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‘This club is unique'

20,000 fans hail the champions

Two trophies! Two teams! 20,000 fans! Bayern’s championship celebration reached its climax on Sunday afternoon with the traditional team and trophy presentation on Munich Town Hall balcony. “This club is unique, as we’re proving again today,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge from “the world’s greatest balcony.” First-time champion Sebastian Rode was brimming with emotion: “You can’t describe the feeling. Super cool!”

Following last night’s official team party at the Postpalast and a few hours sleep, the newly-crowned champions arrived at the Town Hall at around 2 pm – and for the first time in the club’s history the stars were not alone, because the FCB Women also won their national championship this season. “We’re very grateful we can be here,” commented captain Melanie Behringer, one of four players specially helicoptered in from Germany’s pre-Women’s World Cup training camp. “We’ve never appeared in front of a crowd as big as this.”

Fittingly enough in the light of what Rumennigge termed the first-ever ‘mixed double’ in German football history, the men and women were summoned onto the balcony in pairs: Melanie Behringer with Philipp Lahm, Lena Lotzen with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Melanie Leupolz with Franck Ribéry and so on. The crowd in Marienplatz, a sea of red and white, enthusiastically chanted “Super Bayern! Super Bayern! Hey! Hey!” and sang: “Deutscher Meister wird nur der FCB!” – FCB will always be the champions!

Successful season

“Lots of clubs say they have the best fans, but let me tell you this: we have the best fans,” intoned Rummenigge. “I’ve never experienced an atmosphere like we had against Barcelona and Porto. Please keep it up! The team needs you and will repay you.” The chairman made a solemn vow: “We’ll do absolutely everything we can to be standing up here in front of you again next year.”

At the official reception by Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter prior to the balcony appearance, Rummenigge awarded the team an “A minus” for the 2014/15 campaign. “A year ago I was asked what our targets were. I said they were to retain the league title and do well in the other two competitions,” the chairman continued, “looking at us today, I think we’ve hit our targets.”

Back on the balcony, Thomas Müller and Bastian Schweinsteiger led the chants, Rafinha sang his heart out and Franck Ribéry declared: “Being up here is always wonderful. We’ll try and win even more trophies next year.” Pep Guardiola agreed with the sentiment: “I’m sure we’ll be stronger next season and we’ll be back up here.” Mayor Reiter was buzzing with optimism: “I’ve cleared my diary on a couple more days next year. Maybe there’ll be a couple more things to celebrate.”