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Ten years of the Allianz Arena

The Allianz Arena has provided the stage for a host of magical football nights, most recently a week ago when the on-song Reds demolished FC Porto 6-1 in a Champions League quarter-final thriller. And it is now ten years to the day since the completion of FC Bayern’s magnificent home stadium following a two-year construction phase. The building contractor officially handed over the remarkable arena to the new owners on 30 April 2005, with the official inauguration matches taking place on 30 and 31 May 2005.

Rummenigge hopeful for Lewandowski

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Robert Lewandowski may be able to play in the Champions League semi-final double-header against FC Barcelona. “I’m fairly firmly convinced he’ll be out on the field next Wednesday,” the FC Bayern chairman told radio station B5 aktuell. “He’ll be fitted with a mask, and that should be enough for him to play against Barcelona.” Lewandowski suffered concussion plus a broken nose and jaw in Tuesday’s DFB Cup last four clash with Borussia Dortmund.

Spanish media day at FCB

The exit from the DFB Cup at the semi-final stage against Dortmund hurt and now there are more injuries - but FC Bayern were already looking forward to the next challenge on Wednesday. After the morning training session Xabi Alonso, Thiago, Juan Bernat, Javi Martínez and Pepe Reina fielded a wide range of questions from Spanish print and TV journalists as part of a media day. In spite of this weekend’s Bundesliga fixture at Leverkusen the questions naturally focused on the big Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

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