Created on 10-05-2014 at 22:15 PM
The championship shield, an endless supply of Weißbier, crowds lining the route, a sea of red-and-white flags in Marienplatz – and of course Pep Guardiola, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and all the other championship-winning heroes. It could hardly be better, agreed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “Unbelievable, sensational! You fans are the greatest and best thing Bayern has.“
At around 7.15 pm the Bayern stars set out from the Allianz Arena towards Münchner Freiheit, where the players boarded the Truck of Champions. Thousands of fans lined the route as the vehicle travelled via Leopoldstraße, Siegestor and Feldherrenhalle on the way to Marienplatz. “It’s just fantastic. And we’re only just warming up,“ said Thomas Müller, “this is going to get better and better.“
The party reached its peak in Marienplatz, where some 20,000 fans gathered in front of the Town Hall balcony to greet the champions when they appeared at a quarter past nine. The crowd cheered and applauded as each star was introduced by PA announcer Stephan Lehmann. Captain Philipp Lahm moonwalked, Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and Müller took the microphone and roused the fans, and Rafinha sang a few bars of a Louis-Armstrong song.
To the musical strains of “Forever number one“ and club anthem “Stern des Südens“ the team and their adoring fans danced in celebration of the league title. Mayor Dieter Reiter,Guardiola addressed a few words to the fans, after which Pep Guardiola took centre stage. “I’m very proud of the team and we’re very proud of you,“ declared the coach, “I love you, I’m from Munich, mia san mia!“
Next Saturday’s cup final against Dortmund was set to one side for a few hours. “You have to enjoy it, you have to celebrate,“ said Robben, “if we have a really good party tonight, it’ll make us stronger next Saturday.“ And when the players left the balcony after about an hour and set off for the private team party, the night promised to be a long one in Munich city centre. “It was superb,“ said captain Philipp Lahm.