Posted: 3/2/2013
Title: BERLIN ! BERLIN ! BERLIN ! AND WEMBLEY TOO?

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        A bitterly cold night at Allianz Arena couldn't stop the home team fans from celebrating long after the final whistle blew for the quarter-final DFB Pokal match against arch rivals Borussia Dortmund.

       A full house of over 72,000 once again as the only goal of the match from Arjen Robben sealed victory, and what a superb goal it was. Dortmund had won the last two Bundesliga titles and had beaten the Bavarians in the DFB Cup Final in Berlin's Olympiastadion last May. In fact they had beaten Bayern in the last 5 matches of all types.

      For the Dutchman, it has been a great few weeks after he had been left on the bench by retiring trainer Jupp Heynckes for much of the season. His passionate outpouring of joy as he sank to his knees after scoring, showed that Robben enjoyed the moment. " It was a a game deciding the supremacy of German football exclaimed Bayern President Uli Hoeness.

     BERLIN ! BERLIN ! BERLIN ! chanted the raucous crowd, warmed up by the action on the field and the gluhwein in their bellies. THE DFB Cup Final is always held in Berlin and Bayern Munich look strong contenders for this title plus the treble. With the League title sewn up with a commanding 15 point lead and the chance to chant WEMBLEY! WEMBLEY! WEMBLEY as they host Arsenal in a 2nd leg Champions League encounter at Allianz, after a 3-1 away win. For the second time in three seasons the big match will be held at Wembley Stadium. 

    Last season it was at Allianz Arena and what a shock as Chelsea beat FC Bayern on penalty kicks in their own back yard. The Londoners, only the sixth club from a nation's capital to take the title, bowed out this season in the early stages.

    For Heynckes, who last Saturday afternoon prior to the 6-1 drubbing of Werder Bremen was presented with a bouquet of flowers by former captain and current club chairman Karl-Heinz (Kalie') Rummenigge, it could be a fitting farewell Auf Weitersehen.  It was his 1,00th match as a player or coach.

     As a warm up to Arsenal the Bavarians won 1-0 away to TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday with the only goal coming in the 38th minute from Mario Gomez.

    I spent a short time on Friday at Bayern's HQ on Sabenerstrasse and met a number of youth coaches including Juergen Jung the chief youth scout in his spacious office.  HQ has grown rapidly over the years since I first visited in the mid 1970's and they have youth teams from age 8 and up and are going to construct a new, sprawling campus just for the youth teams at a site near to Allianz Arena.

    This could be the year of the Bavarians!

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