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Bayern Munich’s Oliver Kahn calls for salary limits, lowering astronomical transfer fees

In the future, Kahn would like to see a more level playing field throughout European football from a financial standpoint.

The focal point of Bayern Munich’s general assembly last month was their current contract with Qatar Airways and the fan-led call to not renew said contract, which currently runs until 2023. The majority of Bayern’s club members want to see the contract and relationship terminated on the grounds of serious human rights violations by Qatar that members feel the club is turning the other cheek to.

In a recent interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung (via kicker), club CEO Oliver Kahn said he’s regretful that the general assembly essentially turned into an arguing match between board members and club members over the Qatar issue. “The more time has passed since then, the more it bothers me that the evening has turned into a meeting with a single item on the agenda,” he said. There were a handful of other topics the board members wanted to address, but passions boiled over when Michael Ott’s proposal to have members vote on the Qatar contract was turned down. It turned into to a fiery display of grievances from the club’s members that was eventually cut short by the board members.

Despite affirming that Bayern will fulfill its existing contract with Qatar Airways, Kahn did say “in the meantime we will keep an eye on how things develop” and “decide how to proceed.” Bayern’s front office is open to having more open dialogue regarding the issue, despite club members making the accusation that’s what’s routinely said about the matter when nothing gets ultimately gets done.

Bayern was not immune to the financial losses suffered from the coronavirus pandemic, which puts the Qatar question into a sort of conflated status. It’s clear that the majority of Bayern’s club members want the contract and relationship axed altogether, but the club is unwilling to do so at a time where finances are increasingly tight. From Kahn’s position, he has to look at what’s financially best for the club, but also what’s best for the fans. In that sense, he’s in an incredibly difficult spot along with the rest of Bayern’s board members. “Of course the contract with Qatar Airways is lucrative,” Kahn said, “but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t shed light on it from other aspects as well, and won’t shed light on it,” he continued. To come to viable and feasible solutions, Kahn feels that middle grounds need to be found to collectively progress from the divisiveness on the topic of Qatar. “It cannot be a solution either to ostracize or not to engage in a dialogue,” he reasoned.

With the business model in the Bundesliga and Germany as a whole, the 50+1 rule ensures that club’s members own at least 50% of shares, protecting from major external investment. This doesn’t exist in other major European leagues, which cause leagues like the Premier League in England to trump the amount of revenue generated by Bundesliga clubs and also impacts the transfer market in Europe, causing wages and transfer fees to inflate to astronomical heights. The growth of said investors doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down abroad, but Kahn has hope for the future in the sense that there are investors out there that would like to see salary limits at clubs. “There are very sensible investors who also have an interest in ensuring that salaries do not go wild. That makes their investment easier to plan,” he said.

With each year that passes, the financial gaps between the Bundesliga and, most notably, the Premier League seems to get larger and larger. “A few years ago the British were 10 or 20 million euros ahead of us. Now it is many times that,” Kahn said. To help stop that trend, he wants there to be more stringent “cost control” in the footballing market and he would like to see leagues and clubs instill salary caps to lessen the incentives provided by outside investors. “We want there to be a containment of salaries, and it would also be desirable if the prices on the transfer market fall,” he urged.

BFW Roundtable: Which is better — Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich or Flick’s Bayern Munich?
I asked my BFW colleagues to sit down with me and give me their take on the ‘Nagelsmann vs Flick’ debate. As expected, there was a lot of variation in the

Bayern Munich have had one hell of a Hinrunde. The club is once again the favourite to win the Bundesliga title, and is also a strong contender for the UCL title. Yes, there was that unfortunate loss to Gladbach, but that seems more a blip than a major concern. With a section of the fanbase not convinced by Nagelsmann, there are some who really seem to miss Hansi Flick.

On the other hand, there are many others who are very happy with how Nagelsmann has done thus far, with high expectations for the Rückrunde. This brings us to an interesting question: based on Nagelsmann’s Hinrunde performance thus far, which side would you pick – Nagelsmann’s Bayern or Flick’s Bayern? The BFW staffers present their opinions:

Chuck Smith
This is a loaded question for sure. Hansi Flick’s all-out attacking style did sometimes leave his high-backline vulnerable, but I think those tactics completely unlocked Robert Lewandowski. Another odd factor is Flick was dealing with both Leroy Sane and Niklas Süle in their first full season back from ACL surgery in the last campaign. That essentially had them working at 70% of their respective capacities — can you imagine what those players at full strength would have been capable of under Flick? Flick’s offense was more fearless in some way to me and I do worry that Nagelsmann’s hybrid formation could cause too much congestion at the wrong time, as well.

In the end, I prefer Flick, but have nothing bad to say about Nagelsmann. He is pushing all of the right buttons in his own way tactically and strategically. From a player management standpoint, Nagelsmann just continued the same methods that Flick practices in terms of communication and relationship building. It is rare, but Bayern Munich drew two aces in a row with their coaching selections.

I was always one of Flick’s ardent supporters during his time at Bayern, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable period for all of us, playing such attractive, highly intense death-metal football and winning so many trophies. However, the Flick style of play – the high backline, the intense pressing throughout the game and his lack of tactical flexibility, combined with a reluctance to rotate in key positions (mainly the defense) started getting exploited in his second season.
Nagelsmann seems way more flexible tactically and has focused more on positioning and passing sequences. The press is more organized, and the defense has been much better. Nagelsmann’s defense will move forward when required and drop back to defend resolutely. This was one thing Flick’s defense really lacked, and is one of the major turn-downs for me. It is telling that the team has conceded the joint-least goals in the BuLi and just 3 goals in Europe. The attack has also been better, with the team scoring goals at will.

Another thing Nagelsmann seems to be better at is making tactical adjustments to bring the best out of players. He’s unlocked Sané (the player even spoke about it), unleashed Davies, enabled Roca to slot into the midfield rotation and has conditioned Musiala really well. The rest of the team is functioning as usual. He did this at Leipzig, and he’s doing it at Bayern right now, and we’re all the better for it.

Sure, there may be a few things that might need fine-tuning, but Nagelsball certainly seems a step forward in the right direction, and the stats are there to back it up.

The numbers DO lie! Bayern under Flick was better. I cannot think of a single match where Flick’s team were not better than the opposition. Under Nagelsmann, performances (despite what score lines may suggest) are comparative less dominant and less convincing. We must not forget that Flick’s Bayern were easily the best team in the world in 2020/21 — dominating PSG in the Champions League without the best player in the world, a testament to the strength of Flick’s setup.

Nagelsmann’s Bayern has some glaring stylistic weaknesses:

A lack of structure.
A passive midfield.
A very weak defense especially against counters.
Weak offensive creation at times.
Finally, I would just like to add that Flick’s Bayern played with more flare, and panache. As a fervent supporter of Flick’s suicidal pressing and kamikaze high line — football was more beautiful — but in my opinion, against the bigger teams especially — also more effective.
To me the difference between Flick and Nags is more a matter of taste than effectiveness. It is a lot like music, Flick was full on “heavy metal”, playing one speed — full attack all the time, with no other gears. Nags has a more flexible repertoire, with more nuances and options open to him across the board. You might say he offers something more like ska-punk, a style of play that fluidly switches from one style to another.

I know that Nags’s style is better for my old heart. I remember thinking (many times) how far up the pitch all our players were under Flick and that one mistake could lead to very bad things happening. This was confirmed for me in an article in The Athletic where they broke down the CL final against PSG and showed in the last minute of regular time and in extra time our FB’s were still pressing way up the pitch when we were leading 1-0, leaving our CB’s outnumbered by attackers 3-2. It was a massive, high-risk, break from coaching orthodoxy and it paid off. But one has to wonder how often one can let two CB’s cover three attackers (especially Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria!) and keep outscoring opponents. Flick was like the Air Coryell of soccer. Crazy, but damn it was fun to watch.

