Sunday, 26 May 2013

Bayern Munich celebrate champions league glory on the dance floor

Bayern Munich celebrated their Champions League triumph in style, by partying into the night after toppling Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling Wembley encounter.

Arjen Robben, who created the first goal before scoring the winner, was joined by his team-mates at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane for the after party.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, who missed a penalty in last season's Champions League final, looked delighted as the Germany midfielder tied a scarf around his head to lead the proceedings.


Schweinsteiger holds the trophy next to his partner Sarah Brandner
Winning manager Jupp Heynckes joined his team on the dance floor, as the retiring 68-year-old celebrated his second trophy of the season, having won the Bundesliga over Dortmund by 25 points.

The Bavarian giants, who were joined by their wives and partners after the game, could yet win a treble if they beat Stuttgart in the domestic cup final.

Party time: Arjen Robben (right) and Mario Mandzukic (centre) joined Schweinsteiger
Uli Hoeness is congratulated by Schweinsteiger at the Park Lane hotel

Sidelined: Xherdan Shaqiri, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Rafinha did not start the match but celebrated all the same

You too: Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hits the dance floor too







Another 50,000 Bayern supporters watching on video screens at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena were finally able to celebrate after three failings in previous finals when the Dutch forward rescued them from the prospect of another heartbreaking defeat on Europe's biggest stage.

Many stormed the vacant pitch to proclaim the famous victory and tear up sods of turf as souvenirs.

Singing, dancing and slapping each other on the back, many fans offered their own rendition of the Queen song 'We Are The Champions' as well as traditional fan chants praising Bayern.
Celebration: Stadium commentator Stephan Lehmann is joined by Javi Martinez on stage


The mood was entirely different 600 kilometres to the north in Dortmund, a former mining town about as far away from the glitzy and cosmopolitan world of Munich that you can get in a country where opinion was divided on who was the popular choice in the all-German final.
Souvenir: Bayern players snip the nets to take home a memento from Wembley


Across town, a more sombre affair was taking place. The beaten Dortmund stars gathered for their post-match meet at the Natural History Museum.

Real love: An actor dressed in Dortmund colours stands guard outside their party in Kensington
If it wasn't bad enough for Dortmund losing one star player in Gotze to their fierce rivals and Champions League tormentors, Heynckes seemed glad Gotze was joining the side Pep Guardiola will inherit next season, and hinted that Lewandowski could spearhead the former Barcelona manager's attack.

'We know Mario Gotze will be joining us and I don't think Lewandowski will be hanging about too much either,' Heynckes said after the game.

Lewandowski remains tight-lipped about his future, but media reports that his agents Cezary Kucharski and Maik Barthel were on Bayern's guest list for the club's victory banquet in London as it appears ever more likely the striker has played his final game for Dortmund.

Split loyalties: Mario Gotze will leave Dortmund in the summer for Bayern
Mario Gotze, who will leave Dortmund for Bayern in the summer, was in attendance having been sidelined for the final through injury.

Dortmund's star striker Robert Lewandowski is expected to follow the playmaker out of the Westfalenstadion, but looked distraught at the final whistle and didn't appear to be in much higher spirits at the Kensington party. 

Always smiling: Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp was at the Natural History Museum with his wife Ulla
Feeling glum? Robert Lewandowski and his girlfriend Anna Stachurska attend the Dortmund party
The 24-year-old striker said he was only thinking of resting for a few days and then joining Polish teammates for a World Cup qualifier against Moldova on June 7.

'I'll be back in Dortmund a little after that,' Lewandowski said. 'I'll go to the national team and then we'll see what happens.'

Sven Bender and his girlfriend Simone Dettendorfer (Top) and Ilkay Gundogan (below)
 Mario Gotze, who will join Bayern, was at the Dortmund party
 Mats Hummels was in black tie at the bash

 Former Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin and his wife Tugba                              

1 comment:

  1. champions dance steps! i knw i will dance d dance of a champion 1 day!