Bayern Munich, arguably the best football club on the planet based on their continued success in the last two seasons, is threatening to turn the Bundesliga into a one-club show, as it is poised to strengthen further from next season by the acquisition of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski on a Bosman transfer.
The team, with already the most sought after coach in Pep Guardiola and extremely talented players like Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, has one hand already on this season’s League title and has successfully raided its strongest competitor, Borussia Dortmund, twice in two years to take away the team’s two most influential players.
Lewandowski’s desire to join Munich is understandable given the team’s string of trophies and domination lately, but by leaving Dortmund he is ultimately rendering the country’s League short of genuine competitors to challenge Bayern for titles. The Pole’s departure would mean that Jurgen Klopp has to scour the market for a suitable replacement, but that might prove to be near to impossible. Rebuilding the team might take time and that means that Bayern’s might would not be challenged in the immediate future.
Bayern is undoubtedly a fantastic team with rich history, but their knack for executing influential transfers regularly should ultimately lead us to ask the question whether it is fair for the team’s management to build their empire using other teams’ strengths just because they have the glamour, influence and financial ability to do it.
The Bundesliga has often been praised recently for the value of football it provides to its supporters, but a lack of competition might deprive it of interest around the globe. The Premier League leads everyone else in this category due to its unpredictability even with the presence of mighty teams like the Manchester clubs, and the Bundesliga clubs need to be aware of the pitfalls of falling to a monopoly.