Pep Guardiola’s signing for Bayern Munich is more than a matter of Teutonic pride. It is also cause for celebration for all football clubs in Deutschland. The champagne flutes can be clinked louder because the party is going to get bigger next year.
What Guardiola will do when he takes over on July 1st is that he will bring a lot more eyes to the Bundesliga. The columns in the sport section attributed to the German League is going to get thicker. If there were such hoopla on where he was going to join, there certainly wouldn’t be a respite in the interest when he takes over. All of a sudden it’s just not going to be the Bild reporters filing in reports week in week out of what is happening at the Allianz.
At a time, when the Bundesliga is the most financially balanced league, when the singing is seeming to get louder in the general stand, when there is every probability that the next star could be coming out from Dortmund than Rio or London or Barcelona, the appearance of such a prestigious name, call him a brand even, is the right step forward, both economically and football wise.
When the Spanish Liga has taken up the mantle of the next best exciting league after the Premier League, but whose position is more so maintained because of the twin teams of Barcelona and Real (I know Malaga has done well in the Champions League), there is an opportunity that exists if German teams could come into the main fold. And if they manage to do that, then like how the La Liga knocked off the Serie A (purely decided on heuristics on matches watched on T.V. while at a massive communal hubbly bubbly area), it is indeed possible for the Bundesliga to push for that position. Yes, we know Messi will forever be present in Cataluña, but the lack of appearance of a genuine third contender has been a problem for the attractiveness of the league. The Bundesliga teams (other than Bayern Munich & Borussia Dortmund) on the other hand, even though not showing stability in consecutive season, have in the past few seasons taken it quite close. The emergence of two more good stable teams (the Deutsch top four) will make the league most exciting.
The most important thing perhaps would be the actual style of play. Everybody is expectantly waiting for Guardiola to drill the Barca way into the heads of the Bayern Munich players. This will rather increase the odds of the Bavarian team winning the Champions League, and in the case that they do manage – the value surge, which will fall upon the clubs, will make them seem like a good investment.
The second greatest spill on effect is going to be the cultivation of some extra ordinary athletes, but with the right attitude. No one can not agree that the recent winning sides of Spain almost plays the tiki-taka, which has been successful on the basis of that the players partnerships started years back in the club that they played for. So with Dortmund showing us potential with the passage of time, Bayern might just follow suit with Pep in tag.
But the rest of Germany please realize that even though you might be getting a pounding from Pep’s team, when the T.V. deals get renewed or tendered, your battered team may get a lump of cash and use it to buy players that could take you somewhere, much better than you what you expected.
Schalke; in the final of the Champions League! Any takers for that?