European giants Bayern Munich abruptly 'CANCEL their tour of Australia over money worries' just weeks before they were due to arrive Down Under
- Were scheduled to play an A-League All Stars match
- Reportedly asked for over $8million to come to Australia
- Tour cancelled when funding did not happen
Bayern Munich, one of the most successful football clubs in the world, will not be coming to Australia to take on the A-League All-Stars due to financial constraints.
According to German newspaper Bild, the Australian tour that was scheduled to take place at the end of May has been cancelled because the organisers were unable to meet the club's financial demands of 4-5million euros ($6.7 to $8.3million AUD).
The cancellation will be a major blow for football fans in Australia who have now been robbed of the chance to see some of the world's best players in action.
The A-League All-Stars concept returned last year with a match against Spanish giants Barcelona, which attracted over 70,000 fans to Accor Stadium in Sydney.
The All-Stars team comprised players from the national competition and was coached by Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke.
Aussie football fans will be shattered by the news Bayern Munich won't play an A-League All Stars side now that their tour has reportedly been cancelled over financial constraints
Around 70,000 fans turned out for the friendly match between FC Barcelona and the A-League All Stars at Accor Stadium in Sydney last year - and Bayern could have drawn the same sort of numbers had the tour gone ahead
Sergio Busquets signs autographs for the crowd after an FC Barcelona training session during the Spanish giants' visit to Sydney in 2022
Bayern Munich was expected to bring a star-studded lineup to Australia, including former Liverpool player Sadio Mane, German internationals Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane, and Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt.
The club has won six European Cup/Champions League titles and is widely regarded as one of the most glamorous and successful teams in football.
While the announcement will be disappointing for Aussie football fans, it will be a relief for the Germany-based players, who would have had to endure a grueling 30,000 kilometers of air travel to get to Australia and back.
'Well it would've helped if they played more than a single game after coming all the way here,' a fan posted.
Despite the setback, Bayern Munich is not giving up on its plans to promote the club in the Asia-Pacific region.
In preparation for the 2023/24 season, the club will be embarking on a tour of Japan and Singapore in late July. The tour will include a training camp and several test matches, including one against Kawasaki Frontale.
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