The Snapshot: Luca Toni and Franck Ribery are Bayern Munich’s Beauty and the Beast


8th, June 2007


Standing next to Franck Ribery instantly makes any man look like a demi-godlike cross between George Clooney, Brad Pitt and that beardy fellow from 300. And indeed, Luca Toni does look like the most handsome man in the world in this photo. He’s a good-looking fella anyway, but next to Ribery he looks even more dark and tall and handsome, in a rugged sort of way.
On a footballing note, how did every top Premiership club let Ribery slip through their grasp? Arsenal were sniffing around him for a while but then they lost interest. I’d have thought that a club with a bit of cash to flash (West Ham, Liverpool, Chelsea natch) would have been very keen on the wrong-faced Frenchman. Toni and Ribery are very good signings for Bayern, who should be a team to watch in Europe next season.

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  1. Sheps says:

    I don’t think Bayern have CL football next year… do they?

  2. Ollie, Pies Ed. says:

    Not the CL Sheps, but they will be in the Uefa Cup I believe. Fair point though.

  3. Adam says:

    Didn’t they sign Miroslav Klose also?

  4. Ollie, Pies Ed. says:

    They haven’t signed Klose yet Adam, but it’s believed to be a done deal. It seems 99% sure he’ll join Bayern this summer.

  5. Adam says:

    If he does, that’s going to be a pretty impressive strike partnership

  6. Clahser says:

    If they will sign Klose as well they will have a bit of a good headache, don’t forget that Maakay still know how to put the ball between the sticks. Ribery and Schweinsteiger will make Bayern’s wings better than anyone’s in bundesliga.. or maybe some idiot will be their manager next year.. Sven Goran, anyone?

  7. Andrew says:

    I thought Ribery was a bit overrated. He is a very good young player. What mystifies me is that he said he wanted to go to a club that would play in the Champions League. So he leaves Marseille (who automatically qualify) and goes to Bayern, who aren’t in the Champions League. They’ll probably qualify next season, but still. They must have offered him a lot of money.

  8. Robert Williams says:

    Bayern=Big spondoolys!

  9. Anonymous says:

    the decision of Ribery to leave Marseille is as wrong as his face !
    as we say in France, he will bite his fingers when he see Marseille lift the champions’ league trophy next season !

  10. Matthew Burke says:

    All right
    it’s probably the last time we hear of this poor little Ribery

  11. s1k says:

    i thot ribery didn want to go to germany

  12. Zaid says:

    it’s always a bad decision when u’re leaving ur club saying u want more glory or winning the champions league.
    few example=
    owen: left liverpool and the next season liverpool won the CL
    vieira: leave arsenal and the next season, arsenal reach the final, beating inter in on the way
    sheva: left milan and the next season, milan won the CL

  13. Clasher says:

    Zaid add Gallas to your list.