Bayern-Barcelona: Footballers who played for both teams ... and Gerd Müller

BARCELONA – Bayern Munich and Barcelona, ​​who will meet this Wednesday in a duel of the utmost importance for the future Barça continental, share seven players who played for both clubs throughout history … And an eighth, the legendary Gerd Müller , who was about to do so, frustrated his signing in the summer of 1973 by express decision of the government of the then Federal Republic of Germany.

Mark Hughes, Patrick Andersson, Mark van Bommel, Thiago Alcántara, Pepe Reina, Arturo Vidal and Philippe Coutinho are the seven players who defended (in the case of the Brazilian, he is still at Barça) the shirt of both clubs, with luck and a different performance.

GERD MÜLLER
Torpedo Müller, considered among the best gunners in the world during the 60s and 70s of the last century, scored 66 goals with Bayern in the 1972-73 season (accumulating 308 in seven courses) that sparked the interest of Barça for his signing of facing the following campaign, the first in which the arrival of foreigners was admitted after 13 years of prohibition.

On July 10, 1973, Armand Carabén, manager of the Barça club, and Robert Schwan, Bayern sports director, agreed on the transfer of Müller for $ 520,000 at the time, a then stratospheric figure (although it ended up being half of what he would pay the Barça by Johan Cruyff a month later), and the dispute of two friendly parties in the Camp Nou whose benefits would be for the German group.

Josep Lluís Vilaseca, at that time the Barça manager in charge of drafting the contract, recalled years later that once all the documents had been signed and the operation pending only the approval of the German authorities and the medical examination of the player in Barcelona, ​​”everything was broken “. It was the government of the Federal Republic of Germany itself that pressed through the Ministry of Finance and caused the transfer not to be carried out, hiding behind the importance of keeping its best players in the Bundesliga, with a view to the World Cup that will be held. he was to celebrate a year later.

Curiously, Real Madrid was able to sign Günter Netzer, Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder and best German player of the year that summer. Santiago Bernabéu took over the German a week after Barça, after not specifying the incorporation of Müller, closed that of Cruyff …

MARK HUGHES
Forward who had excelled at Manchester United, Barça signed him in the summer of 1986 for $ 2.7 million at the time. Signed for eight seasons, the Welshman never adapted to the Barça team, he barely scored five goals in 37 games, and at the end of the season he was loaned to Bayern Munich for a year. In the German team his performance (seven goals in 23 games) was not much better and in the summer of 1988 Barça transferred him back to Manchester United (2 million dollars), where he became a fundamental footballer in the first period. triumphant Red Devils under Alex Ferguson.

Hughes had his particular vendetta with Barça in the 1991 Cup Winners’ Cup final, scoring the two goals with which his team defeated Johan Cruyff’s team (2-1) three days after Barça won the league title.

PATRIK ANDERSSON
Swedish central who lived his best time at Borussia Mönchengladbach (with whom he played 199 games in five and a half years), played two seasons with Bayern, between 1999 and 2001, in which he won six titles (two Bundesligas with a providential goal in the last of them and the 2001 Champions League) before Barcelona paid 9.7 million dollars for his transfer.

His time at the Barça club was nothing short of invisible: barely 33 games in three seasons to leave in the summer of 2004, free, back to Malmo FF, the first club of his career and from which he would retire two years later.

MARK VAN BOMMEL

A Dutch midfielder with excellent physical quality and remarkable technique, Barça signed him with the release card after ending his contract with PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2005. He only stayed one season at the Barça club, with which he played 38 games and won the league. and Champions … And he agreed to leave before the strength of Andrés Iniesta.

Barça transferred him to Bayern Munich for $ 7 million, where he was indisputable for the next four and a half seasons, until he left, free, to AC Milan in January 2011, having won five titles with the Bavarian club. In his record, he has the honor of having won the League in the 4 countries he played in: the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Italy.

THIAGO ALCÁNTARA

Outstanding midfielder emerged from the Barcelona youth academy, with whose first team he debuted in 2009 and added 104 official matches, in the summer of 2013 he was transferred to Bayern Munich for $ 28 million after failing to win a permanent position in the Barça team for the indisputable presence of Xavi and Iniesta.

Arrived at the German club at the express wish of Pep Guardiola, injuries greatly affected his performance, although he played 235 games until his 2020 departure for Liverpool, where he remains after having won 17 titles with Bayern.

PEPE QUEEN
Goalkeeper emerged from the lower categories of Barcelona, ​​between 2000 and 2002 he played 51 official matches with the first team until he was transferred for a million dollars to Villarreal, with whom he grew exponentially to win a millionaire transfer in 2005 to Liverpool, with which in the next eight seasons (until 2013) he played 396 games.

Loaned a year later to Napoli, in 2014 Pep Guardiola opted for his signing for Bayern, making him the substitute for Manuel Neuer and playing only three official matches throughout the season. In 2015 he returned to Napoli, where he remained until 2018, when he left for Milan. After half a season on loan at Aston Villa, in September 2020 he signed for Lazio, where he still remains.

ARTURO VIDAL

Chilean midfielder with great physical display emerged from the basic forces of Colo Colo, he arrived in Europe through Bayer Leverkusen in 2007 and four years later Juventus signed him for 14 million dollars. His performance at the Italian club sparked the interest of Pep Guardiola, who took him to Bayern for $ 42 million in the summer of 2015.

After three seasons, in which he played 124 games and won six titles, Barça paid $ 20 million to take over his services. His stay at the Camp Nou was marked by critics, although in two seasons he played 96 games and won a league title.

In the summer of 2020 he went free to Inter Milan, where he continues to be important and with whom he won the Italian League again, just as he did with Juventus … and with Bayern and Colo Colo in addition to Barça.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO

The most expensive signing in the history of Barcelona, ​​arrived in January 2018 from Liverpool for 152 million dollars, and probably the most controversial in modern history and with the worst performance at the Camp Nou.

After a disappointing initial season and a half, in the summer of 2019 he was loaned to Bayern for $ 9 million and a purchase option valued at another 130 million that the German club, where he never achieved starter status, refused to exercise. However, he still had time to win the Champions League (and Bundesliga) with the Bavarian club and be the protagonist in the unforgettable 2-8 in Lisbon in which he scored the last goal for the German team … Before returning to Camp Nou, where maintaining a contract until 2023 continues to offer a performance well below the minimum expectation.