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Bayern stars excited about Delhi visit

sports Updated: Dec 20, 2011 01:48 IST
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The last time Thomas Mueller came to India, he was part of four-time Champions League winners Bayern Munich’s second team. Nearly three years and a sublime performance at the 2010 World Cup later, Mueller is an integral part of an all-star Bayern team scheduled to visit India next month and he is excited about it.

Winner of the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup, Mueller is thrilled to be leading a galaxy of stars from Bayern Munich to play India at the Audi Football Summit, in New Delhi on Jan 10. It will be Bhaichung Bhutia’s farewell match in an India shirt and proceeds will go to victims of the earthquake in Sikkim. Tickets are available at

Talking about the visit, Mueller, also the Best Young Player at the last World Cup, said: “I am happy to come back after visits to Kolkata and Siliguri in Jan 2009.” The young medio also said he is happy “that more and more kids are playing the game in India”.

Mueller’s teammate at Bayern, 22-time Bundesliga champions, and star striker Mario Gomez said the squad was looking forward to the Audi Football Summit. Gomez, who according to former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, is as important to the club as Lionel Messi is to Barcelona, joined the German giants for a record transfer fee in 2009. “The trip to India will be a big experience for us, as most of us have not been to India,” said Gomez.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the former West Germany captain and now Bayern chairman, said the club was happy to send its full-strength squad to the Audi Football Summit.

“I have heard about the great experiences from our players and coaches when they travelled for Oliver Kahn’s farewell match (in Kolkata). We are delighted to bring the full first team to India. We are excited about the country, the city of Delhi, the people and their enthusiasm for football,” said Rummenigge.

Jupp Heynckes, coach of Bayern, said he would like to utilise the opportunity to the hilt. “We are coming to India after a week-long camp in Qatar. We will want to show quality football and want to present ourselves in the best possible manner. I would like to utilise the opportunity to learn more about Indian football.”