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Munich mired in misery as Chelsea fans celebrate
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Munich mired in misery as Chelsea fans celebrate

Published: 20 May 2012 10:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 May 2012 10:03 GMT+02:00

More than 100,000 football fans had filled the city throughout Saturday, with enormous public viewing facilities at the Olympic Stadium and the Theresienwiese site of the Oktoberfest booked out.

“The city was rammed,” one policeman said on Saturday evening.

But after spending much of the match confident of victory – it would have been the first European Cup won on home turf since Inter Milan did it in 1965 – Bayern fans were left disconsolate by the final result.

Rather than tens of thousands of Bayern Munich fans parading in red and white through the city, the streets were left to the 20,000 or so Chelsea fans who were obviously delighted.

And although the disappointment was enormous for Bayern fans – summed up by big-screen images of Bastian Schweinsteiger devastated by his missed penalty – there was little reported trouble on the streets.

By midnight Munich police were happy enough with fans’ behaviour. A spokesman said there had been the usual small incidents, a few chairs kicked over, a bit of vandalism and people travelling on public transport without tickets. “For the number of people it went relatively quietly,” said the spokesman. “They were drinking all day.”

Chelsea fans who filled the streets once the miserable Munich fans had gone home, were also relatively well behaved, the spokesman said.

Bayern’s long domination of German football would now seem to be over – the team lost the Bundesliga and German cup titles to Borussia Dortmund, and Saturday night’s loss makes this year the first since 1995/6 that Bayern has failed to win any titles in back-to-back seasons.

The Bayern Munich team now has to pull itself together for a friendly match against World Cup finalists Holland – in Munich, on Tuesday.

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Your comments about this article

12:15 May 20, 2012 by Englishted
Arrogant wasn't it to plane a victory parade ,pride before a fall .
15:55 May 20, 2012 by Al uk
A great game and a great result. Well done Chelsea!
02:37 May 21, 2012 by skaloc
Drogba is one of my heros of fussball. I am saddened that a German club lost but the Bavarian Princes need a bit of a slap since they contributed to my Kaiserslautern going to Bundesliege II ....
18:46 May 22, 2012 by Englishted
The only person who wrote of "all this England v Germany "was Chango Mutney.

England and Germany will always be rivals at football ,

same as England and Australia at cricket ,I don't see any harm .

I will be watching the Euros in a German pub with German fans and friends same as every world cup and euros since I came in 2000, never a problem often heartbreaking (the result in S.A. 2010 for example)but never a problem.

Bring it on as they say.
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