Serge Gnabry does not want to return to Bayern Munich.

Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry is back in the spotlight after his superlative performance in Hoffenheim’s defeat of RB Leipzig last week(4-0). He scored two goals, and one of the goals was from 44 meters.

Gnabry has everything to be thankful for. After recovering from numerous injuries that were on the verge of blighting his career, he has found playing for Hoffenheim a relief.

However, the 22-year-old German-Ivorian is on loan to Hoffenheim from Bayern Munich until the end of 2017/2018 season. And according to an article in Sport 1, Gnabry does not relish going back to Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
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Can the Bundesliga compete against the English premier league ?

The summer transfer season closed yesterday, and money exchanged hands between clubs and agents. Based on the trends so far, the English premier league seem to dominate the transfers with lots of money to buy players. The value of players have risen so fast that many clubs in the Bundesliga are still playing catch up.

The newly found purchasing power of the premier league is based on the TV marketing deal worth over 10 Billion Euros from 2016 for three years.It is three times the amount of the Bundesliga. Stoke city will earn more in TV rights than FC Bayern Munich.

The notable transfers was the move from Wolfsburg to Manchester city by Kevin De Bruyne for 75 million euros, Abdul Rahman Baba from FC Augsburg to Chelsea for 25 million euros, or Heung Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen to Tottenham for 30 million euros.

Interestingly, Kevin De Bruyne’s move from Wolfsburg, is the highest transfer fee in the history of the Bundesliga. The former record was held by Firminho who moved from Hoffenheim to Liverpool some time ago.

Given the huge money at stake, can the Bundesliga compete against the English premier league ? Is the premier league,the new Mecca for football players ?

To answer the pertinent questions, one should look at the structure of the Bundesliga model compared to the EPL.In the Bundesliga, there are no money bags or Sheiks buying clubs because of the 50+1 rule,which makes it almost impossible for an outsider to have majority stakes in a club.

Along the line, there have been exception in the 50+1 rule on three occasions in the Bundesliga.They are Bayer Leverkusen is owned by Bayer, Volkswagen owns Wolfsburg, and Dietmar Hopp owns Hoffenheim.

Despite the dominance of Sky in Germany as a pay TV station, the number of subscribers is minute in comparison to the UK.Football in Germany, is still a volkssport that has not lost it’s roots.

Felix Magath thinks the 50+1 rule is outdated.He claims the entry of investors will not ruin the Bundesliga.He wrote in his column for Kölner express and Hamburger Morgenpost:”even when the truth hurts, our elite league can not keep up with England.”

The big clubs in the Bundesliga watch as their talents are scuttled away to the EPL.To stem the tide, there is already a quarrel between the Deutsche Fussball liga (DFL) and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge over the TV marketing in the Bundesliga.Rummenigge suggested marketing the TV rights individually as against the present norm of central marketing.He is of the opinion that FC Bayern will get more money.However, DFL boss,Klaus Filbry is against it.

If the Bundesliga clubs can intensify their scouting abilities and sell to EPL clubs for a high amount later, it is a win-win situation for everybody.

Thiago extends his contract until 2019.


FC Bayern have extended the initial contract of Thiago from 2017 until 2019.The President of Bayern Munich,Karl-Heinz Rummenigge,said on the club’s website,”we are happy that Thiago, has decided to stay in Bayern for a long time. He is young, and an important player for the future of the club.”

The midfield player, who came to Bayern in 2013 for €25 Million is the wish player from Coach, Pep Guardiola.Guardiola was quoted as saying at the time that, “either Thiago or nothing.” Thiago has a perfect relationship with Guardiola. There are already speculations that his contract extension might influence Guardiola to stay in Munich.Because, Pere Guardiola, is the agent of Thiago and a brother to Pep Guardiola. Currently,Guardiola has not made up his mind to extend his contract.

Thiago has played a total of 25 games for Bayern Munich. Due to a recurring knee injury,he did not play football for over a year.Presently he is injury free.

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