Bay­ern brew re­vival with free beer for fans

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

FANS of Bay­ern Mu­nich, who have made their worst start to the Bun­desliga for 43 sea­sons, will get a chance to drown their sor­rows be­fore to­day’s home match against cham­pi­ons VfL Wolfs­burg.

The Bavar­ian club are to give away more than 7,000 litres of beer be­fore the game as part of a spon­sor­ship deal with a Mu­nich-based brew­ery.

The same deal also saw the play­ers and coach Louis van Gaal dress up in tra­di­tional Bavar­ian cos­tume, in­clud­ing leder­ho­sen, for a pho­to­shoot this week.

Van Gaal was pho­tographed grin­ning as he held up a half-litre of beer but the for mer Barcelona and Nether­lands coach has had lit­tle else to smile about at his new club.

Bayer n have taken only two points from three Bun­desliga games and are lan­guish­ing in 14th place af­ter Satur­day’s 2-1 de­feat by pro­moted Mainz 05.

The Bavar­i­ans are des­per­ate for Franck Ribery to play against Wolfs­burg, the French­man hav­ing re­turned to train­ing on Mon­day af­ter a knee in­jury kept him out for around two weeks.

“We knew it could be a bumpy start, and it has been,” said Ger­man in­ter­na­tional Philipp Lahm, adding the play­ers were still get­ting used to Dutch­man Van Gaal’s sys­tem.

“A lot of what he does is tac­ti­cal. He has a clear vi­sion of how he wants each po­si­tion to be played.

“That’s a mas­sive change for each and ev­ery one of us be­cause it’s not been like that here in re­cent years.”

Wolfs­burg won their open­ing two games be­fore los­ing 4-2 to Ham­burg SV on Sun­day, their first home de­feat in nearly 18 months.

Ham­burg, touted as pos­si­ble ti­tle con­tenders, were in­spired by 35year-old Brazil­ian mid­fielder Ze Roberto, a player Bay­ern let go at the end of last sea­son.

Ham­burg, at home to Cologne on Sun­day, are one of three clubs who have taken seven points from three games – the oth­ers are Schalke 04 and leaders Bayer Lev­erkusen.

Lev­erkusen host VfL Bochum on Satur­day while Schalke are at home to bot­tom team Freiburg.

SIM­PLY TWO MUCH: Abou Di­aby’s two goals in three min­utes for the Gun­ners against Portsmouth in the first half last Satur­day knocked the stuff­ing out of the strug­gling vis­i­tors, who came to The Emi­rates hav­ing al­ready lost their first two Premier­ship games. Di­aby’s first was a beauty. A pass from Arse­nal cap­tain Cesc Fabre­gas in the Portsmouth half found Ed­uardo, and the striker turned provider by lay­ing it on for Di­aby. The lanky French­man still had a lot to do, but he was given so much time and space he was able to place his shot well past an al­ready-over­worked David James in goal. Three min­utes later Fabre­gas set Em­manuel Eboue off on a run, and his cross from the right was ex­ploited by Di­aby who again, un­marked, slot­ted that home as well.

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