Who is the most educated Bayern Munich player? The answer may surprise you
Ever wondered how far Bayern Munich players made it in school? No? Well too bad, TZ did a full compilation, and we’re gonna go through it. Wanner’s still in high school and considered a diligent student. According to TZ, Chris Richards already has a college degree at age 18. Nianzou entered PSG’s academy when he was 14 and his educational details are unknown. Choupo-Moting graduated high school from his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, where he also met his current wife. Musiala studied in England for eight years and graduated from high school with a Business A-Level. Pavard apparently had to be driven a hundred kilometers four times a week to attend training at Lille’s academy. TZ tells us that Upamecano was bullied at school for stuttering.
Marcel Sabitzer attended the sports secondary school in Weiz, Austria, and signed his first pro-contract at the tender age of sixteen. Goretzka stands out on this list because he graduated high school while already being a full professional at Schalke! TZ even calls it a double burden. Kingsley Coman spent nine years in the youth setup at PSG, skipping his final year of elementary school (you can do that???). Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer attended secondary school before attending Berger Feld partial boarding school, which appears to be a training ground for future footballers. TZ provides us no info on Lucas’ schooling, instead telling us that he and his brother grew up without a father in their lives. Kimmich earns a unique spot on the list as we actually know what his grades were! In his Abitur, which is the German final school exam (if Wikipedia is to be believed), he had a 1. Sane grew up in Bochum but attended school in Gelsenkirchen, graduating high school from Berger Feld Comprehensive School. TZ mentioned a Muller interview on Spox, so I went and tracked it down.
Thomas Muller: I graduated from high school — that was my absolute highlight. SPOX: Was there ever a question of dropping out of school and concentrating fully on football? As you can see from this list, Muller’s choice isn’t something all footballers would make. Robert Lewandowski is by far the most academically decorated player on the Bayern Munich squad, having actually completed a degree in Physical Education with coaching and management from Warsaw’s School of Education in sport. So there you have it, a comprehensive (well, maybe not so much) list of the academic qualifications of Bayern Munich’s squad. Yeah, they definitely had the talent to make it in the end, but what about all their peers who didn’t? Makes you wonder about the culture at these academies that churn out footballing talent — no one asks about the guys who fall through the cracks.
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