In the midst of building a new youth academy, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has laid out his ideal setup for training youth players to be stars for the German giants. Rummenigge told fans that his club would seek out youngsters to develop, but his strategy differs from the method of recruitment used in England. Heavily. “We don’t want to bring some 10- or 11-year-old to Munich like the English do,” Rummenigge wrote in the club’s magazine. “You could almost consider it kidnapping and I would have moral reservations about that. I believe 14 is a good age for a youngster to come to Bayern.” The Bavarians have produced some world-class talent in recent years, including Bastian Schweinsteiger,
Antonio Candreva and Inter Milan had something to applaud for a change. Remember when Inter Milan won the treble? Recall when Jose Mourinho stalked the sideline as his black-and-blue machinery won Serie A for a fifth year in a row – as it would later transpire, in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal and Juventus’s retroactively canceled titles – lifted the Italian Cup and upset Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League?
Vicente del Bosque claims criticism of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola back in Spain is politically motivated. Guardiola returned to his old club Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, but City were outclassed in a chastening 4-0 defeat. Former Spain coach Del Bosque, though, has offered his endorsement, suggesting Guardiola's controversial opinions - including his vocal support for Catalan independence - have not helped his cause.