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Home sweet home still eludes Tymoshchuk

There is no formal training at FCB on Wednesday, which suits Anatoliy Tymoshchuk down to the ground. Before heading off with his Bayern team-mates for more than a week at this term’s summer training camp in Donaueschingen, the Ukrainian newcomer will intensify his search for a place to live. “I’ll be driving around a lot tomorrow,” the 30-year-old reported after Tuesday training.

Tymoshchuk has officially been at Bayern for nearly two weeks now, although the midfielder took up residence in a hotel in the heart of the Bavarian capital a few days ahead of the official restart on 1 July. However, he and his wife Nadejda are still looking for the right place to call a home of their own. “So I’m also a little bit unhappy,” the man nicknamed Timo confessed, “the only thing I need before getting totally stuck in is my own home.”

An on-field leader

That aside, the Ukraine skipper already feels 100 percent settled at his new club. Tymoshchuk, who learned some German at school 15 years ago, has no problem understanding what is said on the practice ground. “I understand the coach’s instructions and I’m learning something new in training every day.” He currently prefers to speak to reporters through an interpreter he has known for a decade, although he already understands many media questions without the need for translation.

Replicating his role at former club Zenit St. Petersburg, Tymoshchuk is keen to take on responsibility at Bayern: “I’m a leader.” His favoured role is central defensive midfield, “but if necessary, I’d play up front.” For the first pre-season friendly in Salzburg, he split the holding role with Mark van Bommel, playing more to the right with the Dutchman on his left-hand side.

“Everything I do is for the team, in training and in matches,” emphasised Tymoshchuk, who feels his major strengths are ball-winning and the physical side of the game: “Tackling is where I’m in my element.” He is inspired by the hordes of fans who flock to the Säbener Strasse to observe training on a daily basis. “That’s the most welcome change compared to my previous clubs,” Tymoshchuk remarked, “the fans make me even more determined to give it everything.”