The 21-time German Champions took over the cars on Wednesday, July 22, at the Audi Piazza in Ingolstadt, right before the two-day tournament to start (where the team has to face other renowned football teams, such as Manchester United, AC Milan and Boca Juniors, marking the 100th anniversary of the Audi brand).
“The partnership between FC Bayern and Audi officially started almost exactly seven years ago. Since then, we’ve jointly experienced numerous sporting highlights including four championships and four Cup wins,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board for Marketing and Sales of AUDI AG, during the official handover of the vehicles in Ingolstadt.
“We’re proud to be at the side of the German record Champion again this year and look forward to many more emotional moments on the field,” added Schwarzenbauer.
Players, coaches and officials received their cars with great enthusiasm, including the new recently signed players, Mario Gomez, Alexander Baumjohann and Danijel Pranjic, all selecting a black Audi Q7 with TDI engine each. National player Philipp Lahm, super star Franck Ribery and manager Uli Hoeneß are now driving a 580-hp Audi RS 6, while Holger Badstuber chose an Audi S3 Sportback.
“The vehicle handovers have become a cherished tradition and, secretly, one of the favorite dates on our players’ calendars,” said Uli Hoeneß. “Of course, the parade in Audi convertibles through downtown Munich would be the perfect conclusion of the season for us – but that’s still a long way to go.”