Bayern Munich and Liverpool will be part-taking in a legends match this weekend at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm GMT (4pm CET), and the occasion will marked by a testimonial for Xabi Alonso, who played for both clubs during his career, collecting silverware during both respective tenures.
Who’s in each squad?
Both sides are comprised of a savory group of legends from years past, stretching all the way back to the 80s, when Liverpool were kings of England and Bayern were dubbed “FC Hollywood.” Successes between the two clubs since then have been plentiful, though Bayern have collected far more silverware than Liverpool in the past decade.
Here are the full squad lists for both teams:
Keepers: Jerzy Dudek, David James
Defenders: Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, John Arne Riise, Phil Babb
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Dirk Kuyt, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann, Patrik Berger, Gary McAllister, Vladimir Smicer
Attackers: Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Luis Garcia, John Aldrige, Ian Rush (player/manager)
Keepers: Hans-Jorg Butt, Uwe Gospodarek
Defenders: Bixente Lizarazu, Michael Tarnat, Daniel van Buyten, Martin Demichelis, Hans Pflügler
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Zé Roberto, Lothar Matthäus, Matthias Zimmermann, Marcel Witezcek, Andreas Ottl, Michael Sternkopf, Zvjezdan Misimović
Attackers: Luca Toni, Roy Makaay, Giovane Élber, Paulo Sérgio, Alexander Zickler
The best of both worlds for a passionate Liverpool and Bayern Munich supporter
Having fallen in love with Liverpool Football Club back in 2004 after seeing them play a pre-season friendly against Celtic in Hartford, Connecticut, there’s been no turning back for me; I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. The glory of winning the Champions League the following year in dramatic fashion in Istanbul, and the come-from-behind FA Cup win in 2006, dubbed the “Gerrard final”: I was quickly immersed in what it meant to be a supporter of one of England's most successful clubs and the true meaning of You’ll Never Walk Alone. Learning the history of the club and how important a role the club and the fans have played in finally bringing justice the the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster has meant the world to me, and Liverpool are a massive part of my life now.
Fast-forward to 2012, when I started streaming a lot Bundesliga matches in my college dorm, most often Bayern Munich matches. I quickly became infatuated with how well they played, how quickly they would move the ball, and how fast Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were on FIFA 2012. With their famous treble the next year, I became obsessed with Bayern, and was thrilled when Fox Sports acquired the Bundesliga rights a few years ago so I could actually watch them on T.V. instead of a laptop. Since I’ve been writing for Bavarian Football Works, my affinity for the club has grown exponentially as I’m constantly learning about the club’s history, how they’re run from top to bottom, and how amazing and diverse the supporters are across the globe.
For me, Saturday’s legends match serves as a look into a fantastic piece of history for both clubs, emulating what’s made them both so successful over the years. I’ve said it to many people before; Mia San Mia and You’ll Never Walk Alone go together like two peas and a pod, and they’re two mottos that mean the world to me.
The legends match likely won’t be on television aside from in England, but there will most likely be links online where you’ll be able to find it. I hope everyone who watches the match will enjoy it as much as I do!
Mia San Mia and YNWA, everyone!
Also, it goes without saying, but...Thank you/Danke/Gracias, Xabi!