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Football - Bayern Munich bids farewell to Martinez, "the team player"

Football – Bayern Munich bids farewell to Martinez, “the team player”

Munich (AP) – Bayern Munich says goodbye to Javi Martinez. After nine successful years, the Spaniard’s time with the German summer record champion is over and his future is open.

Future CEO Oliver Kahn said: “Javi has been an important cornerstone of our team for nine years, which has achieved historic milestones during this time.” Martínez becomes a German hero every year in Munich – and now wants to master the continuation of the series. Then Bayern Munich host Monchengladbach. President Herbert Heiner said: “Javi Martinez will always have a special place in the history of this club.”

In the summer of 2012, Bayern Munich paid 40 million euros in transfer fees for the services of the man with the big heart of fighting – at that time the professional player from Athletic Bilbao was the record in the German league. “It was a tough decision,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, referring to the transition to a new dimension of the transition. “The decision was on the spot.”

After three second places in 2012, including the tearful home final, came Martinez, who was once held in high esteem by coach Jupp Heynckes. The world and European champion was instrumental in the triple victory a year later. Along with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Martinez ensured impressive stability in the defensive midfield. Martinez said: “I will never forget those nine years. On the first day I felt“ Mia San Mia ”and what defines Bayern Munich.

Not only is the multi-skilled defensive player, who has been used in midfield as well as in midfield, is about to bid farewell to Bayern Munich. Jerome Boateng and David Alaba will also leave Munich at the end of the season. Such as head coach Hanse Flick, who was expected to be replaced as National Coach to succeed Joachim Loew, something that is coming a long time ago.

Martinez has celebrated eight championships, five Cup Winners, two Club World Cup wins and two UEFA Champions League victories with Munich. Additionally, he was promoted to “Mr. Supercup”. In September, Bayern secured a victory in the European Cup by scoring the winning goal 2–1 in extra time against Sevilla. Martinez is, of all people, who saved the team from penalties in Bayern Munich’s first Super Cup victory in 2013 against Chelsea with a 2–2 loss in overtime in overtime.

At that time Martinez was still full of strength. Many injuries have left their mark on him – but you can always count on him. “His proven track record is almost unprecedented,” said sports director Hasan Salih Hamidic. Martinez is a “different player”. Last year, the Spaniard faced a new challenge after his time in Bavaria. He did not indicate where this might be. Time and time again, Athletic Bilbao has been considered an option.

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