How a WhatsApp group called “Miami Nights” caused Niko Kovac’s downfall with Bayern Munich
Like the hopes and dreams of so many who thought that a single line of cocaine in the ’80s wouldn’t be a big deal, Niko Kovac’s downfall at Bayern Munich began in Miami.
According to an absolutely insane report from Bild (as captured by the Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), Kovac’s position at the club quickly collapsed in his debut season in the International Champions Cup / Audi Summer Tour series.
Here are the details:
- After playing Juventus in Philadelphia on the summer exhibition tour, Bayern Munich traveled to Miami for a showdown with Manchester City. The Bavarians were feeling the World Cup sting and missing almost all of their key players. Among the experienced players in the group were Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Rafinha, Javi Martinez and Sven Ulreich and were complimented by a huge cast of youngsters, many of whom have already moved on.
- In Miami, the team had planned a night out, but Kovac found out and dismissed the idea. The players were disappointed as they felt like they had trained well and deserved to be able to hit the city. Kovac, meanwhile, wanted the team to focus on the Manchester City friendly. The team would have been “demotivated and disappointed”.
- Although unhappy, some members of the group were not deterred by Kovac’s request to remain disciplined. Rafinha, Alaba and Ribery plotted to lead a “revolt” and planned to go out anyway. The trip started a WhatsApp group called “Miami Nights” and included the whole team.
- Rafinha – who apparently gave zero (beep) on this trip – asked for code red. In this, the code red was “Vamooosss! Vamooosss ”, which meant the Miami Flee Party was on and starting in 15 minutes!
- The excitement of doing something wrong apparently made the group cheeky and some of the players didn’t even try to be sneaky about it. Instead, they strolled out of the hotel, despite being seen by assistant coach Robert Kovac.
- The players – allegedly – didn’t care, hit a local club and returned to the hotel at 6am, worse for wear and tear. The report does not specifically state who these players were or how many were involved.
- The big test was how Niko Kovac would react knowing that his players had disobeyed his order to “retreat”.
- So … what did Niko Kovac do? Nothing. He ignored her.
- One player told Bild reporter Christian Falk the following: “When a coach makes such a statement, he has to act on it. We would have accepted it. By not saying anything, Kovac has lost us. The team came out again and it lasted for the following months. The respect for him had vanished from the start.
Wow … that was a mad rush and a lot of stuff to unwrap, so let me do this style of ball:
- Chris Richards had just joined the team at that time … he must have joined a fraternity house.
- There are zero hits that Robben came out, right? He stayed at the hotel and called the front desk about his towels not being properly folded.
- Miami Nights is legendary. It should be a t-shirt.
- Kovac probably regrets the way he handled this for a number of reasons, but mostly because he should have scheduled a night for players to just get Miami out of their system.
- The boss, however, was in a terrible situation. He was new to the team and if he cracked down on respected veterans he knew he would likely lose the team. Unfortunately for him, he would still have lost the team. It was a no-win situation for the manager.
- How did the Bayern Munich players mobilize so quickly? 15 minutes? Madness!
Look, that was Bild and all that, but … admit it, you can totally see that to be true, can’t you?