The Silly Season (€54.5 million! What Recession)
Armin Veh was announced as Wolfsburg’s new manager after their title celebrations. The ex-Stuttgart manager will now try and replicate his 2008 Champions League form. It should be easier with the imminent loss of Dzeko and Misimovic.
Mario Gomez became the most expensive player in Bundesliga history, swapping Stuttgart red for Bayern red. Bayern paid €30 million for the striker. Or exactly €30 million more than they paid for either Klose or Olic. Stuttgart chairman is Erwin Staudt has been bombarded by calls from certain clubs in Bremen and Hamburg who want to know all about this thing called a transfer fee.
Diego shocked the football community by signing for Juventus. The Turin club paid Werder Bremen (yes this does wipe out that last joke) a hefty €24.5 million for the Brazilian playmaker. Seeing the Series A antics between Torino and Genoa this past weekend sealed the deal for the volatile #10, who loves handbags as much as football.
Martin Jol, having secured his customary 5th place finish, has decided to move to Ajax. The Netherlands’ only affable manager has decided that he doesn’t like being loved and will take on a job where he will be hated by sometime tomorrow.
Christian Eichner, the best left-back nobody knows, is set to move from Karlsruhe to Hoffenheim, proving once against that Ralf Rangnick has his act together.