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Clean it like The Kaiser: Siemens offers FC Bayern appliances

Here’s something for the FC Bayern Munich fan who has everything: a high-efficiency washing machine and vacuum cleaner set kitted-out in the football club’s colours.

Clean it like The Kaiser: Siemens offers FC Bayern appliances
Photo: Siemens

Bending it like Beckham was yesterday. Today, devoted connoisseurs of the beautiful game can clean it like The Kaiser – Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer, that is.

German industrial giant Siemens has the two Bayern-themed appliances on display at Berlin’s sprawling IFA consumer electronics fair, which kicks off for the public on Friday.

Don’t expect a huge football-themed drum on the inside of the washer, though. The Bayern designs are limited to a simple logo strategically placed on the washing machine and vacuum cleaner.

But according to a knowledgeable Siemens marketing gnome, customers will be able to buy what will become actual production models as part of an ongoing sponsorship deal the Munich-based Siemens cut with the Bavarian football powerhouse.

Even now, in a well-placed corner of the club’s Allianz Arena, Siemens cooking appliances dominate a space in a fancy skybox overlooking the pitch. The company’s home appliance sponsorship efforts in recent years have centred on creating cooking events, but Siemens has now clearly decided to try to capitalise on football fans’ known penchant for doing the laundry and ridding the house of dust bunnies.

Whether the latest Bayern deal will allow the club to wash away the bad memories of the Jürgen Klinsmann era last season and hoover up the title remains to be seen.

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MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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