FCDallas.com asked midfielder Ricardo Villar for some thoughts about a match he played in Allianz Arena – the venue of this weekend’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Here’s what he had to say on the match and the city:
FC Kaiserlautern vs Bayern Munich in 2006 at a packed Allianz Arena – 68,500 people. We lost 1-0, but the experience was memorable. The feeling of entering that field was incredible, almost as if you were floating. It was the best stadium built to date at the time, right after the 2006 WC in Germany.
I remember walking up in the tunnel just thinking I was going to score on Oliver Kahn that day and my friends and family could see it, since it was live on TV in Brazil, too.
As the teams walked up and met at the tunnel, I stared at him, focused and determined and he just happened to glimpse back back down at me with that gigantic head of his. I don't know why he looked so angry, but it felt like being stared by a lion in the zoo.
Needless to say, I did not come even close from scoring. It also did not help the fact that I came in at right mid against Lahm, who is like a energizer bunny on steroids.
What a city and beautiful stadium to host the final. Few hints from someone who lived in Munich for 5 years for whoever will be heading over:
- Do not drive to the stadium. Take the s-bahn. It is the easiest thing, beats traffic and what a atmosphere!
- Try to reserve if all possible a place at Hugo's Pizza and order either the Truffel Pizza or the salmon and ruccola.
- Hit the Spatenhaus, a typical Bavarian restaurant on the end of Maximilianstrasse. Get the duck with dumplings or the schweinshaxe
- Walk around the English garden If you find time and have a Mass at the Beer Garden, otherwise stop by the Hofbrauhaus downtown.
- If you have time, I would take an hour train to Salzburg, Mozart's city, and sightsee the old town and castle before having dinner at the Casino in yet another castle by the Red Bull stadium. Surf and Turf and Play ;). If you went that far, another 20 minutes to the Mondsee will take your breath away.
- Stop by Red Bull Hangar 7 on your way back and see how Mateschitz plays with planes like we do with Legos.
Congratulations to Jim Schnyder for this photo entitled "Wake Up Call." Jim will receive the following package courtesy [ yellow tail ] for this Saturday:
o 8 tickets in the [ yellow tail ] yellow card row for May 19 match vs Philadelphia Union
o Limo transportation to and from the game for winner and 7 guests
o VIP greeting upon arrival at FC Dallas Stadium
o On-field for warms ups
o Deliver Coin Toss
o Complimentary glass of wine
o Complimentary pictures from the night
Thanks to everyone who submitted photos.
It's hard to have confidence in this FCD group, since they keep finding ways to finish the game with 10 or fewer men. But that was the case early last year as well, and they still put together a good season. They'll be hoping to repeat that formula.
It will be a big Soccer Saturday on May 19 and FC Dallas has the perfect way for you to take it all in with our Londoner Pub Crawl.
$25 gets you a discounted ticket to the FC Dallas game and a round trip seat on the shuttle from The Londoner Addison to The Londoner Frisco/FC Dallas Stadium and back.
Get yourself to The Londoner Addison for the UEFA Champions League watch party. Kickoff for Bayern Munich vs Chelsea is around 1:45 pm CT.
Bus transportation after the match from Addison (bus leaves at 4:45PM) will take you to The Londoner Frisco.
Then, join us inside FC Dallas Stadium beginning at 6PM for Lamar's Tailgate and to cheer on FC Dallas for our 7:30 pm match vs Philadelphia.
Post-match buses will take you back to The Londoner Addison.
It will be a great day of soccer, so sign up now.
Castillo scores to give FCD a 0-1 lead over Columbus.
Justin Meram (Columbus Crew) right footed shot from outside the box makes it 1-1 in second half.
Sebastian Miranda (Columbus Crew) header off a corner kick makes it 2-1, Crew.
Second yellow card earns Zach Loyd an automatic red in second half.
Chris Seitz with a save in the second half.
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games missed so far by Ricardo Villar since being taken down in match vs New England
game missed by New England's Shalrie Joseph for his tackle on Villar, a retroactive one-match suspension by Disciplinary Committee
NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Seattle Sounders FC defender Zach Scott one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo in the 75th minute of the May 9 game. Scott received a yellow card during the match.
Scott will serve his suspension this Saturday when Sounders FC host Real Salt Lake at 9:00 p.m. CT.