Bayern Munich defy Corona and return to training today
Loew, German coach sees his plans for this season stopped ›
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Flick extended contract with Bayern and resume training today (AFP)
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Bayern Munich football team will resume their group training today, after the forced suspension, due to the spread of the Corona virus.
German sources said that Bayern is seeking to enter the first training unit under strict conditions, in small groups, consisting of four or five players. Some of the 18 clubs in the first division (Bundesliga) had already started training last week, and many teams are due to start training today.
Prussia Dortmund team returned last week to training in small groups, initially, after a program in which the players kept themselves in their homes for 14 days.
It is noteworthy that the matches are suspended until April 30th, at least, and the ambiguity remains around the date, and whether or not the season will resume.
Dortmund, led by Swiss coach Lucien Favre, is second in the table, four points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Bayern today will be Bayern Munich’s first after extending the contract of its coach, Hansi Flick, until 2023, in light of the success achieved by his temporary mission, and the praise he has won since he took over in the fall of 2019.
Bayern took advantage of the current pause for all football activities in Germany, due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus (Covid-19), and renewed the Flick contract, to start the club in consultation with him about the required deals in the summer and consider the future of the team.
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that Flick and sports director Hassan Saleh Hamidic would participate in shaping the team’s future. He explained: «Of course, Flick has his word. The coach’s opinion plays a role in our decisions regarding the team roster. He is working with the players, and for this, we wanted there to be clarity now in the status of the training crew before deciding the shape of the team roster for the next season in the coming weeks and months.
No one knows how far the impact of the Corona epidemic will have on the remainder of the season and on the player transfer market this summer. The only thing that seems clear is that big deals no longer exist, at least because of the huge financial strikes the clubs have received.
Bayern’s interest in German international player Leroy Sani is said to have subsided, and the player’s desire to move from Manchester City to Bayern has also diminished.
But Bayern also faces contract issues for players such as his German international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, striker Thomas Muller, Spanish defender Xavi Martinez, midfielder Thiago Alcantara and defender David Alaba, all of whose contracts expire in 2021.
Austrian Alaba recently indicated that he may seek a new challenge elsewhere, and Mueller himself may consider options before him, if Bayern decides to sign a player such as Kay Haveritz who will be his direct competitor in the offensive line.
Muller stands out among the players who have regained their level since Flick’s rise from the position of assistant coach to the coach’s seat, after the overthrow of Bayern coach Crockenko, last November.
On the other hand, and in light of the suspension of all international championships, German coach Joachim Loew believes that the Corona virus spoiled his plans for this summer and ended the season very early.
And after it was expected that the 2019-2020 season will witness between 13 and 17 international matches for Germany, it was limited to 6 international matches only, the last of which was months ago, while in 2020 there was no match until now due to the suspension of football activities in Europe as a result of the Corona epidemic.
The German national team was scheduled to play two friendly matches against its Spanish and Italian counterparts in the last days of March, but they were canceled, and Loew will now have to wait for the next matches of the team, especially after the postponement of «Euro 2020» to the summer of 2021. With this The 2019-2020 season is the shortest of Loew’s career with the national team, which now spans 14 years.