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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.

Donovan Training With Bayern Munich

November 11, 2008

Today at Bayern Munich’s 3 PM practice, a new face showed up alongside coach Juergen Klinsmann, a face familiar to many American fans. Yep, that’s right, the LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan is in Munich to train with Bayern for a weeek or two to “stay fit.” Hmmm.

Could Donovan, who last left Bayer Leverkusen in 2005 after playing in seven league and two Champion’s League matches, be looking for for a ticket back to European soccer? Donovan’s own web site seems to indicate so when he says “I am pleased that Jürgen Klinsmann and Bayern are giving me this chance to get to know their new performance center and stay fit alongside their great international footballers.”

Kicker speculates that Donovan could fit well into the formation behind Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose, especially if Lukas Podolksi makes a possible mid-season move elsewhere. The question is not so much whether Klinsmann thinks Donovan is ready (by all accounts he does), but whether Donovan can prove his worth to club boss Uli Hoeness who must approve any deal (be it a loan or an outright purchase). My guess is that is exactly why Donovan is training in Munich this week.

Hoeness has made it clear that Podolski isn’t going anywhere unless a suitable replacement is found. For many observers, that replacement appeared to be Zenith’s Russian phenom Andrei Arshavin but if Donovan can prove he has the goods (and is available now), it may just be doable.

Stay tuned because if this is like any of Donovan’s previous transfer sagas, it will get quite interesting.