Sunday, August 19The Voice of London

The Sweetness Of Revenge And Bavarian Beer

London and Munich turned red ahead of the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Bayern. But the Bavarian’s showed once again how it’s done. Not just on the pitch.

Words: Ena Bilobrk, Subeditor: Jack Everitt 

The Red Dragon's occupying front row. Source: Ena Bilobrk
The Red Dragon’s occupying front row. Source: Ena Bilobrk

Bayern Munich are currently labeled as the best team in the world after only being beaten twice this season. Arsene Wenger’s squad travelled to Munich attempting to recreate the wonder of their last meeting, where Arsenal defeated Bayern 2-0. But as much as the Londoner’s wished to repeat the master plan of The Emirates, Bayern Munich’s class destroyed their dreams within ten minutes after goal-machine Lewandowski scored the first.

The mighty trembling of the famous ‘Südkurve’ infected numerous Bayern fans gathering in Old Street, London, to support their favourite team. Over a hundred devotees of the German champions and two Arsenal fans in the Bavarian Beerhouse cheered alongside 70.000 others in the Allianz arena.

Atmosphere and alcohol level rose equally to the number of goals due to the brilliance of Müller, Alaba and Paulaner Weißbier.

Arsenal fan enjoying Bavarian beer. Source: Ena Bilobrk
Traditional ‘Lederhosen’ have to be present. Source: Ena Bilobrk

Tiago and Xabi Alonso ran the show. The Spaniards controlled the midfield and played a huge role in creating most of the chances Bayern Munich had. And the Bavarian Beerhouse audience agreed youngster Kingsley Coman and newbie Douglas Costa played an essential role, as well. Thorsten, founder of the official UK Bayern Munich fan club ‘Red Dragons’ admits: “I wasn’t convinced about the Costa transfer, until recently. He is world class.”

During the second half Arsenal seemed to slowly find their way into their game, but seconds after Arjen Robben came on as a substitute he grabbed another goal. Olivier Giroud’s late goal was only a minor consolation for the out-gunned Londoner’s. Per Mertesacker summarized the match perfectly saying “Bayern are on a different level”, and so was the post-match party in the Beerhouse.

The pub is home to the Red Dragon’s, who were founded only two years ago and already count over 100 members that gather for every Bayern match. The Dragon’s even organise away trips, as Thorsten explained: “Some of us are traveling to Zagreb for the next Champions League fixture.”

Most of the people coming together to support their favourite team are long time citizens in London. Here they have found a home away from home. As great as London might be, the Bavarian’s proved that night that they are superior in beer and football. Whereas Arsenal have proven how bad English clubs are currently doing in the Champions League.

The teams chances of qualifying for the knockout stages are looking very low. In order to qualify for the Champions League Arsenal also has to hope Bayern beat the Greeks, which should be a done deal.