Created on 23-05-2008 at 00:00 AM
Bayern’s 5-1 victory over Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium was followed by scenes of friendly pandemonium, as the crowd surged onto the pitch looking for handshakes, autographs and snapshots. The team bus finally crawled away from the arena, gently nosing its way through the milling throng, as a thrilling evening drew to an unforgettable close.
Bayern were made hugely welcome at all times in their two-day stay in the Indonesian capital. “It’s been a fantastic and brilliantly organised trip so far,” Ottmar Hitzfeld commented. “I’m really impressed by the level of popularity Bayern enjoy here.“
Next stop Bali
The party will now (very literally) enjoy two and a half more days of Indonesian hospitality some 2,000 km to the east of Jakarta on Bali, where rest and relaxation are on the agenda until Sunday. “Bali is for regeneration. We’ll unwind and play some golf,“ Hitzfeld remarked.
After a 90-minute flight, the squad and delegation landed at lunchtime Thursday on the “Island of the Gods“, as the locals call their tropical island paradise. “Friends have told me a lot about this place and I’m delighted we’re going there,“ said Christian Lell.
Heaven on earth
The Bayern party’s beach hotel is the ideal place to recuperate after a season featuring 57 competitive matches. The sea is likely to play a major role, with temperatures around 30 degrees and high humidity. Apart from golfing, many of the Bavarian group are planning a tour of the island.
The Bali stay has no fixed schedule. “We’re going to relax and nothing else. These are our first three days off since January,“ Lell pointed out. The “Island of the Gods“ represents heaven on earth for the drained and exhausted players.