Fan wants Bayern ticket-Oktoberfest beer swap

A Bayern Munich supporter is so desperate to get his hands on a ticket for Saturday's Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund he is offering to trade 20 litres of beer and a rare free table at Oktoberfest.

Fan wants Bayern ticket-Oktoberfest beer swap
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The 45-year-old Christopher Intsiful has said he’ll give up his 10-seat table at the legendary Munich beer festival this autumn – along with 20 litres of beer and 10 roasted half-chickens – to anyone who will swap a ticket for the sold-out, all-German game in London, wrote the Bloomberg news agency on Friday.

Intsiful, a public relations executive and Munich resident, has already shelled out around €300 for the Oktoberfest table, which he wants to swap for a game ticket worth between €60 and €330.

“It’s almost as hard to get an evening table at Oktoberfest as it is to get a Champions League final ticket,” Intsiful told Bloomberg, adding that his attempts to get tickets through his club membership had failed.

“The friends I would usually invite to Oktoberfest obviously think it’s a shame, but it’s my table so I can do what I want with it,” Instiful told Bloomberg. “I’m a big Oktoberfest fan too, but if I had to choose between it and Bayern, there’s only one choice I could make.”

Now he’s hoping his offer he posted on Facebook will be snapped up by a beer-loving footie fan. “This is my last hope,” he said.

Hundreds of thousands of German fans have been clamouring for tickets to London’s 86,000-seat Wembley stadium over the past week after it was announced that Saturday’s game would see two German teams battle it out for the title.

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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.

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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.