The first untitled Bayern season since 2012 is gradually becoming a reality. Borussia Dortmund uses the next Munich title setback and goes into the final as number 1. Everyone is looking at Uli Hoeneß.
After the next title shock for his beloved FC Bayern, things got even worse for Uli Hoeneß. The honorary president, who suffered from grief in the 3-1 draw against RB Leipzig, had to digest the loss of the top of the table to his big rival Borussia Dortmund less than 24 hours later.
The first season without a title since 2012 is slowly but surely becoming reality for the Munich series champion after BVB’s 3-0 win at FC Augsburg. The consequence is violent turbulence right up to the executive floor. A major turning point is imminent, new stars are needed. And Hoeneß will have to answer the big question of what will become of the leadership duo Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic?
CEO Kahn was stunned to see the goals conceded in the shame against Leipzig, while sports director Salihamidzic talked to him. A few meters away, Hoeneß, at the side of ex-boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who was also dismayed, had his thoughts after the Munich champions had probably made a decisive mistake in the fight for the cup. Coach Thomas Tuchel, for whom the Dortmund game was not on the TV schedule, was more angry than ever during his tenure.
Perseverance slogans from Kahn
“It’s over when the referee blows the whistle on our game in Cologne next Saturday,” said former goalkeeper titan Kahn after the alleged title knockout to a defiant slogan that it was still a big championship party in red and white on May 28th at Munich’s Marienplatz. But he already has the certainty that the supervisory board meeting set for the day of the decision two days later will be extremely uncomfortable. Even in a miraculous last-minute title case. Bayern has to go to 1. FC Köln next Saturday, BVB welcomes FSV Mainz 05 and has everything in their own hands.
“Now we have to hope and keep our fingers crossed,” said Salihamidzic. Seven weeks after the 4-2 win over Dortmund, Munich are facing the ruins of a season in which they relieved coach Julian Nagelsmann of office two months ago. They saw their goals for the season in danger – now it looks even worse. Quarter-finals in the cup and Champions League and also in the championship hardly speaks for the eleventh bowl in a row. That record would be even worse than the tearful 2012.
How extensive will the upheaval be?
After three second places eleven years ago, there was the last major turning point on Säbener Straße. A change is needed now. The only question is how comprehensive this will be. Hoeneß will play a key role in deciding how his life’s work will continue. And how the new beginning should be successful for Tuchel.
After two months in office, Tuchel felt “a bit of a feeling” of powerlessness when his stars inexplicably dropped in performance. The 49-year-old didn’t stop listing the list of shortcomings after even a decent first half hour. “Big, bad” technical mistakes, positioning, decisions, running behavior – Tuchel didn’t really like anything. But what really baffled him was that all of this had come so suddenly, even for him as an experienced coach. After the team took many small steps in the right direction, he found it inexplicable “why we then decided to go in the completely different direction with seven-league boots,” complained Tuchel. He announced a radical analysis: “We will turn everything upside down.”
After possibly three playful titles, Tuchel is going into the new season with a battered image, for which the Munich team has to spend a lot of money on new stars. “We’ll sit down after the season and see what needs to be done on the transfer market,” said Salihamidzic: “There are definitely a few issues.” In the summer of 2012, Javi Martínez came for 40 million euros, a record purchase for the defensive midfield at the time. A decade later, according to reports, Tuchel wants a robust clearer for this position. There is an urgent need for action for the storm center anyway.
Leipzig’s Laimer indicates a move to FCB
Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer, who equalized after Serge Gnabry made it 1-0 in Munich, hinted at a move to Bayern Munich. The announcement is getting closer, although it didn’t happen on Saturday. “I don’t feel like confirming anything now,” Kahn said. Rather, he was busy mobilizing all the remaining reserves of strength. “My faith is always there, I’ll do the devil and give something away here,” said Kahn.
This attitude could also apply to his own job. In 2012, Matthias Sammer joined as the new sports director for sports director Christian Nerlinger. Is it Kahn now? Or Salihamidzic? Or both? Decision-makers and stars agree: It cannot go on like this. “A reflection of the season. There were too many games like today,” said midfield leader Joshua Kimmich. Many fans had enough of their team prematurely. Crowds of Bayern fans poured out of the Allianz Arena before the final whistle. “We have a week and we can shoot it there,” said captain Thomas Müller. Does he still really believe in it after losing the top?
Against Leipzig, who were able to celebrate victory and early qualification for the Champions League thanks to further goals from Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai after penalties, the most expensive squad in the club’s history lacked greed and class. Despite strong individual talent, at least by name, there is no real team on the field.
“The problems run deep”
“If we stop playing according to our principles, then it becomes a dice game. Then we win or lose,” said Tuchel and shrugged his shoulders in annoyance. The former Chelsea coach also let it be known that he would have liked to start with the new season, “but it’s not always a request concert”.
In the past ten years, FC Bayern has always been at least a champion. A year after the title sadness in 2011/12, there was even the triple that Müller and Co. were able to repeat in 2020. “The problems run deep, but I can’t say what our problems are,” said Salihamidzic. It sounded like great helplessness and emptiness at Bayern.
I am Pierce Boyd, a driven and ambitious professional working in the news industry. I have been writing for 24 Hours Worlds for over five years, specializing in sports section coverage. During my tenure at the publication, I have built an impressive portfolio of articles that has earned me a reputation as an experienced journalist and content creator.