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Swede to referee United showdown

Jonas Eriksson will be the man with the whistle for the Champions League second leg encounter with Manchester United on Wednesday night. FC Bayern have fond memories of the 40-year-old Swede: The last match refereed by Eriksson was a 7-6 win on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea. The time before that saw him referee a 1-1 UEFA Cup draw in November 2007 at the “rocky hell” (Oliver Kahn) of Braga. Wednesday’s game at the Allianz Arena will be his 23rd Champions League tie. This will be the first time in his career to date in charge of a game involving Manchester United.

FCB breaks million barrier on Twitter

FC Bayern is the first club in the Bundesliga to clock up one million followers on Twitter - and at a tremendous pace: The official FC Bayern account ( was only launched in August 2012. The Twitter feed of the treble winners keeps FCB fans bang up-to-date. For example, last summer’s appointment of Pep Guardiola was first announced on Twitter. Official Twitter accounts in English and Spanish have been available since October 2013.

Spotlight on the Academy

The FC Bayern Academy has been visited by ‘Foot PASS Deutschland’ on behalf of the DFB and the DFL in the past four days. The FootPASS representatives inspected all aspects of the FCB youth set-up at Säbener Strasse and carried out interviews with departmental and sporting heads Wolfgang Dremmler and Michael Tarnat. The visits also included following the coaching staff at training sessions for the various age groups as well as selected youth matches at the weekend. “We prepared properly and we’re confident we’ll do well,” said Dremmler after the completion of the certification process on Sunday afternoon. The results of the FC Bayern certification visit are expected in about six weeks time.