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Wednesday 26 March
The day after their title-winning performance in Berlin, FC Bayern München were also recognised as the ‘Team of the Year’ at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2014. The award, referred to as the Oscars of the sports world, was presented to club ambassador Paul Breitner who accepted it on behalf of Bayern. After defending the Bundesliga title this year, the 62-year-old said “our next goal is to defend the Champions League title, Pep Guardiola is the coach that can make that possible for us”.
FC Bayern München's team bus got a new lick of paint for the champions' journey back from Berlin on Wednesday afternoon. The players have earned their two days off and will be expected to report back for duty on Friday morning. In the meantime, the celebrations surrounding the club's 23rd Bundesliga title can continue.
Jerome Boateng was one man whose smile was especially wide last night. The 24-year-old hails from Berlin and one imagines he had an especially good night celebrating the club’s 23rd Bundesliga title. Click here to find out what the German international had to say after the game.
Now the title win has sunk in, thoughts in Germany have turned to just how dominant the Reds have been in the Bundesliga this season, and few could have summed it up better than Der Spiegel-Online, who wrote: "They were too dominant, too regal, too relaxed, too elegant, too cool for the rest of the league." Well said.
Here's how club sponsor Adidas expressed their appreciation of the Reds' tremendous efforts this season:
The press in Germany have been gushing in their praise of Bayern’s achievement, and performance in Berlin. Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote: "On the pitch the players were even more relaxed than their coach, and off it they were led by the 'party king' Franck Ribery in a conga in front of the fans." Following the after-party, the newspaper also alleges that the players didn't get back to their hotel until 05:00 CET in the morning. They certainly know how to celebrate...
The man who might take all the credit was perhaps the most modest of them all when the final whistle blew at the Olympiastadion on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola said he was "thankful for the opportunity to coach these outstanding players. Congratulations to everyone on such an incredible season. We're happy and proud to have won this".
Let's have some more appreciation for the moments of individual brilliance that the Reds have delivered on their way to the title this season. We've managed to whittle down their 79 (!) goals scored into a top ten, but will it be Thiago's scissors-head kick in Stuttgart, or Arjen Robben's solo effort against Nürnberg all those months ago that tops the list? Find out here, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:
Schalke's Kevin-Prince Boateng took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to congratulate his brother Jerome on winning the Bundesliga title, in the siblings' home city of Berlin no less:
Tuesday 25 March
"Most of the credit goes to the coach and the team," said Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer at the final whistle. "After last season’s success, we continued to work in a very focused manner and have even managed to win the title earlier than we did last year. That’s great and we’re very happy. The setup at the club and our momentum is fantastic. We built a strong foundation with Jupp Heynckes last year and worked hard on building the character of our team."
"I can only congratulate them. They’ve played brilliantly this season and have already won the title and that’s a fantastic achievement. Good luck to them," said the coach of FC Schalke 04, whose team were hammered 4-0 and 5-1 by the Reds this season.
Dortmund's captain Sebastian Kehl, meanwhile, echoed his coach's sentiments. "Congratulations to Bayern. They’ve pretty much had a perfect season."
Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp was no doubt feeling frustrated after a 0-0 draw in the Revierderby against local rivals FC Schalke 04, but he still found time, and a smile, to offer his best wishes to the men from Munich: "It’s unbelievable what Bayern have managed to achieve. We can still see them ahead of us, but we need a telescope!"
"I congratulate everyone involved with FC Bayern for their title win," commented General Manager of the German national team Oliver Bierhoff. "Bayern are a leading worldwide brand, not only because of their performances on the pitch. I hope they continue to perform well on an international level. Success should never be taken for granted - it comes from discipline and hard work."
Some good news for Manchester United fans: Bayern Munich appear to be faltering, they only won 3-1 this evening.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 25, 2014
DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach admitted than even he had been taken aback by quite how dominant Bayern have been this season: "Nobody would have thought that such an extraordinary season would be possible, including me. The title is down to the joint efforts of the board, the coach and the team."
One of the first to dish out his congratulations was Germany national team coach Joachim Löw, who must secretly be delighted to see so many of his players celebrating such unprecedented success (Bayern had seven German internationals in their starting XI against Hertha). "To win the league so early is an incredible achievement, for which everyone associated with the club must be congratulated," said Löw. "Well done to FC Bayern, and Pep Guardiola in particular."