Bayern Munich reigns supreme in Germany

Bayern players celebrate another Bundesliga title

Fc Bayern Munich once again showed why they are considered the Kings of the Bundesliga after winning a record 11th title. For the first time in several years, the title had to be decided on the final day of the competition. Despite Borussia Dortmund’s spirited fight, they let the title slip to Bayern on the last day. During a scrappy season, Thomas Tuchel was rewarded with a Bundesliga medal courtesy of a late Musiala goal. The last-minute dramatic goal ensured that the Bundesliga remained at the Allianz Arena for another season.

The absence of Neuer felt

The absence of shot-stopper Manuel Neuer was felt as the Bavarians conceded in several matches. Yann Sommer tried his best but has failed to be imperious in goal compared to Neur. Bayern Munich had to finish the season with only a few clean sheets. Neuer only played 12 matches for Bayern before his unfortunate injury during a skiing activity back in December.

Neuer hospitalized (from surgery) after suffering a right tibial fracture while skiing. Source: Manuel Neuer (Instagram)

The record maker Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller made an impressive record by becoming the most decorated Bundesliga player. With 12 trophies to his name, no other Bundesliga player has won more league trophies than Muller. He is set to always be in the Bundesliga Hall of Fame due to his role in winning Bayern Munich the trophy.

The Double special celebration

The celebrations were hosted hours later when the team visited their female counterparts, FC Bayern Munich women. They were playing Postdam women in their title decider. All the men’s team members were present for this special occasion.

The ladies did not disappoint and fired 11 goals past hapless Postdam women. The men’s team were pictured impressively enjoying the game as their women’s team humiliated Postdam. The crucial win was enough to gift them the women’s Bundesliga title, replicating the men’s achievement.

Bayern men and women celebrate together their championship wins. Image: FC Bayern Munich

This marked a special moment for the Bayern Munich fraternity, who have once again asserted their dominance in German football.

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Yet another contract extension for the German star

Marco Reus giving a presser recently. The German star has extended his contract with Dortmund. Photo Credits: Borrusia Dortmund

German star, Marco Reus, has just added one year to his contract showing that Borussia Dortmund consider Reus, a key part of their squad. Marco Reus is a familiar name to most football fans who adore two competitions, the Bundesliga and the Champions League. His name is always mentioned in the same context as Borussia Dortmund due to the player’s major affiliation with the club. The German international has experienced both the highs and lows of Dortmund, but one quality that has stood the test of time is; loyalty.

A young Marco Reus in Borussia Dortmund academy. The German has gone on to represent Dortmund for eleven years now. Photo Credits: Borussia Dortmund

Through the winds of change, he’s the constant that remains: Marco Reus

Marco Reus started his junior career at Borussia Dortmund before being released to Borussia Monchengladbach as his senior career kicked in. As Jurgen Klopp was making the golden generation of the Signal Iduna Park outfit, he added Marco Reus to his project in 2012 to help him tame Bayern Munich, Bundesliga’s most successful club. With the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Matts Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan, among other stars, they reached the champions league finals in 2013, where they lost to Bayern.

His one-time best friend Lewandowski spent another season at Dortmund before leaving for rivals Bayern Munich. At the time, Manchester United and Real Madrid were still hunting down Reus. However, he rejected their proposals. He has spent eleven (11) years at the club with the twelfth in sight.

Jurgen Klopp and Marco Reus in training. Jurgen Klopp raised a golden generation at the Signal Iduna that interrupted the dominance of Bayern Munich.
Jurgen Klopp and Marco Reus in training. Jurgen Klopp raised a golden generation at the Signal Iduna that interrupted the dominance of Bayern Munich. Photo Credits: Borussia Dortmund

The 33-year-old talented midfielder has seen different generations of players come and leave the Signal Iduna Park. Lewandowski and Gundogan were among his first teammates. The era of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa also came and left him at the Black and Yellow-inspired club. Ousmane Dembele, Hakimi and Jadon Sancho played with the star before moving to other clubs. Erling Haaland is the latest star to play with Reus, and still leaving him there. His loyalty is one of a kind in the current footballing world, where money and huge contracts matter more than virtue.

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Notable loyalty by other football players

Marco Reus’s loyalty can be matched by the likes of Paul Scholes, who refused to leave Manchester United for whichever amount. Additionally, Francesco Totti was a Roma player all his life and retired as their most-capped player. Phillip Lahm dedicated his career to Bayern Munich and never accepted a proposal to move away from Bavaria. Real Madrid’s Raul is also noted as a loyal one who stayed at the club long, winning different accolades. With his new contract, Marco Reus could be thinking about retiring from Dortmund despite being linked with a summer move to Manchester United by some news outlets.

Career Lows

The lows of Marco Reus have included the 2013 Champions League finals loss to bitter rivals Bayern Munich which would have given him one of the most adored medals in Europe. The German star also missed the 2014 world cup with an injury that denied him the world of football’s most prestigious medal. The injury has made him miss over 1100 days of football, which is estimated to be around three years. Despite the injuries, the attacking winger has not given up and has been coming back to play for his boyhood club whenever needed.

Marco Reus poses with the DFL Pokal following their victory in 2021. The German star has lifted a total of three DFL Pokal cups with Borussia Dortmund. He looks forward to winning more with the German side following his contract extension
Marco Reus poses with the DFL Pokal following their victory in 2021. The German star has lifted a total of three DFL Pokal cups with Borussia Dortmund. He looks forward to winning more with the German side following his contract extension. Photo Credits: Borussia Dortmund

Marco Reus honours

His highs have included winning 2 DFB-Pokal cups and 3 DFL Super cups with Borussia Dortmund. He has appeared in the Bundesliga team of the season six times and has been named Germany Player of the Year once, among many other individual honours. 

Timo Werner breaks goal-scoring record in his final match for RB Leipzig

Timo Werner is now RB Leipzig’s all-time top goalscorer after he scored a brace against Augsburg yesterday in his last match for the club.

He scored an opening goal in the first half which put him on 94 goals for the club breaking a new record.

The German international added his second and last goal for the club in the 2nd half, bringing his total goals to 95 ahead of his transfer to Chelsea. Werner’s transfer to the blues was confirmed this month.

Leipzig’s win against Augsburg secured them third place in the Bundesliga with Werner taking his goals tally to 28 in 34 matches this season.

Timo Werner, who joined Leipzig from Stuttgart in the year 2016, has gone beyond 20 league goals in a campaign with his first coming in 2016/2017 where he scored 21 goals for Leipzig.

Werner will move to Chelsea next week on a fee of €53million. However, he will not be able to play for his new club until next season.

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Bayern Munich win 20th German Cup, keeping treble win this season alive

Bundesliga reigning champions, Bayern Munich, have won the German Cup for a 20th time keeping their treble win hopes alive.

Bayern are also unbeaten in their last 26 games, with only one draw since December, setting a new record.

The Bundesliga champions won the Cup in their final match against Bayer Leverkusen which resulted to 4-2. David Alaba opened the score sheet with a free kick in the 16th minute to give Bayern a lead.

Serge Gnabry doubled the lead for Bayern in the 24th minute with a brilliant assist from Joshua Kimmich, scoring his 20th goal in all competitions this season.

Lewandowski, the Polish striker, scored two goals in the second half taking his tally to 51 in 44 games this season in all competitions. He scored his first goal in the 59th minute after he was able to control Manuel Neuer’s long kick before shooting from at least 30 yards.

Bayer Leverkusen made it 3-1 with a brilliant goal from Sven Bender just 4 minutes after Lewandowski scored his first goal. Lewandowski scored his fourth goal with an assist from Ivan Perisic just before Kai Havertz gave Leverkusen a second and final goal of the game.

Bayern are now hoping to make it a treble by also winning the Champions League. They have an aggregate win of 3-0 against Chelsea in the first leg with the second leg set to be played next month when Champions League competition resumes.

Leverkusen missed out on Champions League qualification after finishing 5th in the Bundesliga but still have a chance if they become victors in the Europa League which is also set to return next month.

Photo Credit: Bundesliga Official Website