FC Bayern interact with children in Saitama City   

“FC Bayern Munich adidas FOOTBLL DREAMS Tournament commemorating the 100 year history of football in Saitama” was held at Saitama Stadium 2nd Ground on the 30th of July.

64 primary students in Saitama City and all the FC Bayern players and staff who are visiting in Japan participated in the event.

At the opening ceremony, Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, “I am very happy to be here. We have a professional game against Urawa Reds. In this tournament, 2 of our players will join each team. I hope we can have a lot of fun today”. After that, Head Coach Klinsmann was presented flowers by the children to celebrate his birthday today. When the tournament started, some children who scored goals hugged the players or gave high fives to the players to share their joy. After the game, DF Philipp Lahm praised the children by saying, “Their skills are excellent”.

The final went to a penalty shootout. The team which had MF Ze Roberto and DF Marcell Jansen won the tournament. The players and children were overjoyed.

After the final, the closing ceremony was held. Head Coach Klinsmann concluded, “Every single game was very good. Congratulations to the team who won today. The team represents Germany because the winner is always Germany”. The children who played in the winning team received commemorative boots. In addition, 6 outstanding players who were picked by Head Coach Klinsmann received FC Bayern team jersey as well as a ticket, including flight, to watch FC Bayern home game in the Bundesliga.

Lastly, Head Coach Klinsmann said, “I hope everyone enjoyed this event. We had a lot of fun today. For those who were not picked as outstanding players today, please come and visit us in Germany in the future”.

In return, the children expressed their appreciation to the players and staff by saying, “Danke Schon”. The spectators in the stand gave a big round of applause.