'Transfer policy discussed and agreed'

The last final whistle has been blown, the shield is back in Bayern’s hands and the title celebrations are over. Now is the time for a first assessment of the season just gone. “I think it’s been a good season. We won the league by 15 points,” concluded Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in an interview with fcbayern.com.

“That’s proof that we’ve worked well over the whole season. Winning the league isn’t something you do easily,” continued the FCB chairman. The 61 year-old added that things “didn’t go in their favour” in other competitions, but he finds it “excessive to say it hasn’t been a good season.” The majority of the players are now enjoying a well-deserved holiday.

Transfer plans already afoot

For Rummenigge, however, it’s the beginning of an extremely busy period. “We have personnel decisions to make. The transfer activity starts now,” he said. In Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy they already have two new signings in place. “Süle has come on really well in the last six months and has also been called up to the Germany squad. He’s a player who’ll make a positive contribution for us in the future.”

As a young German international he meets the requirements for an FCB player, as does Rudy. “He’s one of the players who guaranteed Hoffenheim's qualification for the Champions League.” These two won’t be the only new arrivals in the summer, though. “We’ve already discussed the transfer policy with Carlo and the board and decided on targets,” revealed Rummenigge, who wouldn’t disclose any names but assured the Bayern fans: “Next season we’ll have a team that’s more than capable of challenging for titles again!”
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New 2017/18 home kit combines proud past and the future

As is traditional at this time of year, FC Bayern is presenting its new home kit for the coming season. And for the 2017/18 campaign, the German record champions and their long-standing supplier adidas are reliving a successful period from the club’s past. The new shirt pays homage to the kits of the seventies when FC Bayern collected numerous national and international trophies and laid the foundations for the worldwide fame that the club still enjoys today.

“I was lucky enough to wear the 1977 kit and even at the time I really liked the design,” commented chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on the reissued jersey. “This kit symbolised the start of a great era. Bayern had just won the European Cup for the first time. We were also German champions and many of the players from this team had also become World Cup winners in 1974,” recalled club president Uli Hoeneß, looking back on the great successes of his playing career.

The new home kit features striking white stripes on the traditional Bayern red, with white stripes on the shoulders and sleeves rounding off the streetwear look. The FC Bayern motto – ‘Mia san Mia’ – is also emblazoned on the collar of the shirt. The kit is inspired by history while offering modern functionality and gives both players and fans maximum comfort thanks to the breathable mesh fabric. The kit is complete with red shorts and red socks.

“You have to feel comfortable in a kit. It has to have some connection to the club and give you a good feeling,” commented Thomas Müller, highlighting what he thinks is important in a kit. The retro aspect rounds off the new home jersey. “It obviously makes you think of the three league titles and the likes of Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge,” added Müller.

The new kit will get its first outing at the Allianz Arena this Saturday in the final game of the season against Freiburg. It’s available to buy now from the FC Bayern online shop and all FC Bayern fan shops as well as adidas adidas stores near you.
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Farewell, a duet and lots of emotions

Munich venue Postpalast was festively set for FC Bayern's internal championship party, the tables decorated, the glasses brightly polished. A waterfall flowed down on a round stage in the middle of the room, with pictures of the season projected onto the water. Everything was set for a "party worth its salt," as chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge promised in his address.

"We certainly had a great day," Rummenigge added. After the clear-cut 4-1 victory over SC Freiburg the Bavarians were presented with the championship shield and unleashed the traditional Weißbier showers at the sold-out Allianz Arena before celebrating with 15,000 fans on the Town Hall balcony at Munich's Marienplatz. Rummenigge officially bade farewell to captain Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso and Tom Starke in an emotional moment.

Precursor to paradise

"I'd like to thank you," said Rummenigge, praising the trio: Starke is "a great keeper and an easygoing and relaxed lad," according the the FC Bayern chairman, whereas Alonso is "a gentleman of football, a metronome on the pitch. When he had the ball he orchestrated the match like a footballing Karajan." And of course Rummenigge praised Lahm: "A man who's achieved outstanding things. A superb captain, a superb player. I'll miss Philipp." The trio were greeted with long standing ovations.

Bavarian Minister President Horst Seehofer was among the 500 guests. "I've often said the Free State of Bavaria is the precursor to paradise. There are many reasons for that, and one of the central ones is FC Bayern," declared Seehofer in his address. He called the club a "global brand and one of the most important ambassadors of the Free State" and praised Philipp Lahm as "one of the greatest personalities German football has ever produced."

Music at Champions League level

Besides Seehofer, the entire executive board, the committee and the advisory board of FC Bayern were present. On behalf of the German Football League (DFL) president Dr Reinhard Rauball and CEO Christian Seifert attended the party. They were joined by numerous FCB legends like Luca Toni, Giovane Elber, former sporting director Matthias Sammer as well as partners and sponsors of the champions. They all enjoyed an emotional and harmonious evening.

The guests enjoyed tomato soup, beef filet and asparagus, and the music between the courses was at Champions League level. Famous Munich tenor Jonas Kaufmann had joined the guests from London to sing an FC Bayern version of the song Du bist die Welt für mich (You're everything to me) taken from Richard Tauber's opera Der Singende Traum (The singing dream). Kaufmann gave the audience goosebumps and received standing ovations in return.

Ancelotti's duet with Anastacia

Pop star Alvaro Soler fueled the party mood, with Javi Martínez and Rafinha entering the stage immediately. US star Anastacia, who had already rocked the Allianz Arena during half-time in the match against Freiburg, completed a wonderfully entertaining evening. A duet with Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti, who had already shone as a singer on the Town Hall balcony, was the highlight of the evening.

"Many thanks to the club. I've found a great club with fantastic players," concluded the Italian, who has now won a title in each of the top five European leagues. "We've all done a superb job this year, we've been very professional. I'm very pleased to be here. I've found a family. I think we'll win more titles with this family if we continue like this."

Lahm bids farewell

Skipper Philipp Lahm celebrated his last title as a pro on Saturday, looking back on his time: "I've received a lot in return, not only today, but throughout my career. Not only from the fans, but also from teammates, coaches and many legends I've had the honour to play with. I'd never imagined I'd win the championship, it was like a dream. And this dream is better than everything I set out to achieve. There's a song, it's called 'Amoi seg' ma uns wieder' (We'll meet again some day). I have to take a step back now and let all the experiences I've made sink in. What will follow - I don't know."
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Season over for Manuel Neuer

The initial diagnosis of a fracture in Manuel Neuer's left foot was confirmed on Wednesday evening, when the World's Best Goalkeeper reported to FC Bayern's medical unit for a thorough examination. The course of treatment will be conservative. The 31-year-old Germany keeper will be sidelined for several weeks, meaning that the German record champions will have to do without him in the last few weeks of the season. Neuer sustained the injury in extra-time of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final return away to Real Madrid. "Of course I'm sad I won't be able to help the team in the final spurt of the season. I'm fully focused on recovering as soon as possible. That's the main thing for me now."

Eight pros work out

Those Bayern pros who made the starting line-up or played more than 45 minutes on Tuesday evening took a breather on Thursday. Two days before the Bundesliga home match against FSV Mainz Carlo Ancelotti awarded the players a day off. All other players, two goalkeepers and six outfield players, turned in a one-hour training session on Thursday morning. The final training session before the match will be on Friday.

FC Bayern Youth Cup Austria a success

The sixth edition of the FC Bayern Youth Cup Austria was staged at the UniCredit Center in Vienna on Easter Saturday. FC Bayern legend and world champion Hans Pflügler was very pleased with the high level and a very fair tournament. As expected the holders will contest the Youth Cup World Final at the Allianz Arena on 21 May with a strong team. FC Bayern thanks Bank Austria and youngCaritas Käfig League for an outstanding tournament.
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