Created on 08-10-2010 at 00:00 AM
To round off this season’s match programme, Bayern’s All Stars veterans’ team are flying to India for an exhibition match against East Bengal Club’s former internationals. The game will be staged at the world’s second-largest sports arena, Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), where Oliver Kahn played his farewell match in May 2008. That game drew a 125,000 crowd, and a similar turn-out is expected on 17 November, when the veterans clash in a benefit match for Towards Life India, a charity aiming to raise living standards for Kolkata’s street kids.
Wolfgang Dremmler, head of scouting at Germany’s most successful club and the All Stars’ player-coach, has assembled a top-class squad featuring six World Cup winners. Paul Breitner, Andreas Brehme, Stefan Reuter, Hansi Pflügler, Raimond Aumann and Paulo Sergio will be joined by European championship winner Walter Junghans, Champions League and Intercontinental Cup winner Michael Tarnat, and German league and cup winners Harald Cerny, Armin Eck, Ludwig Kögl, Oliver Kreuzer, Carsten Lakies, Markus Münch and Marcel Witeczek.
In fact, the only player in the squad without a German championship winner’s medal is Matthias Zimmermann, However, former Unterhaching captain Zimbo was part of the team which beat Bayer Leverkusen on the last day of the season in 1999-2000, ensuring a clutch of his current All Star team-mates were celebrating Bayern’s 16th domestic league title at the end of the day.
Zimmermann, currently head of the club’s Merchandising operations, has previous experience of playing in India. He was a member of the Bayern reserve squad which won the IFA Shield, one of the world’s longest-running football tournaments, at Salt Lake Stadium back in November 2005.