Bayern Munich is Germany’s best known club team but they are 100% Bavarian at heart. And to show-off their Bavarian roots, the Bundesliga leaders allowed themselves some downtime to close out this year’s Oktoberfest at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent.
Pep Guardiola and his boys got dressed in their finest lederhosen to head down to the Wiesn for one of the club’s annual traditions. But the most surprising part of this team beer drinking and pretzel eating bonding event is that the players bring their wives and children in tow wearing their dirndl and lederhosen, respectively, as well.
Thomas Muller was happy to get things started and eager with his wife Lisa probably asking, ‘Thomas can you really drink that much beer?’
There was no hesitation from first-year Bayern player and Polish international Robert Lewandowski who was right at home with the liter beer in hand and Anna Stachurska along for the ride.
Recently retired Germany captain and current Bayern captain Philip Lahm was forced to sit at the kid’s table with his wife Claudia and son Julian and could only eye his beer during clap-alongs.
This is Xabi Alonso’s first stop in Germany but despite his Spanish roots knew exactly what to do making sure he had a beer in hand before he even got inside and with the entire family by his side.
David Alba was still bright-eyed along with girlfriend Katja Butylina.
Manuel Neuer was briefly contained…
Only to remember he is the goalkeeper and can make his own path to the bar.
Arjen Robben appeared to be in his Dutchboy costume rather than lederhosen but he can be forgiven for that.
Dante and Rafinha’s wives appear to like dress-up more than their husbands although Carolina appears to be more Cinderella than German bar maid.
Somehow, Thiago Alcantara, opting for a prep school look, and his girlfriend Julia Vigas missed the memo entirely.
Guardiola was happy to point out he could drink more than his wife Cristina.
But looked to pay the price with his blank sideline stare later in the day.
And of course Franz Beckenbauer was on hand to keep an eye on the event as it unfolded.
Apparently Der Kaiser had no problems with the beer drinking but wanted to know where Alonso found that funny hat.
Do you want to go and hang out with the Bayern team at next year’s Oktoberfest? Start making your plans today. The event runs from September 19 – October 4 in 2015.