"The British type of football never suited me as a player. It was very much smash it up the pitch and play the percentages. The only percentage I was interested in was possession."
Brendan Rodgers, Manager, Swansea City A.F.C.
Our shared language and the visibility of the Barclay’s Premier League helped create an appearance for many in the U.S. that the football played in the Premier League represents the cutting edge of progress in the game. Since 2005, the MLS has essentially formalized this perception by establishing the annual All Star Game format where the progress of the MLS is measured against a visiting Premier League team. Further, the most popular destinations for high profile U.S. players like Landon Donavan, Clint Dempsey, and Tim Howard have been English clubs.
The underlying assumption and conclusion was fairly clear: England does it better than us; we should be more like England and send our best players to England.
Paolo Montero on his foul against Francesco Totti in an interview on CONMEBOL.com
Then there is Sammer, the East German-born sporting director who not only lacks a Bayern pedigree — he spent his Bundesliga career playing for Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund — but has reportedly clashed with Coach Pep Guardiola.
It’s a toxic mix that could fuel a power struggle, creating schisms that would undo in months what Hoeness spent decades building. Consider how quickly Manchester United, England’s premier team, imploded after the departure of Coach Alex Ferguson.
For their part, the players insist their focus is on the field, where a mistake now would further tarnish what has been a spectacular season.
LA Times Kevin Baxter on the impending doom at Bayern Munich