News: Bayern München to Play Friendly in China, Petersen to Werder Bremen and other news

While German football fans around the world are dealing with the disappointment of another tournament without a final appearance by the German NT, there is good news for Chinese fans of the Bundesliga — Bayern München will play Wolfsburg in Guangzhou in late July.  In other Bundesliga news, Werder Bremen have acquired Bayern München striker Nils Petersen on loan for the upcoming season while FC Augsburg added striker Aristide Bance.  Dutch coach Andries Jonker has joined Felix Magath’s  staff in Wolfsburg.

Bayern and Wolfsburg in China

Bayern München depart for China in July, visiting the country from July 22- 27 as they ready themselves for the upcoming season.   Their third visit to China  (the last was in 2007) will include not only the July 26 friendly against Wolfsburg but a friendly match in Beijing on the 24th, with the opponent as of yet not confirmed.

In other Bayern news, seldom used striker Nils Petersen will play for Werder Bremen on loan this season.  The 23 year-old lead 2. Bundesliga in scoring during the 2010/2011 season playing for Energie Cottbus when he scored 25 goals.  Acquired last summer by Bayern on a three-year contract, Petersen scored his first goal for the Bavarians against SC Freiburg.  He made nine league appearances for the club, scoring twice in 213 minutes on 14 shots, creating 18 offensive opportunities.  Petersen,who began his professional career with Carl Zeiss Jena in 2006, also saw Champions League action last season.

Werder’s Thomas Schaaf commented

He’s a centre-forward who has already proven his ability for scoring goals. We’re delighted that he’s joining us. We’re convinced that he’ll find excellent conditions here where he can continue to develop

Petersen will have opportunity aplenty at Werder Bremen with striker Claudio Pizarro having transferred to Bayern München earlier this summer.

Bance to Augsburg

FC Augsburg have signed forward Aristide Bance to a three-year contract.  The well-travelled Burkina Faso international, 27, has played in Germany for Kickers Offenbach and FSV Mainz 05, where he notched 29 goals in 72 contests between 2008 and 2010.

The 6’4″ striker joins Augsburg from club Al-Ahli Dubai.  Bance has played professionally in the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Turkey, Belgium, the Ukraine and Qatar.  Born in the Ivory Coast, his family moved to Burkina Faso and Bance has represented their national team 23 times, scoring four goals.

Augsburg executive director Manfred Paula on Bance

With Aristide Bance we have once again raised the quality in our attacking line-up. We’re convinced that he will be able to build upon his previous good performances in the Bundesliga and help strengthen our side

Bance will wear the number 23 shirt for his new club.

Jonker Joins Wolfsburg Coaching Staff

Andries Jonker, 49, of the Netherlands will join Bernd Hollerbach as an assistant on Felix Magath’s Wolfsburg coaching staff.  Jonker, formerly an assistant to Louis van Gaal at Bayern München, was undefeated in five matches (four wins, one draw) as an interim coach for Bayern following van Gaal’s dismissal in the spring of 2011.

According to Magath

My coaching team and I are delighted to have gained the experience and competence of Andries Jonker for VfL. Andries Jonker is a respected and valued coach with interpersonal and technical qualities which fit perfectly into our coaching team. We warmly welcome Andries Jonker to Wolfsburg and the VfL

Jonker most recently has coached Bayern’s reserve squad and assisted van Gaal when both were at Barcelona.  He has been the head man with Dutch clubs Volendam, MVV Maastricht and Willem II Tilburg.


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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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