Audi Cup 2011: onrush of the football fans
- Some tickets still available for the tournament in the Allianz Arena
- ZDF broadcasts live from Munich on July 26 and 27
- Bayern, Barcelona, Milan and Porto Alegre play for tournament honors
The latest Audi Cup has not only four of the world’s best football teams on the pitch, but also an impressive number of spectators on the terraces: over 128,000 visitors have already ordered tickets for the Allianz Arena on July 26 and 27 and only a few tickets remain as a result. The FC Bayern newcomers like Manuel Neuer or Rafinha can look forward to packed grandstands in their first game in Munich.
The opening game of the Audi Cup 2011 kicks off at 18:15 on Tuesday, July 26: Champions League winner FC Barcelona opens the tournament against the skilful Brazilians SC Internacional de Porto Alegre. In the second semi-final at 20:45 FC Bayern Munich faces the guests from AC Milan. In the process, newcomers to the German record champion such as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, striker Nils Petersen or defender Rafinha will make their international debut in front of the home fans. At the same kick-off times on Wednesday, July 27 the play-off for third place is held first before the final concludes proceedings afterwards. The ZDF is also live in the stadium once again.
A glance at the calendar is sufficient to know that the Audi Cup in 2011 is also much more than just a friendly tournament: FC Bayern Munich must travel to Braunschweig for the first round of the DFB trophy just five days after the final in Munich. In order to give every team the best possible preparation for the new season the matches consist of two halves of 45 minutes. If the score is level after 90 minutes the match is decided immediately and without extra time by a penalty shoot-out.
If the Audi Cup follows its rather short but exciting tradition the fans can look forward to plenty of exciting action: during the tournament’s premiere two years ago both matches on the final day were only decided by penalties. At that time FC Bayern Munich won the Audi Cup after beating Manchester United.