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Lance Knight2010-05-09 20:35:27 +0000 #1
'Salaries may go down', warn Bayern

FRANKFURT, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich are warning their players that salaries are more likely to fall than rise, even as they cut costs by reducing the size of their first team squad.

'One thing is clear: the market has changed, and not in the players' favour,' Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Bayern's website.

'The days of permanently increasing salaries are over. It's much more likely that wages will go down.'

Bayern plan to reduce their squad from 26 to 22 before the start of next season.

'We currently have a squad of 26, but we reckon 22 is the right size, because we want to make room for the best players from our youth section,' Rummenigge said.

'I don't believe we need many new players...We don't need four new signings every year. Sometimes we'll only need one or two. However, it all depends on whether we've hit our targets, and we won't know that until April and May.'
Lance Knight2010-05-09 20:43:30 +0000 #2
Bayern to recall Lahm from Stuttgart

FRANKFURT, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich plan to recall highly regarded full-back Philipp Lahm from Bundesliga rivals VfB Stuttgart, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed.

'We'll get Philipp Lahm back from Stuttgart, and he'll definitely strengthen us at left-back,' Rummenigge told the club's website in reply to a question about signings for next season.

Lahm, 21, has been playing on loan at Stuttgart for the past two seasons. He broke into the German national team in time for Euro 2004 and has been a fixture in the side under Juergen Klinsmann.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 21:14:45 +0000 #3
Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Lizarazu returns to Bayern

Reuters

BERLIN -- Former France international left back Bixente Lizarazu, who left Bayern Munich for Olympique Marseille six months ago, is returning to Bayern on a free transfer, the German club announced on its website on Wednesday.

Lizarazu, 35, joined Marseille on a two-year-deal at the start of the season, but Bayern's commercial manager Uli Hoeness was quoted on the club's website saying he would join up for Bayern's winter training camp in Dubai and would receive a contract through the end of the season.

"Liza called me during the Christmas break and said that he didn't feel good in Marseille," Hoeness said.

"We then got in touch with Marseille and managed to work out a deal."

Lizarazu played 152 matches for Bayern between 1997 and 2004 and was in the side that won the 2001 Champions League final against Valencia in Milan, scoring one of Bayern's goal in the winning penalty shoot-out.

He also won four German titles with Bayern and three German cups as well as the 1998 World Cup during his 97-cap career with France before announcing his international retirement after Euro 2004.

As Marseille were not involved in European competition this season, he will be eligible for Bayern's Champions League matches against Arsenal in the first knockout round when the competition resumesd after the winter break.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 21:13:57 +0000 #4
Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Kuffour set for Newcastle talks

Bayern Munich defender Sammy Kuffour is ready to talk to Newcastle as they attempt to further rebuild their under-fire defence.

The 28-year-old Ghanaian international's agent Fabio Parisi was on Tyneside yesterday for preliminary discussions.

No formal talks have taken place but it appears the player, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season, is prepared to hear what the Magpies have to say.

'Still nothing has been decided by Newcastle, but we expect to hear a decision from them within the next couple of days,' Parisi told reporters.

'If that happens, then we can discuss things like personal terms perhaps early next week.

'There is still nothing official from them and I was in Newcastle only to hear what they have to say. There were no official talks and certainly nothing has been signed or agreed.'

Newcastle still have their sights set on Manchester City's Sylvain Distin, but having seen their £5million bid formally rejected on Friday, are looking at alternatives.

Kuffour is thought to be available for around £500,000 and is keen to try a new challenge, although the Barclays Premiership is not his only option, according to Parisi.

'He is out of contract at the end of the season and he wants to try a new experience,' he said.

'Of course he is interested in the Premiership, but there are other clubs in the Premiership, and in Spain and Italy, who are interested in him.'

Kuffour, also a target for Liverpool in the past, is currently away on Bayern's winter break in Dubai, but has been kept fully informed and is due to return to Germany on Friday.

Whether or not he ends up at St James' Park could depend largely on City's resolve to hang on to Distin.

Manager Kevin Keegan's valuation of the Frenchman is significantly higher than that of Newcastle where he played on loan from Paris St Germain before joining City in the summer of 2002.

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has not increased his initial bid and seems unlikely to do so significantly, although he will not wait forever with the transfer window due to close in less than three weeks.

'It has not moved on since the offer was turned down,' said Distin's agent, Willie McKay, today. 'There has not been a fresh offer for him.'

Bayern will monitor the situation closely knowing that a failure to land Distin would put Kuffour's name firmly in the frame for Newcastle, and equally well aware that he could leave for free in the summer.

Manager Graeme Souness has already recruited #8million Frenchman Jean-Alain Boumsong and Celestine Babayaro this month, and has admitted his interest in Fulham striker Luis Boa Morte.

Souness has seen positive developments on the injury front.

Kieron Dyer has benefited from the break he was given for the FA Cup third round clash with Yeading on Sunday.

Teenage midfielder Charles N'Zogbia, who limped off with a twisted ankle at Loftus Road, could join Dyer in the squad for Saturday's Premiership visit of Southampton to St James' Park.

