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Happy birthday Karl Hopfner!

Bayern president Karl Hopfner is an unfailingly regular guest at the Champions League group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, and this year was no exception. Hopfner again acted as a lucky charm for FCB on Thursday evening as Bayern were drawn into an eminently manageable Group F, the perfect way to usher in the club president’s 63rd birthday on Friday. Congratulations from everyone at fcbayern.de!

Partnership with Columbia University

FC Bayern unveiled a partnership with the world-renowned Columbia University in New York on Thursday. As the school’s exclusive USA club partner, Germany’s biggest club will support the university’s sports management program, offering students an insight into the operation of one of the world’s most successful international football brands. In return, FCB will benefit from the university’s network as part of the club’s ongoing international expansion strategy. Columbia is located in Manhattan and ranks as one of the oldest universities in the USA. The school is patron of the Pulitzer Prize awards and numbers 82 Nobel Prize winners among its alumni.

Sammer pays last respects to Mayer-Vorfelder

Long-serving former German FA (DFB) president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder was laid to rest at St. Eberhard’s cathedral in Stuttgart on Thursday. The 400 guests included Baden-Württemberg minister president Winfried Kretschmann, UEFA president Michel Platini, DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, Germany coach Joachim Löw and FCB sporting director Matthias Sammer. Former VfB Stuttgart president and Baden-Württemberg interior minister Mayer-Vorfelder passed away last week aged 82.