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Bayern Celebrates 'Rib and Rob'
The Guardian, August 31st, 2009 3:30PM
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Bayern Munich's wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery played only 30 minutes together in the second half against Wolfsburg, but that was more than enough time to dismantle defending league champ, 3-0. The German press went into pun-tastic overdrive in the face of the duo's devastating display. "Robb and Roll rock Bayern," gushed the Kicker. "Rib and Rob, the most dangerous wingmen in the world", wrote Spox. Sueddeutsche Zeitung demanded "respect for Robbery" and Bild hailed the arrival of the "Baylaktischen," the Baylacticos, and their "soccer from another planet". Robben, signed for last Friday, won't solve Bayern's defensive problems, but he gives another lethal edge to Bayern's attack.

The Dutch winger Robben, who was promised that the mercurial Ribery would stay this season before he signed, scored two wonderful counter-attacking goals on his Bundesliga debut. "Tulpen aus Amsterdam" (Tulips from Amsterdam) boomed out of the speakers as the Bavarian crowd celebrated.

"Money does score goals," beamed Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the latest impulse acquisition. After acquiring Robben, Bayern's coach Louis van Gaalcan now play his preferred 4-3-3 system. Going forward, the advantages are obvious: out of form center forwards stay on the bench while RibRob/RobRib switch positions to unnerve defenders and enjoy the artistic license that their creativity demands. "The coach gives me the freedom to go where I want," said Robben.

 

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