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Carballo to ref at Old Trafford

Is it a good omen for FC Bayern? The Spaniard Carlos Velasco Carballo will referee Tuesday’s first leg of the Champions League quarter final tie at Manchester United. The 43-year-old has refereed Bayern’s previous two Champions League quarter-final away games. Velasco Carballo officiated the Reds’ 2-0 victory at Olympique Marseille in the 2012 first leg encounter. And he also refereed the second leg decider at Juventus that saw Philipp Lahm and Co record another 2-0 win. FC Bayern made it the final on both occasions.

Bayern pros warm up

The training session the day after the 3-3 draw against 1899 Hoffenheim was certainly varied. In glorious, sunny weather, six of the Bayern starting eleven exercised on bikes in the open air and four others worked out at the training ground on Säbener Strasse. The rest were busy on the number two training pitch. The session included passing, crossing and finishing drills. Bayern warm up for Old Trafford in style.

FCB fan club donates to Neuer foundation

Several Bayern champions received a pleasurable visit on Sunday - Manuel Neuer led the way. The Club World Champions’ number one welcomed members of the FCB fan club  Red White Bombers Denkendorf. The Germany keeper got to know them during a Christmas visit in 2011. They had a huge surprise for the Bayern shot-stopper: The Bombers have been busy collecting donations and the keeper was presented with a cheque for €3,900 for the  Manuel Neuer Kids Foundation .