Champions of Europe 2012/13
If you don’t know anything about Bayern Munich and you only listen to what the BVB officials have to say almost every single day in the last few weeks, you must get the impression, that Bayern Munich is a club full of mercenaries and the scourge of (German) football, that needs to be cured by Dortmund. Bayern Munich a James Bond villain? And Kloppo is Bond, James Bond? Bayern Munich does not care about taxes and pays money they don’t have? He is either lying here, or he should take a break from giving interviews. Maybe both.
The truth is, that Bayern Munich produces a lot of talent. In fact it’s the biggest “talent factory” in Germany and maybe even Europe! And many of the Bayern players have been in Munich for five, six or more years and are likely to end their careers in Munich. Although the perspective wasn’t always the best. Many people say that Götze should have stayed in Dortmund and help to create something big. That’s exactly what many Bayern players did the last five, six, maybe ten years! Although they could have left the club at any time, for more money and a better perspective. The BVB supporters are talking about “Echte Liebe” (true love). That’s what many players has kept in Munich for so many years, especially before 2009, when Bayern Munich was more like Borussia Dortmund than Real Madrid: A club that can be very successful, but that loses players to the bigger leagues. Because of the money. Because of the perspective.
It was 2009 when Bayern Munich have changed their position and they had the means to tell Real Madrid to go back home without Ribery. And that’s what Borussia Dortmund wants as well. In fact Borussia Dortmund is much like Bayern Munich before 2009: A club wit a lot of homegrown talent, that could achieve big things, if bigger clubs wouldn’t buy their players. And if Borussia Dortmund can continue their success of the last three years for another three, four years and knock at the door to CL semis every year, they will soon become what Bayern Munich has turned into since 2009 - and be able buy even more players like Reus and Gündogan and keep them. Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have much more in common than the media hype makes it look like. They even talk the same bullshit every day.
Oh, and one last thing about spending money you don’t have: Dortmund had just recovered from a near bankruptcy that was caused by spending money that was not available (in fact they were bigger spenders than Bayern Munich). And by transforming the club into a stock company. So much for “we are club, not a company” (subtext “unlike our competitors”; both clubs are “AGs” by the way). And guess which club has helped Dortmund during these dark times. Of course the two million Euros Bayern Munich has given to help Borussia Dortmund weren’t crucial in the long recovery of Borussia Dortmund, but they were crucial at the time the club has asked Bayern Munich for help.
So, if you still want to support the underdog next Saturday, I have no problem with that. The underdog always get more support. That’s fine. Neither do I ask you to suddenly like Bayern Munich. There are many reasons to not like Bayern Munich (but they deserve respect). Just don’t fall for that stupid, hypocritical “James Bond” propaganda from the BVB officials. I’m usually neutral and more interested in the German football in general (so yes, having two German clubs in final of the Champions League is like Christmas every day for me). I for one have lost my sympathies for the BVB over the last few weeks.”
Bye bye babes….