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‘Extraordinary’

Champions party through the night

By around half-past one in the morning the FCB stars had more than fulfilled Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s instructions. “Go for it! Enjoy the evening!” the FCB chairman told the team and the 450 invited guests, who proceeded to do exactly that. The players and their friends and families danced in front of the stage to the beats supplied by the DJs, while Rummenigge, Karl Hopfner and Uli Hoeneß enjoyed cigars at the back of the hall. An evening celebration had metamorphosed into a party.

The champions celebrated their achievement into the early hours. “They can drink and do whatever they want until Monday lunchtime,” Pep Guardiola earlier revealed. The stars conga-ed their way through the Postpalast ballroom, suitably decked out in red and white, before Dante took to the stage and danced with Hip-Hop duo Madcon. The rousing music also came from Bavarian brass band LaBrassBanda, Alpine a-cappella group voXXclub and singer Deborah Lee.

'Not business as usual'

“You never take winning the German championship for granted. It's not business as usual. It's not an everyday occurrence, even if it seems like one,” declared Rummenigge when he took the microphone at around half-past 11, praising the players for a “cavalry charge” through the league season. The guests, including DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach, DFL President Dr. Reinhard Rauball and Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer drank a toast to that.

The players had arrived at the Postpalast an hour earlier and stormed onto a stage created to resemble an outsize championship shield. Dante sang his heart out, while Pep Guardiola carried the actual shield and showed it off to his family at their table. Indeed, the entire Bayern family sat together and basked in the atmosphere.

“The Free State of Bavaria congratulates its flagship FC Bayern on a 24th championship,” Seehofer stated in his speech. “FC Bayern is and remains the most important ambassador for Bavaria around the entire world. The club again set benchmarks this season. The team played a brand of football we’ve never seen before in Germany.”

Ahead of next Saturday’s DFB Cup final the Prime Minister wittily promised the team full support: “Mr Rauball [DFL President who is also BVB President], in its cabinet meeting next Tuesday the Bavarian state administration will resolve that FC Bayern will win the cup. We have a very special relationship with the higher powers, so you should assume it will end with the double.” And then the party started for real.

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