Created on 2018-08-06 at 16:36 PM by Christian Nyari
On the first day of our US tour, the German champions landed in Philadelphia to the delight of many waiting fans eager to get selfies and autographs. To celebrate the arrival to the States, Sandro Wagner faced off against Javi Martinez in a US history quiz testing their knowledge of American history as well as their skills as illustrators.
To cap off the day, Fußball champs Franck Ribery & David Alaba met up with Football champs Jake Elliot & Corey Clement at the Eagles training field where they competed against each other in some fun challenges. Despite a strong effort from Clement & Ribery, the team of Elliot & Alaba came out on top, although Ribery left happy too as he got to hold the Lombardi Trophy!
On the second day, the players continued to prepare for the upcoming ICC match against Juventus, this time in front of hundreds of fortunate fans. Meanwhile, at the FC Bayern Pop-Up in Dilworth Park, fans posed with the Meisterschale and got to meet Berni, all while kids trained with Coach Lars Weichart from the FCB Academy on the adjacent field. To the fans' surprise, Lothar Matthäus and Martin Demichelis surprised everyone and challenged the local youth in a friendly 5 v 5. They then made sure to make everyone happy by taking pictures and signing autographs for every single person present.
Speaking of autographs, Sven Ulreich and Rafinha stopped by a local T-Mobile store to make sure eager fans left with a valuable memorabilia of the team’s time in Philly. As the sun set, our team made its way to the famous Rocky Steps where they mimicked Rocky Balboa as they raced up the steps. Naturally, the team posed for a group picture with the Rocky Statue to commemorate this visit.
Day 3 was mostly all business for the players as they geared up for their match against Juventus. Meanwhile, fans at a Fan Club Pre-Game Meet Up at New Wave Cafe got to meet a living legend as Lothar Matthäus stopped by to say hi and take some pictures. Back at Lincoln Financial Field fans enjoyed a memorable tailgate in the parking lot, capped off by an appearance from team president Uli Hoeness. The match itself was delayed as showers started pouring in, but to the delight of 30,000+ waiting fans the players stepped on to the pitch even with the rain continuing to pour. Despite their best efforts, Bayern fell to Juventus 2-0 but the players made sure to applaud the local support who stuck through despite the weather.
On the fourth day, the team got a light bike session in at theteam hotel before they flew down to Miami. Once there Kinsgley Coman and Rafinha competed in a game of footvolley on the scenic Miami beach in front of onlooking fans, the perfect way to celebrate the arrival in the Magic City. To wrap up the team’s first day in Miami, the team attended the traditional Audi Night to take in the iconic Miami skyline.
Fans present at the ICC House of Soccer got to witness Bayern Legends including Lothar, Demichelis, and Aumann take on former Miami Hurricanes in a part Fußball/ part Football 5 v 5. The Bayern Legends easily handled the fußball half, going into halftime with a 3-1 lead. As both sides strapped on the flags for the football half, the Hurricanes visibly were the comfortable side, with Super Bowl and NCAA National champion Jonathan Vilma scoring on a pick-6 on the very first play.
The Hurricanes overcame the early deficit by tying the score at 5-5 as the final buzzer rang. However, the Bayern Legends had the last laugh as Giovane Elber scored the winning PK on the sudden death shootout to give the Legends the 5v5 trophy. Meanwhile our players were busy meeting local fans, as Sven and Kingsley were at a local T-Mobile store while Serge Gnabry and Sandro Wagner were at Fado Irish Pub meeting fans at a Paulaner hosted autograph session. This packed day also included a Miami VIce photoshoot with Renato and Sandro, capped off by James arrival to Miami! Phew! We got tired just writing all that!
The fan events continued on matchday, as the Paulaner Fan Boat allowed fans to take in the Miami shore while drinking Paulaner beer and hanging out with club legends Lothar and Aumann. In the evening, everyone made their way to Hard Rock Stadium in preparation of the Bayern’s last ICC match vs. Manchester City. Before the match, Bayern helped Miami celebrate its 122nd birthday with the mayor of Miami. Despite a dream start, going up 2-0 by the 24’, Bayern weren’t able to get the W as Man City scored three straight to claim the 3-2 victory. However, the players left the US in a good mood as the tour overall was a great team building experience for everyone!