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Reds stars on parade at the Oktoberfest

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Switch off for a minute and think about something else – where in there better to go in Munich at the moment than to the ‘Wiesn’? On Sunday afternoon after training Bayern’s coach, players and officials together visited the 174th Oktoberfest, where together with their families they enjoyed a cheerful and agreeable afternoon with excellent food and one or two steins of beer. Some of the new arrivals in Munich such as Luca Toni, Franck Ribéry and Miroslav Klose cut a particularly fine figure on their first official appearance in lederhosen.

Hummels back in training
Following a nine-week break with injury Mats Hummels returned to training with the team on Sunday morning. The 19-year-old defender tore ligaments in his right ankle after falling down the stairs at the end of July and has had to rest the injury ever since. “It’s gone extremely well, I don’t feel any pain at all now,” Hummels told “It was almost as if I’d never been away.

Deisler talks for the first time about why he retired
Eight months after his shock retirement from professional football, former Bayern midfielder Sebastian Deisler has spoken for the first time about the reasons for his decision. “I came to recognise that in the end, with everything that happened, I was no longer capable of doing this,” the 27-year-old said in an interview with the Tagesspiegel am Sonntag. “At the end I felt empty, I felt old, I felt tired. I had done so much running that my legs no longer felt capable of carrying me. “Football took me over to early. I never had the time to grow up and the become an adult, I never had the time to make mistakes.”

Quote of the day
“When did he set one up for me?”
(Bayern striker Miroslav Klose, asked about laying on Saturday’s goal and his growing understanding with Luca Toni)