Bayern show ruthless streak with Klinsmann sacking

April 28, 2009

Bayern Munich’s decision to sack Juergen Klinsmann five rounds before the end of the season with the team just three points out of first place might end up working out for the club, with the title still very much up for grabs, but it’s sad news for the Bundesliga.

It is also sad for fans of the exciting, attacking style of football that the former Germany striker brought to Munich. Klinsmann had won myriad new enthusiasts for soccer in general and Bayern Munich in particular with his innovative approach — quite an achievement considering Bayern were probably the most hated club in Germany outside Bavaria.

Under Klinsmann, Bayern’s insatiable appetite for goals could make them a joy to watch going forward. Unfortunately for the coach, the defence also seemed to enjoy seeing goals scored too and let in far too many.

Bayern were brilliant on some nights: their 5-1 win over VfB Stuttgart in the German Cup and the one-sided wins in the Champions League against Sporting Lisbon (5-0 and 7-1) spring to mind.

But on other occasions they were pretty dreadful, like when they lost 2-1 against Cologne and 5-1 at VfL Wolfsburg — to say nothing of the humilating 4-0 defeat at Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

So why didn’t Bayern bosses hold tight and wait and see how the season played out? Five wins from their last seven Bundesliga matches had left them just three points behind Wolfsburg and one behind Hertha Berlin — two teams with no experience of a pressure-packed title run. Surely Bayern’s chances were pretty good.

Perhaps pressure from the German media, particularly the relentless criticism from Bild newspaper, just became too great.

There will certainly be many enjoying a sense of Schadenfreude after the move but there are plenty who will be saddened as well.

“Man trifft sich immer zweimal im Leben” is a German phrase that basically means “what goes around, comes around”. Don’t be surprised to see Klinsmann on the bench of another top European club before long. And don’t be surprised if Bayern live to regret firing Klinsmann.

Maybe even by next month.


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The ugly and malicious word “Schadenfreude” used by German speakers describes people who take joy in the misfortune of others. It is a word that belongs in no language, anywhere, at any time, for any reason.

Posted by danae grant | Report as abusive

I am resident in Germany and I find your comments unrelated to the feelings of the German Football Fans: –
The feelings are that Klinsmann was a “Clown” and the Players wanted him gone!
Munich love them or hate them are a Great Team, when Olli was in the goal and he was the Captain the team performed very well, he left sooner than he should have done maybe because Klinsmann had been chosen as the (Trainer) Manager and he was a great loss to the team, the “Heart” seemed go out of the Team overnight.
I am not a Fan of Munich or any another team but I love Football and this is where I agree the Bundesliga need teams like Munich!

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

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Posted by Weekly Dose “Klinsmann is bigger than the Swine Flu” Edition – – The Offside – German Football League Blog | Report as abusive

No, danae grant, you are wrong. The word Schadenfreude exists in many languages. In my native language,Bulgarian, it is also present.

злорадство (zloradstvo)

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