With only one match remaining in the Audi Summer Tour 2016, Bayern Munich have headed to the New York area. On Wednesday, Bayern will face Real Madrid in the final game of the International Champions Cup. Following a penalty loss to AC Milan and a big blowout win over Inter Milan, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be hoping to end on an upper.
With the tour going on, we thought it would be a good idea to speak with three fan clubs in the cities where these matches would be held. We first spoke to Tyler Faivre of the Chicago Supporters of FC Bayern Munich. Then, we spoke Ryan Gibson of the Queen City Bavarians ahead of Bayern’s match in Charlotte against Inter Milan. Today, we say hello to Matthias Schmitt of FC Bayern München Fan Club New York City.
How did the fan club start?
The fanclub was started in February 2012 by Matthias Schmitt. It began with asking friends to join the club and a few Facebook ads.
When did you become an official fan club?
We became an official fanclub in September of 2012.
How many members does the club currently have?
The fanclub has 280 members.
Where is your regular meet-up location for Bayern Munich games?
Our home pub is Smithfield Hall on 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.
How did this become the spot?
When we were looking for an appropriate spot for the fanclub, we approached several soccer pubs in New York. Smithfield was the most knowledgeable and soccer supportive bar and it has been a fantastic partnership over the years. We wouldn't be at our size and reputation without them. Plus the food is great.
Does the club have any pregame rituals?
What's the most popular song to sing while watching the games?
Super Bayern Super Bayern Hey Hey.
What's unique about the fan club in New York? Why should Bayern fans in the area come out for a game?
We have a very friendly atmosphere, wer have knowledgeable and passionate fans, and we meet outside the Bayern games for social events, volleyball, soccer and to support our charity of choice, South Bronx United.
We are planning on taking a number of fans to Munich this fall to attend a Bayern game at the Allianz arena.
We support South Bronx United, a youth development organization that uses soccer to engage community youth and support the South Bronx community.
For the official list of events relating to the tour, go here.