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Bayern Munich plan subdued halftime celebration after criticism over last year

There will be no cringe-worthy NFL-style halftime show as Bayern celebrate their sixth consecutive Bundesliga championship.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 20: Players of Bayern Muenchen poses with the Championship trophy in celebration of the 67th German Championship title following the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena on May 20, 2017 in Munich, Germany. Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Sometimes once is more than enough: responding to the intense criticism the club received for its halftime antics last season, Bayern Munich will not repeat the embarrassing halftime show that derailed the final game last year, when singer Anastacia gave a widely panned performance, delaying the second half of the game by some ten minutes—and visibly embarrassing even some of Bayern’s players.

The move reflects the decision taken earlier this year by the DFB, which decided not to stage a similar halftime show during the DFB-Pokal final after a terrible performance by Helene Fischer last season inspired massive spectator protests. DFB president Reinhard Grindel stated,

I think our we have created a framework with our sports policy over the past season that makes it absolutely clear that the DFB-Pokal final is strictly about soccer.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 20: Singer Anastacia welcomes Arjen Robben of Bayern during the halftime of the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena on May 20, 2017 in Munich, Germany.
Robben and Anastacia during her halftime show last season, May 20, 2017. Never again.
Photo by Johannes Simon/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Images

This year at halftime, the club has announced that a presentation of Bayern legends from the club’s record-breaking 17 (ahem) 27 German championships. Players of yore and yesterday will be on hand for the festivities, including Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Oliver Kahn, Miroslav Klose, and Xabi Alonso.

The Bundesliga trophy and medals will be presented by DFL president Dr. Reinhard Rauball after the game at approximately 5:30pm local time. Then, of course, a championship photo-op and the always-exhilarating Weißbierdusche—the traditional shower in Paulaner Weißbier.

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