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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Bayern Munich Becomes Only 7th Team to Win European Treble

For the uninitiated, that means you win a) your league, b) your country's "cup," and c) the Champions League.  The first is the Bundesliga, a very strong soccer league.  The last is the tournament that amalgamates the best teams from leagues all over Europe.  Bayern Munich is the first German team to do so.

They have stars, almost all of whom Americans have never heard of.

Arjen Robben

Franck Ribery

Thomas Muller

Bastian Steinshcheiger

Jerome Boateng

Manuel Neuer.

Among others.

And, next year, they'll get the most promising young central attacking midfielder in the world, Mario Gotze, and a great striker, Robert Lewandowski.  Plus, they'll get a new coach, Pep Guardiola, who did a great job at Barcelona.

If you're an American, you probably have heard of Manchester United.  Perhaps, also, Real Madrid and Barcelona.  You might have heard of Chelsea and Arsenal and perhaps, for all its wealth, Manchester City.  I doubt you've heard of Monaco, PSG (Paris St. Germain) or Borussia Dortmund.

Make no mistake, though, Bayern Munich, right now, might be the best team in the world.

And, look out for the Germans in World Cup 2014.


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