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Jul 26, 2013

Magath fires Bundesliga warning

Felix Magath has warned that the Bundesliga has become unbalanced, saying he fears a lack of competition for Bayern Munich could prove unhealthy.

Felix Magath joined the club in 2011
Felix Magath fears for the league's competitiveness.

Magath, one of the Bundesliga's most successful coaches over the last decade and a double title-winner with Bayern, called for the introduction of a draft system along American lines in order to make Germany's top flight more even.

But Bayern president Uli Hoeness stressed that he did not expect the Bundesliga to be a one-horse race, despite last season's runaway champions further strengthening their squad.

Speaking to Hamburg's Abendblatt on the eve of his 60th birthday, Magath said: "Bayern always apply the principle of weakening their direct opponents with transfers, and, by doing that, strengthening their position."

In April, Bayern triggered a release clause in Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze's contract and signed the Germany star, around whom Dortmund had hoped to build their team, for €37 million.

"They have earned their supremacy with a smart policy over the years," Magath added. But he warned: "In the past, the Bundesliga drew its strength from being more balanced than other top European leagues, but this balance is no more.

"Bayern will most probably not lose a single game in the upcoming season, and an end to their dominance is not in sight. In the long run that is unhealthy – also for Bayern."

He said a draft system was a possible solution and that it was "worth considering how to create equal opportunities in the interest of the overall product".

Bayern president Uli Hoeness, however, told Bild: "The league will not be as one-sided as everyone expects it to be." He tipped Dortmund to produce a strong challenge.

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