Bundesliga Headliners

  1. Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe, Benjamin Pavard has brushed off speculation about his Bayern München future. It has recently been claimed in German media that Bayern are looking for a new right-back, with those in charge reportedly not satisfied with Pavard’s performances. The French international, however, is not concerned about what lies ahead of him.
  1. Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich appeared on German television Sunday to talk about his bout with COVID as well as his controversial decision not to get vaccinated. Kimmich revealed that he regretted not getting vaccinated sooner and even said that he made an appointment to get inoculated during his second quarantine period.
  1. Super agent Mino Raiola recently mentioned Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City as potential destinations for Erling Haaland, but he has now made it clear that they are not the only options for his client. In an interview with Sport1, Raiola said that there’s a “big chance” that Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, and mentioned Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City as potential destinations. However, Raiola has now taken to Twitter to clarify that there are other clubs in the race for Haaland as well.
  1. FSV Mainz 05 head coach Christian Heidel says that his club will not sign any unvaccinated players in January. In addition to speaking on the club’s remarkable turnaround last year and the frequent visits of German national team trainer Hans Dieter Flick to the club’s ground, Heidel revealed himself to be a proponent of vaccine mandates.
  1. Mainz’s Karim Onisiwo & Lionel Messi have scored only once from their first 35 shots this season, the worst conversion record in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
  1. Marco Rose confirms Borussia Dortmund will be without Manuel Akanji for the remainder of the year after he underwent minor knee surgery.
  1. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has been fined €40,000 by the DFB for his comments about referee Felix Zwayer. Bellingham had claimed that Zwayer is a referee who fixed matches before after awarding a controversial penalty to Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker.  
  1. Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz made his 50th Bundesliga appearance – aged 18 years, 7 months and 12 days, he is the youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach this mark.
  1. FC Bayern Munich’s 5-0 victory over Stuttgart was the ninth time Bayern scored five or more goals in a Bundesliga match–more than any other team within a single calendar year since the formation of the Bundesliga before.
  1. Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller is the first player to assist 12 goals in the first half of a single Bundesliga season.
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