With well over 250,000 members worldwide, Bayern are the best-supported side on the planet and underlined the Bundesliga’s fan-friendly reputation on Saturday by fanning out across the country and even further afield to meet and greet supporters.
Guardilola: 'We play for our fans'To name but a few, Manuel Neuer and assistant coach Hermann Gerland toured through the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bastian Schweinsteiger was at the foot of the Alps in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, David Alaba returned to his homeland in Austria and head coach Pep Guardiola travelled to the town of Greding in Lower Bavaria. "Above all, we play for our fans," the Bayern website quotes Guardiola as saying to the 280 visitors at the event, where the 44-year-old answered the public's questions before signing countless autographs and posing for pictures. Mario Götze, meanwhile, tweeted a picture of himself cutting into a cake made in his honour, and Javi Martinez was welcomed in his native Spanish.
I had a great time in Mitteleschenbach, with the people of the ¨Fränkisches Seenland¨ fanclub, thank you for all !! pic.twitter.com/bRty5mRD3p— Javi Martínez (@Javi8martinez) January 24, 2015