Posted: 10/3/2018


        After a morning at the Thereseinwies, home of Oktobertfest since 1812, I took the u bahn nine stops from Munich Hbf and then five bus stops and a 15 minute walk to the brand new FC Bayern Campus on Ingolstadte Strasse. Just a year old, the 70 million Euro campus is home to the FCB boys youth teams and the 4 womens and girls teams.

          I checked kick off time as 6.00pm on my British phone but it was 7.00pm local time so time too spare and explore the 10 pitches, the Campus stadium and more. I was given a guided tour by the womens press chief Josef Thaurer and introduced to Karin Danner the legendary womens director for two decades and ex national team player.There are 35 apartments for youth players from outside Munich, plus classrooms, science labs, gyms and a cafe for fans, who are encouraged to visit. As well as German players there are Dutch, Austrian, Swedish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian ladies. Thonas Worle is the head coach  with 4 male assistants.

      The Academy is under the direction of Jochen Sauer and Athletic Director Herman Gerland, developer of Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller in the past.

      The 2,500 seat stadium hosts u19s, u17, womens UEFA matches and more, with a VIP lounge, press lounge, scoreboard and comfy seats. Not a great crowd since FCB Frau won 7-0 away in Serbia last week to Spartak Subotica and they strolled to 4-0 at home for an aggregate of 11-0. However the fans were given free programmes, noisemakers, team photos and a professional display of talent. There was even a mobile FAN truck outside where I bought a few souvenirs. (some of you might be lucky at Christmas !!)

         For the first time UEFA will present the Women's Champions League Final in a different city than the mens final.  Ferencvaros Stadium in Budapest with 33,000 seats and home of popular 'Fradi' the green and white club. A couple of years ago I went to two mens national team matches in a week there. Its the biggest stadium in the country until the rebuilt from scratch Ferenc Puskas national stadium opens in late 2019 with 67,000 capacity.

      The round of sixteen will be played 17/18 October and 31st Oct/1 November with some intriguing ties.

           FC Zurich v Bayern Munchen: Wolfsburg v Atletico Madrid: Ajax v Lyon (holders): Barcelona v Glasgow City:Linkoping v PSG: Chelsea v Fiorentina: Rosengard v Slavia Prague: LSK Kvinner v Brondby.

          You have another 4 days to enjoy Oktobertfest, with over 6 million visitors at this years show.

    Atletico Madris knocked out Manchester City. Lyon hope to mke it four titles in a row.