Stadium & balcony: Two parties for the champs
Not long now until the party -- or to be more precise, the parties! After the final Bundesliga fixture for this season, FC Bayern will celebrate the club's 25th German championship with the fans not once but twice. The first party is on Saturday 23 May immediately after the meeting with Mainz at the Allianz Arena, when captain Philipp Lahm will be presented with the championship shield. On Sunday 24 May, the club will stage the traditional parade followed by the presentation of the trophy to the fans from the Town Hall balcony on Marienplatz (details to follow next week). Bayern successfully retained the title "in the most difficult circumstances," commented Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, as last summer's World Cup and the injury misery at the club took a heavy toll. "Our players' mental and physical performance this season was and is outstanding," the chairman said, "and that's why we want to celebrate!"
Rehab and weights on Father's Day
The Säbener Strasse was much quieter than usual on Father's Day in Germany. A couple of youth teams trained on the practice ground, but the only senior player out on the pitch was David Alaba. Supervised by rehab coach Thomas Wilhelmi, the Austrian continued his post-injury training programme. Alaba ruptured a ligament in his left knee in late March. Arjen Robben (torn muscle) and Franck Ribéry (ankle) also completed sports rehab drills, although the pair stayed indoors in the performance center. They were joined by Javi Martínez, who worked out on the weights.