It's that time of the year again when FC Bayern raise a Maß to the rest of the Bundesliga, with the 181st edition of the city's Oktoberfest underway
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola (2nd r.) got his first taste of the festivities a year ago, and he has vowed to return not only with the team, but also if he can find a free evening for himself this time around
With an influx of Spanish players, Thiago (c.) will have some explaining to do to his compatriots Pepe Reina, Juan Bernat and Xabi Alonso, who will be paying their first visit to the
A visit to the event is a traditional appointment for all Bayern players, no matter what their nationality. Mark van Bommel (r.) had the fortune of making five trips to the annual knees-up
Former Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes was no stranger to the beer tents, making his first visit in 1987 (this picture is from two years later in 1989) and his last in 2012, the season he guided Bayern to a quadruple
Miroslav Klose (l.) and Luca Toni (c.), who both now play in Italy, enjoyed their visits while on Bayern's books, and they could return on the second weekend of the festival, when swarms of Italians traditionally cross the Alps, with Italian becoming the Lingua Franca at the
Photographers are particularly keen on catching Bayern's stars like Arjen Robben (l.) with their other halves...
...while it is also a chance for the Bayern lads to take a short break from the strenuous season
Bayern's 2014/15 squad have already been fitted out in preparation for their visit by one of the club's sponsors, Paulaner...
...with new signing Xabi Alonso cutting a particularly good figure in his checked shirt, all set for his induction in one of Bavaria's proudest traditions