Nags is bringing more consistency and more balance to the game. While it remains to be seen if it will deliver the silverware we all crave, it will produce winning football. For instance, using a 3 CB formation against Dortmund in “kick it to Haaland and pray” mode is a logical strategy. And you simply can’t argue with the hard numbers he is producing in goals, goals allowed, and wins.

Flick was like a shooting star, blazing across the southern German sky for a short time and then heading off out of sight. I am hoping Nags will be like the north star. Steady, strong and guiding us home time and again. The king is dead…long live the king!

Teddy Son
Now, I’m not saying that Flick did not have his downs during his time at Bayern. However, those were kept to a bare minimum. Other than that, I felt like Flick was able to get the best out of his players most of the time, which is proven by the historic sextuple. Flick’s biggest strength is that he played his team the way that Bayern played well, a classic 4-2-3-1 characterized by pressing and quick attacks. Nagelsmann’s back three has not really convinced me that it’s an upgrade from Flick’s approach. I’m not saying that a coach trying to make his mark on a team is a bad thing, but is it really worth it when it’s been proven that the team can play better in a different way?

While I do think that Flick going to the national team was the best choice for him, and I sincerely hope that he can give Germany a long overdue redemption, I can’t help but wonder if the same can be said for Bayern and Nagelsmann.

Rune King Thor
Although I continue to remain a huge fan of Flicki-Flacka, I think Nagelsmann has in a span of few months, addressed several key issues that were plaguing the team. He reworked the defense and tightened up the backline. Bayern have conceded just 16 goals, tied for joint lowest in the league. Under him, Leroy Sané has flourished and done well to live up to the expectations of his transfer.

Julian Nagelsmann tweaked the attack to get more from his attackers and consequently, Bayern have scored a whopping 56 goals so far in the season. So rather than a comparison, it would be right to say that Nagelsmann is the correct next step after Hansi Flick. Without Flick’s foundations, JN would have taken much longer to settle in. Nags still has some way to go in terms of getting his signature 3-5-2 formation right which would be a formidable weapon in Bayern’s arsenal.

What do you feel? Is Nagelsmann’s Bayern a step forward, or is it Flick Bayern all the way? Let us know in the comments!

Sergino Dest is reportedly in talks with Bayern Munich over a possible transfer, with Barcelona demanding €25 million in exchange for his services.
According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Bayern Munich and Sergino Dest have initiated discussions over the prospect of sealing a move in the January transfer window. Barcelona will look to recoup the €25 million they paid to sign him from Ajax last year when they sell him.

Sergino Dest joined Barcelona from Ajax in September 2020 and has since made gradual progress in his career. While there have been many moments wherein the youngster has shown what the fuss is all about, he has also had several instances wherein he has blown hot and cold.

To date, the 21-year-old has made 57 appearances for Barcelona, chipping in with three goals and four assists in the process. However, Dest faces an uncertain future at Camp Nou as he has been unable to convince Xavi of his abilities. As a result, the USMNT international could leave Barcelona as early as January, with Bayern Munich keen on signing him.

Initial reports had claimed that Bayern Munich could launch the offensive for Dest in next summer’s transfer window. However, a January move could make sense, as Bouna Sarr’s future at the club is up in the air, with a move to Serie A possible.

In addition, Benjamin Pavard has recently been linked with Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, although the Frenchman will only depart the Allianz Arena in the summer. So, Dest could be a viable long-term solution for Bayern Munich, with his uncertain future at Barcelona helping Die Roten’s cause. And talks are already underway between the two parties.

Recent reports have also suggested that Dest is keen on joining Bayern Munich, handing the Bundesliga champions a major boost in his pursuit. And signing the 21-year-old will not cost a bomb either, with Barcelona demanding around €25 million in exchange for his services.

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