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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 24/10/2013

FC Bayern Munich plays divine football

The Czech champion football club Viktoria Plzen lost its Champions League qualifying match against FC Bayern Munich by a crushing 5-0 on Wednesday. The liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes is convinced that it watched the best team in the world in action: "We watched football gods. A team that dances in Flamenco rhythm and whose wingers take down any opponent as if they were Lego, and you can't tell who's the defender and whose the attacker. This team dominates the Champions League and only God knows how long this reign will last. Having the privilege of sitting in the full Allianz stadium was like a reward. You could see with your own eyes that a better team is forming than Barcelona with its outstanding Lionel Messi. Two years ago Plzen played against Barcelona. This trial of strength with Barça was a great experience. But yesterday we watched divine football. Amen"

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 26/04/2013

German football stronger than ever

The two German teams Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have given their Spanish opponents a thrashing in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League. This undeniable show of strength is no coincidence, the conservative daily Lidové noviny notes: "It's entirely logical. In Germany the football boom is plain to see everywhere you go: an army of sponsors, sold-out stadiums, a thrilling playing style, stars, goals and one-of-a-kind reporting. No European league is as healthy as the Bundesliga. Bayern sold 39,500 season's tickets well before the start of the season. Dortmund continually plays to a sold-out stadium holding over 80,000 spectators. This boom has come about thanks to financially healthy clubs, a focus on developing young talent, outstanding TV marketing and the German sense of discipline. The Bundesliga is flourishing and expanding all over the world. It's the first league whose games can even be watched in North Korea. An all-German Champions League final would only put the icing on the cake."

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