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Bayern Munich claim historic title win

Bayern Munich set the record for the earliest Bundesliga title win on Saturday when they were confirmed as German champions for the 23rd time.

Bayern Munich claim historic title win
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Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the decisive goal at Eintracht Frankfurt to give Bayern their 24th win from 28 league games this season and seal their first major silverware since May 2010.

“We’re a strong team with a great coach, it’s fantastic to have won the title,” said Schweinsteiger.

Victory at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday saw Bayern better their own record from 1972-73 and 2002-03, when they won the title with 30 out of 34 matches played.

“The fact that we have won the title after 28 games is extraordinary, it’s simply fantastic,” said coach outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes, having been hoisted into the air by his team after the final whistle.

“0ne of the things FC Bayern have demonstrated this season is that we’re a top side, but we have done it with harmony in the team.”

This season they have already set the record for the most consecutive wins at the start of the season — after winning their first eight matches — and the fewest goals conceded after 21 matches.

More records have either been broken or are set to follow, with Bayern having won the Bundesliga for the 22nd time since the modern national league started in 1963.

Having accrued 75 points with six games left, they are on course to smash Dortmund’s record of 81 points in a Bundesliga season, set just a year ago.

“I have no problem congratulating Bayern, they have had an outstanding season,” said Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin.

Frankfurt coach Armin Veh was equally gratious.

“I don’t begrudge Heynckes the title at all,” said Veh, whose team remain fifth in the league for now. “For me, he is a great role model and I hope that Bayern win more titles.”

Undefeated away from home in the league this season, they are set to equal their own record from the 1986-87 season, when they went through an entire Bundesliga campaign without losing on the road.

With 13 wins on their travels, they have claimed the record for the most away wins and, having conceded just 13 goals all season, ‘keeper Manuel Neuer is set to break Oliver Kahn’s record of letting in just 21 goals in the 2007-08 season.

Having secured their 24th win of the season at Frankfurt, Bayern are also just one short of the record tally, held by both Borussia Dortmund in 2011-12 and Bayern in 1972-73, of 25 wins in a season.

Helped by their 9-2 hammering of Hamburg at home last Saturday, they boast a goal difference of 66, two better than the 64 set by Gerd Müller’s Bayern in the 1972-73 season.

With 79 goals to their credit, they are still some way short of the 101 goals scored by Müller’s Bayern in 1971-72.

But the biggest record of all is the one Bayern covet most: to become the first German team to win the treble of Champions League, domestic league and cup.

They head to Turin on Wednesday for the Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Juventus, with a 2-0 goal lead after Tuesday’s first leg in Munich.

AFP/The Local/mry

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EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches

The German Bundesliga kicks off on Friday evening with a match in Mönchengladbach. Here's a run-down of the Covid rules for football fans itching to join the crowds at the stadium.

EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches
Crowds cheer at a match between FC Kaiserslautern and Borussia Mönchengladbach, on August 9th, 2021. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach

All eyes will be on Mönchengladbach this evening as the Bundesliga season kicks off with a match against reigning champions Bayern Munich – and this time, a crowd will be present in the stadium.

READ ALSO: German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

With several states liberalising their rules for public gatherings in recent months, many football fans are looking forward to enjoying a lively atmosphere at football matches once more. 

There’s just one problem: there are different rules for different stadiums. Here’s what you need to know about the Covid rules before you book your ticket for any of the upcoming fixtures. 

How many fans are allowed in the stadiums? 

According to a recent decision by the federal and state governments, football stadiums around the country are allowed to fill half of their seats and sell up to 25,000 tickets to fans. 

Of course, how much this limit affects the overall atmosphere – and the football clubs’ bottoms lines – depends on the capacity of the stadium. In Borussia Dortmund this weekend, the full 25,000 tickets have been sold – but that only equates to 30 percent of the stadium’s full capacity.

READ ALSO: German football: Which Bundesliga club should I support?

Meanwhile, in the stadium owned by Berlin’s FC Union, selling just 11,000 tickets is enough to fill half of the available seats. 

What do I need to show to get in? 

That really depends on the stadium in question, although in general anyone over the age of six will need to show a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovery – the so-called ‘3G’ rule – to enter the grounds. But other clubs, such as FC Cologne, have decided to only permit people who are vaccinated or recovered to attend matches from August 28th onwards – with exceptions for people who can’t get vaccinated, like children and pregnant woman.

At Mönchengladbach’s Borussia Park stadium, however, unvaccinated fans can enter with a negative test, though visitors who’ve stayed in a high-risk or virus variant area over the past two weeks will be unable to enter – along with people who’ve had recent contact with someone who has Covid. 


If you want to see action like this at FC Cologne’s stadium, you’ll need to get your Covid jabs sorted first. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund has taken a middle ground. While the 3G rule applies in principle, only 1,000 of the available 25,000 tickets will be sold to people who are providing a negative test. The remaining 24,000 seats will only be available for those who are vaccinated against – or recently recovered from – Covid. 

If you’re not vaccinated and are keen to see a match, it’s worth checking on your local club’s website beforehand or sending them an email to double-check whether you will be allowed in. 

What else do I need to know about? 

You’ll need to bring a FPP2 mask with you to matches to wear in your seat and while heading to the bathroom or bar, and also observe social distancing rules – meaning staying 1.5 metres apart from your fellow fans.

In most states, you’ll also need to provide your contact details, which will be saved by the club and potentially passed on to local health authorities in order to monitor a potential Covid outbreak. 

Will these rules continue throughout the season?

That’s still an open question. If infection rates in Germany continue to rise or high-profile superspreading events occur at future matches, the government could potentially crack down further on sports events in autumn.

This could involve limiting the seat numbers even further, or (more controversially), introducing a ‘vaccinated-only’ rule for entering stadiums. 

READ ALSO: Should Germany bring in Covid restrictions for unvaccinated people only?

A recent outbreak of Covid in the Mainz football team has also dampened celebrations slightly in the run-up to the start of the Bundesliga – leaving club owners urgently calling for both fans and footballers to get vaccinated. 

Speaking to WDR ahead of the season’s start, FC Cologne’s managing director Alexander Wehrle said widespread vaccination was the best route back to normality – a message reiterated by Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann. 

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