Skipper Alan Shearer, who has missed the last 11 games with thigh and calf injuries, and Nicky Butt, who has not played since November 25 because of a hamstring problem, could also return.

And Patrick Kluivert could be ready to make his comeback from his own hamstring problem at Arsenal a week on Sunday.

However, Frenchman Laurent Robert is a doubt for the weekend after picking up a slight hamstring strain against Yeading.

That leaves only full-back Stephen Carr on the long-term injury list with a knee problem which is causing some concern.

The Magpies are hopeful another fortnight's rest will aid his recovery.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 22:04:21 +0000 #5
Tuesday, January 13, 2005

Zickler on surprise comeback trail

FRANKFURT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The end of Alexander Zickler's 22-month injury nightmare is in sight after the Bayern Munich striker made it safely through a 45-minute run-out in a practice match in Dubai.

'It was a massive thing for me to play after such a long time,' Zickler told the club's website on Tuesday, the day after returning to the first team as a makeshift right back in a 1-0 win over Energie Cottbus.

'I was as nervous as I was on my debut. It was incredible to play without pain, or any after-effects, after so many heavy injuries.'

Zickler broke his leg for the first time in March 2003 and two further fractures put his career under threat.

He was surprised to find himself returning as a defender in Monday's friendly.

'It was a bit of a surprise but if the coach had asked me to find some gloves I would have played in goal,' said the 30-year-old, who has played 12 times for the German national team.

Bayern, leaders at the halfway stage in the season, resume their Bundesliga programme with a home game against Hamburg SV on January 21.
nachi882010-05-09 22:30:57 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by gothic priest

Tuesday, January 13, 2005

Zickler on surprise comeback trail

FRANKFURT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The end of Alexander Zickler's 22-month injury nightmare is in sight after the Bayern Munich striker made it safely through a 45-minute run-out in a practice match in Dubai.

'It was a massive thing for me to play after such a long time,' Zickler told the club's website on Tuesday, the day after returning to the first team as a makeshift right back in a 1-0 win over Energie Cottbus.

'I was as nervous as I was on my debut. It was incredible to play without pain, or any after-effects, after so many heavy injuries.'

Zickler broke his leg for the first time in March 2003 and two further fractures put his career under threat.

He was surprised to find himself returning as a defender in Monday's friendly.

'It was a bit of a surprise but if the coach had asked me to find some gloves I would have played in goal,' said the 30-year-old, who has played 12 times for the German national team.

Bayern, leaders at the halfway stage in the season, resume their Bundesliga programme with a home game against Hamburg SV on January 21.

Great work dude, keep giving us the updates.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 23:33:50 +0000 #7
Friday, January 21, 2005

Bayern Munich 3-0 Hamburg SV: FT Report

PA

MUNICH, January 21 (Bundesliga) - It was not a happy return to Munich for Bixente Lizarazu as he lasted only eight minutes of his first game back in Bayern's colours, but at least his team-mates celebrated a winning start to 2005.

Bayern opened the scoring through Claudio Pizarro with 22 minutes on the clock, and after a Rene Klingbeil own-goal had doubled the advantage three minutes into the second half, Roy Makaay added the third eight minutes later to ensure the hosts moved moved three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Temperatures soared to 18 degrees during a relatively mild winter break in Germany, but the cold snap coincided with the Bundesliga restart as a blizzard welcomed both sides onto the field.

Lizarazu's return to Bayern after six months with Marseille lasted only eight minutes before he was forced to leave the field with an injury and Hamburg's Piotr Trochowski's return to his former stomping ground did not last much longer as he limped off the field seven minutes later.

The rest of the players also struggled to find their feet, although it was the guests who posed the greater threat with Sergei Barbarez forcing a diving save from Oliver Kahn after he met David Jarolim's corner.

Bayern scored with their first real attack and it was Pizarro, who had only just passed a late fitness test to play, who headed home his sixth goal in six consecutive home games.

It was no surprise, given the slippery state of the pitch, that the goal came from a set piece and it was Mehmet Scholl's right-footed free-kick that provided the ammunition for Pizarro, who rose to head home after Hamburg goalkeeper Martin Pieckenhagen misjudged the cross.

Bayern's second came from an unlikely source as Klingbeil put through his own net just after the restart.

Bastian Schweinsteiger stole in to divert the ball past Pieckenhagen and as his weak effort trickled towards the goal, the unfortunate Klingbeil could only divert the ball the wrong side of the post with his attempted clearance.

Only seconds earlier, Makaay had struck the post before Pizarro fired his follow-up straight at the Hamburg goalkeeper with Bayern signalling their intent for the second half.

Makaay was on the scoresheet minutes later, however, when he broke the offside trap and saw his lob over the advancing Pieckenhagen graze the crossbar before dropping into the net.

The game was effectively over as both sides gave the impression they were just waiting for referee Lutz Wagner to bring the game to an end and allow them to go for a warm shower, and that he did promptly right on 90 minutes after Emile Mpenza and Makaay had both fired their final, unsuccessful efforts on goal.
nachi882010-05-09 22:41:59 +0000 #8
Bayern beat Bayer 2-0

Half time 1-0

scorers Roy Makaay(P) and Guerrero.

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