Created on 25-08-2014 at 16:00 PM
Club anthem Stern des Südens rang out at the HypoVereinsbank facility on Monday lunchtime as the German double winners ran out onto their sponsorship partner’s playing field for a training session. The annual event was a huge draw as always with some 2,000 staff and their families welcoming Bayern to the HVB Club, where Pep Guardiola had his men sweating away for a full 75 minutes. “It was a very intense session," commented David Alaba, “we all want to be well prepared for the game against Schalke." Elsewhere, Jérôme Boateng, Mario Götze, Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben all pursued individual training programmes at the Säbener Straße facility where they remained on Monday as a precaution due to minor injuries.
Donation for Neuer's foundation
For one of the stars, the 75-minute session at the facility adjacent to Munich's famous English Garden featured an entertaining period of extra time. Manuel Neuer took up station in goal for a penalty prize contest featuring ten HVB staff trying to beat the world's best keeper from the spot. After the fun event the Bayern and Germany number one gratefully took delivery of a cheque for €5,000 as a generous donation to the Manuel Neuer Kids Foundation.
U-20 talent Gaugigl celebrates World Cup triumph
Bayern's club of world champions has a new member! Following the senior Germany men's triumph at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Germany U–20 women's team including Munich's Jenny Gaugigl has now won the World Cup for their age group in Canada. Lena Petermann scored the extra time winner in Montreal against Nigeria for the Germans, who sealed the trophy for the third time in total.