Created on 25-07-2009 at 00:00 AM
Fun for all the family, some 13 goals and a million Euro for the Ein Herz für Kinder children's charity were the main features of a meeting between FCB and the McFit Allstars, captained by comedian Oliver Pocher. The fact that Munich won Saturday evening's game, played in front of a 50,000 crowd at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, by a cricket score was secondary on the night.
A day after an entirely more serious 2-0 victory over Bundesliga rivals FC Köln, Bayern boss Louis van Gaal used the benefit game to rest a number of players and try out some others. Facing an exotic blend of personalities such as TV stars Pocher and Johannes B. Kerner, former pros including Mario Basler, Thomas Häßler and Ebbe Sand, and a clutch of amateurs, Miroslav Klose stood out from the crowd with a five-goal haul.
In a match best described as one-way traffic throughout, McFit keeper Stefan Wessels earned frequent applause. The former Bayern shot-stopper served Pocher's side well with a dozen outstanding saves to prevent the score from climbing even higher.
Ten minutes had been played before Klose tapped home to open the scoring. Görlitz (12), Schweinsteiger (14) and Klose again (25, 28) continued the goal glut before half-time. After the break, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (57), Klose (64, 81), Alexander Baumjohann (67), Martin Demichelis (70), Philipp Lahm (74), José Sosa (76) and Hamit Altintop (87, pen) ran the score up to double figures and beyond.
The McFit chain of fitness studios paid a million Euro in an auction in aid of Ein Herz für Kinder last December for the match against Bayern. Eight days prior to the first competitive match of the new campaign, the DFB Cup first round tie away to Neckarelz, Saturday's charity gala rounded off the summer training camp in Donaueschingen with its total of five friendlies.