DOHA – Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich wrapped up on Thursday its winter training camp in Qatar, where the team, currently second place in Germany’s top-flight, had swapped subzero temperatures in southern Germany for the balmy climes of the Arabian Peninsula.
A number of locals turned out at the Aspire Zone Foundation complex in the Qatari capital to catch a glimpse of some of the team’s stars, such as forward Thomas Mueller, veteran Arjen Robben and keeper Manuel Neuer, who is widely considered to have the safest pair of hands in the world of soccer.
The team took part in various exercises, making the most of the warm weather before its imminent return to Munich, where they could be welcomed home by snow and temperatures sitting around -1C (31F).
Munich was set to play Hoffenheim away when the Bundesliga recommences on Jan. 18.
The German powerhouse was six points adrift of the top spot, currently held by Borussia Dortmund.
Qatar is set to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.