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Bayern mania sweeps Riva del Garda

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:00 pm

Louis van Gaal, leading the way aboard the coast guard support vessel, was the first man on land. His team, following behind in the sightseeing boat, alighted shortly afterwards at the diminutive marina in Riva del Garda. Almost all the players had been busily snapping away with the cameras in their mobile phones, some even shooting video, because the scenes which greeted them could never have been foreseen.

According to organisers, some 4,000 football fans gathered in Piazza Tre Novembre, a centrally located town square, to give the Bayern party a warm and friendly welcome to northern Italy. "Just phenomenal," reacted director of sport Christian Nerlinger, as he surveyed the passionate Lake Garda crowd, largely comprising German holidaymakers.

To the strains of club anthem Stern des Süden, the players and coaching staff assembled on a temporary stage, where a familiar face was waiting. In typically charming and professional fashion, FCB stadium announcer Stephan Lehmann ran the squad and crowd through a welcome show laid on by Bayern Partner Trentino, host region for this year's summer training camp on the sunny shores of Lago di Garda.

"We're truly delighted to be here," Nerlinger said in a short speech, thanking the deputy mayor of the town of Riva, the chief administrator for the Trentino region, and the head of the local tourist office. The officials bade the visitors from Bavaria di Monaco a warm welcome, and expressed delight at having the Champions League runners-up as guests.

Van Gaal's thanks

In conclusion, Louis van Gaal offered thanks to the crowd, an unexpectedly large gathering given the well-publicised fact that the club's 13 World Cup contenders, including top stars such as Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm, will not be present at the training camp. "Thanks to everyone for coming. We're proud of you!" the Bayern boss declared.

The reception lasted around a half-hour, before the Bayern party returned to the water and the short boat ride to the team base at Hotel du Lac - once again led off by Van Gaal on the coast guard ship. The PA system at Piazza Tre Novembre played anther Bayern anthem, Diese Tage voller Sonne, These Sunny, Sunny Days.
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