Bayern’s Asian promotional drive has already featured visits to Japan and China, and is now set to incorporate Indonesia and India on a ten-day post-season tour of the region, the club announced on Tuesday. The aim is to drive awareness of and affinity to the German Bundesliga in general and the Bayern Munich brand in particular.On 17 May, a day after the final Bundesliga match of the season against Hertha BSC Berlin, a Bayern delegation will set off for Jakarta ready for a friendly match against the Indonesian national team three days later. The Munich party then moves on to China for the Allianz Cup return leg against the Chinese Olympic football team in Guangzhou on 24 May, before a third and final exhibition match in India on 27 May against Mohan Bagun AC, the oldest club in Asia . "We’re delighted that Bayern will play on 27 May in Kolkata [Calcutta]," commented Indian Consul General J.S. Mukul at a news conference in Munich on Tuesday. “Bayern will attract a great deal of attention in India and bring a new dimension to the Bavarian-Indian relationship. This is the beginning of a good footballing partnership between India and Bayern." as published on the official website of Bayern Munich.
The match against Mohun Bagan AC will assume a greater significance since it is set to be the great Oliver Kahn’s farewell match for Bayern as a professional footballer.
“All the top Bayern stars will be there at the Salt Lake Stadium on May 27,” Though a clutch of Bayern’s internationals, including Franck Ribery, Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose, will be away preparing for the Euro 2008 in Switzerland, Rummenigge promised that the club would field a “high quality team” featuring the likes of Mark van Bommel, Martin Demichelis, Lucio, Ze Roberto, Daniel van Buyten and Andreas Ottl alongside captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn. The tour will be the last appearance for the former World Cup captain, who will hang up his boots at the end of the season.
Bayern Munich also plan to hold training sessions in Calcutta for kids and youths together, led by Ottmar Hitzfeld and Michael Henke. Exceptionally talented youngsters may be invited to the FC Bayern Football School in Rust forfurther skills training, supervised by qualified coaches.