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1,000 thrilled fans

Robben delivers shield to FCB Erlebniswelt

The championship shield was presented to Philipp Lahm on Saturday, and borne aloft to Munich Town Hall balcony by Sebastian Rode on Sunday. And on the spring Bank Holiday Monday, it was Arjen Robben who delivered the Meisterschale to the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt, watched by a cheering crowd of 1,000 thrilled fans. “It’s the most honest trophy. It’s what you fight for and work towards every day,” said the Dutch ace, “huge credit to the team. We’ve done very well and it’s been another highly successful season.”

Robben, who missed the run-in to the climax of the season with two torn muscles, spent the morning at the Säbener Strasse working towards his comeback before collecting the shield and travelling to the Allianz Arena. The “surprise guest” was given a frenetic welcome by the large crowd, many of them kids. After a brief question and answer session Robben deposited the trophy in its allotted display cabinet and busily signed autographs.

Robben still training

“It makes no difference whether you win one, two or even more trophies. It’s always special and something you have to enjoy,” said the 31-year-old, who unlike the vast majority of his team-mates has not immediately gone on vacation. “I’m going to keep training for a couple more days so I set off on holiday more or less fit and ready to get stuck in 100 percent next season.”