Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is the most popular & successful club in German football history having won a record 26 national titles and 18 national cups as well as also winning numerous European tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League three times consecutively.

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is the most popular & successful club in German football history having won a record 26 national titles and 18 national cups as well as also winning numerous European tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League three times consecutively.

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is the most popular & successful club in German football history having won a record 26 national titles and 18 national cups as well as also winning numerous European tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League three times consecutively.

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Allianz Arena

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I wouldn’t consider myself as being an active football supporter although I have been known to watch the odd game on TV, especially when it involves international tournaments or European club events. Having lived over ten years in Munich it is of course impossible to notice how successful Bayern Munich is especially when you see hundreds of fans in the city centre when shopping on a Saturday or in the train going into town in the middle of the week. Bayern has won just about everything there is to win nationally & internationally.

Since a kid I was always a Manchester United fan who are probably the English equivalent to Bayern as far as popularity is concerned but Bayern Munich has definitely won more trophies in their sporting history. Internationally Bayern has won eleven titles to date& is one of only four clubs that have won all three major European titles plus being the latest club to have brought the European title home three times in a row.

Bayern Munich is also a club with a ‘heart’ involved with many charitable causes establishing a foundation in 2004 in the wake of the Tsunami disaster raising at that time €600,000 to build a school in Marathenkerny, Sri Lanka. Locally too the foundation is active supporting numerous charity events in the area. Bayern has also shown a soft spot for helping other German clubs out of financial difficulty by lending money or staging friendlies with the proceeds all going to the club in need.

Main sponsor of the club is at present the Deutsche Telekom & the main supplier is Adidas. Other large sponsors include Audi, Hypovereinsbank, Omtech, Lufthansa,MAN, Paulaner Brewery, Samsung & DHL to name but a few. Bayern was in 2012 ranked as the fourth richest club in the world generating revenues of almost €370 million. Only one club worldwide generates more revenue & that is, yes you’ve guessed it, Manchester United.

RED LIGHT AREA

Ahhh! Looks like Bayern have a match this evening.

RADIANT MEMBRANE

The sun melts into the plastic foil structure of the stadium before retiring for the day.

SCHLAUCHBOOT

This is a nickname that has been given by rival fans for the stadium meaning “Inflatable Dinghy”. Quite appropriate I would say.

ALLIANZ DRIVE

A low lying sun behind the Allianz Arena throws the Arena almost into a silhouette on the Kurt-Landauer bridge crossing the A9 Autobahn.

KURT-LANDAUER-WEG

This motorway bridge connects the Fröttmaninger Müllberg with the Allianz Arena & is a pleasant piece of green park area to take a stroll.

DIRECT LINK

No football stadium as large as the Allianz Arena can be without good transport connections. The A9 motorway connects Berlin to Munich via Leipzig & Nuremburg.  In addition, a reliable train service from the centre of town, the U-Bahn brings many fans to games with the U6.

QUICK INTERVIEW WITH SPONSORING

Here in the entrance hall of the Arena is where the players arrive & depart after a game & are then able to voice their opinions in interviews with the press with their sponsors logos as a background advertising their wares.

ONLY SUPERSTARS BEYOND THIS POINT

I can imagine the tension as players from both teams stand side by side waiting to go down these steps into the lions den. Almost comparable to ancient Rome where the gladiators were sent out to fight for their lives. Today, because we are civilized our gladiators fight for points.

“If a Middle Eastern sheikh comes to buy Bayern Munich, he could buy 49 per cent. Fifty-one per cent must stay in Germany with the club. That law came about because of the developments of international football.”

―Franz Beckenbauer

ONE OF OUR PLAYERS IS MISSING

Here we can see that one of the players portraits has been removed in the changing room leaving room for speculation whether this player will be seen again in a Bayern shirt.

PRESS CONFERENCE

This is where the coach, trainer & players have to endure the questions posed to them about results, strategies & bad performances from journalists & film teams from all over the world.

