Ivan Rakitic almost switched to FC Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019. He could be crowned Bundesliga champion for the 30th time today – and would have received significantly more money in a Super League than Borussia Dortmund. Here are the news and rumors about FCB.
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Ivan Rakitic (33) moved to Sevilla FC in the summer of 2020 after six years at FC Barcelona. In the Bundesliga, the central midfielder played for Schalke 04 from 2007 to 2011. Apparently there could have been a return to Germany in 2019 – but Bavaria’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic rejected a transfer at the time. Rakitic interpreted this in an interview Sport1 at.
“Honestly? I really didn’t know anything about it. I think it’s a shame that my buddy Brazzo made that decision,” said Rakitic. He would have liked to play again with Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who moved from Schalke to Munich in 2011. “Joking aside: We talked about it once, but nothing more,” continued Rakitic: “To be able to be part of FC Bayern is definitely a huge honor.” He would have “really liked to play for FC Bayern. This is one of the biggest clubs in the whole world”. He is still very close friends with Neuer and his goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic: “They are friends for life, part of my family.”
A year after the failed Bayern move, Rakitic turned his back on Barca and returned to Seville for a transfer fee of just 1.5 million euros. The trigger was austerity measures by the Catalans and a desired upheaval in the squad after the 2: 8 in the Champions League quarter-finals – against Bayern of all places.
FC Bayern: “A shame”: Rakitic regrets the failed FCB change
The German record champions could add another title to their collection today: If Bayern win the guest appearance at FSV Mainz 05, they crown themselves champions three game days before the end – it would be the 30th Bundesliga title and the ninth in a row.
That would lead to a novelty on the jersey for the coming season: “The fifth star on the jersey and on all fan merchandise, that’s our big goal,” said coach Hansi Flick. So far, Bayern have four stars on their jersey. Kick-off is at 3:30 p.m. SPOX accompanies the game in the live ticker.
The Super League is – at least in the originally envisaged form – history. FC Bayern categorically refused to participate in the elite league, as did Borussia Dortmund. If the two German clubs had made common cause with the international competition, it would have been much more lucrative for Bayern than for BVB.
That goes out mirror-Research out, the magazine has the founding contract of the Super League. According to this, the 3.5 billion euros that the bank JP Morgan wanted to provide would have been divided according to the following distribution key: eleven clubs would each have received 7.7 percent of this sum – the equivalent of around 238.5 million euros -, including Bavaria. Four clubs, namely the two Milan clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and BVB, should have received only 3.8 percent as an inaugural bonus. Makes about 117 million euros.
In the Super League, Dortmund would have received over 120 million euros less than FC Bayern at the beginning.