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Tour to the US: Interview with Jörg Wacker

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Tour to the US: Interview with Jörg Wacker

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:30 am

FC Bayern depart for the Audi Summer Tour 2018 on Monday. After the German record champions travelled to China and Shanghai last year, this year's destinations are Philadelphia and Miami. A few days before the departure to the US, FCB Board Member for Internationalisation and Strategy Jörg Wacker spoke to fcbayern.com about the goals and expectations.

Interview with Jörg Wacker

The US failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia. Instead, countries like Panama contested the finals. Hasn't that slowed down the enthusiasm for football in the US?

Wacker: The American fans' disappointment at the fact that the so-called US boys failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was big of course. But one negative experience is not enough to destroy the whole. Football will become even more important in the US. Major League Soccer is leading the way here: ratings and spectator numbers are rising continuously. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Roone are currently the MLS's stars. New teams have been founded in Orlando, Atlanta, Minnesota and Los Angeles. They will be joined by a new team from Miami in 2020. The 2026 World Cup will be staged in the US, Canada and Mexico. I expect the next big boom in the build-up to it.
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