neil: FA Cup final is up. I will run the League Cup final when I have both teamsheets.
Feb 10, 2018 12:08:49 GMT
darlingtondave: yes got the PM and so did Harry as he has replied to it.
Feb 8, 2018 9:39:52 GMT
Neil: Threads are up for the two Cup finals. Basically will run the first as soon as I can after the SOT teamsheet is in, the second once that is over and both managers get their sheets in. Good Luck to all the managers involved.
Feb 8, 2018 2:51:15 GMT
Neil: Dave, Harry, I hope you both got a PM I just sent. I forgot to mention in it my internet quality has deteriorated since being forced onto the NBN!
Feb 5, 2018 12:35:41 GMT
Neil: League Cup results are now posted. Two good games, one in particular quite suspenseful.
Feb 4, 2018 12:02:59 GMT
Neil: One sheet in, still need another!
Feb 2, 2018 11:30:31 GMT
Neil: As I don't have any sheets yet I will delay teh cup round 24 hours. Neil
Feb 1, 2018 12:42:27 GMT
darlingtondave: sorry had a family emergency yesterday. will run final league 2 games as soon as I can, likely be tomorrow morning.
Jan 29, 2018 14:08:35 GMT
Neil: FA Cup semi finals: games are now up. Congratulations to the winners.
Jan 26, 2018 11:07:09 GMT
Neil: Apologies all, Cup games delayed 24 hours.
Jan 25, 2018 12:43:52 GMT
Neil: FA Cup semis this coming Thursday (25th). League Cup semis the following Thursday (1st Feb).
Jan 21, 2018 11:18:14 GMT
darlingtondave: Right as not all sheets in will put round 22 back until next Sunday due to the Xmas period which should give all plenty of time to sheet.
Dec 24, 2017 20:01:10 GMT