Is it official? Is Donovan back with us?

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  1. Bayer04fan

    Bayer04fan New Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA,USA
    LD is one of my fav US players, I have not heard anything official announce by the club via the club site, but only rumors? DOes anyone know if he has decided to return and if so, do you think the coach will play him in the midfield or up top? I am think midfield, LD is going to shine, Im sure!!! :)
  2. balla

    balla Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    he will be benched
  3. Bayer04fan

    Bayer04fan New Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA,USA
    He may be on the bench but he will get playing time, that I am sure of. Coach Auggie, was the one who discovered him I think, so he knows how talented he is. He is better than Jermaine Jones, any day, JJ has NOT impressed me
  4. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    AFC Ajax

    i will go out on a limb and say that donovan will be an immediate and consistent starter because he plays the bayer style and he can do it in 2 or 3 positions with no dropoff
  5. FCGalaxy1996

    FCGalaxy1996 New Member

    Oct 19, 2004
    ITs official he should immidiately make an impact on your clubs struggles. Is he eligible for current champions League play? or do we have 2 wait till jan 1?
  6. Crewmudgeon

    Crewmudgeon Member+

    Sep 3, 1999
    It's now up to Bayer to beat Kiev next month so we can all see LD shine in the Champions League.
  7. i_heart_landon

    i_heart_landon New Member

    Nov 18, 2004
    Columbus-for now
    He can start training now but he isn't eligible for games until the transfer window opens again Jan. 1.

       New Member

    May 13, 2004
    Saint Tropez
    Oh really Augenthaler discovered him? Did he discover him while he was coaching Nurnberg or in Austria or was it with the Bayern youth team?

    Silly Landon Donovan fanboys with their made up nonsensical fairy tales.

    Quick question for the fanboys, where do you expect your widly fantasized idol to play? Because he certainly isn"t going to play as a forward with Voronin and Berbatov playing so well together.
    All that is open for him is Ponte's position or RM.
  9. antifan

    antifan Member+

    Aug 14, 2004
    The Scottie
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I can't believe Leverkusen still have Donovan under contract. He signed when he was 16 and the club has owned him ever since. Do you guys know if he signed a new contract at some point, or did he sign some kind of lifetime contract when he was 16? When is his contract up?
  10. Bob Morocco

    Bob Morocco Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    Billings, MT
    It wasn't the coach that discovered him it was the GM.
  11. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    What's Ponte's position? Creative mid?
  12. swedcrip34

    swedcrip34 New Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    i think when MLS after 2002 season asked to have him for 2 more years (on loan), he probably extended his entire contract 2 years. not 100% sure.

       New Member

    May 13, 2004
    Saint Tropez

    Leverkusen have consistently played 3-5-2 this season.


    -----Juan------Nowotny-----Roque Junior--




    With this formation Ponte's position is the only place Donovan can play as Krzynowek and Berbatov will definately not get dropped. If Voronin's form dips Franca will take back that position.

    I think it's absurd that some of you people think Donovan will immediately have a place in the team.

    You do realise too that the GM who "discovered" Donovan is no longer with the club right.
  14. schmuckatelli

    schmuckatelli New Member

    Nov 10, 2000
    Similarly, I don't know why you should find it absurd. He is obviously a player that Bayer wanted, or else why all the fuss to bring him back to Germany? Look, I'm not a "fanboy," but it's pretty plain to those who viewed WC02 that Donovan can play the game at a fairly high level. He has speed, technical ability, work rate, tactical sense and vision. He has played decently at forward, attacking midfield and right midfield. It is not out of the question that, given a few week's training with the club between now and when the winter transfer period opens, he can find a place in the first XI for Bayer. If you're a Bayer supporter, that's nothing but a good thing, in my view.
  15. dawgpound2

    dawgpound2 Member

    Mar 3, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
    Donovan will not be repoprting to Bayer until January 3rd.

    Hey three blocks, don't sweat worrying abvout Donovan cracking your lineup. He'll do it quickly, and you will NEVER regret it, whoever he knocks out of the lineup.

       New Member

    May 13, 2004
    Saint Tropez
    Hmmm maybe because they own him and it's time to play after being on an extended holiday. Bayer is a very average club in Germany, they can't afford big name players. They rely on older players, second division and youth, so obviously with their limited budget they need to add new players.

    This really gets on my nerves. Seriously big deal. Diouf from Senegal played well and look where he is now. Just because he played relatively well for a few games in an already poor tournament does not equate being some kind of world super star. Why is it that Portsmouth were the only team to be interested in him over the last 2 years? They have really good scouts? Ha.

    Good for him, but playing in the MLS is different to playing in Europe. I bet in the MLS, Barthez could play in midfield too.

    Then all the best to him, if he's got it then he will play. So far his attitude tells me he is going to fail.

       New Member

    May 13, 2004
    Saint Tropez

    Indeed... he is Jesus reincarnated.
  18. Brownswan

    Brownswan New Member

    Jun 30, 1999
    Port St. Lucie, FL
    The plan is to have Donovan rot on the bench for the next two years, playing reserve matches now and then. He will be useless to the US in WC'06 --assuming we make it out of the Hex, with a depressed and out of form Donovan losing the captain's armband to Pablo.

    The CIA knows all about this nefarious scheme, but da Prez couldn't care less.
  19. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    AFC Ajax
    i would say LD would have a chance to grab ponte's spot, but injuries happen during a long crowded season and as i said he can play 2 or 3 other spots without dropoff

    and yes, he is CL/uefa cup eligible
  20. Bayer04fan

    Bayer04fan New Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA,USA
    Am I one of the few people, who see nothing but positive signs that the US player of the year for the past 3yrs is joining Bayer? We need help, our midfield is not the greatest, it could be better and if LD can come off the bench, he could give us that spark we need

       New Member

    May 13, 2004
    Saint Tropez

    You are probably the only Leverkusen fan here in this forum.

    The general consensus from Bayer fans is they either don't know who Donovan is or think its about time he returns.
    My room mate in particular who is a Leverkusen season ticket fanatic is not particularly excited he is returning till he proves himself and not run home because the weather is different from San Jose.
  22. aaron90025

    aaron90025 New Member

    May 1, 2003
    W.Los Angeles
    I guarantee everyone on this thread that if Donavan begins to start matches and immediately makes an impact, this guy will not post anything else ever again regarding LD. I urge everyone to remember this post so we can make this guy eat his words.

    BTW, I sensed more racism in your comments than substance.

       New Member

    May 13, 2004
    Saint Tropez

    You guarantee? You know by saying that I will purposely post more, it's a very human reaction when a nobody idiot tries to dictate something. You have the IQ of a parrot, probably why you're on the Donovan band wagon.

    and I really don't give an arse if you "sensed more racism" go cry about it in the Yanks Abroad forum idiot; in the mean time go give yourself a wank to a "LD" poster fanboy.
  24. StillKickin

    StillKickin Member+

    Austin FC
    Dec 17, 2002
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You're not as smart as you think you are. It was the Reschke guy that discovered him - and he's still with the team.

    And by the way, I think your attitude is equally absurd.

    Oh, and for what it's worth, I've been surfing the Leverkusen boards over there and I find that several posters have put Landon in the starting lineup. Seems they're wanting him to replace Ponte. Granted they're just fans (like me and you), but they don't find it absurd at all - and they're there watching their team live and in person.

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