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Talented juniors seize their opportunity

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“Kevin who?" Jupp Heynckes said with a mischievous grin. Naturally, the head coach knew perfectly well the name of the lad who fired a hat-trick for the Bayern first team on Tuesday evening. However, the gag flew over the head of a nearby reporter. “Friesenbichler," the journalist said, amusing Don Jupp: “If I'd signed him I'd have made him change his name."

Kevin Friesenbichler, an 18-year-old Austrian junior international, has spent the last two years with the Bayern junior team youth section. In the 11–0 victory over the Trentino regional side, he scored three goals, the same number as Arjen Robben. He also found the net four days earlier in the friendly against Ismaning. “He's a good lad with huge ability in front of goal," Heynckes commented, “although obviously, he has a great deal to learn about team play outside the box."