Bayern Munich have named former Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola as their new manager after Jupp Heynckes retired last week. The highly-respected Spaniard, 42, was introduced to fans and journalists at the Allianz Arena this morning. Guardiola inherits a squad who have close to £40m at their disposal after the sale of Helger Badstuber to Manchester City.
Other than the sale of Badstuber, Bayern haven’t been active in the transfer market yet this summer. Guardiola’s first match in charge will be a friendly at home to Russian Prem’er Liga runners-up Zenit St Petersburg next Saturday.
Sportfreunde Lotte v Borussia Dortmund:
Dortmund’s new signing Andreas Beck is set to start in the friendly at Regionalliga West club Sportfreunde Lotte, with youngster Lasse Sobiech also set to make his debut for the first team. Viktor Fischer will start from the bench where he’s joined by Mario Götze and Moritz Leitner who are back from the U21 Championships. Ilkay Gündogan will likely start, however.
Kick off is at 1400 in Lotte, North Rhine-Westphalia.
Head of Youth Development Volker Kersting has had contact with four clubs who are interested in taking 17 year-old right-back Nico Knystock on loan for the season. 3-Fußball Liga side Heidenheim have made an offer, as have Regionalliga sides Sonnenhof-Großaspach, Carl Zeiss Jena, and Wormatia Worms. Knystock made six appearances for Dortmund II last year in their 3-Fußball Liga title winning season.