Posted: 9/19/2009


         It was the match of the day, a Bavarian derby as FC Bayern (Hollywood FC) hosted 1 FC Nürnberg, the pride of Franconia, 200 km north..  Tickets were hard to come by, but I borrowed a season ticket and you can call me Christian Windbichier for the afternoon. My Norwegian friends hung around and managed to get 50 Euro tickets for 30 Euros.

        This weekend sees the start of Oktoberfest in München.,  and lots of fans were in typical costumes, trachenhemd shirts , Lederhosen mit kniebund(cute over the knee style), trachensochen, T shirt lederhosen and a pair of haferschuh. In the free 200 page  Fan Katalog, or at the shops and Bayern stores you can buy this FC Bayern Wiesn-outfit, but top to toe will set you back about 360 Euros, and that's without a cute felzhut (a grey felt Bavarian hat), with a red and white band and a logo.

       I was last here in March when the Bavarians scored 7 past the hapless Sporting Lisbon, and in fact I had also been at the away leg in Lisbon two week before,  5-0 for a 12-1 aggregate.  Coach Luis van Gaal doesn't give a hoot about names and left Franck Ribery and Miroslav Klose on the bench, with the young wonder boy Thomas Müller getting a starting place after scoring 4 times in the last 2 matches.  Nürnberg were ultra defensive, with Havard Nordveit 19 year old Norwegian, on loan from Arsenal playing as an a additional defensive midfielder, and they were well organized under cheftrainer Michael Oenning.

      The Müncheners were not too creative in the first half and the 69,000 crowd wanted goals on a warm afternoon. It was not until the 55th minute that Raphael Schafer's goal was finally breached with a goal from Ivica Olic on a pass from Müller.  Eighteen minutes later Nürnberg equalized from a substitute with a lengthy name, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting. However, it was not to be, and in the 82nd minute Daniel van Buyton headed in a cross from Arjen Robben, and we could all race to the car park and hope to get out and home for supper. For the first time this season FC Bayern are in the top 3 of the Bundeliga.

       Some hope, we should have chosen public transport and it took an hour before we escaped the huge parking garage. Well it was worth it in the end with a super size salad, wiennerschnitzel and frites, washed down with a large glass of cold apfelschorle at Gasthof Höehensteiger, where a meal is always a winner.