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FC Bayern Munich in India – Flashback 2005

FC Bayern München II in India (2005)

German giants FC Bayern Munich will face the Indian national team in the “Audi Football Summit” on January 10, 2012. The match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi will be another highlight in the long and strong association between the Bundesliga outfit and Indian football.

The association on the pitch might be the most remembered one by many football fans, but Indians shouldn’t forget the club’s commitment off the pitch. The Germans, well known for their strong social and charitable commitment, didn’t hesitate to provide their help to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. Bayern donated a certain percentage of the gate proceedings from their Bundesliga match against Hansa Rostock (March 19, 2005) to children in Chennai, who suffered from the tsunami.

Bayern Munich started their on-pitch activities in India in the same year, when the Bavarians visited Kolkata with their 2nd team. The team coached by Hermann Gerland and his assistant Gerd Müller took part in the 111th IFA Shield 2005.

The Bayern team arrived in Kolkata on November 29, 2005 and they were welcomed with huge fan and media interest. The presence of former Germany striker Gerd Müller in the “City of Joy” even increased the interest in the visiting team and their activities in Kolkata.

The young team and officials checked-in at the “Hotel Hindusthan International “, before the proceeded to the Salt Lake Stadium just hours after their arrival to watch the second group stage match of the day. Mohun Bagan AC won the match 1-0 against Mohammedan Sporting Club through a goal by Gley Yao Rodrigue, while Bayern Munich were handed a direct entry to the semi-final.

The Bayern contingent was able to soak in the atmosphere at the flood-lit stadium for a very first time and the team was able to have a look at their semi-final opponents.

FC Bayern Munich II took on Mohammedan Sporting Club in the semis of the 111th IFA Shield 2005 in-front of approximately 35,000 fans on December 2, 2005. The visitors had their difficulties to find the target against an in-form Gopal Das in the Mohammedan Sporting goal. It was only in the 82nd minute of the match, when a goal by substitute Stefan Fürstner gave FC Bayern Munich II the lead. Michael Görlitz doubled the lead in the 90th minute to seal Bayern’s spot in the final.

The youthful Bayern team played the final of the tournament just two days later against surprise finalists EverReady SA. FC Bayern Munich II overcame EverReady SA with the expected ease and lifted the 111th IFA Shield 2005 with a convincing 5-1 win. José-Luis Ortiz (2x), Michael Stegmayer, Stefan Maierhofer and Georg Niedermeier hit the target for the Germans, while Lal Kamal Bhowmick scored the lone goal for the Indians.

Bayern thereby became the second European team to win the prestigious competition, while young Bolivian José-Luis Ortiz also created history. The Bayern youngster became the first foreigner to score more than one goal in the IFA Shield finals.

But the German club didn’t restrict their journey to India to their assignments on the pitch. The Germans used the chance to visit the famous “Missionary of Charity”, a congregation established by Mother Teresa.

Bayern Munich handed over a donation to Sister Nirmala, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity and paid their respect to the work of the congregation.

The German club also conducted a training clinic for kids in cooperation with their sponsors Adidas a day before the semi-final. The kids were thankful to receive such an opportunity to train with Bayern’s 2nd team and legendary Gerd Müller.

This first historic visit by a Bayern team was just the beginning of many more activities in India by the Germans…

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111th IFA Shield 2005 – Statistics

December 2, 2005 – Semifinal
FC Bayern Munich II 2-0 Mohammedan Sporting Club

1-0 Stefan Fürstner (82′), 2-0 Michael Görlitz (90′)


FC Bayern Munich II
Jan Schlösser, Michael Stegmayer, Georg Niedermeier, Christian Saba, Philipp Rehm, Matthias Zimmermann, José-Luis Ortiz (46′ Michael Görlitz), Rainer Storhas, Markus Steinhöfer, Fabian Müller (63′ Stephan Fürstner), Stefan Maierhofer

Mohammedan Sporting Club
Gopal Das, Bijay Basfore, Wajid Ali, Suley Musah, Mir Farroq Hyder, Suman Datta, Satyajit Bose, Palash Karmakar, Jiten Rai (51′ Mohammed Mukhtar; 90’+1′ Bilal Ahmad Wani ), Okonji Onyelo Patrick D’Souza, Mputu Bolwe

Christian Saba (FC Bayern Munich II)


Yellow Cards
Palash Karmakar (14′), Bijay Basfore (26′, both Mohammedan Sporting), Philipp Rehm (36′), Michael Stegmayer (71′), Christian Saba (78′, all FC Bayern II)
Yellow-Red Card
Palash Karmakar (38′, Mohammedan Sporting)

Dave Roberts (England)


December 4 2005 – Final
EverReady SA 1-5 FC Bayern Munich II

1-0 Lal Kamal Bhowmick (22′), 1-1 José-Luis Ortiz (28′), 1-2 Michael Stegmayer (51′), 1-3 Stefan Maierhofer (54′), 1-4 Georg Niedermeier (59′), 1-5 José-Luis Ortiz (84′)


EverReady SA
Shibram Dey (58′ Nasibul Haque), Akshay Das, Anupam Sarkar, Amulya Mondal, Muzaffar Rehman, Crispin Chetri, Dhiman Sinha, Lal Kamal Bhowmick, Snehashis Chakroborty, Chibueze Francis Maduako, Theodore S Wrobeh (49′ Ratan Das)

FC Bayern Munich II
Jan Schlösser, Philipp Rehm, Georg Niedermeier, Christian Saba, Markus Steinhöfer, Matthias Zimmermann (46′ Michael Görlitz), José-Luis Ortiz, Fabian Müller (46′ Stephan Fürstner), Michael Stegmayer, Rainer Storhas, Stefan Maierhofer

Lal Kamal Bhowmick (EverReady SA)


Chibueze Francis Maduako (50′, EverReady SA); Philipp Rehm (46′, FC Bayern II)

Dave Roberts (England)