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Landon Donovan’s Munich Move Finalized


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


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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Headlines: Everton to Use Football Manager

david-moyesEverton signed a deal with Football Manager to use their database for scouting. (The Spoiler)

Wynalda needles Donovan again. (

Blanco will stay with the Chicago Fire for his option year. (MLS Rumors)

The Emirates may be the least carbon-friendly building in the U.K. (CNN)

Eduardo could be back playing in two to three weeks. (Setanta)

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Headlines: Maradona Gone Already?

maradonaAfter just two weeks, Maradona may resign as Argentina manager. (Sports Illustrated)

Ives was not pleased about Landon’s Honda Award. (Soccer by Ives)

Drogba flicks off, throws coin at Burnley fans. (FourFourTwo)

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys the comfort of his own bed (Chickendinner)

Jermaine Pennant proposes in a graveyard, kind of creepy. (Dirty Tackle)

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The Big Lead » Blog Archive » The Onion Bag: Much Ado About Lando


The Big Lead » Blog Archive » The Onion Bag: Much Ado About Lando

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Headlines: Lando to Leave Galaxy?

landon_donovan-21Landon is training at Bayern. (Soccer by Ives)

Chelsea must build a new stadium at Battersea Power Station. (EPLTalk)

Manchester United was really excited to play Arsenal. (Kickette)

Elano isn’t a happy camper. (101 Great Goals)

South African Gold company may buy portsmouth for £70m (The Original Winger)

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Headlines: Sons of Ben in Trouble?

It’s not always be sunny in Philadelphia (MLS-Rumors)

Landycakes may be leaving on a jet plane for the Premier League (EPLTalk)

Nuns buy shares in Hajduk Split (The Beautiful Game)

You may take Steve McClaren’s life.  But you’ll never take his freedom! (The Spoiler)

Pies are so passe (The Guardian)

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