Bayern Munchen elected not to make new signings in the summer after their hugely successful last season in the Bundesliga, but Werder Bremen will be a tough test.
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Bayern Munchen have long been one of the biggest clubs in world football, but in the last ten years the Munich side almost seemed on a decline. Poor performances in the UEFA Champions League had reduced their stock significantly, and the board decided investment was needed to bring them back to the top.
Marquis signings in the name of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery certainly aided matters on the pitch, and their squad now includes a highly impressive lineup. Germany’s World Cup stars Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez join finalist Mark van Bommel amongst a whole host of other stars in the champions’ side – and they were runners up in the Champions League final last season.
Their opposition this week in the German Bundesliga are SV Werder Bremen, who came third in the table last season to qualify for the Champions League. They will be no walkover.
Bremen boast the giant Per Mertesacker in central defence, the leadership skills of Torsten Frings in midfield alongside Tim Borowski, while Aaron Hunt provides creativity for former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro and Hugo Almeida. It is no wonder they came close to challenging for the title.
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