Audi Summer Tour 2017 ke China dan Singapura


After a very successful trip in 2015 FC Bayern return to Asia from 16 to 28 July for the Audi Summer Tour 2017. "Visiting friends" is the motto when Carlo Ancelotti's men travel to China and subsequently Singapore to contest four friendlies against top European clubs:

* On Wednesday 19 July FC Bayern cross swords with 13-time English champions Arsenal in Shanghai at the Audi Football Summit.

* Three days later, on 22 July, the Reds encounter seven-time Champions League/European Cup winners AC Milan in Shenzhen, again at the Audi Football Summit.

* FC Bayern and current Premier League leaders Chelsea face off in the International Champions Cup in Singapore on 25 July.

* The German record champions conclude the trip against 18-time Italian champions Inter Milan, also in the International Champions Cup on 27 July.

FC Bayern previously travelled to China in 2012 and 2015. This year's Audi Summer Tour will take place in China for the second time. "The Audi Summer Tour is an integral part of our international strategy, supporting our global brand development. There are about 135 million FC Bayern fans in China, and the club is becoming more and more popular in Southeast Asia. So I'm glad we'll play in Shanghai and Shenzhen under the motto 'Visiting Friends' and present our team in July. We're equally looking forward to the top-class matches in front of many Bayern fans from the whole of Southeast Asia in Singapore," commented Jörg Wacker, FC Bayern München AG head of internationalisation and strategy.

The two matches in China were announced at a press conference featuring FC Bayern brand ambassador Hasan Salihamidžić in Shanghai on Tuesday. Legend Trophy Tour fan festivals are being staged today and tomorrow, and the 2001 Champions League winners are on site representing the German record champions. Another press conference with Salihamidžić will be staged in Singapore on 16 March to announce the two International Champions Cup matches.
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Bayern v Real in quarter-finals!


Bayern have been handed a challenging but hugely attractive tie in the 2016/17 Champions League quarter-finals, as the five-time winners of Europe’s top club competition were paired with Spanish giants and holders Real Madrid in the draw for the last eight. FCB will play the first leg in Munich with the return a week later in the Spanish capital.

The draw ceremony was held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland from midday CET on Friday and was conducted by UEFA managing director of communications Pedro Pinto, UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti, and former Liverpool and Wales star Ian Rush, representing the venue for the final in Cardiff.

Bayern play the first leg of the last eight tie at the Allianz Arena, with the decisive second leg away from home at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The first leg in Munich will be played on 11 or 12 April, with the return in Madrid just a week later on 18 or 19 April.

This year’s final takes place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 3 June.

Champions League quarter-final draw in full:
Atlético Madrid – Leicester City
Borussia Dortmund – Monaco
FC Bayern – Real Madrid
Juventus - Barcelona
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Bayern happy with 'big cushion'


65 minutes into FC Bayern's home game against Eintracht Frankfurt the Allianz Arena crowd was gripped by the moment of the match. Frankfurt captain Marco Russ celebrated his return to the Bundesliga after being sidelined for 311 days due to cancer. Seconds later, World Cup winner Jérôme Boateng came off the bench after 108 days out injured. The two players were greeted with standing ovations from the 75,000 fans at the ground.

The result of the match between the record champions and the team from Frankfurt was already certain at this point. Robert Lewandowski (38') and Douglas Costa (41') put FCB ahead with a double whammy just before half-time and Lewandowski netted his 21st goal of the season on 55 minutes to seal a 3-0 victory. The 18th win in the current campaign sees Bayern extend the lead over second-placed RB Leipzig at the top of the table.

Unbeaten in 18 games

"A ten-point lead over the team in second is obviously a big cushion," said captain Philipp Lahm after a "brilliant weekend for us." Both Leipzig and third-placed Borussia Dortmund lost their games and FCB have taken a big step forward towards a fifth title win in succession. "There's still a long way to go in the season but April will be very interesting so it's always good to look at the table when you've got a small cushion," said Thomas Müller.

In spite of all the joy at recent success there is a reason for the self-criticism Bayern. Above all in the first 30 minutes, the "aggressive and hard-tackling" Frankfurt team (Manuel Neuer) caused problems for FCB. "We completely lacked focus and gave the ball away a lot in our own half. We can be happy we didn’t go behind," explained Lahm. The 2-0 lead did not "reflect the game."

Bayern ruthless in front of goal

"Frankfurt played better than we did. They had the better chances and we made a lot of mistakes," said coach Carlo Ancelotti after the game. "To be honest, they didn't deserve to be 2-0 down at the break." Bayern profited from Frankfurt's inability to convert their chances and FCB’s own efficiency and individual quality in front of the opposition goal. "Of course, we then showed our class and that put us in the lead at half-time," said Lahm. "We were ruthless up front."

The record champions realise intensity and concentration levels must remain high in spite of the impressive run of 18 games unbeaten (Neuer: "We’re on a roll"). "It was a great matchday for us but we didn't play well enough to be on cloud nine. We're well aware we have to keep on working hard," said Müller. And Lahm warned: "We have some very, very difficult games ahead. But we shouldn't throw away a ten-point lead."

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Eight goals, eight facts


FC Bayern have only enjoyed three bigger victories in Bundesliga history, whereas Hamburg have never lost by a higher scoreline: the 8-0 victory over Hamburger SV made footballing history. A Robert Lewandowski hat-trick, a Kingsley Coman brace and further goals by Arturo Vidal, David Alaba and Arjen Robben made the crowd at the Allianz Arena exuberant. fcbayern.com has collected eight facts for the eight goals.

1-0 Arturo Vidal (17th minute): The Chilean has scored two openers in his last four competitive fixtures for Bayern, with Thomas Müller providing the assist in both cases.

2-0 Robert Lewandowski (24): Lewy scored his tenth goal in the last ten Bundesliga matches, a best-mark in the league! Besides, the Pole netted the 21st of Bayern's last 22 penalties in the Bundesliga.

3-0 Robert Lewandowski (42): The Polish Player of the Year posted a haul of more than one goal in a Bundesliga match for the 36th time. Only four players boast more: Gerd Müller, Jupp Heynckes, Klaus Fischer und Manfred Burgsmüller.

4-0 Robert Lewandowski (54): Lewandowski rounded off his third hat-trick this season - he's now on two three-goal hauls in the league and one in the DFB Cup. The striker now has 12 goals in his last ten Bundesliga matches.

5-0 David Alaba (56): The Austrian found the net for the second time in this season's Bundesliga campaign. Alaba has only scored more goals once, when he netted three league goals in the 2012/13 season. Thomas Müller took his tally to 11 assists overall this season, setting up the most goals of all Bayern pros.

6-0 Kingsley Coman (65): The Frenchman scored his first goal in a competitive fixture for Bayern since March 2016.

7-0 Kingsley Coman (69): Coman completed the first brace in his career.

8-0 Arjen Robben (87): The Dutchman scored his 125th goal for the Bavarians, drawing level with Claudio Pizarro. Only one foreign player has netted more often: Giovane Elber finished on 140 goals in an FCB shirt. Ever since the promotion to the Bundesliga in 1965 only six players have netted more often than Robben in competitive fixtures for FCB.
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