In Pep Guardiola’s second season at Bayern Munich, the team adjusted to the correct 4-1-4-1 and Guardiola’s sporting director Matthias Sammer brought in even more personnel to fit the system.
Let’s take a look at Bayern’s business in this window.
- Roma’s Medhi Benatia for €28m
- Juan Bernat from Valencia for 10 million euros
- Xabi Alonso from FC Bayern Munich for 9 million euros
- Pepe Reina from Liverpool for €3m
- Sinan Kurt from Borussia Mönchengladbach for 400,000 euros
- Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer
- Sebastian Rode from Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer
- Toni Kroos from Real Madrid for 25 million euros
- Mario Mandžukić has joined Atlético Madrid for €22m
- Diego Contento has joined Girondins Bordeaux for €1m
- Alessandro Schöpf to FC Nürnberg for 400,000 euros
- Julian Green on loan to Hamburger SV for one season
- Pierre-Emile Højbjerg loaned to FC Augsburg for six months (winter transfer)
- Xherdan Shaqiri on six-month loan to Internazionale (winter transfer)
- Daniel Van Buyten is retiring.
- Gianluca Gaudino signs a professional contract.
Ladder climber: Gianluca Gaudino
Nothing against Gianluca Gaudino … but yes. The 2014 vintage was really nothing special.
The 25-year-old Gaudino, who plies his trade in the Swiss second division, has been touted for tremendous things by Pep and Sammer. Unfortunately, he could never really put the pieces together and would become meaningless. After a few insignificant seasons, Gaudino would loan the club to Chievo Verona in 2017 and this move would eventually be made permanent, but Gaudino would be released from the Italian team before moving between Swiss and German lower division clubs.
Not the career we envisioned for him in 2014.
Surplus: Mario Mandžukic
Mario Mandžukić is one of Bayern’s best strikers. His ability to pull the game together across the front four was unparalleled, but Pep needed a different type of player. With the arrival of a certain Pole, Mandžukić’s role was bound to diminish, and he knew it himself. The Croatian and Bayern ended amicably, with Mandžukić moving to Spanish club Atlético Madrid.
Mandžukić did well in Spain before joining Juventus in 2015, where he could have won the Champions League in 2017 but fell at the final hurdle against Real Madrid and then lost to France in the 2018 World Cup final, coming agonizingly close to win two major football prizes within two years. After five great years, during which he switched to the left flank of attack following the arrival of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, Mandžukić joined Qatar side Al-Duhail where he effectively went on career hiatus, only returning for six months at AC Milan before joining retires from football. A legend of the game.
Much missed: Toni Kroos
This one still hurts.
Toni Kroos will go down in history as one of the greatest midfielders of all time. Part of a legendary midfield trio alongside Luka Modrić and Casemiro, Kroos started as a 10 in Munich before being brought back to an advanced 8-roll in the 2012/13 season in which Bayern won the treble. He played at world-class level in his last season in Munich but Kroos felt his Munich prospects had faded after an unsuccessful contract discussion and opted instead to request a transfer which Bayern will offer for the paltry sum of €25m committed to Real Madrid. Four more Champions Leagues later, Kroos is undeniably one of the top three German midfielders of all time and while I don’t think he can hold a candle to Lothar Matthäus for the top spot, there are certain people who would argue for that (including Matthäus himself apparently) . ).
Buyer’s Remorse: Medhi Benatia
I don’t think any of Bayern’s transfers this summer were ‘bad’, but I think Medhi Benatia was the one we benefited from the least.
Benatia joined Bayern for a whopping €28m after an elite season at AS Roma but hasn’t been able to regain that form despite still being quite good as a limited centre-back. However, Pep didn’t really like the way he played and after just two seasons in Munich he was transferred to Juventus for a total of €19.7m. Benatia would do well at Juventus and I think Benatia could have shown his skills at a very high level, especially under coaches like Carlo Ancelotti and Niko Kovač.
New legend: Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski is one of the greatest players to ever play football. He is exactly the reason why I started supporting Bayern Munich in 2014. He’s been my favorite player for almost a decade. His journey from 2012 to 2021 was so thematically perfect I wouldn’t even trade it for a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, touted as one of the world’s best from the age of 21. There was nothing more satisfying than watching a player, discarded and labeled as cursed, speed across Europe on his way to a record-breaking sextuple.
Two-time German Footballer of the Year.
Two-time European Golden Boot winner.
Twice The Best – FIFA World Player.
UEFA Player of the Year 2020.
Ballon d’Or winner 2020.
In my opinion the best player to ever wear the number nine shirt.
..and Bayern got it for free. FREE. ZERO EUROS.
The best value for money in football transfer history.
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