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Hopfner congratulates club member no. 1

Otto Schwab, the man who holds FC Bayern membership card number 1, is still a whole-hearted FCB fan at a ripe old age. Schwab passed another milestone when he celebrated his 99th birthday on Thursday 20 March. FC Bayern senior vice-president Karl Hopfner made sure he personally congratulated the birthday boy on behalf of the club. “Thank you very much for the wonderful visit,” said Schwab, who is still in good health and full of joie de vivre. He proved that by raising a glass of champagne on his special day. Schwab went on to explain that he moved to Munich from Vilshoven in 1933 and immediately became a member of FC Bayern. “FC Bayern were the only team for me back then. It’s my club,” said the veteran, who played over 250 games in goal for the Reds and still makes it to nearly every match at the Allianz Arena. “And we’ll turn up with a brass band next year for his 100th,” declared Hopfner.

Green opts for the USA

Bayern reserve striker Julian Green has made up his mind: the 18-year-old will play for the USA in preference to Germany. The USA Football Association has announced they have applied to FIFA for a one-off change of registration. This action is required as the Florida-born youngster has played an official match for the Germany U19 national team. “It was a decision in favour of the USA and not against the DFB,” said Green who now hopes “to claim a place in the World Cup squad.” Green is currently the top scorer for the Bayern reserves on 15 goals.