Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Bayern Munich goes on spending spree
by Paul Kennedy, June 27th, 2007 8:49AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

TAGS:  germany


No team has been as aggressive on the transfer market as Bayern Munich, which was dethroned as German champion and failed to qualify for next season's Champions League. Its signing of Germany striker Miroslav Klose from Bundesliga rival Werder Bremen took its spending on players during the offseason to more than $94 million. Here's a look at the Bayern signees.

MIROSLAV KLOSE. The move to the Allianz Arena means Klose, top scorer at last year's World Cup finals in Germany, will line up with fellow Polish-born German international Lukas Podolski. Bremen sold the 29-year-old Klose, who had a year left on his contract, for an estimated $12 million.

LUCA TONI. After two seasons at Fiorentina, where he scored 49 Serie A goals, Toni joined Bayern on a transfer fee in excess of $13 million. The late bloomer was a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup championship team and gives Bayern a powerful presence in its attack.

FRANCK RIBERY. The 24-year-old winger was a revelation at the 2006 World Cup, where he starred for France. Bayern management's close ties with Marseille resulted in a transfer agreement for Ribery believed to be worth close to $24.6 million.

ZE ROBERTO. A year after he left Bayern to return to Brazil, the 32-year-old Ze Roberto is heading back to Germany. The former Brazil midfielder had an outstanding campaign for Santos, which reached the semifinals of the 2007 Libertadores Cup. He signed a two-year deal with Bayern on a free transfer.

JOSE ERNESTO SOSA. Bayern, one of the first German clubs to invest heavily in South American players, paid $12 million for the 21-year-old Argentine Sosa, who said it was a "dream move" to play for Bayern after arriving from Estudiantes.

MARCELL JANSEN. At 21, the giant Jansen is considered one of Germany's most promising left backs. He played 73 Bundesliga games for Borussia Moenchengladbach and has already made 14 international appearances for the German national team. Bayern reportedly paid $11 million for Jansen.

JAN SCHLAUDRAFF. He captained Alemannia Aachen the age of 23 in its return to the First Division in 2006-07 and debuted for Germany last fall. After a strong campaign Bayern picked up Schlaudraff on a $1.5 transfer fee. He will miss the start of preseason camp with a slipped disc.

HAMIT ALTINTOP. Hamit and twin brother Halil, born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents, broke into German soccer together at Wattenscheid and most recently played together at Schalke 04. Hamit, 24, was a free agent, and Bayern moved quickly, reaching an agreement on a three-year deal last winter.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Carlos Alberto's wonder goal    
Carlos Alberto, who died at age 72 on Tuesday, scored one of the greatest World Cup ...
Video Pick: Sweet solo strike from Leipzig    
One of the reasons newly promoted RB Leipzig is only two points behind Bundesliga leader Bayern ...
U.S. Abroad: Big night for Americans in DFB Pokal    
Bobby Wood scored two goals for Hamburg, his first since the second week of the Bundesliga ...
Double DUII arrests add to Portland nightmare week    
In the space of a week, the Portland Timbers, the 2015 MLS champions, failed to reach ...
Newcomers debut for U.S. U-17s boys in pair of wins    
In their first games since Coach John Hackworth named the 32-player roster for the fall semester ...
Video Pick: A fowl field invasion    
A duck's crash landing interrupted a Bulgarian league game despite goalkeeper Nikolay Bankov's best efforts to ...
What They're Saying: Political science professor Fabio Wanderley Reis    
"People are not feeling represented and candidates like [Joao Leite and Alexandre Kalil], with very little political ...
USL: Nashville SC hires SUM exec Jeske    
Court Jeske, who spent eight years at MLS and Soccer United Marketing as vice president, international ...
MLS: Brad Davis joins vets who are retiring    
Brad Davis, a six-time MLS all-star and two-time MLS champion, announced Sunday that he will retire ...
NASL Rewind: Rayo OKC surges in playoff race    
With one week left in the NASL regular season, Rayo OKC, the Oklahoma club that in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives