Bayern Munich may have been defending Bundesliga champions when Football Manager 2011 released, but the German giants’ title defense was already crumbling.
Just six wins in their first 15 Bundesliga appearances paved the way for Borussia Dortmund to start two years of glory and ultimately cost Louis van Gaal his managerial job. The future has remained bright, however, with a number of exciting young players in Bayern’s books.
We took a look at the six Bayern FMScout “Wonderkids” chosen for the 2011 match. They may feel fairly satisfied with half of these choices, less than the other half.
Bayern believed they had pulled off a coup by signing Breno for € 12.3million from Sao Paulo in December 2007, but the transfer quickly turned into a sad story.
A highly regarded young defender upon his arrival, Breno failed to settle in Germany after his parents were denied a visa and struggled to play at Bayern. A promising loan to Nurmeburg gave the Brazilian the chance to enjoy first-team football more, but he suffered a serious knee injury.
With his deteriorating mental health and news of needing a third knee surgery leaving Breno fearful that “it was all over”, he consumed a cocktail of beer, port, whiskey and sleeping pills and burned his house down. after his wife ran away with her children.
“Satan had taken hold of his body. He was no longer himself, ”his wife, Renata said later. A police officer noted in his statement: “Mr. Borges was covered in soot from head to toe, had three lighters in his pocket, and asked if he could return to Brazil now that the house had burned down.
In April 2012, he was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. Sao Paulo offered Breno a contract while he was still incarcerated, and he returned to his former club in 2015.
He only played seven times in three years in Sao Paulo before joining Vasco da Gama. Now 31, he is without a club after leaving Vasco in early 2021.
Contento had made his Bayern debut the season before FM2011 was released and there were high hopes for the left-back, who spent 13 years in the club’s academy.
But his first-team opportunities were always going to be limited once captain Philipp Lahm returned to the left side of the defense when Rafinha signed. The moment Lahm entered midfield, David Alaba’s rise thwarted Contento’s prospects.
His list of honors includes three league and cup doubles as well as the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, although he has never made more than 20 appearances in one. only campaign for the club.
After leaving Bayern in 2014, Contento spent four years at Bordeaux and two seasons at Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he only made one appearance due to a serious knee injury.
Before 2020-2021, the 30-year-old joined second-tier group Sandhausen.
We’re not saying Football Manager was wrong on this one, but Ekici has never made a competitive appearance for Bayern.
The midfielder, who has won 12 caps for Turkey, spent three years each at Werder Bremen, Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce, but the 30-year-old has been without a club since leaving the latter in the summer of 2020.
After this list started with three prospects who didn’t live up to the bill, Alaba is launching a series of three players who absolutely did.
The footballing equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife appeared on the wing, center midfielder and center-back of Bayern, but his best work was reserved at left-back, where his emergence killed hopes of Diego Contento from a career rich in history at the club.
Having made more than 400 appearances and winning 24 trophies with Bayern, the 28-year-old is expected to leave the club this summer when his contract expires. Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona and Chelsea have all been linked, but Real Madrid are reportedly favorites for his signing.
We’re pretty sure Alaba will be leaving Bavaria after adding to that number of trophies.
– Liga de Campeones (@LigadeCampeones) February 10, 2021
Kroos had already played 29 times in three seasons for Bayern by the time the 2010-11 campaign unfolded – as well as spending an exciting 18-month loan at Bayer Leverkusen – and he has lived up to his status as Wonderkid consolidating his place in the team with 37 appearances in all competitions this term.
But the midfielder only spent three more seasons at Bayern afterward before joining Real Madrid in what now looks like a steal between 24 million euros and 30 million euros. We don’t need to tell you that things went pretty well in the Spanish capital for him.
If Football Manager was far off target with Ekici, they hit the target with Kroos.
A super fat nutcase. A good f * cking footballer. What’s not to like?
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