Created on 26-06-2008 at 00:00 AM
Four days to go! After a 44-day break, the players report back to the Säbener Strasse for training next Monday. New head coach Jürgen Klinsmann will supervise the stars as Germany’s leading club aim to defend their domestic double, while Munich are also back in the Champions League after a season away.
Bayern fans will be able to witness the start of preparations for the new season for themselves, as Klinsmann has scheduled no fewer than six public training sessions at the Säbener Strasse in his first week at the club. The inaugural workout is on Monday 30 June at 3.30 pm, with sessions at the same time on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday and Saturday training is at 10.30 am.
Fans who visit in person will catch a glimpse of the new coaching staff and their working methods, although player numbers will be severely reduced as Klinsmann is initially without half his squad.
The club’s six Germany players are involved in the EURO 2008 final on Sunday, while Hamit Altintop, Luca Toni and Willy Sagnol have only just commenced the three-week holiday granted to the internationals after their team’s Euro exit. Franck Ribéry is absent with injury in any case.
New signing Butt on display
Finally, Martin Demichelis and Lucio were on World Cup qualifying duty last week and do not return to Munich until 9 July. Klinsmann is set to take charge of just 12 players, including newly-signed number two keeper Hans-Jörg Butt.