SC Freiburg don't have fond memories of trips to Munich. A month ago I watched them humbled in the German Pokal by Bundesliga III Unterhaching and this afternoon at Allianz Arena in the sunshine in front of 70,000 fans they were taken to the woodshed for a thrashing. 7-0 !!!
The tractor boys from the Schwartzwald (Black Forest) will struggle to survive in Bundesliga I this season. FC Bayern ran riot from the kick-off and it could have been double figures except for heroics from goalkeepe .Oliver Baumann. With the win FC Bayern top the league after 5 rounds with 12 points. Mario Gomez opened the scoring after only 8 minutes while Franck Ribery was very dangerous on the left wing and scored twice before half-time, by which time the contest was virtually over.
Freiburg are nicknamed the Breigau Brassileiner and usually play in the red and black hoops of Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro, but there the Brazilian comparison stops. www.scfreiburg.com Their neat stadium Dreisamstadion, named after the river is the first solar powered stadium in the Bundesliga. There was plenty of sunshine in Allianz Arena this afternoon and the home crowd was in great and festive mood, with Oktoberfest coming up soon.
Besides the league they have interesting opponents in the Champions League soon, including Manchester City, Napoli and Villarreal with a visit to the Spaniards coming up in 4 days time. Manuel Neuer the newly aquired goalkeeper has not been completely welcomed with open arms by all the fans, and today he was a virtual silent partner with very liitle to do. 15-0 was the corner kick statistic for example. Jerome Boateng, also a German with an African name, was the giant at the back of a not very busy defence.
Mario Gomez sounds foreign but is actually a German born player as is Nils Petersen who sounds Danish but is not. www.fcbayern.t-home.de with a great English version is the well organized web site. With 162,000 members, 2,764 officially recognized fans clubs with around 192,000 fans, they have no difficulty announcing a sell out every home match, and such is their popularity nationwide that away match tickets are also hard to come by. They are the most popular club in Germany and have won 6 out of the last 10 Bundesliga titles and have been Champions of Europe 4 times.
After 33 years in the Olympiastadion they built Allianz Arena with the financial help of TSV 1860 München in the 2005-06 season, but now own it 100%. There training and administrative headquarters are on Sabenerstrasse and they have thriving club shops all over the city and are building The Bayern Experience at Allianz Arena soon. Today was an experience not to forget for us all, apart from the almost silent visiting fans after the first 3 goals. They will be hard to beat and star player Arjan Robben, whose name adorns the back of many fans' jerseys is still not fit enough to play his part.