Philippe Coutinho will look to continue a proud legacy of Brazilians at Bayern Munich.
Three months after Rafinha’s emotional farewell, there is a Brazilian back at Bayern Munich.
Thiago Alcantara, a Spain international born to Brazilian parents, had been the club’s lone ongoing link to the country until Philippe Coutinhoformally arrived from Barcelona on Monday. The Vasco de Gama product has a lot to live up to Allianz Arena, where many of his compatriots have shone in the past.
An option for Bayern to buy the attacking midfielder on a permanent basis hints at a bright future in Bavaria, but the question remains if he can he emulate the likes of his compatriots.
Here are the Top 5 Brazilian players at Bayern Munich.
5. Ze Roberto
Jose “Ze” Roberto once used to to be a versatile, reliable and valuable left-back, who sometimes played even in the midfield.
Three titles were secured in the four years after his switch from Bayer Leverkusen, but a change in direction under Felix Magath led to a divorce between player and club. Magath soon made way and Ze Roberto returned from South America on a two-season loan deal that showcased his development into an intelligent, crafty, goal-scoring central midfielder.
Dante squeezed an incredible amount of silverware into three seasons under Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola at Bayern. The left-footer won the treble in his first campaign at the club and barely veered from that level, lifting the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup to go with another two Bundesliga titles.
A cult figure wherever he goes, the former Borussia Monchengladbach player left Bayern with a full trophy cabinet when he moved to Wolfsburg in 2015.