Three captains at the top, a young leader in waiting and two stars who help integrate new signings… Inside Bayern Munich’s team hierarchy as they compete for honours in Germany and across Europe
- The hierarchy in the Bayern Munich dressing room has been revealed
- Manuel Neuer is captain ahead of Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski
- Joshua Kimmich is next in line despite Germany international being just 24
- Thiago helps new signings to settle while David Alaba helps youngsters adapt
Although they have endured some frustrating results this season, Bayern Munich are still one of the standout sides in Europe and a fascinating insight has been provided into the club’s leadership structure.
Interestingly, the next in line, despite being just 24 years old, is Joshua Kimmich.
Manuel Neuer, who has been at Bayern Munich since 2011, is established as the club’s captain
Forward Thomas Muller is Bayern’s vice captain and has scored over 100 goals for the club
Robert Lewandowski was recently promoted to the position of the club’s third-choice captain
The Germany international, who can play in midfield or at right-back, is seen as a potential future captain for both club and country.
Last weekend Kimmich was involved in a heated exchange with team-mate Jerome Boateng during Bayern’s 6-1 win against Werder Bremen, with David Alaba having to intervene.
Kimmich is close friends with many of the younger members of the Bayern squad and possesses a fierce desire to win.
Despite being just 24, Joshua Kimmich is fourth in line and is seen as a potential future captain
Midfielder Thiago helps to take care of the integration of newly signed foreign players
David Alaba, who joined Bayern in 2008, helps youngsters to integrate into the Bayern squad
Beyond him is Thiago, who takes care of the integration of foreign players into the squad, and David Alaba, who helps youngsters to settle.
The likes of Leon Goretzka, Niklas Sule, Serge Gnabry and Javi Martinez follow. The new players don’t have a big role in proceedings.
Boateng, meanwhile, is one of the longest-serving members of the Bayern squad and is respected by his team-mates but is described as being a loner.
Bayern are currently in fifth place in the Bundesliga, while they are through to the last-16 of the Champions League, where they will face Chelsea.
Hans-Dieter Flick is currently Bayern’s interim head coach following the departure of Niko Kovac.
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