The fourth edition of the Audi Cup features the highest-caliber participation to date. For the first time, teams from the four continental top leagues in Germany, Spain, England and Italy will be meeting on the pitch. A brief introduction of the participants.
FC Bayern München
The traditional host of the Audi Cup is the undisputed number one of the German football landscape. In their 50 years of Bundesliga membership, the ‘Bavarians’ have clinched one in two titles on average, making them the record champion with aplomb. The best season was achieved in 2012/2013 when FCB celebrated the ‘treble’ consisting of the Bundesliga title, Cup and Champions League wins. Since 2013/2014, the Spaniard Pep Guardiola has been head coach of the star players around Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry and Thomas Müller.
National Championship titles: 25
National Cup wins: 17
European Cup titles: 7
Audi partner since: 2002
Participations in Audi Cup: 3 (2 titles)
‘The Vikings,’ with ten titles in the Champions League and its predecessor competition, the European Champion Club’s Cup, to their credit, are the most successful football club in Europe. At regular intervals, the squad from the Spanish capital close deals for record transfers including world star Cristiano Ronaldo, among others. In the top ten of the most expensive football transfers, Real Madrid, alone, appears five times. The club finished the 2014/2015 season without a title win – ending the tenure of head coach Carlo Ancelotti. At the Audi Cup, the new head coach Rafael Benítez will be sitting on the bench.
National Championship titles: 32
National Cup wins: 19
European Cup titles: 12
Audi partner since: 2003
Participations in Audi Cup: –
As a long-standing Audi partner, AC Milan is the only club besides FC Bayern to have participated in each Audi Cup. ‘Milan’ celebrated their greatest triumphs in the late 1980s and early 1990s with world stars such as Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard. Following tenth place in the past Serie A season, the worst spot in 17 years, head coach Filippo Inzaghi – who used to be an active AC player himself for twelve years – was replaced by the Serb Siniša Mihajlović.
National Championship titles: 18
National Cup wins: 5
European Cup titles: 9
Audi partner since: 2007
Participations in Audi Cup: 3
Tottenham Hotspur has evolved into a top-flight club in the English Premier League. Six times in succession, the club from the London area of Tottenham took spots in the top six. Jürgen Klinsmann’s era with the ‘Spurs’ has left a lasting impression. Initially ridiculed as a ‘diver,’ he took everyone’s heart by storm and in 1995 was even voted England’s Footballer of the Year. At the Audi Cup 2015, the German fans can look forward to seeing Kevin Wimmer, who switched from 1. FC Köln to White Hart Lane this summer.
National Championship titles: 2
National Cup wins: 12
European Cup titles: 3
Participations in Audi Cup: –