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Stamina building precedes tactical drills

Following a day off on Sunday, Pep Guardiola brought his men in for two training sessions on Monday. The morning’s public workout was a sweat-laden affair with nearly all the drills focused on stamina and fitness. The evening session largely comprised tactical exercises and match situation training. Dante and Sebastian Rode were absent with minor knocks, with Holger Badstuber, Franck Ribéry and Jan Kirchhoff still on the injury roster at present. The next public training session at the Säbener Strasse is on Tuesday.

'Super quality’ at Residential Camp

The first FCB Residential Camp, operated from 26 June to 2 July in Biddeford, Maine by FCB partner Global Premier Soccer (GPS), proved a complete success. Munich youth coaches Sebastian Dremmler, Harald Cerny and Thomas Döllner supervised some 100 promising youngsters in six training sessions plus matches and mini tournaments. “This was a very good start to our cooperation with GPS. The quality was super and we’re very satisfied,” Dremmler commented after the camp. The two most talented players have been invited to visit FC Bayern in Munich. “They’ll come to us on 11 July and spend a week training with our U-11s,” Dremmler announced.

No glory for Iwabuchi

FC Bayern Women’s star Mana Iwabuchi returns to Munich as a runner-up at the Women’s World Cup in Canada after Japan lost the final 5-2 to a powerful USA team. The game in Vancouver was effectively settled in the first 15 minutes as the North Americans led 4-0 thanks to goals from the outstanding Carli Lloyd after three and five minutes, a third from Lauren Holiday (14) and a spectacular Lloyd effort from the halfway line on 16 minutes. The USA shifted down a gear after that and Japan cut the arrears to 4-2 through Yuki Ogimi (27) and a Julie Johnston own goal (52). However, Tobin Heath ensured there would be no unlikely comeback with her side’s fifth just two minutes later. Iwabuchi featured as a 59th-minute sub.