Rescinded Red

Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Franck Ribery Takes Team Bus For a Spin

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Landon Donovan’s Munich Move Finalized

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Landon Donovan, officially, has been loaned to German club Bayern Munich until March 15, leaving open the possibility of an extension or permanent deal.

The Galaxy attacker will join the German club for a training camp in Dubai on Jan. 2.   He had a tryout in November. 

The 26-year-old previously played 7 matches in Germany for Bayer Leverkusen, during a brief 2005 stint.

Donovan will replace striker Lukas Podolski, probably departing in the January window.  Unfortunately for Donovan, Podolski’s lack of playing time engended his departure.  With players such as Toni, Klose, Ribery and Schweinsteiger starting in his favored positions, it’s hard to see Donovan, with worse pedigree than Podolski, playing consistently.

Alternatively, it’s a sign of belated ambition from Donovan.  He believes he’s the best American player.  He believes he can play with the world’s best.  He’s risking ridicule to prove it at one of the world’s biggest clubs.  His gumption is noteworthy.

Even if Donovan flames out at Bayern, the training and experience will improve his play.  The worst thing that happens is an ignominious return to the Galaxy and his Malibu beach house.  Most could live with that.

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Headlines: English Women Don’t Use Bidets

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English women don’t wash their genitalia, says Napoli president. (Dirty Tackle)

The seventies were a pretty swanky time in Germany, fast forward to thirty seconds. (The Original Winger)

Naming Rights Stadium will deliver “the ultimate fan experience.” (101 Great Goals)

Kaka does not have a hernia. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

A riveting Souness-Tugay partnership will take over for Paul Ince at Blackburn. (Football365)

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Hitler: Not a Football Fan

hitlerThe Times declared Adolf Hitler the most vile football fan of all time.  Russell Brand was second.  Unfortunately for the newspaper’s ardent fact-checking department, the Fuhrer was no football fan at all.

Hitler never saw a match until the 1936 Olympics, where he left in a huff after Germany conceded a second goal in a 2-1 defeat to Norway.  

No slouch in other matters, he made no attempt to impose the skillful short passing of the Schalke Kreisel on the German national team.

Schalke did win the German League six times between 1934 and 1942.  It wasn’t nefarious.  They were just really good.

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Lukas Podolski Hands In Transfer Request to Bayern Munich

lukas_podolskiOne grey leather car seat will be left fallow.  One sports drink will rest with its cap securely screwed.  German striker Lukas Podolski has formally requested a transfer from Bayern Munich.

The 23-year-old has been an international star for Germany, scoring 31 goals in 60 Mannschaft appearances.  However, he never has replicated such form for Bayern, scoring just 12 league goals in two and a half seasons and failing to carve out a first team niche, because of inferior tactical understanding and more talented strikers ahead of him, such as Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose.

Both Tottenham and Manchester City would like Podolski in the January Window.  However, his initial club, Cologne, have a first-option clause to resign him for any agreed fee.

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Bayern Munich Bring In Landon Donovan on Open-Ended Loan Deal

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Bayern Munich will loan Landon Donovan from the Los Angeles Galaxy until March.

“As a person and a player, I am completely different now to how I was then,” Donovan said.  “I have matured.  I am ready.  I believe I can keep up with all the other players, even if I am not the best player here.”

Donovan also addressed his first stint in Germany. “I recognize Leverkusen wasn’t the problem, I was,” he said.  “I just wasn’t ready for it.”

Donovan, 26, scored 20 goals in 25 MLS appearances last season.  He has 37 goals in 105 appearances for the United States.

Unlike Beckham’s move to A.C. Milan, the loan may not end at the start of the MLS season.

“The goal will be to see if we can get him long term, at least until the end of the season,” Jurgen Klinsmann told Bayern’s website.

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