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Van Bommel & Co drop by

Even the likes of Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinstiger & Co were taken by surprise when no fewer than three former FCB stars dropped in at the Säbener Strasse facility on Tuesday afternoon. Zé Roberto, Daniel van Buyten and Mark van Bommel watched the current team complete their final pre-match training session on the eve of the Champions League meeting with CSKA Moscow. Van Buyten will receive an official farewell from FCB in front of the Allianz Arena crowd prior to kick-off on Wednesday, but Van Bommel is in Munich for job-related reasons: the 37-year-old is currently working to acquire his advanced coaching certificate and is one of a number of future coaches from the Netherlands holding talks on Tuesday and Wednesday with senior FCB officials including Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Matthias Sammer, Michael Reschke and Hermann Gerland.

Winter training camp in Qatar

For the fifth year in a row FC Bayern will hold their annual winter training camp in Doha, Qatar. Pep Guardiola and his men will fly to the Emirate on 9 January 2015 for a stay at the ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence, with its highly-praised and top quality facilities, until 17 January. The training camp will incorporate two friendly matches, on 13 January against a local team, and in a stopover on the return flight on 17 January in Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia. The players report back to the Säbener Strasse after the Christmas vacation for the first workout of 2015 at 4 pm on 7 January.

New milestone on Facebook

Thank you! Danke! Gracias! Four and a half years after the inaugural post, FC Bayern’s official Facebook page has passed another significant milestone: the page gained its 25 millionth follower on Tuesday morning, a level of interest unsurpassed by any other German club. The FCB Facebook team has produced a special thank-you video to mark the occasion, recalling a few of the most momentous moments from the last four years.

Youth League: U-19 aim for third spot

The FC Bayern U-19s are set for their final group stage fixture in this year’s UEFA Youth League. Coach Heiko Vogel’s senior youths face their CSKA Moscow counterparts at 14:30 / 2.30 pm CET on Wednesday at the Grünwald Stadium. Bayern and the Russians are level on three points each and neither can make the next stage, but third place is at stake in Group E. Munich need to make up for a 3-1 defeat in the reverse fixture last September.