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Biathlon á la Klinsmann for Munich men

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:45 pm

Gentle was the best way to describe the Bayern squad's first workout of the winter training camp in Dubai. A warm-up in the fitness room was followed by practice ground standards such as left-foot touches only, two-touch play and goals with headers. However, Jürgen Klinsmann and his coaching staff came up with a real test of stamina to round off the opening session, a football biathlon.

Four teams of four players each first completed a "cross-country" discipline, a 1 km jog around the private training ground at the royal palace, before stopping for the "shoot". Each group was required to score four times into a miniature goal from around 15 yards, with every miss causing the entire team to repeat the exercise, before the routine ended with another turn around the "cross-country" course. The players - and the knot of watching fans - thoroughly enjoyed themselves, this despite a physically demanding schedule before and on arrival in the Emirate.

No sleep till check-in

The Airbus A319 bearing the Bayern party landed in Dubai at 6.30 am local time, five and a half hours after taking off from Munich, and some ten minutes earlier than the scheduled arrival time. The flight had benefited from a strong following wind, the captain explained.

Touchdown time in the United Arab Emirates equated to half-past three in the morning CET, so it was hardly a surprise that many of the FCB men seemed a trifle weary as they stepped onto Persian Gulf soil. Some, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, had not slept at all, while others, Philipp Laux for one, had managed a full three hours, with the rest reportedly somewhere in between.

The VIP guests from Germany passed airport security without any delays at all. However, the Bayern party was then served soft drinks and snacks as another half-hour went by in completing the remaining entry formalities, before the squad and officials finally boarded the bus for the transfer to the team hotel. Following a brief journey through the Dubai suburbs, Jürgen Klinsmann and Co. arrived at their quarters for the next eight days, The Palace Hotel - The Old Town.

Home comforts in the desert

The hotel immediately awakened a sense of familiarity with the performance centre back home at the Säbener Strasse. The foyer of a wing of the hotel exclusively set aside for Bayern use boasted two table-tennis tables. An adjoining conference room was equipped with exercise bikes and gymnastics mats. A pool table also appeared in the course of the morning.

However, none of the players was minded to undertake any physical activity at this point. After a light breakfast, the new arrivals retired en masse to their rooms, most opting to catch up on lost sleep until a team lunch at 1 pm. The party then began the first training session of the winter at 3.45 in the afternoon, the innovative football biathlon á la Klinsmann under the Dubai sun.
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