He has traveled around the globe in his various roles on numerous occasions. This time, Franz Beckenbauer was on the road on his own behalf. As ambassador of the Audi Cup, the honorary president of FC Bayern München traveled to Milan, Madrid and Tottenham to invite the clubs to the tournament at the Allianz Arena.
At Real Madrid, President Florentino Pérez welcomed the guest from Germany and presented him with his personal jersey of ‘The Vikings.’ Beckenbauer officially and personally invited the team to the Audi Cup. It will be Real Madrid’s first participation in the tournament to be held the first week of August.
In the London area of Tottenham, Beckenbauer initially visited the training grounds of the ‘Spurs’ together with Club Chairman Daniel Levy and was visibly impressed by the possibilities available to the first team and academy players. A meeting with the two Tottenham legends and club ambassadors during which a lot of stories were swapped was a special highlight of his visit to the UK. For Tottenham, the participation in the Audi Cup marks a premiere as well.
On his trip to Italy, Franz Beckenbauer met up with Audi Cup veterans. AC Milan has been on the pitch in all three of the previous tournaments, but is still waiting to score its first semi-final win. Together with Club President Adriano Galliani, Beckenbauer took a tour of the tradition-steeped club’s museum.
To invite the hosts, the prominent ambassador traveled the shortest distance, as the location of FC Bayern and its Chairman of the Board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Säbener Strasse in Munich is just a stone’s throw away. Beckenbauer used the opportunity for small talk with the employees and a lively conversation with Bayern Star David Alaba.
“It was highly interesting to take a look at the training conditions of the clubs. And the conversations with the club officials were very pleasant and inspiring,” says Franz Beckenbauer. He will be seeing them and the teams again on August 4 and 5 – at the Audi Cup at the Munich Allianz Arena.