Club Crawl: FC Bayern Argentina
In this edition we will be heading back to South America to hear how Bayern fans in Argentina support their club from 11,500 km away.
|Location||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Active Members||48 and growing|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram|
Tell us the story of how your fan club was founded and what the fan club means to you and your members.
The fan club was officially created at the suggestion of Edgar Acero, a Bayern employee in the social networking area. We were given the tasks of filling out the form and sending it to Munich. Shortly after they received our request, we were made official. Our Argentinian fans were very happy because they no longer felt alone. Being a fan of a German club in Argentina is seen in a somewhat strange way, but the Fan Club united us all.
Where and how do you watch Bayern games? Do you have special traditions (e.g. chants, food, beer, etc.) that you follow on matchday?
Bayern’s Bundesliga games are usually around 10 am, so I often watch the games lying in bed or in the living room, with our traditional “mate” to start the day. Champions League matches are more intense, usually played around 4 pm, also with the “mate” hahahaha.
What has been your best experience as a fan so far?
At the moment the best experience was to have seen Der Klassiker with our peers. We met at noon for lunch, some beers and great time together. Thankfully we won 6-0 that day which was fantastic as it didn’t ruin our party. Many of us met that day and we got on quite well together.
How often do you or your fan club members come to Munich?
Unfortunately, almost none of us have managed to get to Munich. Getting to Europe is a long trip that requires a lot of money to be saved. Not everyone here has the ability to pay for it, but those who have managed to, have enjoyed it very much. They have told us their experience was incredible.
What do your family and friends think about you watching all those Bayern games early in the morning/late at night?
Fortunately, it has become normal for my family. They have always been very supportive. My friends also watch a lot of football (we studied sports journalism together at university). We always talk about matches and analyze them together.
What would be your dream as a Bayern supporter?
It would be a dream to get to visit Bayern’s stadium. Not only because I’m a fan of the club, but also because I’m a lover of German culture. I’d love to visit every inch of Munich, get to know its history and enjoy walks in the city. Of course, I’d also love to get to know some of Bayern’s old legends; specifically players like Martin Demichelis, who was very loyal to the club during his eight years in Munich.
How did you become a Bayern supporter in the first place?
Ever since I was a kid, I have always admired Bayern at an organizational, cultural and footballing level. They really are a very respected team all over the world. However, I didn’t become a passionate supporter until the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Bayern in 2013. I am a huge admirer of his philosophy and values. He added the passion I lacked for Bayern and, although he’s no longer there today, I’m still a fan of the club.
What differentiates you from other Bayern fanclubs in your opinion?
I think the main difference is the fact that we’re Argentines. We have passion incorporated into all our daily activities. We are known for football and for the euphoria in the stands of our stadiums. All these ingredients were added to the Fan Club and that’s what makes us different: the way we feel. We are Argentinians and we live life that way, very passionately.
Stay tuned for the next segment of our “Club Crawl” series as we make our way around the globe to give Bayern fan clubs a voice.