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Allianz Arena gleams in green

What do the Allianz Arena, Sydney Opera House and the Sphinx in Egypt have in common? They are all among a number of major buildings and structures around the world taking part in Tourism Ireland’s annual ‘global greening’ initiative on St. Patrick's Day, 17 March 2014. Other famous landmarks to be illuminated in green for a short time include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town and the Empire State Building in New York. “We’re proud that the Allianz Arena is taking part for the second year in a row. It's fantastic that our stadium in Munich is right up there with other illustrious buildings and sightseeing attractions around the world,” said Allianz SE Head of Global Brand Management Christian Deuringer.

Braunschweig and Bremen on Saturdays

On Monday the German Football League (DFL) issued the final schedule for Bundesliga Matchdays 31 and 32, with Bayern playing both games on Saturday. Guardiola’s team travel to Eintracht Braunschweig on 19 April (kick-off 3.30 pm CET), with Werder Bremen due in Munich a week later at the same kick-off time. All fixtures on Matchday 33, when FCB are away to Hamburg, and the final match of the season, with Munich at home to Stuttgart, kick off simultaneously at 3.30 pm CET Saturday.

Peace descends on the Säbener

There was little obvious toil at the Bayern training facility on Monday as coach Guardiola gave his men the day off. The stars report back for training at 4 pm CET on Tuesday to begin the build-up to Saturday’s trip to Mainz, where FCB could wrap up the title if results go their way. “It would be great if it worked out,” commented Bastian Schweinsteiger. For Munich’s 24th German championship triumph to be confirmed, Bayern must beat Mainz with neither Dortmund nor Schalke winning away to Hannover or at home to Braunschweig respectively.