Created on 26-04-2012 at 00:00 AM
When the players, coaching staff and officials arrived at the team hotel at around 1am for the traditional Champions League post-match banquet, the 400 fans and sponsors greeted the heroes of Madrid with a standing ovation, chants and repeated applause. And when Karl-Heinz Rummenigge took to the microphone, the emotions in the room freely flowed. fcbayern.de presents the chairman's speech at the banquet.
Rummenigge's speech in Madrid:
“Dear friends of FC Bayern, to the coaching staff headed by Jupp Heynckes, and to the team,
As I recall, matches involving such intensity and so much emotion have entered the annals of history of German football. I'm thinking of the semi-final between Germany and Italy in 1970, or the semi-final between Germany and France in 1982 – curiously enough, these matches were also decided on penalties. I've been attached to FCB since 1974, for almost 38 years. But when I think back over today's game, I have to say openly and honestly we've all experienced the most intense, most emotional and at the end of the day, fortunately also a successful match [applause].