Make Your Enemies Weak And All Other Things Shall Be Added Unto You: The Bayern Munich Model

By: Omachonu Kelvin

It was yet another weekend in Germany, a weekend with yet another victory for the Bavarians. Bochum fell to a heavy 7-0 defeat at the hands of German champions, Bayern Munich, at the Allianz Arena. The scoreline was indeed flattering for the away side, as it could have been 8-0 if VAR had not decided to rule out Thomas Muller’s 87th-minute goal due to offside.

Saturday wasn’t the first time that Bayern Munich would record basketball scorelines; the Bavarians have recorded 7-goal margin victories in 6 of the last 10 Bundesliga seasons. To also buttress their dominance, they have scored 5+ goals in 46 of their 170 games since the 2011 Bundesliga season; even close “rivals”, Borussia Dortmund, have not been exempted from Bayern Munich’s ruthless wins, as they’ve suffered heavy defeats in the hands of the Bavarians.

With this sort of dominance, one would expect that the Bavarians have put in a lot of money, but it is not the case, as the Bavarians chose a smarter option.

Bayern Munich has been known for picking the best players of some Bundesliga teams, and blending them into the system. In fact, for most players of German descent, it is a dream come true to play for the former Champions of Europe.

A look at the team from the goalkeeping position to the attack is enough proof of their admirable transfer policy. Even the manager, Julian Nagelsmann, was once a rival.

Manuel Neuer was one of the league’s best goalies in 2010, and Bayern Munich snapped him up from from Schalke 04 in 2011 for €30 million. Defender Niklas Sule was Hoffenheim’s best defender in the 2012/13 season, but Bayern Munich snapped him up immediately for €20m.

Even Borrusia Dortmund weren’t left out, as Bayern’s record-breaking talisman, Robert Lewandowski, was gotten on a free transfer from Borrusia Dortmund in 2014.

Last season, RB Leipzig was a thorn in the flesh of the Bavarians, and they “paid” or cashed out from all of their troubles. Bayern Munich secured the services of their best defender, Upamencano, and their manager Julian Nagelsmann. And just as they thought it was over, the Bavarians also snatched their key midfielder, Marcel Sabitzer. 

According to Transfermarkt, the entire team that played against Bochum on Saturday was gotten for just about €211 million, which is less than half of the price of Manchester City squad that drew at home against Southampton on Saturday.

Indeed, their model of taking the best players from their competitions has paid off, as they’ve only lost the Bundesliga crown once in ten years.

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