Created on 17-08-2012 at 00:00 AM
On Friday morning, Jupp Heynckes strode from the dressing room towards the practice pitches with his concentration firmly on the forthcoming training session. Lost in thought, he initially stared at the ground, but suddenly the FCB head coach sensed a barrage of noise and looked up. “What? Do we have a game today?" he said in astonishment. It wasn't exactly a 69,000 full house at the Allianz Arena, but it was still an astonishing 4,000 or more fans and families who showed up for a public training session at the Säbener Strasse. As so often, the club's headquarters is a hugely popular destination for a day trip during the summer vacation.
“What's this about then?" said a stunned Holger Badstuber. Vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, talking exclusively to FCB.tv, was filled with enthusiasm: “It's massive, and not something you can take for granted. We’re always delighted when so many fans show up." The Germany international said the crowds made training sessions more enjoyable. On Friday, the advertising hoardings were removed from the fences in order to increase the available space. Supporters who arrived a little later and were unable to access the main training pitch went over to pitch number two to observe goalkeepers Manuel Neuer, Tom Starke and Max Riedmüller being put through their paces.