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Title defense starts this Thursday

After seven weeks of intense preparation for the new campaign, FCBB finally get the new Bundesliga season under way this week: On Thursday 2nd October (20:30 CEST) the German Champions face Mitteldeutschen Basketball Club in the Audi Dome. “We’re looking forward to the new season and the new challenge. Obviously we’re going to attempt to top the league and win the play-offs” said Svetislav Pesic. “We hope to give a good account of ourselves in the opening match, although I don’t think we’ll be at our peak levels yet, although that is to be expected as we haven’t played much competitive basketball so far.”


It goes without saying that Bayern will treat MBC with plenty of respect, despite achieving great victories over them last season. “We know we need to keep training. A few players arrived late to pre-season because they were with the national teams” explained Pesic, who added: “We haven’t had enough match practice yet and need to improve defensively. Once we’ve ironed out the creases we’ll be fine.”

Taylor, Gavel and Zipser are unavailable

The start of “Mission retention” sees Bayern begin the season with a weakened squad. Captain Bryce Taylor (Hip), Anton Gavel (Shoulder) and Paul Zipser (Knee) are still unavailable, but the trio are getting closer to returning to action.

The visitors to the Audi Dome arrive in a confident mood: Mitteldeutschen BC won nine out of ten matches in pre-season. Silvano Poropat’s team only lost to fellow Bundesliga side Bayreuth (93-84). Poropat was voted the “2013/14 Beko BBL coach of the year.”

Last season they finished in 10th place and were only six points away from clinching a play-off spot. They made ten additions to their squad in the off season but did lose top-scorer Angelo Caloiaro to Telekom Baskets Bonn. After 18 months with Spanish side Valladolid, Hördur Vilhjamsson has returned to MBC and has already been reminding fans of his qualities during some exceptional pre-season performances. Ryan Nicholas and Christian Standhardinger were signed from the North American college leagues and Patrick Richard has arrived from the Dutch top flight.

Around the arena

There are two treats in store for Bayern fans at the opening game of the season. Main Sponsor BayWa Ag are handing over an 11m replica of the new kit to the ‘BIGREDS’ fan club. In addition to this, all spectators will have the chance to have their picture taken with the Beko BBL trophy over the course of the evening.

Getting to the Audi Dome

Due to Oktoberfest and the increased footfall this brings to the city, the car park at Hansastraße 51 will be unavailable for the opening match of the season. The easiest way to get to the Audi Dome will be via public transport.

The club have been informed that public transport provisions have been increased for the match. Metrobus 63 (Westpark (U6) – Siegenburger Straße – Heimeranplatz (U4, U5, S-Bahn)) will be running more frequently than normal. This will be the case for every home match FCBB match in October.

Those who decide to drive to the game can use Hansastraße 51 (except for the game against MBC), the free spaces nearby (432 available spaces) and the car park at  Siegenburger Straße 65.

Upcoming matches:

Beko BBL, Matchday 1:
Thursday, 2nd October, 20:30 CEST, Audi Dome:
FC Bayern Basketball – Mitteldeutschen BC

Beko BBL, Matchday 2: 
Sunday, 5th October, 17:00 CEST:
MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg – FC Bayern Basketball

Beko BBL, Matchday 3: 
Wednesday, 8th October, 20:30 CEST, Audi Dome:
FC Bayern Basketball – FRAPORT Skyliners Frankfurt

Beko BBL, Matchday 4: 
Saturday, 11th October 2014, 20:30 CEST:
Phoenix Hagen – FC Bayern Basketball

Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Matchday 1:
Friday, 17th October, 21:30 CEST:
FC Barcelona – FC Bayern Basketball

Beko BBL, Matchday 5: 
Sunday, 19th October, 17:00 CEST, Audi Dome:
FC Bayern Basketball – BG Göttingen