• Germany's news in English

Grown men weep as Bayern are trounced

The Local · 9 Apr 2009, 10:46

Published: 09 Apr 2009 10:46 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The reactions of Bayern Munich’s living legends to the defeat in the 1st leg of their Champions League quarter-final, where the team were comprehensively outplayed by Barcelona’s all-star lineup, covered a Wagnerian emotional spectrum that included rage, horror, shame, abject despair and simple tears, media reports said.

“I saw our old friend Udo Lattek at half time. He was crying,” said club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in news magazine Der Spiegel, “I don’t know if they were tears of anger or tears of mourning.”

Lattek, manager of Bayern’s mythical 70’s team, which included Bayern godhead Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, and Sepp Maier won the European Cup with Bayern in 1974, when West Germany also won the World Cup. To hear the veterans of those days speak last night, those glories seemed to be ashes.

Rummenigge shared an insight into the Bayern dressing room with Yahoo’s sports website: “No-one spoke. No-one understood what they had just experienced. We will have to sleep on it for a night – if anyone can sleep.”

Beckenbauer, Bayern’s Kaiser, was almost speechless with anger: “A catastrophe! The first half was the worst that I have ever seen from Bayern. Lell gets the ball through his legs and Messi can just finish it off. That’s school-boy stuff. I don’t know what to say. 4:0 was a merciful result.”

Despite previous assurance that there would be no shame in losing to what is regarded as the world’s best team, the scale and abjectness of the loss to Barcelona has once again put team coach Jürgen Klinsmann's job under pressure. Neither Rummenigge or Beckenbauer would offer a comment on Klinsmann’s new status.

Story continues below…

“What are we meant to do, declare the death penalty?” fumed Beckenbauer. “There’s been enough talk, only the team doesn’t seem to understand.”

“I’m not going to comment on Jürgen Klinsmann after every game,” Rummenigge said. “We’ve got a game in Frankfurt on Saturday, even if that sounds strange.”

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Parents who don't get nursery spot for kid entitled to pay
Photo: DPA

The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled on Thursday that parents whose children don't receive placements in nursery care are entitled to compensation.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd