900 Bayern fan club banners in Berlin's Olympiastadion
All FC Bayern eyes will be on Berlin when the record champions take on Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Cup finalon Saturday. The game will be held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, but at the urging of fans, there will be a special campaign to support the team in the stadium. The east stand of the Olympiastadion, which would usually hold tens of thousands of FCB supporters, will symbolically hold 900 banners from fan clubs.
"I think this is a great thing by our fans. Together with our supporters, we've brought about something really great," said FC Bayern vice-chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen.
When play was resumed in May, official fan clubs were able to produce individual banners for a donation of €19 to support the team at the Allianz Arena, at least symbolically, on their way to a 30th title.
Earlier this week, those banners inside the Allianz Arena were loaded onto 11 pallets and sent to Berlin. "We're all looking forward to the moment when our fans can support the team again in the stadium, but at the moment football behind closed doors is the only possibility to allow matches to be played. So, this idea is the best possible way to support the team," added Dreesen, who is the board member responsible for fan concerns.
The fact that over 900 fan clubs from around the world have taken part in such a short space of time shows the world's largest sporting family has come together more than ever. #miasanfamily is alive and well with the record champions.
The banners will be transported back to Munich after the final and handed over to each fan club. The proceeds from the banners will be equally donated to WeKickCorona and FC Bayern Hilfe e.V.in the coming weeks. "I'd like to thank our fan club department. This has only been possible thanks to their great efforts," said Dreesen.
After winning the Bundesliga, the team thanked the fans for their support with special shirts: