and the big moment has arrived: The delegation from FC Bayern is greeted with loud cheers. On stage to welcome the fans were airport managing director Andrea Gebbeken, FC Bayern merchandising manager Jörg Wacker, FC Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, team manager Carlo Ancelotti and two players: Franck Ribéry and Javi Martinez. Video messages from David Alaba, Mats Hummels and Thiago were transmitted to the big screens mounted on the Meta Twist Tower.
Andrea Gebbeken then helped Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Carlo Ancelotti to press the button. After a loud bang and a puff of smoke, the curtain drops, revealing the new shop. "It's a big part of our identity that we're not just any airport," said Andrea Gebbeken. "We want our guests to know that they're in Bavaria and in Munich. That's why Bavarian brands have such a strong presence in Munich Airport's retail world – and naturally FC Bayern, as a big ambassador of Bavaria, has to be part of that." Karl-Heinz Rummenigge returned the compliment: "We feel very much at home here at Munich Airport. FC Bayern travels a lot, and this is one of the world's best and most modern airports."
Autographs and selfies with the stars
"The new store is amazing. It's a little cold today, but we're very happy to be here," said Javi Martinez as he toured the shop. He then shrugged off the icy conditions to stand for over an hour signing autographs alongside his teammate Franck Ribéry. A few fans at the back of the line went away disappointed when team manager Ancelotti signaled to the two players to finish up: It was time to leave for a training session in Munich.