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Dream Game in Weiden

Guardiola era opens with 16-goal festival

Wildenau and the Upper Palatinate region had been looking forward to the annual FC Bayern Dream Game for weeks, and on Saturday the big day arrived as the treble winners visited nearby Weiden for the now traditional season-opening friendly against a lucky fan club. The Wildenau Fan Club worked tirelessly to stage an unforgettable festival, with the focus this time not on football but charity. Fully 50 percent of the profits will be given to club foundation FC Bayern Hilfe e.V., with the fan club announcing that the remainder is to be donated to community institutions in the region. The spectators were rewarded for coming with a 16-goal party.

The enthusiastic 11,000 crowd who flocked to the stadium, home to promoted Bavarian League outfit SV Weiden, saw the Bundesliga champions win 15-1 in their first run out under new coach Pep Guardiola. Youngster Patrick Weihrauch topped the scoring chart with four goals, with the rest coming from Julian Green (3), Franck Ribéry (2), Mitchell Weiser (2), Oliver Markoutz, Thomas Müller, Vladimir Rankovic and Toni Kroos. Jürgen Förster drew a huge round of applause when he scored a consolation for the Fan Club XI.

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