FC Bayern Audi Summer Tour Tokyo

Recap: Wednesday in Tokyo

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The second day on this year's FC Bayern Audi Summer Tour was dominated by the first preseasn friendly match in Asia against Manchester City. But the clash with the Champions League holders was also accompanied by a number of events in Tokyo. In addition to a fan tournament with FC Bayern Legends, a delegation from the German record champions was also a guest of Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo. Here's fcbayern.com's recap.

Hainer and Mayer received by Governor of Tokyo and Japanese sports ministry

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President Herbert Hainer (r.) and vice-president Prof. Dr. Dieter Mayer (l.) were received by general director Yoshitaka Hoshino.

In the morning, an FC Bayern delegation led by club president Herbert Hainer and senior vice-president Prof. Dr. Dieter Mayer was hosted by Yoshitaka Hoshino, director general of the Japanese sports ministry. At the reception at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Education and Technology, the representatives of the world's largest sports club by membership focused on a joint exchange on the promotion of sport in general.

Afterwards, the delegation was honoured with an invitation from Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo Prefecture. The hostess wished FC Bayern a successful stay in Japan. Hainer thanked her and expressed the hope that he could take something of the country's philosophy home with him: "I think the world as a whole can learn a lot from Japan. From a culture that always aims for perfection, harmony and balance, not only in its sport. Thank you very much for this meeting, which goes beyond sport." For more information on the reception, see the article above.

Audi Football Summit: pre-game prep

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Acrobatics from Kingsley Coman at Ajinomoto Field.

Before the Audi Football Summit against Manchester City at the New National Stadium in Tokyo in the evening, Thomas Tuchel gathered his team for a training session at Ajinomoto Field in the morning. In addition to the obligatory pre-game prep, the Bavarians also studied the final tactical details for the clash with the reigning Champions League holders.

Fan tournament with Élber and Pizarro

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At MIFA Football Park, Bayern Legends Claudio Pizarro and Giovane Élber invited fans and influencers to a tournament

To get in the mood for the Audi Football Summit, Claudio Pizarro and Giovane Élber invited fans and influencers to take to the pitch at MIFA Football Park for a mini-tournament. The two FC Bayern Legends each captained a team, while a third team was coached by mascot Berni. First, the teams played two games against each other, and then had to compete in a penalty challenge. In the end, Team Berni won, but all participants in this entertaining event were of course winners.

Red and white fan fun before kick-off

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Pictures of Bayern Legend Claudio Pizarro and the Meisterschale were hugely popular with the fans

Long before kick-off in the Audi Football Summit, a host of supporters of both teams celebrated a joint fan festival in front of the national stadium. Of course, FC Bayern was well represented with a number of stands and attractions in the area. In addition to many fans searching out the latest merchandise in the FC Bayern Fanshop, there was a huge crowd at a stand with Claudio Pizarro - the FCB supporters were happy to queue a little longer for a photo with the Peruvian and the Meisterschale.

FCB board meet the media

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Marketing director Andreas Jung in an online interview

Even though the matchday against Man City was packed with appointments, marketing director Andreas Jung and president Hainer still found the time to talk to journalists from all over the world, giving interviews to Japanese and Chinese media in the morning.

Top European clubs contest Audi Football Summit

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Bayern starting XI for the first friendly match on the Audi Summer Tour 2023.

At 7.30 pm local, the time had finally come. In front of 65,049 spectators at the New National Stadium in Tokyo (a record for a football match in this arena), German champions FC Bayern met English counterparts Manchester City. In a high-class match with chances for both sides, the men from Munich narrowly lost 2-1

Video highlights of the meeting with Manchester City:

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