Bayern Munich flexes its muscles at the expense of rivals

Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Craig Stouffer

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund played equal parts in redefining the hierarchy of European soccer. But Bayern Munich won't let its rival play on a level field back in Germany.

Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 demolition of Real Madrid on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals was overshadowed before it kicked off. The day prior, as Bayern Munich rolled over Barcelona, 4-0, news broke that they'd obtained Dortmund midfielder Mario G?tze for a cool $48.2 million next season.

But G?tze might not be alone in his exodus. He could be followed by teammate Robert Lewandowski, who scored all four goals against Real Madrid. Dortmund desperately wants the Polish forward to stick around, but it's akin to Dwight Howard staying in Orlando when the Lakers beckon.

With Barcelona and Real Madrid on life support for the second leg of the semifinals, an all-German championship will be a proud day for the Bundesliga. But it's a shame if it's just a precursor to unabashed poaching by the country's biggest club.

- Craig Stouffer

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