Rummenigge: A unique and special club

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Dear FC Bayern members and fans,

We've rarely been able to celebrate Christmas in as relaxed a mood as this year. We can be very satisfied with 2017. Last summer we won a fifth Bundesliga title in a row – that's a historic achievement! Even the so-called golden 70s failed to produce such utter Bavarian dominance, and our team is well on course to extend this streak. We're top of the table at the midpoint of the season for the seventh time in a row, with an 11-point lead over our rivals. I think that's remarkable! We're also on track in the Champions League and DFB Cup. I'd like to thank the team for this from the bottom of my heart. I'm really enjyoing accompanying them as they campaign on three fronts.

Special thanks go to Jupp Heynckes and his coaching staff. Jupp has made a wonderful comeback. We've won 15 of our 16 matches since he returned, and I'm convinced he'll continue to help the team develop after the winter break, even though the mid-season training period is very short this time. And I'd also like to thank Carlo Ancelotti, who led us to the aforementioned fifth league title last summer.

Furthermore, I wish to record my heartfelt thanks to my fellow board directors, the executive committee and the supervisory board headed by my friend Uli Hoeneß, the advisory board, all our staff and the entire Bayern family for your passion, your support, your faith, your loyalty and also the harmony with which you support FC Bayern. For us these are important attributes which, especially now in today's world, make FC Bayern a unique and special club.

Now I wish you, dear members and fans, a very happy Christmas. Enjoy the festive season and the New Year's celebrations as we enter 2018. We'll meet again for the start of the second half of the Bundesliga season on 12 January, if not before.

With warmest regards,

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
FC Bayern München AG Chairman

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