You are not logged in or registered. Please login or register to use the full functionality of BayernForum.com

'We've gained an incredible number of friends'

News that's automatically retrieved from the official FC Bayern Munich website.
 

'We've gained an incredible number of friends'

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:00 am

Bayern's pre-season tour of China lasted five days, and included a truly packed schedule, with four training sessions, friendly matches in Beijing and Guangzhou, plus a string of appointments with the club's Partners. Naturally, bus transfers and flights also took up a great deal of time.

All in all, it was a demanding and stressful program, "but the team took a very professional approach," FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge exclusively told fcbayern.de. Rummenigge described the short trip as "very successful, because we've gained an incredible number of friends in China."

Interview: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

fcbayern.de: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, FC Bayern have spent five days visiting China. What impression has the club left behind?
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: Without in any way exaggerating, we can say it's been a very successful trip. We've gained an incredible number of friends, we had a wonderful match in Beijing and we still have another fantastic game in Guangzhou. It was a very important trip for the club, because we were pursuing a number of goals.

There was arguably even more local enthusiasm in China than on previous trips to Asia. Did you expect this?
Fortunately, FC Bayern is a very well-known club in Asia and we're proud of that. But it makes it even more important that we regularly visit this country. It's the biggest country in the world with unbelievable economic potential, as you see from their growth figures. And I do think it is to Bayern's credit if we try to offer support to Chinese football.

In today's global world, an international presence is extremely important. Do you have plans to extend this?
All our major rivals in Europe, the clubs who play important roles in the Champions League, regularly visit China. Both the Spanish and Italian Super Cups are being staged in China this year. It's vital for Bayern in particular to establish a presence here. We have to take this market extremely seriously, because it's such an important market. The region promises growth for the foreseeable future, and FC Bayern should try and be a part of it.

What's your impression of the players? How have they coped with the trip?
I'd like to offer heartfelt thanks to the team, the coaching staff and also Matthias Sammer. Despite the undoubted stress, they've adopted a very professional approach. The flight times were long, and the temperatures and humidity high. But nobody moaned or complained, and I think that's fantastic.

Have you managed to see anything of the country at all?
We had so many appointments, because we obviously wanted to make best use of our time here. I haven't really seen that much. Uli Hoeneß visited the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. He at least has been able to take some cultural impressions from this incredibly interesting country with him home to Germany.
User avatar
FCBayernNews
News fetcher
 
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
 
Posts: 10884
Joined: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:46 am
Has thanked: 0 time
Been thanked: 162 times

Re: 'We've gained an incredible number of friends'

Postby lau03143 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:03 pm

FCBayernNews wrote:Bayern's pre-season tour of China lasted five days, and included a truly packed schedule, with four training sessions, friendly matches in Beijing and Guangzhou, plus a string of appointments with the club's Partners. Naturally, bus transfers and flights also took up a great deal of time.

All in all, it was a demanding and stressful program, "but the team took a very professional approach," FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge exclusively told fcbayern.de. Rummenigge described the short trip as "very successful, because we've gained an incredible number of friends in China."

Interview: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

fcbayern.de: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, FC Bayern have spent five days visiting China. What impression has the club left behind?
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: Without in any way exaggerating, we can say it's been a very successful trip. We've gained an incredible number of friends, we had a wonderful match in Beijing and we still have another fantastic game in Guangzhou. It was a very important trip for the club, because we were pursuing a number of goals.

There was arguably even more local enthusiasm in China than on previous trips to Asia. Did you expect this?
Fortunately, FC Bayern is a very well-known club in Asia and we're proud of that. But it makes it even more important that we regularly visit this country. It's the biggest country in the world with unbelievable economic potential, as you see from their growth figures. And I do think it is to Bayern's credit if we try to offer support to Chinese football.

In today's global world, an international presence is extremely important. Do you have plans to extend this?
All our major rivals in Europe, the clubs who play important roles in the Champions League, regularly visit China. Both the Spanish and Italian Super Cups are being staged in China this year. It's vital for Bayern in particular to establish a presence here. We have to take this market extremely seriously, because it's such an important market. The region promises growth for the foreseeable future, and FC Bayern should try and be a part of it.

What's your impression of the players? How have they coped with the trip?
I'd like to offer heartfelt thanks to the team, the coaching staff and also Matthias Sammer. Despite the undoubted stress, they've adopted a very professional approach. The flight times were long, and the temperatures and humidity high. But nobody moaned or complained, and I think that's fantastic.

Have you managed to see anything of the country at all?
We had so many appointments, because we obviously wanted to make best use of our time here. I haven't really seen that much. Uli Hoene� visited the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. He at least has been able to take some cultural impressions from this incredibly interesting country with him home to Germany.


Good to see Uli away visiting the sites when the teams been busy!
To all those, Over the years,
who have come to
Munich as strangers
and left as good friends.
Zum Wohl!
User avatar
lau03143
I'm a post king!
 
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
 
Posts: 3641
Joined: Wed May 18, 2011 9:29 am
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
National Flag:
Scotland
Has thanked: 347 times
Been thanked: 493 times
Gender: Male
BayernForum.com donator: Yes


Return to Official FC Bayern News

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: AhrefsBot [Bot] and 3 guests