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Munich to face Chinese Olympic contenders

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:00 pm

06.12.2007

The next milestone in Bayern’s drive to develop relationships in the Asian footballing world arrives on 12 January, when the Reds take on the Chinese Olympic football team at the Allianz Arena. The match kicks off at 3 pm and represents the first leg of the Allianz Cup 2008. The return in the Far East is provisionally scheduled for late-May.

The match in Munich will be the first genuine mid-season test for Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men, who report back to the Säbener Strasse for winter training on 7 January. China’s Olympic line-up, under Serbian coach Ratomir Dujkovic, rate as the vast nation’s most capable and interesting team.

<b>Military precision</b>

The side is hotly tipped to claim a medal on home soil at next year’s Beijing Olympic Games. The majority of the squad has been together for years, frequently taking leave of absence from their clubs for training camps and overseas trips, and even being sent to military installations for physical preparation.

Olympic rules call for at least eight U-23 players, complemented by three overage professionals. The coveted roles are likely to go to Zheng Zhi of Charlton Athletic, rated the best player in China; Sun Jihai, a Manchester City regular for the last five seasons; and Shao Jiayi. The former 1860 Munich midfielder switched to Energie Cottbus a year and a half ago and is currently the Bundesliga’s solitary Chinese star.

<b>Ticket prices reduced</b>

Tickets for the intriguing encounter go on sale on 13 December:

<ul><li>In person at the Säbener Strasse ticketing centre in Munich
<li>By e-mail: <a href="mailto:tickets@fcb.de" class="content_link">tickets@fcb.de</a> (already open for reservations!)
<li>By phone: +49 89 699 31 333
</ul>
Tickets for the match are available at heavily discounted prices:

Category 1: 25 Euro
Category 2: 15 Euro
Category 3: 10 Euro
Category 4: 5 Euro

The game is therefore a rare opportunity for whole families to sit together at the Allianz Arena, which is normally sold out long in advance for Bayern matches. The afternoon also features a China-themed supporting programme.
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