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Landon Donovan joins Bayern Munich

FC Bayern München have recruited Major League Soccer’s top star on an initial short-term deal. 26 year-old Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan leaves the shadow of Hollywood to join the club nicknamed FC Hollywood on loan until March 15th, 2009.  A longer deal has been agreed to but is dependent on the United States international’s performances.

This will be Donovan’s second spell in the Bundesliga after making seven appearances for Bayer 04 Leverkusen while under contract between 2001 and 2005. After playing only a handful of games with Leverkusen, Landon became unsettled and stated his intentions to return to MLS. He was loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes for several stints. Donovan joined the LA Galaxy in 2005 after his contract at Leverkusen expired.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told  “We have a great team and it’s no coincidence that we haven’t lost for 16 games in a row, thus we do not need any new signings. We have only loaned Landon Donovan until March 15th. If and how it will go with him after that will depend on how he develops.”

Donovan will be eligible and available for Bayern’s UEFA Champions League first knockout round ties against Sporting Clube de Portugal on February 25th and March 10th.

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  1. dromerli

    February 10, 2009 at 2:06 am

    i dont think that landon donovan is goin to have a lot of playtime at bayern his not even that good yeah hes good at mls league but not as good as bundesliga but it cant hurt to try rigth well anyways mexico is going to crush usa hahaha

  2. Dean Plassaras

    December 28, 2008 at 11:28 am

    The playing chances he will get will be minimal. No club as big as Bayern tends to rely on temporary services for any key position. The way I see it is that this is a good opportunity for Landon to keep fit within a state-of-the-art organization and be ready to enter MLS in good form.

  3. BigT

    December 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I agree Donovan is a world class athlete and will be very sucessful at Bayern Munich.

  4. kkfla737

    December 21, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Landon is hungry and ready for this challenge. He will excel at Bayern.

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