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Year of superlatives

Fantastic atmosphere at club Christmas party

As you’d expect, Bayern hold a Christmas party year after year after year. However, it’s doubtful whether any previous event was as joyful with as much to celebrate as the 2013 edition. The FCB family gathered on Sunday afternoon at star chef Alfons Schuhbeck’s Teatro for a festive review of a 12-month period described by chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as “a year of superlatives. We’ve experienced everything positive you could possibly experience. It’s gone superbly well from January to December.” On the day after a spectacular 7–0 victory away to Werder Bremen, Rummenigge addressed the gathering for around ten minutes.

Following the morning workout at the Säbener Strasse, the players and their families arrived for the party at around 2 pm. Alfons Schuhbeck and his team served up their customary stunning spread. The entertainment included a puppet show, bubble blowing and a juggler, making it a treat for the stars’ kids, who were also served a special children’s meal of schnitzel and fries. Top musicians entertained the audience of around 200.

Rummenigge felt the relaxed family atmosphere was “simply wonderful. At the annual general meeting in November I yet again sensed the power, quality and class at this exceptional club.“ In footballing terms, it will of course be hard to beat the year 2013. So far, the treble winners have only lost twice, 2–0 at home to Arsenal in the Champions League Round of 16 return, and 4–2 in the German Super Cup away to Dortmund.

Crowning glory to come?

“More than 15 million fans in Germany follow FC Bayern week after week. And every week they can relax and enjoy their Sunday,” declared Rummenigge, “just like Uli Hoeneß and me.“ Over the years, the chairman revealed, the president had made a habit of calling on Sunday to analyse poor performances and let off angry steam. “But I’ve not had a call from Uli for almost a year,” quipped Rummenigge, “and I hope it continues, because then I’ll know it’s all going well and everything is wonderful.”

A little later, club captain Philipp Lahm also addressed the guests. The last word at a happy and successful Christmas party fell to Rummenigge: “There’s never been more respect around the world for FC Bayern!“ All that is lacking now is the crowning glory, which Lahm and company can supply on 21 December if they win the club World Cup in Morocco.