Previous
Charleston Battery
Memphis 901 FC
1
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Indy Eleven
Swope Park Rangers
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Birmingham Legion FC
New York Red Bulls II
5:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Real Monarchs SLC
Austin Bold FC
6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
New Mexico United
Tacoma Defiance
6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Next
Bayern MunichBayern Munich
TSG HoffenheimTSG Hoffenheim
1
2
FT
Game Details

Neuer vs. Ter Stegen: Bayern chief slams row

Shaka Hislop presents his weekly power rankings and is given quite a bit of stick by the FC guys for how he ordered the top 10.
Philippe Coutinho is tasked with naming his favourite player and his top games and goals after completing his move to Bayern Munich.
Philippe Coutinho explains how his chats with Thiago helped make his move to Bayern Munich come to fruition.
Alejandro Moreno and Brian McBride react to Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona from Bayern Munich on a season-long loan.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has attacked the "west German press" for their failure to defend Manuel Neuer in his ongoing row with Marc-Andre ter Stegen and warned Germany to stick with the Bavarian side's No. 1 ahead of the Barcelona goalkeeper.

Ter Stegen did not feature in Germany's Euro 2020 qualifying double header against Netherlands and Northern Ireland, which he said was a "massive blow" -- a comment Neuer responded to, describing it as not helpful.

- Champions League group stage: All you need to know
- ESPN Champions League fantasy: Sign up now!

The comments have ignited a debate in Germany over who should be the national No. 1, and this was further intensified after Ter Stegen saved a penalty for Barcelona in the 0-0 Champions League group stage draw with Borussia Dortmund.

In March, Germany boss Joachim Low announced then Bayern trio Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller would no longer be selected for the national side, and Hoeness said this latest situation is further proof of a national bias against his club.

"I think it's a joke," Hoeness said. "Especially the Munich press, it is not OK.

"The west German press act as if ter Stegen has already won 17 World Cups. But I don't see anything from the south German press. No support.

"I think it is outrageous that you can push an issue like that into the public. Because he [Ter Stegen] is just not entitled to play there. Goalkeepers are different to outfield players. You cannot just switch back and forth all of the time.

"The hierarchy must be clear, and the hierarchy means Manuel Neuer is the No. 1. He has been the best in the world for many years and now he was ruled out for a while with an injury but it was clear that once he returned to form, and he's done that now, there is just no discussion and only he can be the No. 1.

"And I had wished for more support from the German FA. They always put up a fuss. At first, the outrageous removal of the three players and how badly they were treated. And now the same all over again with Manuel Neuer.

"That you allow a teammate to go public for something he must only discuss with Jogi Low is not OK. We have a clear opinion and, in the future, we will not put up with our players being damaged without reason because Ter Stegen is a very good 'keeper, but Manuel Neuer is just so much better and more experienced.

"There is just no discussion for anyone in the world to doubt that Manuel Neuer should be in goal here in Germany and I read today that maybe [only] until the European Championship.

"He can play as long as he stays healthy. He will always be the best. End of story. We will light up the folks at DFB [German FA]. We are good at that."

Hoeness will leave his post as Bayern president after over 40 years at the club in November 2019

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.