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Reds invited to train at Royal Palace

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Reds invited to train at Royal Palace

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:00 pm


Bayern are staging their winter training camp in Dubai for the fourth time in a row. The outstanding relationship between the rulers of the Emirate and the club reached a new peak on Tuesday when Munich became the first visiting sports team to train at the stunning facility within the Royal palace complex.

The Bavarian party found even their most lofty expectations exceeded when they stepped out into an exquisite 500,000 square metre facility normally reserved for the exclusive use of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and the Dubai Royal family.

<b>A city in itself</b>

"It's astonishing, having your own training ground," Lukas Podolski commented. The squad worked out on one of numerous grass pitches. "It was a fantastic surface," Podolski added. Bayern media director Markus Hörwick compared the turf to a well-kept green on a golf course.

"We didn't see that much of the rest of the ground," Podolski explained. "The Palace has a number of suburbs," Hörwick quipped, hinting at the vast dimensions of the Royal residence, which fundamentally comprises living, business and sports units. Hörwick was able to make a brief tour of the sporting facility while the players were training.

<b>The highest quality</b>

Alongside the grass pitches, the facility includes courts for volleyball, basketball and the martial arts, a fitness hall, an extensive wellness area, several shooting ranges and a horse-racing course. "It's the best sports facility I've ever seen," Hörwick admired.

Even the most experienced players like Oliver Kahn cannot have been prepared for the scene less than 50 metres away from Bayern's training pitch, as caged white tigers lazily watched the squad at work. The splendid beasts will soon come to regard today's panorama as normality, as the club has been invited to complete the remainder of the training programme in Dubai at the palace complex, until the return flight to Munich next Sunday.

<b>Reception hosted by Sheikh</b>

As if that was not enough of an honour, coach Felix Magath and midfielder Owen Hargreaves were granted a personal audience with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Tuesday afternoon. The Ruler of Dubai hosted a gala dinner in the evening for the entire Bayern party, together with the other three clubs contesting the Dubai Cup.
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