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.