German National Soccer Team Show Support to Munich ’18 Bid

May 31, 2011

The Munich 2018 bid to host the Winter Olympics got an extra boost with the support of the German national soccer team having a bid rally moment right before their friendly victory over Uruguay.

IOC vice-president, viagra sale Thomas Bach said: “I am thrilled that Germany’s entire sporting community is behind the bid. Munich 2018 has an excellent partnership with the DFB [German Football Association].

“The celebration at the 2006 FIFA World Cup shaped the image of Germany very positively. We want to take that celebration to another level in 2018 with a ‘Festival of Friendship’ to inspire athletes and fans all over the world.”

Two time Olympic champion and bid chair, Katarina Witt, recalled the festive atmosphere during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, adding: “Everyone I speak to has fond memories of the warm welcome they received and the incredible atmosphere they experienced. So it’s great to know that German football is backing us, whether it’s individual players and sports ambassadors like Theo Zwanziger and Franz Beckenbauer – who are both on our Board of Trustees – or organisations like the German Football Association, the German Football League and the national team.

“Munich 2018 is a bid by athletes, for athletes – and our stars appreciate that.”

Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the German national team, added: “The 2006 FIFA World Cup showed what kind of passion a huge sporting event in Germany can generate. That’s why we all hope that Munich will win its bid to host the Winter Games in 2018. Backing the bid is just a natural step for us.”