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Stars receive rapturous welcome from fan clubs

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:20 pm

10.12.2007

In what has become an advent ritual at Bayern, first-team players and senior officials spent Sunday making pre-Christmas visits to 25 prize-winning fan clubs in and outside Germany.

Miroslav Klose dropped in to see the Red Power club from Patersdorf in the Bavarian Forest. “When you think of the sacrifices our fans make getting to home and away games, doing the same in return is hardly a burden,“ the striker declared after the long journey from Munich. The man capped 72 times by Germany was stunned at the reception laid on by the club’s 500 members. “I’d expected it to be a little smaller than this, to be frank,” the player smiled.

<b>First visit for Ribéry</b>

Franck Ribéry, guest of the Obing '84 club in Chiemgau, was equally surprised at the scale of the welcome. A brass ensemble heralded the Frenchman’s arrival, with 300 cheering fans waiting for him in the local banqueting suite. “I’m thrilled by this fantastic reception. I really like it here. I’ve never experienced anything like it before,“ the 24-year-old revealed.

Ribéry took questions from young and older fans alike, impressed the crowd with a 92-touch keepy-up, and signed countless autographs. “It’s really good fun,” he declared after more than two hours among the passionate fans.

<b>Uli Hoeneß’ mixed results</b>

Uli Hoeneß’ trip to Surberg in deepest Upper Bavaria began with a special guard of honour, as suitably clad maidens led the general manager to the local hall and a boisterous 500-strong crowd drawn from De rodn Waginga fan club. Hoeneß’ prowess in a throwing game testing skill and accuracy raised some €1,000 for the FC Bayern Hilfe e.V. foundation, although the board director was penalised five litres of beer for missed shots.

During his three-and-a-half hour visit, Hoeneß took a large number of questions from those present. “Opponents have worked us out. We won’t suddenly start blowing them away in the future either. Duisburg pulled every man back behind the ball. We need to work out a plan for picking apart teams like that,” he declared after the previous day’s goalless draw with the Zebras.

<b>No new shopping spree</b>

The general manager also commented on the club’s transfer plans. “There won’t be another massive spree like last year. We need to strengthen the team in specific areas,“ he remarked. We can expect one or two new faces at the club next summer – and one or two new visitors when the squad and officials go on next season’s pre-Christmas visits.
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