Bayern v. Beijing Guoan recap
And so, in earnest, began the 2012-2013 FC Bayern preseason campaign. Die Roten (Infraroten?) saw a chunk of the core of their team return from their post-Euro 2012 break with Holger Badstuber, Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller included in the team at various points.
As you might recall, over the weekend the German players who were just returning had to pass something called the “Lactate Test”, where they were apparently checked for lice, among other things. Anyways, besides the physician’s comb being designated a possible site of an oil contamination by the Umweltbundesamt after one pass through Mario’s hair, the lads ran a few laps and passed a general physical, supervised by something called a Dr. Peter Spitzenpfeil. Later that day the whole team (minus Basti, Lahm, Rafinha and Alaba) hopped on their very own Lufthansa and jetted to China’s capital, Beijing, who you may recognize from such performances as the 2008 Summer Olympics and the Tiananmen Square “Incident.” Beijing is also one of only seven cities in the world with three consecutive letters that have dots above them that are symmetrically placed in the middle of said city’s name.