JOURNALISTS CANTEEN

Whilst waiting for the official press conference, journalists & other functionaries have the possibility to enjoy a bite to eat & catch up on the latest gossip.

HOLE IN THE ROOF

The roof of the stadium has built-in blinds which may be drawn back and forth during a game to provide protection from the sun or to a lesser extent the rain.

HALL OF FAME

Down in the catacombs on a tour of the Allianz Arena I got some first hand experience of how big & complex the stadium is, especially behind & below the scenes. This area leads to the team changing rooms.

KEEPING THE GRASS WARM

When the stadium isn’t being used then it is time to care for the holy ground down there.

DUSK ON FRÖTTMANINGER BERG

Munich has some nice sunsets & especially from the Fröttmaninger Müllberg with its wide sprawling vista reaching to the Bavarian Alps in the south the enjoyment is worth the walk to its summit.

BLUE LIGHT DISTRICT

Strange really, most of the pictures I have taken of the Arena show the stadium in the blue tone signalling an 1860 game. 1860 is Munich’s second club who share the use of the stadium.

SUNKEN VILLAGE

This interesting structure is actually a piece of art, a replica of the Heilig-Kreuz church situated just 150 m away. Artist Timm Ulrichs idea encompasses the disappearance of much of Fröttmaning due to the construction of the Allianz Arena with the Autobahn connection. The church conveys the message that it is sinking into the hillside, lost under the burden of progress.

PARKING BALLOON

Another one of those weird looking balloons.

TICKET OFFICES

In an area not far from the stadium is a ticket office where hopefuls pay exorbitant prices to see their team play. Most local Bayern fans though beat the crowds possessing season tickets.

HILL WITH A VIEW

After a short, brisk walk I made it to the top of the Fröttmaninger hill for this nice elevated view of the stadium.

WIND ENERGY

In an area not far from the stadium is a ticket office where hopefuls pay exorbitant prices to see their team play. Most local Bayern fans though beat the crowds possessing season tickets.

LET IT GLOW

Well, this evening there is definitely no international game where the German National Team are playing so I take it that this is a standard light setup for no game with areas of blue grey visible.

WEATHER BALLOON?

The strange looking balloons are actually signs indicating different parking areas.

DIVERGING CURVES

All 2,874 ETFE panels of the arena are curved just as the arena itself. The panels are constructed from a foil inflated with dry air & kept at a constant pressure. The foil is just 0.2 mm thick making them semi-transparent.

WHITE SKIN

During the day the exterior isn’t illuminated & displays this milky white skin. If the stadium is illuminated in the evening in white this indicates that the German National Team has a game.

PEEPING TOM

Especially in the evening the stadium makes a good figure & what I found interesting was the fact that the exterior is also semi-transparent.

PARKING SPACE

Visitors can park their vehicles in Europe’s largest underground parking structure with a capacity for 9,800 vehicles. A further 1,200 spaces were built into the first 2 floors of the stadium. In addition 480 bus spaces are available.

COME ON MAN U

I personally am not a great football fan but I did go to a tournament called the Audi Cup to see Bayern play against Manchester United. I can’t remember the score but Bayern did win unfortunately.

ALLIANZ ARENA

Insurance group Allianz purchased the naming rights to the stadium for a thirty year term. however, the logo has to be removed for FIFA & UEFA events due to policies forbidding corporate sponsorship from companies who are not official tournament partners.

BLUE MONDAY

Home to Bayern Munich since 2005 the Allianz Arena is the world’s first stadium with full colour interchangeable exterior.

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Did You Know?

The Allianz Arena is the world’s first stadium with a variable full colour exterior made from ETFE (ethylene tetraflourethylene ) plastic panels. With 70,000 seating capacity the Bayern stadium is just the third largest in Germany after the Signal Iduna Park home to Borussia Dortmund & the Olympicstadion Berlin, home to Berlin BSC. The Allianz Arena due to its form has been nicknamed “Schlauchboot” (inflatable dinghy).

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