Andreas Herzog played for FC Bayern for a year in the 1995/96 season and even won the UEFA Cup back then. Nevertheless, the time at the record champions was not always easy for the Austrian.
“For various reasons I didn’t play as well in Munich as I could have. I didn’t fit there in terms of my personality, my appearance because I value harmony,” said the 53-year-old in the “kicker”. Experiences from Munich.
He has experienced first-hand that FC Bayern can be a rough patch: “In Munich you have to take it, but you also have to be able to dish it out. I missed that train there,” said Herzog.
What is particularly memorable is the tangible quarrel that Herzog fought on the pitch with Oliver Kahn in the 1-0 win over VfB Stuttgart. The goalkeeper grabbed his team-mate’s throat at the time – a scene with legend status in the Bundesliga to this day.
The former midfielder has long since reconciled with the current CEO of FC Bayern. From that point of view, “Of course, the situation with Oli in the 1996 Stuttgart game when he grabbed me was the beginning of the end for Bayern,” explained the former national player.
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A few weeks after the incident, Herzog left FC Bayern and returned to Werder Bremen, where he previously had the most successful time of his career with a championship title and a cup win.
Today, the former Bundesliga professional lives back in his native Austria and trains Bundesliga side Admira Wacker Mödling there.
FC Bayern will soon also be heading to the Alpine republic in the round of 16 of the Champions League. In the round of the last 16 teams, coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team meets RB Salzburg.
For Herzog, the situation in the game is clear: “On a great day, Salzburg could cause problems for Munich, but their composure and level clearly speak for them.”
The absence of Manuel Neuer, who had to undergo knee surgery last weekend, only marginally reduces the chances of Munich. “Bayern will not be extremely dependent on their goalkeeper against RB, even if Neuer is one of the best in the world,” said Herzog.