Watched by teammate and Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER (right), Holland World Cup defender EDSON BRAAFHEID looks to break free from Borussia Dortmund midfielder SVEN BENDER during the early October Bundesliga match at Signal Iduna Park, the former Westfalenstadion, in North Rhine-Westphalia. (Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
BAYERN MUNICH have sold disgruntled Dutch defender EDSON BRAAFHEID to fellow German Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed transfer fee, most likely in the neighborhood of two million Euros.
The 27-year-old defender, primarily a left back, was used very sparingly for Bayern Munich over the first half of this 2010-11 campaign. Last term, the Holland international rearguard spent the second half of last season out on loan at Glasgow Celtic in Scotland. This year, Braafheid appeared in just three Bundesliga games (two starts) for the Bavarians and, in all competitions, played exactly five matches for Bayern Munich.
Braafheid, who was originally bought by the Bavarians from Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente Enschede for a fee of 2.5 million Euros in July of 2009, clashed with Dutch trainer LOUIS VAN GAAL in the changing room following the mid-November 3-3 draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach; Braafheid was upset that, after getting up off the bench to warm-up, the Dutch trainer chose not to send his countryman into the contest.
Holland World Cup defender EDSON BRAAFHEID, who has won eight caps for the Netherlands and appeared as a substitute in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in the losing effort opposite Spain, had made ten unimpressive appearances at the start of the year for Scottish Premier League club Glasgow Celtic while out on loan from German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich. (Russell Cheyne/Reuters)
At TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Braafheid will hook up again with another from the Netherlands’ 2nd place squad from South Africa; the Baden-Wuerttemberg ball club recently bought Holland World Cup winger RYAN BABEL from English Premier League club FC Liverpool.
Braafheid will also be re-united with another former Bayern Munich teammate, Austria international DAVID ALABA.
The versatile 18-year-old, who can play either in the center of the park or the left side of the pitch, was sent out on loan by the Bavarians to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the remainder of this season as part of the transaction that took Brazilian midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO to the defending Bundesliga champions for the transfer fee of 15.0 million Euros.
Braafheid is the fourth player to leave Bayern Munich this winter following the departures of Argentina World Cup defender MARTIN DEMICHELIS, Holland World Cup midfielder MARK VAN BOMMEL in addition to the loan assignment of Alaba.