Kahn’s Kolkata farewell to begin a new experience: Rummenigge

March 19th, 2008 - 10:18 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge termed the team’s visit to Kolkata as a promise which he kept and hoped this would be the beginning of a wonderful journey of developing football in India. Bayern’s Head of Foreign Affairs Martin Haegele played to the media here a pre- recorded interview in which he said: “In December 2005 the Bayern Academy side won the IFA Shield here. I promised the fans here that sometime in future the real stars of Bayern will play here. We are keeping our promise and on May 27 the real stars descend on Kolkata.”

The former German National team captain added: “This I hope will be the beginning of a new partnership and friendship between Bayern and the huge Indian football family. We are ready to develop football here and are proud to be the first in Europe to play here.”

When Bayern Munich keeps its date with Kolkata on May 25 for Oliver Kahn’s farewell match for the club, they will also make the city a part of its lasting legacy in the form of a souvenir shop and may be an academy in future.

Oliver Kahn will play the last match of his 20-year career under the floodlights of the Salt Lake stadium. The soccer legend will defend his goal one last time in Bayern Munich colours against Mohun Bagan on May 27.

Martin said the Bundesliga leaders will play the last tie of their 10-day Asian tour — after matches in Indonesia and China.

“We thank Bengal Peerless for inviting us to play Mohun Bagan, the oldest club in Asia. This will be the third station in Bayern’s Asia tour. In the first two stops we will meet the national team of Indonesia and the Chinese Olympic side,” Rummenigge said.

“Its also a very special event as it will be Oliver Kahn’s last official match,” he added,

Some Bayern biggies will be away for Euro 2008, but squaring up against Bagan would be the likes of Mark van Bommel, Martin Demichelis, Lucio and Z

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