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Season is getting closer

Munich city centre may be dominated by Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese for the next few weeks, but just a few kilometres away at the Audi Dome, Bayern Basketball’s season opening press conference took place. “Operation Retention” begins soon and today Rudolf Schels, 1st Vice President (FC Bayern München), Klaus Josef Lutz, Chairman of BayWa AG, FCBB CEO Marko Pesic and Head Coach Svetislav Pesic faced the media.

“Winning the Championship and performing well in the Euroleague improved our public image. The team’s popularity has risen proportionally for the new season” explained Rudolf Schels at the start of the press conference. “Last season we got plenty of people through the door for every game and we hope to achieve this again this season, as well as possibly getting more supporters in the arena. But this obviously depends on how well we’re performing on the court” added Schels.

When Bayern start the new Basketball-Bundesliga season at home to Mitteldeutschen BC on 2nd October, they will have the logo of BayWa Ag on their jerseys for the first time in a competitive fixture. “The two of us work well together. For the past few years we have been FCBB’s premium partner and the experience has been great for the business, as well as in terms of personal relationships” explained Klaus Josef Lutz, when talking about the increased relationship between Bayern and his company.

After laying strong foundations for success, Head Coach Svetislav Pesic is aware that he is under pressure to lead the team to great things for the second season in a row: “We’ve trained well, but we’re missing a little bit of match sharpness” was his assessment of pre-season. The experienced Head Coach highlighted his pleasure at tournament successes in Hagen, Mulhouse and Bonn. Pesic knows that there is still work to be done before the season starts because “it’s only once the competitive games start that we truly know what level we’re at.”

The team’s preparations are on course, but there will be further exercises in the coming days to make sure they enter the season in peak condition. After all, there were six new signings over summer who want to prove they deserve a start in the first match. “Our main aim was to keep the Championship team together. We’ve managed to tie down Nihad Djedovic and Bryce Taylor, who were key components during the Championship run-in, to longer deals and concluded the rest of our business very early. We’ve definitely strengthened the team and are happy with the team we have assembled” explained Marko Pesic when asked about transfer activity. FCBB’s CEO is positive about the transfers the club have made:

“The fact that many Bundesliga clubs have kept hold of their stars is remarkable and positive for the league. The best players in the division haven’t left for pastures new, which strengthens the competition.” This means that once again supporters can expect an exciting and high quality race for the title. “I expect the players that were with us last year to push on again. If our experienced players make it easy for the new additions to settle at Bayern and the team gels together quickly, there is no reason why we cannot repeat last year’s success.”