Asia was home to three of the Bundesliga's biggest clubs during the summer, with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke all heading East for the Bundesliga World Tour. Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, visited the USA. Bayern faced Arsenal and Inter Milan, and Dortmund took on AC Milan in the International Champions Cup.
The Eagles, soaring to the West Coast of the United States, played three MLS teams in three different locations. Schalke met Turkish champions Besiktas and Italian giants Inter Milan during their time in China.
Teams on tour (see all news, dates and events):
- Bayern Munich - China and Singapore (July 16, return 28)
- Borussia Dortmund - Japan and China (July 13, return 19)
- Schalke - China (July 16, return 22)
- Eintracht Frankfurt - USA (July 6, return 18)
What is the Bundesliga World Tour?
With a global fanbase, the Bundesliga World Tour is a chance for die-hard fans outside of Germany to see their favourite teams in their own countries. The likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have been engaging fans globally for years. Trips to the United States as well as Asia, in recent years, have helped to grow the interest in the Bundesliga dramatically.
This summer was BVB's third consecutive year in Asia, for example. A part of the world that the club's influence is felt massively, and the Bundesliga clubs want to show their global fans that they are appreciated.
Bayern's first trip to China was in 2012 and in the five years that have followed, a total of 135 million fans have grown together to become the club's largest foreign supporting country.
Each Bundesliga club has gained interest and support throughout the world, and every summer, take the opportunity to go to those places around the world to show support for their fans who are unable to come to Germany every weekend.
A fan experience like no other
As well as the various friendly matches against other world-class teams from Europe, Bundesliga clubs also host an array of activities during their time abroad, giving the fans in those countries a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Open training sessions, meet-and-greets and signing sessions allow fans access that is not often available during the season.
For fans from the United States or Japan, for example, meeting their heroes like Christian Pulisic and Shinji Kagawa is an unmissable opportunity. As is the case in Germany or abroad, Bundesliga clubs always take every chance to make their fans' experience as unforgettable as possible.
Meet the clubs and their stars
Bayern Munich - See their World Tour page
The record Bundesliga champions were one of the first team to go on a World Tour, with legendary stars from around the world holding a place in the club's illustrious history. This summer, the likes of Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski were tasked with taking plenty of selfies.
Borussia Dortmund- See their World Tour page
Japan, and Asia as a whole, has become a second home for BVB in recent years. A third successive trip East shows that both the club and their global fan base hold each other closely in their hearts. In Japan, Kagawa will be the man of the hour, as well as well-known stars such as Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Schalke 04 - See their World Tour page
A second trip to Asia for Schalke gives the Royal Blues the chance to build on the over 1.3 million fans already following the club. Schalke have a constant presence in countries like China, where youth coaches work with young players every month. Goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann and team captain Benedikt Höwedes are the club's global heroes.
Eintracht Frankfurt- See their World Tour page
Frankfurt head to America with a competitive thought-process in mind, as well as continuing to build the club's global fan base. Facing three MSL teams during their regular season saw them play against full-strength teams. With the likes of USMNT star Timothy Chandler involved, followers were not hard to come by.