Niklas Dorsch
EMDEN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 16: Niklas Dorsch of Germany challenges Petar Pusic of Switzerland during the International Friendly match between U20 Germany and U20 Switzerland at Ostfrieslandstadion on October 16, 2018 in Emden, Germany. (Photo by Joachim Sielski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

After six years with Bayern Munich, Niklas Dorsch played exactly one first-team game. He made it count, scoring a goal against Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankfurt in April of last season.

Unfortunately, after that, Dorsch bid Munich farewell as he never saw any first team action again. He declined a new contract with Bayern and opted instead to move to FC Heidenheim in the 2. Bundesliga, where he has established himself in the starting lineup — in addition to playing for Germany’s U20 team.

In an interview with Fußball-Vorort (also in TZ) Dorsch looked back critically at his time on Bayern Munich’s amateur second team.

Asked why he played exactly one game with Bayern’s first team, Dorsch was frank as quoted by Bavarian Football.

“I simply didn’t get a fair chance. No one paid much attention to young players. When you play a time and score a goal right away, then there’s a lot of talk again. Before that, nobody was interested in what I was doing.”

Dorsch described a significant difference between his communication with his coach on Bayern II and the coaches of the professional team. Conspicuous by his absence, Carlo Ancelotti:

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“My coach from the second team spoke with me at length every day. But when you’re playing on the second team at Bayern, you also want to move up to the pros sometime. The contact for that wasn’t all too good. I didn’t have a super feeling until Jupp Heynckes came.”

“Heynckes helped me immensely and gave me a chance. He and assistant coach also supported me, even though it was clear that I was leaving. Pep Guardiola was also a super coach who worked with the young players.”

Even after scoring for the first team, Dorsch had no second thoughts about his decision to leave Bayern Munich. He had made up his nearly a year earlier:

“I thought about what I wanted to do in the future a year before the end of my contract. It was clear to me that I wanted to try out something new.”

Dorsch was nonetheless extremely grateful for the opportunity he had at Bayern to train with the first team, although only training with the pros left Dorsch ultimately unsatisfied:

“It helped me a lot that I could train with the pros. I’m very grateful for that. There are world-class players there who have lots of experience. I tried to take away everything from every training session. Despite that I always wanted to play. If I only train, I’ll be training world champion, but not more.”