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Donovan Shows Well In Bayern Debut

January 10, 2009

American forward Landon Donovan made a strong showing in his debut for Bayern Munich, earning two assists in a friendly against the UAE’s Al Jazeera tonight in Abu Dhabi.

On loan from MLS side LA Galaxy, Donovan started up top with Luca Toni and quickly had a few good scoring chances in the 2oth and 25th minutes but was unable to convert either.
The host side did not make it easy, scoring early with a fourth minute Fernando Baino goal to give Al Jazeera the lead 1-0. Donovan worked well on the right setting up Bastain Schweinsteiger for a score to make it 1-1. The home side attacked well again with a good shot from distance by captain Ebrahem Diake but Bayern went on the offensive again. This time, Donovan layed off a gorgeous ball to Christian Lell, who seeming surprised by the service, muffed it wide.

In the second half coach Jurgen Klinsmann replaced nine players but left Donovan on but now playing up top alongside Miroslav Klose. After Donovan was taken down hard 20 meters from goal, Daniel van Buyten converted the resulting free kick in the 47th minute to put Bayern on top 2-1. Yet, the nine new players did not seem to get into much of a rhythm and a poor Van Buyten backpass to keeper Joerg Butt went in for an own goal tying the game at 2:2. Finally Miroslav Klose secured the win for Bayern with an injury time goal to give them a 3-2 win.

After the match, a few German online fan forums also seemed positive on Donovan’s performance with comments from Bayern supporters such as “…thank God Donovan is here and Podolski is gone” or “Hoeness sure knows how to find good players.”

Donovan’s next opportunity to play will be on Monday in a friendly against Al Weda in Saudi Arabia.

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Subotic and Dortmund Down Bayern Munich 2-1

July 24, 2008

Borussia Dortmund’s new head coach Juergen Klopp made a good impression with the BVB fans last night as his new-look team beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the preseason T-Home Super Cup. Included in the starting 11 was young American defender Neven Subotic whom Klopp brought with him from FSV Mainz.

Subotic looked nervous during the early going but started to show his stuff in the 26th minute with a terrific 45-meter pass to Delron Buckley to set up a dangerous chance for BVB. From that point on, he looked more confident and won more than his share of one-on-one challenges with Bayern’s attacking players. The 47,000 home fans on hand at Westfalen Stadium seemed pleased while Bayern’s new coach Juergen Klinsmann was none to pleased to drop such a match just three weeks before the start of the Bundesliga season. The two teams will meet again in league play on August 23rd.

BVB’s goals came in the first half from Jakub Blaszczykowski and Tamas Hajnal (on a great free kick) while Mehmet Ekeci saved Bayern’s honor with a 73rd minute tally.

Subotic’s starting place in central defense is not yet secure since it remains a tossup whether it will consist of Subotic and Mat Hummels (the combination used often in preseason) or whether veteran Robert Kovac, now back from Euro 2008 duty with Croatia, will bump one of the two youngsters. Klopp told Bild last night that ” I have not yet made up my mind on that one yet. It doesn’t matter to me whether a player is young or old, what counts for me is performance.”

Subotic and his Dortmund teammates did not have long to celebrate given their next challenge on Saturday against Juventus.

Photo AP, July 23rd 2008.