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Harry Kane suffers defeat in Bayern Munich debut

By AFP - Aug 13,2023 - Last updated at Aug 13,2023

MUNICH, Germany — Harry Kane endured a losing debut with Bayern Munich on Saturday when his new team crashed to a 3-0 defeat by RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup, just hours after the England skipper sealed a move from Tottenham.

Dani Olmo was the star of the show, producing a virtuoso performance and scoring a hat-trick in Munich as Kane’s dream of clinching his first major silverware was shattered.

Kane came on as a 64th-minute substitute with Bayern already trailing 2-0, but soon after Olmo completed his hat-trick.

The record England goalscorer joined from Tottenham for a fee in excess of 100 million euros ($109.6 million) earlier Saturday.

Kane, who was given the number nine shirt vacated by Robert Lewandowski, had indicated on social media that he was “feeling good” and “looking forward to the match” after taking part in his first training session as a new Bayern player.

But he couldn’t turn the tide as Leipzig were awarded a penalty three minutes after his introduction.

Olmo converted the spot-kick to seal a first Super Cup title for Marco Rose’s side.

Kane, who has lost three finals with Tottenham and one with England, must wait for his first ever trophy.

Kane, 30, has moved to Bayern after two decades at Tottenham where he was constantly thwarted in his bid for trophies.

“I felt like it was the time to leave. I didn’t want to go into the season with a lot of unresolved future talk,” said Kane in a message on social media.

“Obviously a lot of emotions going through me right now; sad to be leaving the club I’ve spent nearly 20 years of my life at, from 11-year-old boy to a 30-year-old man now.

“There’s been so many great moments and special memories, memories that I will cherish forever.”

After protracted negotiations between Bayern and Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy a deal was finally struck on Thursday.

“It’s been a long process, but now we’re all the happier that Harry Kane will be wearing the Bayern Munich shirt with immediate effect,” said Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen.

He added: “Harry Kane was our absolute dream player right from the start. He is a perfect fit for us and the club’s DNA in terms of both football and character.”

Levy said Tottenham had “reluctantly agreed to the transfer”.

Six-time European champions Bayern were in desperate need of a striker after struggling to replace Lewandowski who left for Barcelona last season. 

The club won the Bundesliga in each of Lewandowski’s eight seasons in Munich, with the Pole averaging 30 goals per season. In 2022-23, not one Bayern player hit the 15 league goal mark.

Kane had scored more than 20 league goals in all but three of the past nine Premier League seasons, winning the Golden Boot on three occasions.

Kane, who was out of contract next summer, left Tottenham having scored 280 goals in 435 games to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, but without a trophy.

He is also England’s all-time top goalscorer with 58 international goals.

Silverware is all but guaranteed at Bayern, who have won 11 straight Bundesliga titles.

However, Bayern were eliminated by eventual winners Manchester City in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season and only won the Bundesliga title on goal difference thanks to a final-day capitulation from Borussia Dortmund.


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