Thousands cheer rainy Bayern treble party

AFP - [email protected] • 2 Jun, 2013 Updated Sun 2 Jun 2013 18:05 CEST
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Mother nature is clearly not a Bayern Munich supporter as heavy rain and chilly temperatures in the Bavarian capital on Sunday greeted around 10,000 hardy fans celebrating their historic treble win.

Despite heavy rain across south Germany and temperatures more typical of January than June, Bayern fans packed into Munich's iconic Marienplatz to celebrate with the European champions.

Bayern's 3-2 victory over VfB Stuttgart in Saturday's German Cup final completed the set after they won the Champions League title and the German league.

It means Bayern are the first German team to win the treble of European, league and cup titles as the Bundesliga celebrates its 50th anniversary.

After a long night of partying in Berlin following the cup final win at the capital's Olympic Stadium, Bayern touched down at Munich airport at 2:25 pm local time.

The bleary-eyed team boarded a special bus -- ironically the same one Borussia Dortmund used to celebrate winning last season's cup and league double -- to head to the city centre.

Thousand of fans decked out in rain jackets, rubber boots and umbrellas ignored the grim weather to catch a glimpse of their heroes raising the three trophies from the city hall's balcony.

Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger hoisted the German Cup, captain Philipp Lahm lifted the Bundesliga shield while coach Jupp Heynckes had the honour of showing off the Champions League trophy.

It was something he had vowed to do during the first of this three stints in charge of the Bavarian giants more than 20 years ago.

And Heynckes told the assembled crowd he was grateful for the chance to deliver on that promise.

"In 1990, I stood here and a little cockily I promised the European Cup," said the 68-year-old Heynckes, who stands down at the end of the season after two years in charge.

"Today, I want to make good on my promise. Here's the European Cup of the national champions, the Champions League! We don't just have a world-class team, we have world-class fans, we couldn't have done it without you."

Heynckes will hold a press conference on Tuesday to reveal his future plans while ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will take charge of the European champions on June 26.

Despite nearing the end of his seventh decade, Heynckes was at the forefront of Bayern's celebrations in Berlin in the early hours of Sunday, to the awe of Germany captain Philipp Lahm.

"It's a miracle the coach can still stand considering how much he danced last night," quipped Lahm, with the team all decked out in traditional Bavarian lederhosen.

It had clearly been a good night in Berlin as the team visited -- en masse -- one of the city's top nightclubs.

"It was a super night, but I'd rather not say what happened..." said Schweinsteiger, while Lahm added: "All the trophies turned up again at the




AFP 2013/06/02 18:05

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