WATCH: Jupp Heynckes is farewelled by Bayern Munich - again - after picking up fourth Bundesliga title

Alex Broun 21/05/2018
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Jupp Heynckes and Bayern celebrate

Bayern Munich fans turned up in their thousands on Sunday to bid farewell to Jupp Heynckes for a second time.

The 73-year-old is going back into retirement after leading Bayern to a fourth Bundesliga title. Bayern were five points adrift when he returned in October, but regrouped to wrap up the title with five matches to spare.

Heynckes however will be disappointed to be bowing out with just one piece of silverware. It might have been more for the respected veteran but Eintracht Frankfurt stunned Bayern to win the German Cup final on Saturday, while Real Madrid denied the German giants a place in the Champions League final.

But Heynckes happily lifted the league trophy at Sunday’s presentation watched by a sea of supporters who flooded Munich’s streets to pay tribute to him.

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Veteran winger Franck Ribery, 35, has signed a one-year extension to stay at Bayern Munich until 2019, the German giants announced on Monday.

“I am very happy to be able to play for another year at this great club,” said Ribery in a statement.

“Munich has long since become a home for my family and I, therefore, am proud to be able to play in the FC Bayern shirt next season.”

Ribery joined Bayern in 2007, scoring 80 goals in 247 Bundesliga appearances, and won the German league title for a joint record eighth time this season.

“We are very pleased that Franck has been retained,” said Bayern’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.

“This season, Franck has proved once again in the Bundesliga, as well as in the Champions League and German Cup, what he is capable of and what great quality he has.

Despite a knee injury in October which kept him out for 10 games, Ribery, who will be 36 when his contract expires, has managed five goals in 19 league games this season.

“When I came to Munich in 2007, I was looking to push my career to the next level,” Ribery wrote on Instagram.

“But I never imagined winning eight German championships, the German Cup five times and the Champions League trophy with this club.

“But what I found above all that success is a place called home.

“Thanks to everyone who is supporting me, to my beloved family and friends, the best fans, team mates and staff.

“Let’s work hard to make this time another glorious chapter in the story of the best club in the world.”

Fellow veteran Arjen Robben, 34, has also been offered a year’s extension to his deal which expires in June, but the Dutch winger has yet to put pen to paper.

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It would be easy to believe otherwise given their failure to put a ramshackle Real Madrid to the sword, but Bayern Munich are going places. Just not to Kiev in a few weeks’ time.

Bayern were nothing but underwhelming over the course of two legs. It was like watching a technically gifted boxer go at it against a slugger and being dragged down to his opponent’s level. And there’s no team that can play rope-a-dope and land an ugly knockout blow the way this year’s Real Madrid can.

There was very little from Bayern to be impressed by. Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich may have inexplicably collapsed to the Bernabeu canvas on Tuesday night, but Jupp Heynckes’ side were staggering long before then.

The mistake would be to judge the club’s potential on those two performances. Indeed, they are something of a mystery to most fans except for when they come down from the hinterlands of the Bundesliga and compete in European competition.

Quietly, though, they have been vacuuming up some of the country’s – if not the world’s – best talent at a time when many other of Europe’s top clubs are either crumbling or stagnating.

The Champions League-winning era that saw Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery end many a full-back’s career is moving towards a swift conclusion and Robert Lewandowski, to whom scoring goals is as easy as picking daisies, is on Real’s radar.

There won’t be a mad dash to the market if and when they depart. That’s because the Bayern hierarchy have had the foresight to sign players long before they even need them.

Putting James Rodriguez to one side, the six other players that were signed in the last two transfer windows are not yet first-choice starters.

They broke their transfer record, though not the bank, for France midfielder Corentin Tolisso, 23, to the tune of €41.5 million. Kingsley Coman, the 21-year-old winger, also signed on a permanent basis, as did another one in Serge Gnabry – who was immediately loaned to Werder Bremen. Germany centre-back Niklas Sule, 21, and midfielder Sebastian Rudy, 28, also rocked up at the gates of Allianz Arena from Hoffenheim. And if they weren’t greedy enough, Bayern raided the same side again in the winter to land 30-year-old striker Sandro Wagner.

Kingsley Coman is one of many hot prospects in a young Bayern squad.

Kingsley Coman is one of many hot prospects in a young Bayern squad.

Next year another rangy midfielder in Leon Goretzka, who if you haven’t heard about yet you will have done after the World Cup, will make Munich his home too.

It’s a policy that Bayern have pursued for years, though never as aggressively as last summer. What makes it suddenly so intriguing is that all their insurance policies are in place while other European big guns are wondering where their next stars will come from.

Barcelona, for instance, were forced to pay well over the odds for Ousmane Dembele when Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain. They can hardly be blamed for not predicting PSG would pull their expensive Brazilian rug from under them, but Barca were never exactly stuffed to the gills with depth either.

The Catalans also spent €100m plus on Coutinho – and their squad is still in desperate need of freshening up with Andres Iniesta on his way out too. The perfect replacement is Thiago … the one they let go to Bayern.

The same problem applies to Real. There is no truly promising young defender behind Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, or a striker behind Karim Benzema.

Marco Asensio is an exception in midfield yet Dani Ceballos, named the player of the Under-21 European Championship last year, barely gets a look in under Zinedine Zidane. The beauty of the Bundesliga for Bayern is that it is competitive without being energy-sapping – they can rotate their youngsters in and out at will while keeping the rest of the league at arm’s length.

It’s not so hard then to process a dip in Spain – it’s happening already. With Cristiano Ronaldo, with Lionel Messi, those two giants will always be there. A line of succession, however, is not.

As for PSG, the bullets may be gold, but their approach in the market has been scatter-gun. Why did they let young French talent like Tolisso, Coman and Dembele evade their clutches? Why was Paul Pogba lured from Manchester United by Juventus, not them?

The only squad in Europe that can match the almost bottomless pit of Bayern talent is Manchester City. They’ll be back as a Champions League force under Pep Guardiola. And as long as incoming manager Niko Kovac does not tear such a well-penned plan to shreds, so will Tuesday’s losers.

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