Awards for the business of FC Bayern Munich from the 2013/14 season

Pep Guardiola came to Bayern and brought a lot with him. The 4-1-4-1, 99.5% ball possession on average and of course a different transfer policy.

Let’s dive into the very first summer of Peps Shopping.

arrivals

departures

  • Luiz Gustavo for 16 million euros to VfL Wolfsburg
  • Mario Gómez moves to AC Fiorentina for 15.5 million euros
  • Emre Can to Bayer Leverkusen for €5m
  • Nils Petersen to Werder Bremen for three million euros
  • Jan Kirchhoff on loan to FC Schalke for six months (winter transfer)
  • Maximilan Riedmüller joins Holstein Kiel on a free transfer
  • Anatoliy Tymoshchuk to Zenit St. Petersburg for free

Miscellaneous

  • Julian Green and Alessandro Schöpf receive professional contracts.
  • Julian Green makes his debut for the first team.

Ladder climber: Julian Green

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The youth games from 2013 to 2016 did not produce good talent, with Julian Green being the only slightly impressive player. Green received a few chances from Pep in the 2013/14 season before being loaned out to Hamburger SV, not making the first team there either, eventually being demoted to Bayern II and being sold to VfB Stuttgart who were in the second at the time Division. Green was expected to play a role in Stuttgart’s rise but, on a later loan move to Greuther Furth, stayed in the second division, where he remains today.

Surplus: Mario Gomez

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When Mario Mandžukić took over as a striker in the starting XI, Claudio Pizarro and Mario Gómez had to stay on the bench and practically fought for a place on the bench. Gómez decided to cut his losses and expressed his desire to leave Bayern when Fiorentina came knocking. It was a win-win for both sides as Gómez painted the streets of Europe for Fiorentina, Beşiktaş JK, VfL Wolfsburg and Stuttgart in a career that spanned seven more years.

Much missed: Emre Can

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Emre Can could have made it at Bayern Munich.

Then maybe not. Maybe not in two years. Maybe not even four years later. But after 2017 after the resignation of Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso? Come on. Already we are seeing the impact of the lack of a true defensive midfielder who can also play as a centre-back. I know we had Javi Martínez but we were lucky his fitness wasn’t lacking for a couple of years and then he took a back seat. Can could have been the solution to our Enforcer DM problem.

Buyer’s remorse: Mario Götze

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After a string of seasons in which he was – and I don’t say this lightly – one of the best players in the world and about to embark on a journey with Germany that culminated in him scoring the 2014 World Cup winning goal, Mario Götze For a mammoth sum he switched to Bayern Munich. It’s important to remember that Götze joined Bayern at the age of 21 because the type of maturity and talent he displayed was well beyond his years. Essentially an accomplished player, he was one of the best in the world before he even turned 23. He was destined to be among the Neymars of the generation. After his move to Bayern, however, his form collapsed. He struggled for consistent minutes in his debut season, often falling behind Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos in the pecking order. He managed those minutes in the 2014/15 season after the World Cup but wasn’t nearly as impressive as before as Pep often kept him stuck on the left wing in the absence of Franck Ribéry, to no real effect until late 2016 when Götze decided that enough was enough, reduced his losses and returned to Borussia Dortmund for a lower fee.

Götze’s health issues – both mental and physical – are well documented and that scares me more than anything. To see Pedri, Jamal Musiala, Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland all rise to world-class status at such a young age reminds me of when Götze, André Schürrle and Neymar Jr. were just getting started. How many of them will fall short of expectations?

New legend: Thiago Alcantara

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I think Thiago Álcantara is one of the most underrated players of this decade.

Sure he missed a good chunk of the years through injury and fitness, but when he was on, he was ON. I think on a per 90 basis he was the best player Bayern had from 2016-2019. Whether playing in the central attacking role of Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-1-4-1, the primary creative presence in Niko Kovač’s 4-3-3, or as the basis for Bayern’s entire game as a hybrid DM/centre-back in Hansi Flick’s 4- 2-3-1, the only constant was Thiago’s brilliant game. The fact that we let him go for less than €40m still haunts me to this day, considering he was almost thirty with just one year left on his contract. 22 million euros was a bargain for Liverpool.

Thiago arrived in Munich as Pep’s golden child, a player touted as another La Masia product with potential who would falter due to his inability to keep fit. Seven Bundesliga, four DfB Cup, Champions League and seven thousand silky ball touches later, Thiago left Munich as a legend.


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