Thursday Roundup: Bayern Munich to see multiple offseason departures

The Equalizer Staff May 18, 2017 43

Also in today’s roundup, UEFA to launch “Together #WePlayStrong” campaign and Dick, Kerr Ladies gets a blue plaque.

Bayern Munich will reportedly see a number of player departures in the upcoming offseason. (photo courtesy Bayern Munich)

Bayern Munich will reportedly see a number of player departures in the upcoming offseason. (photo courtesy Bayern Munich)

Bayern Munich to undergo major offseason roster changes

Bayern Munich, unseated as German champions following two seasons at the top, will look far different when the new season begins this fall. A Thursday tweet by Jasmina Schweimler of WoSoZone indicated that at least eight players, representing more than 600 combined appearances for the club, will not be returning.

The most experienced of the bunch, Swiss striker Vanessa Burki, has been at Bayern for 11 seasons. Also included is Vivianne Miedema who should be in high demand over the summer. The Dutch striker already has 34 international goals and will not turn 21 until the day before her native Netherlands opens the 2017 European Championships as host. Japan’s Mana Iwabuchi is also part of the group set to depart Bayern.

Bayern Munich ceded the Bundesliga to Wolfsburg and enter the final weekend of play trying to secure the second German spot in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League. They need to defeat SGS Essen at home, else hope Turbine Potsdam lose or draw away to Duisburg.

There was no immediate word as to the destinations of the players on the move.

UEFA to launch “Together #WePlayStrong” initiative

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced that it will its largest ever marketing campaign aimed at making soccer the most participated-in sport for European girls and women, according to a recent article in The Guardian. The “Together, #WePlayStrong” campaign, which will debut just a little more than a month before the 2017 European Championship kicks off, hopes to achieve this feat in just five years.

The campaign is the result of a recent UEFA survey that found that girls and young women who played soccer often had higher self-confidence, self-esteem, motivation, feelings of togetherness, life skills and general well-being than girls who participated in other sports or no sports at all. The survey polled over four thousand players ages 13 and up across six different countries: Denmark, England, Germany, Poland, Spain and Turkey.

“This study shows that girls who play football have greater self-confidence than those who don’t play the game,” UEFA’s women’s football adviser, Nadine Kessler, told The Guardian. “Drawing upon my own experience, I can’t emphasize enough how important this is when you are growing up.”

One of the ways the association is planning to increase female participation in soccer is through “Wildcats,” a new network of over 200 girls’ soccer teams that that will provide local, safe, and “girl-friendly” soccer programs that UEFA is currently developing. They hope that by doing so they will be able to help double the participation of girls and women in the sport. Two other campaign targets are doubling the number of female fans and enabling consistent success for women’s teams at on the world stage.

First blue plaque dedicated to women’s soccer unveiled in Preston

This week the first blue plaque to be dedicated to women’s football was unveiled in Preston to celebrate the Dick, Kerr Ladies Football Team that went onto to become the most successful women’s football team in history. The plaque can be seen on the former Dick, Kerr & Co., now Alstom, factory building where the team was originally formed 100 years ago to date.

The grandchildren of a few members of the original team were at the ceremony to help officially unveil the plaque. The grandson of Grace Sibbert, one of the founding players, expressed his pride in the recognition.

“I feel extremely proud to have been asked to share the unveiling of this deserved plaque in memory of the Dick, Kerr Ladies Football Team. The ‘legend’ that is Dick Kerr was passed on to me by my grandmother Grace Sibbert and her daughter Edna Sibbert, my Auntie” he said. “That part my grandmother played in getting the team started in 1917 always fills me with pride whenever I see photos of the teams or read about their exploits as pioneering ladies footballers.”

  • Ashley C

    Figured as much. League issues + their play in the second leg vs PSG. It will be interesting to see what pieces come and go with a team like PSG too with no CL next season (unless of course they can pull it off vs Lyon in the final).

