For many fans outside of Germany, the Bundesliga World Tour is the only chance to see their heroes up close and personal.
Four Bundesliga clubs – this year's World Tour participants Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt – are more than aware of this and so arrange open training sessions, meet-and-greet events and fan evenings for local supporters to get a glimpse of – or a selfie with – their heroes.
Bayern, participating in the International Champions Cup - in China and Singapore - will be arranging meet-and-greets for their legions of supporters in the Far East. On an official visit in March, club ambassador Hasan Salihamidzic expressed his amazement at "the enthusiasm for FC Bayern" in the two countries.
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Dortmund, also taking part in the International Champions Cup - in Japan and China - will be organising a number of player appearances for their vast Asian fanbase, director for sales and marketing Carsten Cramer has confirmed.
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Schalke, who are jetting off to China, have already confirmed that local fans can look forward to a number of autograph sessions with the Royal Blue stars.
Whereas their Bundesliga rivals are in the Far East, Eintracht are in the United States, facing three MLS teams and flitting between California, Washington and Ohio for high-profile friendlies. There will no doubt be plenty of time to arrange fan events in the three states, with Mexican superstar Marco Fabian and USMNT international Timmy Chandler likely to be in high demand.
Indeed, nothing makes for a more appropriate Bundesliga World Tour image than one of the league's global superstars meeting passionate local fans. It is a picture we are likely to see plenty throughout the summer.
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