City v Bayern Munich: Connections part II
- 01 October 2013 14:09
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Ahead of City’s Champions League clash with the current European champions, we take a look at five more links between the two clubs…
Footballer-turned-pundit Dietmar Hamann practically book-ended his top-flight playing career with spells at FC Bayern and City.
Hamann ascended through the youth ranks in Munich to become an integral member of the team that won Bundseliga titles in 1994 and 1997, as well as the UEFA Cup in 1996.
After helping Liverpool to the 2005 UEFA Champions League crown in Istanbul, Hamann signed on at City where he made 71 league appearances, scoring one goal.
Former German international full-back Michael Tarnat represented both FC Bayern and City over the course of his glittering 19-year playing career.
Tarnat was signed for Bayern along with Torsten Fink from Karlsruher and the pair went on to clinch four Bundesliga titles in six seasons together.
Where do you go from there? You join Manchester City, of course. Tarnat played 32 times for Kevin Keegan’s side, helping the Blues to a 16th place finish.
Now 43-years old, Tarnat is involved with Bayern’s youth set-up.
In 2005, it was widely reported that FC Bayern’s Head Coach had a ten-day trial at Carrington as a player when Stuart Pearce was City boss.
Unfortunately, the Blues’ faithful never got to see the two-time European champion in sky blue and Guardiola signed on for Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico instead.
Pep became Bayern manager in the summer after the year-long sabbatical which followed his historic, trophy-laden spell in charge at Barcelona.
The only player in our list of connections to directly leave City for Bayern is Jerome Boateng, who spent a solitary season with the Blues in 2010/11.
Although the German international has gone on to become one of the continents top defenders, the now-25-year old struggled to adapt to life in Manchester and only made 16 league appearances at the club.
He has since gone on to win the UEFA Champions League, forming a formidable partnership with Brazilian defender Dante at the heart of the Bayern defence.
City’s final summer signing Martin Demichelis spent seven successful years at the Allianz Arena, racking up more than 200 appearances, four Bundesliga titles and a pair of German cups.
The defender began his career at River Plate where he won the Argentine title under Manuel Pellegrini – the first of three spells under the Chilean.
Demichelis reached his only Champions League final in 2009/10 when Bayern were defeated by Jose Mourinho’s Inter.
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