  • Rdalford

    NWSL twitter has statement from Amanda Duffy that indicates that for the next few weeks all the NWSL games to be streamed via go90 (i.e all NWSL games except the weekly TV game on LifeTime) will be streamed and available via go90 but also streamed via the NWSL site and the NWSL app for both USA and international fans.

    odd (to me) that announcement (for now) only appears via tweet
    but glad to know that stream will be available on NWSL site even for USA residents

  • tonysocref
    • guest

      if she can’t play in the french cup final due to a hamstring injury i doubt just a week after later the hamstring will be healthy enough for the champions league. i wonder what the orlando pride thinks about all this pushing?

      • Silver Frost

        Likely will not see ORL starting Morgan any time soon.

  • Tempest

    Most of the players leaving Munich have been considered not to be very important for the future of the club anymore.
    .
    Miedema is leaving for a much bigger paycheck (although Bayern has the money they are not “big spenders” for the women team).
    .
    Holstad is the only susprise here. She would be still important for Munich. Does she also have a better offer? (England?)

  • Tom F

    in terms of a pay check, German teams don’t go over the five figure mark, but loosing a young start like Miedema is a surprise as she was BM’s only genuine striker. With no injuries they still got an very strong lineup full of German NT’s/or at least 2nd best in the Bundesliga. This would probably be what the starting lineup would look like(though their still missing a center/fwd if Miedema is gone). Keep in mind’ at least four of them started at the Olympic gold medal game

    GK………………………………Koppola

    Maier………………..Wenninger……….Schnaderback………………Lowandowski

    Laudehr…………………….Behringer………….Leupolz……………..Faisst

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Rolser………………………….Dabritz

    • Hugo

      They also hired Demann from Hoffenheim, Damnjanovic from Sand and Jill Roord from Twente. And don’t forget Fridolina Rolfö. I am pretty sure that at least Demann and Rolfö will play if fit

  • Reality

    “FC Barcelona, one of the world’s most iconic clubs, has announced plans to open and operate a state of the art facility on New York’s Long Island. This will be the first ever fully-owned FC Barcelona youth soccer academy in the United States, and will educate the next generation of American soccer players using the same winning methodologies from the famous La Masia where living legends like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez honed their craft before joining Barcelona’s first team.”

    https://www.soccernation.com/fc-barcelona-open-world-class-academy-new-york/

    • guest

      Is this the one everyone was convinced would be in San Diego? Wonder what this says about their NWSL plans.

      • Reality

        It appears that the NYC facility will be the most extensive of Barcelona FC’s operations here in the states. Whether that means that their announced intention to sponsor an NWSL team means locating there is still a matter of speculation. California would still be a very attractive venue. What I think is important about this latest announcement is that it emphasizes the seriousness of Barca’s intention to establish a firm base in the USA for promoting their style of soccer.

        • guest

          Do SBFC’s rights extend to Nassau County? Could FCB be buying out the NY Fury venue? That makes a lot less sense than going to California or somewhere on the west coast, tbh, but who knows.

          • guest

            Also Fun Fact… many of the ex-Fury players under Riley (Heath, Long, Menges) moved with Riley or were recruited by him to the Thorns.

          • #1Fan

            I hear a rumor that PR is getting the U-23 job.. interesting development. Pun intended

          • guest

            So he will do that simultaneously with the Courage job? I wonder why he’s a better choice than Harvey unless she doesn’t want to do it anymore.

          • #1Fan

            dont know. Rumor.

          • guest123

            Riley Fits in with USSF strategy. Don’t bother with defensive depth, just concentrate on offense.

          • guest

            Given that Menges was his personal recruit, he does have an eye for under the radar defensive talent. Perhaps he should use it more with the Courage.

          • DNG

            Ha. His current approach with the Courage is about as far from a technique focused team as you can get but NCC and the USWNT actually do play somewhat similarly. I wish VA would coach that team part time.

          • #1Fan

            So glad you picked up on that one 🙂

          • sunil

            lol. “Fury” is the perfect name for a Riley-led team.

          • guest123

            Hempstead/Uniondale is about the least prestigious venue and location imaginable for a club like FCB. If LAFC is starting a women’s team, though, maybe LA wasn’t an option.

          • guest

            It’s a huge market though with a very dense population. The Cosmos who played there folded, but maybe Barcelona could breathe life into the venue. Public transportation is an issue there, though…. although probably still easier than getting to Yurcak.

          • anon

            Train to hempstead + short uber/bus ride. Easier than getting to Yurcak but Hempstead station is a bit (a lot) dodgy.

          • #1Fan

            A market that has been in recent and alarming decline wrt the soccer played and players produced on the girls side.

          • guest123

            I wonder why that is. Field hockey and Lacrosse are huge sports here and land girls a lot of scholarships. Maybe they drain the talent.

          • #1Fan

            i think travel dynamics make parents hostage to the Clubs. No incentive to really improve as competition not there. Also PR having outside interests means Albertson has declined. Like most of the gilrs soccer int he NE , the talent has been diluted to a huge extent by the sheer number of pay to pay opportunities, but the quality has not kept up.

          • annie

            Lacrosse definitely does, possibly because it’s mainly a northeastern/wealthy sport and there’s less competition for scholarships, but perhaps that will change with a viable and visible professional womens’ soccer league. Field hockey is an awful sport… and I say that as an ex field hockey player who now deals with chronic back pain.

          • displaced southerner

            I’m not a huge fan of any sport that requires goggles and/or mouth guards. Never understood the appeal of Squash or Field Hockey myself…

          • htm222

            Native Long Islander chiming in to say that lacrosse was by far the biggest sport in my hometown among high school students trying to get scholarships. I come from a very sports-oriented town with a lot of gifted athletes who played soccer at some point, but knew very few people who played club soccer.

          • guest

            “[H]igh school students trying to get scholarships.” Never heard of that. These are affluent suburbs, no? I’ve been to Massapequa (once).

          • htm222

            They aren’t all affluent. There are tons of lower-middle class towns on Long Island and even if your parents have money there is something appealing about a scholarship given how expensive college is these days. Massapequa has plenty of families who would benefit from a scholarship.

          • Reality

            The Barca facility will be located in Suffolk county which takes up most of Long Island west of Nassau county.

            Generally speaking, “…teams have exclusive territorial rights in their respective leagues of the region or up to fifty to seventy-five miles of their base, teams can receive local broadcasting within this range, and have say over sharing rights with other teams.”

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_York_City_metropolitan_area_sports_teams#Soccer_2

            So I would say, depending on where the Barca facility is located in Suffolk county, there might be no conflict with SBFC.

            Interesting speculation about the NY Fury, but they are based in Hempstead in Nassau County which would be too close to Piscataway, NJ where SBFC has their field.

          • #1Fan

            i used to root for SBC .Not so sure anymore – some very worrying rumors emerging from there.

          • Reality

            While I personally would like to see a change in ownership of SBFC with a concomitant change in location in NJ closer to NYC, I hope there is no rumor of the demise of the franchise.

          • #1Fan

            no ..lI wonder if this one ever hits the light of day.

          • Reality

            Here’s something you might find interesting about Development Academies…

            https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73440/the-development-academy-is-it-time-for-more-tha.html

          • #1Fan

            interesting. More interesting to me that no one seems to be up in arms about the Girls version NOT being free in the majority of cases.

            Equality anyone ?

          • Reality

            Women’s Equality ≠ Men’s Equality.

          • DNG

            No clue as to the nature of the rumor you’ve heard but I doubt it will get out if it hasn’t already.

          • Rufan

            Phil Murphy is majority owner of SB but his run for NJ governor may result in he selling his interest.

          • Reality

            Interesting. I wonder if Red Bull might be interested at this point in time…

          • Rufan

            About 1.5 hours drive apart.