Prost! The 183rd Oktoberfest kicks off on Saturday, September 17, lasting until Oktober 3, and Bayern Munich is ready as ever.
One of the highlights of the year - besides the team visit to Oktoberfest itself, of course - is the annual photo-shoot sponsored by Munich brewing giant Paulaner, one of the six traditional Munich breweries who supply the kegs upon kegs of beer for Oktoberfest and its millions of patrons.
So once again Bayern's players, whether from Bavaria, Boulogne-sur-Mer, or Brazil, don their favorite lederhosen (Manuel Neuer has four pairs!) and pose for the camera hoisting a Paulaner Weißbier.
This year featured several newcomers. Captain Philipp Lahm remarked, "Some of the new players still find it very unusual and strange. I won't name names, but we obviously don't have all too many new players." Now, who could he mean?
One of this year's newcomers, however, is right at home: Mats Hummels, who grew up in Munich and is no stranger to the Bavarian capital's colorful ways. "I'm looking forward to his performance on the Wiesn," said Lahm - referring to the the park grounds or "pitch" where the action will unfold.
Joshua Kimmich, who hails from the Swabian Black Forest region of Baden-Württemburg, said "Last year I didn't even attend Oktoberfest privately. The English weeks always make it difficult to set a date." Although admittedly "not really a beer drinker," Kimmich felt that his Bavarian lederhosen and jacket "definitely fits well. I'm slowly getting use to it."
Bayern Munich is scheduled to attend the festival this year, wives and girlfriends in tow, on Oktober 2.