Bayern Munich are one of the biggest football clubs in the world. The Bavarians have won 28 Bundesliga titles, 18 German Cups, and five European Cups. But the club doesn’t rest and is always looking to improve. Not long ago they brought in Pep Guardiola and a Spanish revolution at the club. Although it didn’t bring European success, it did result in domestic trophies.
Now, Bayern are seeing longtime players such as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery near the ends of their careers. Striker Robert Lewandowski and midfielder/defender Javi Martinez are also now 30 and their time at the club could be running out. So, what have Bayern Munich done to adjust as players age?
Bayern Munich getting younger
Bayern Munich have spent heavily in recent transfer windows to add young players. Serge Gnabry, Corentin Tolisso, and Renato Sanchez have all joined to give the club some youth and enable the team to continue building for the future.
Lately, Bayern have been signing teenagers from North America as part of its future. In January, Canadian 18-year-old Alphonso Davies joined the club from Major League Soccer team Vancouver Whitecaps. Davies played his first professional match with Vancouver at the age of 15.
Despite being young, Davies excelled against players five, 10, and 15 years older than him. He soon became a Canadian international and even spoke at a FIFA conference during Canada’s, the United States’, and Mexico’s bid to win the 2026 World Cup.
Bayern paid $22 million in January to Vancouver for Davies and the sky’s the limit for the kid. It is a long way from were Davies started his life as well. Davies was born in a refugee camp in Ghana. His parents had fled Liberia during the country’s second civil war in 1999. In 2005, his family was granted resettlement in Canada and took full advantage of their new home.
Davies isn’t Bayern’s only teen North American. Last summer, the German giants signed American centre-back Chris Richards. The 6ft 2in teenager joined Bayern on a 10-day trial from American club FC Dallas. The trial was so good, he was given a one-year loan.
Richards played in Bayern’s summer friendlies against Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Manchester City, impressing coaches with each game. Richards has been playing in the clubs U-19 team since the summer. His performances have been so good, Bayern made the deal permanent as they paid €1.10m for the defender in January.
Amazingly, with Richards being so highly thought of at Bayern, FC Dallas never gave him a first-team chance. It just shows that players need to take their chances when they come their way.
Davies and Richards are two teens to watch as Bayern add players with massive potential for the future..