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Bayern Munich fans use high-rise to watch closed match

A group of 55 Bayern Munich fans determined to watch their team's match in Moscow last night paid £5,400 for a high-rise office space overlooking the Luzhniki Stadium.

They were joined by reserve team player Tobias Scweinsteiger, who tweeted the image below, explaining: "Where there's a will, there's a way."

UEFA forced CSKA Moscow to play the Champions League match behind closed doors as punishment for racist chants by their fans during a match against Viktoria Plzen in December 2013.

CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich line-up before kick-off. Credit: Reuters

The opportunistic group were rewarded for their troubles after Bayern collected all three points in a closely fought contest, thanks to Thomas Muller's first half penalty.

Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was unaware the supporters had paid to rent the office space, but later agreed to cover all costs.

"This was not known to us and my colleague Jan Dreesen has indeed paid the rent for the game," he confirmed.

Man United fans party in Munich ahead of big clash

Manchester United fans have descended on the city centre of Munich in Germany ahead of tonight's Champions League clash against FC Bayern Munich.

Manchester United fans one of whom sports a 'Pie Van Damme' tattoo. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Manchester United fans focus on history, tradition and glory. Credit: ITV News
A Manchester United fan in the centre of Munich. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Bayern Munich president sentenced for tax evasion

A German court has sentenced Bayern Munich's president Uli Hoeness to three and half years in jail for tax evasion.

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness Credit: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

Prosecutors had argued that Hoeness's voluntary disclosure - that he had failed to pay taxes - was incomplete and thus did not meet a vital requirement needed for amnesty under German tax laws designed to encourage tax evaders to come clean.

Hoeness has admitted he evaded 27.2 million euros in taxes on income earned in secret Swiss bank accounts.

The 62-year-old football manager was hoping for leniency in one of the most closely watched tax evasion cases in German history.

Drogba: 'Winning Champions League was the turning point'

Didier Drogba will leave Chelsea when his contract runs out at the end of June, the club announced today.

"Winning the game was the turning point, " he said. "That's why I decided - we made history all together and I want people to remember that - and I think that's the best time to move on."

Drobga's winning penalty saw Chelsea crowned champions of Europe on Saturday.


Chelsea confirm Didier Drogba is leaving club

Didier Drogba hoists the Champions League trophy during a parade in London on Sunday. Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Chelsea Football Club has confirmed that Didier Drogba will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of June.

In a statement on the club's website, Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said: "Didier is undoubtedly a Chelsea legend and will always be part of the Chelsea family. He is certainly leaving on a high after Saturday night but he feels the time is right for a new challenge."

Drogba added: "It has been a very difficult decision for me to make and I am very proud of what we have achieved but the time is right for a new challenge for me."

The 34-year-old scored the winning penalty as Chelsea were crowned Champions of Europe on Saturday night.

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Didier Drogba 'to leave Chelsea' for 'another adventure'

With what looks likely to be his last kick for the club, Didier Drogba's penalty wins Chelsea the 2012 Champions League. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Didier Drogba has confirmed he plans to quit Chelsea following his Champions League final heroics, according to reports in France.

Drogba, who has reportedly already agreed a deal to join Shanghai Shenhua when his Chelsea contract expires this summer, is said to have admitted he struggled to get the words out and burst into tears.

"We will no longer be together next season," the 34-year-old said in quotes attributed to France Football magazine.

"As I decided to leave, I wanted to tell them straight in the eye.

"Except that I could not do it. They made me crack.

"But I could not see myself sitting on the bench to watch others play when the club plans to set up a new team.

"So that's it - I am preparing for my leap into the unknown. It's going to be another adventure."

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