FCB Women after Mexico trip: 'Was a really cool thing'
FC Bayern Women headed back home to Munich on Monday after the week-long FC Bayern Women’s Tour in Monterrey, Mexico. The Munich girls are taking back many great experiences from the training sessions, team events and the Copa Amazonas showpiece against Tigres Femenil.
Monumental Flag and Mexican dinner
Straight after arriving in Monterrey, there was a session in the gym for Lina Magull, Caro Simon and colleagues as they shook the jet lag out of their legs. “At the start it’s obviously hard, but after a flight like that it’s really good to move,” said Sydney Lohmann. She and the rest of the team then went on an excursion to the Monumental Flag, a huge Mexican flag located at an observation point, followed by a Mexican dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Training session and Topgolf
Day two in Monterrey followed a similar pattern: after an intensive session on the pitch, where the focus was on preparing for the friendly, the afternoon consisted of a ‘Topgolf’ team event. While FCB Women tried a different sport and diligently practised tee shots with the golf club, they were able to chat with the players from Tigres Femenil, who were also there. On Wednesday, FC Bayern also sealed an international partnership with the Mexican champions.
Copa Amazonas against Tigres Femenil
At the end of the week, the focus for coach Alexander Straus and his team was on the friendly against Tigres Femenil. Even the training session at the Estadio Universitario was accompanied by vocal support – but that’s nothing compared to the 35,000 fans who packed out the stadium for the Copa Amazonas on Saturday night. Despite the narrow defeat, it was an absolute highlight for the Bayern team. “It was a really cool thing,” commented Sarah Zadrazil. “I don’t think you experience that kind of thing often. It was a real treat to play here. Of course it’s a pity we lost 1-0. We were more in the game in the second half and would’ve deserved a draw.” Coach Straus added: “It was a great stadium and a great atmosphere. It was loud and enthusiastic, and didn’t feel like a friendly.”
“A lot of value”
All in all, the Munich girls were positive about the FC Bayern Women’s Tour. “A tour always has a lot of value because you get out, see new things and gain experiences. You learn things as a person but also as a footballer,” summarised Lohmann. The squad have the day off on Tuesday before training continues at the FC Bayern Campus on Wednesday. The second half of the season starts for FCB Women on Sunday 5 February away to Potsdam. “We can take a lot away. There were lots of positives from the game and with that we can start the second half of the season positively,” said Zadrazil.
The match report from FC Bayern Women’s Copa Amazonas friendly against Tigres Feminil: