Despite the departure of its star Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich, very active on the transfer market this summer, is once again the huge favorite for its own succession in the German championship, which begins Friday in Frankfurt.
Ten crowns in a row, such a series had never been achieved in Germany, Bayern always falling in the 2000s on a club – Werder Bremen (2004), Stuttgart (2007), Wolfsburg (2009) or more frequently Borussia Dortmund (2002, 2011, 2012)– to spice up the Bundesliga a bit.
In the streets of Munich, Bayern supporters proudly display this record on the jersey celebrating ten consecutive titles, with a specific embroidered, gold crest bearing the number 10, and an out-of-stock edition.
While hostilities have not yet started for the 2022/23 version of the German championship, the eleventh coronation is already reaching out to the players of Julian Nagelsmann, who start the season Friday evening on the lawn of Eintracht Frankfurt, surprising winner of the Europa League last May and added to the list of contenders to end the Bavarian dynasty.
In the summer of 2015, Felix Magath announced that Bayern would win the next ten seasons. In the German press, the champion coach with Wolfsburg (2009) and Munich (2005 and 2006), and savior of Hertha Berlin from relegation last year, clarified his prediction, which is on the way to reality: “Bayern will be champion, at least as long as he plays with Manuel Neuer in goal”.
During the summer, Munich said goodbye to its Polish star Robert Lewandowski, best FIFA player in 2020 and 2021 and a real goal machine in Bavaria (nearly 350 goals) for eight seasons (seven times top scorer, including the five recent seasons), the centerpiece of Munich’s ultra domination on the national level.
– Offensive Strike Force –
Lewandowski left for FC Barcelona, the Munich leaders have still not found a pure center forward to replace him, but with the arrival of Sadio Mané and the gradual emergence of Jamal Musiala, Bayern have lost almost nothing of his offensive strike force, and can dream of the symbolic bar of 100 goals scored in a season (97 last year), as in 2020.
Master tactician in the spotlight for his second season in charge of Bayern at just 34 years old, Julian Nagelsmann will have to be imaginative to do without a centre-forward, unless Bayern manage to find a solution in the last weeks of the transfer window ( until September 1).
To finally bring down Bayern, there is a plethora of candidates. First in the + league of others + last year, Borussia Dortmund could not do anything, like Bayern, to prevent the departure of its best player in the summer, the Norwegian Erling Haaland -22 goals and 8 assists in Bundesliga last year – left for Manchester City.
“Dortmund has strengthened considerably,” however assures the coach of RB Leipzig, Domenico Tedesco. Sébastien Haller arrived from Ajax Amsterdam, but the 28-year-old Franco-Ivorian striker will be unavailable, suffering from testicular cancer diagnosed in mid-July.
The BVB has invested 86 million euros according to the German press to recruit in the summer and is looking for a replacement solution. Karim Adeyemi in attack hopes to confirm all the hopes that German football places in him, starting with coach Hansi Flick.
A club founded in 2009 by the energy drink group Red Bull, RB Leipzig whetted its appetite with a first trophy, the German Cup, last May. The players of Tedesco, who relaunched the team in the second half of the season, “want more” this season.
With Christopher Nkunku, who has extended his lease in Saxony for two seasons until 2026, Leipzig has a fairly stable workforce and presents the ideal spoiler profile.