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Xabi Alonso Transfer Raises Question Marks in Germany
ESPN FC, August 29th, 2014 12:01PM

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Xabi Alonso’s 10 million-euro ($13.2 million) transfer from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich has been met with a lukewarm reaction from a number of German newspapers and websites, ESPN reports.

An editorial in Die Welt, for example, claims the transfer is the latest example of the Bavarian giant’s surrendering of control to Spanish coach Pep Guardiola since the imprisonment of former president Uli Hoeness for tax evasion. "Guardiola has converted the German champion to a small FC Espana,” the piece claims. “Hoeness did not want an FC Espana. Hoeness had a dream -- the dream of an FC Bayern Germany, with the majority of the Munich team forming the Nationalmannschaft. He did a great job -- only recently the FC Bayern Germany won the World Cup in Brazil."

Der Spiegel also said that "at the moment Guardiola has been given free rein" at Bayern. It commented further that Javi Martinez's ACL tear in the German Super Cup left Munich "paralyzed from shock" and that "Guardiola now commands with emergency law."

Former Bayern captain Stefan Effenberg was also critical of the transfer. "That just doesn't make sense," he said. "You sell one to Real [Toni Kroos], and get one from them. You spend 10 million euros on someone who's turning 33 soon. This deal leaves a lot of question marks.”

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