For many people across the globe, the end of November brings with it an increasing sense of excitement as the Christmas period draws ever closer.
Fan club lottery
Members of FC Bayern München fan clubs are no different, even if their reasons are a little. Rather than waiting until 25 December for their presents, Christmas comes early for certain Bayern supporters, as for over 30 years the Bundesliga record champions have travelled far and wide to visit their fans, doing so this year on 29 November.
On Sunday, head coach Pep Guardiola, the Bayern first-team squad and members of the board, including president Karl Hopfner, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Matthias Sammer, spread out across Germany to greet their passionate followers.
Fan clubs are chosen by way of a lottery, with 27 of Bayern’s 4030 registered clubs winning the prize of a star visitor for a couple of hours at their Christmas party. There cannot be many other teams in the world that embark on such a huge undertaking to stay in touch with their fans.
Given the Bundesliga leaders’ packed match schedule, there is a limit to how far the club’s representatives can travel without neglecting their training routine, of course. Nevertheless, they willingly do whatever they can.