Up close and personal: countless Bayern fans had the chance to meet their heroes and take pictures with them on Saturday during the club's annual fanclub visits (© FC Bayern München Facebook)
Up close and personal: countless Bayern fans had the chance to meet their heroes and take pictures with them on Saturday during the club's annual fanclub visits (© FC Bayern München Facebook)
Bundesliga

Fan-friendly Bayern meet supporters' clubs

Munich - Continuing what has become something of a tradition at FC Bayern München, the members of the first-team squad took advantage of the relative calm during the winter break to visit some of their fan clubs.

Guardilola: 'We play for our fans'

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.

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.