The Amazon Documentary is getting closer to Bayern Munich than ever before

Munich – “Men, I want you to hear it from me.”

Bayern Munich won 3-2 in Wolfsburg, Hansi Flick addressed a few words to the team. In April 2021, Munich took an important step towards the championship.

But the mood immediately calms down after Flick’s speech, and the faces of the players feel awkward. Because they know what will happen. Flick will announce his departure as coach of Bayern Munich.

The Amazon documentary “FC Bayern – Behind the Legend” begins with these scenes. The first two episodes premiered on Monday evening as a world premiere at the Arri Cinemas in Munich, and all six episodes will be available on Prime Video from November 2.

Filmmakers are getting closer to Bayern Munich

Flick’s farewell scene shows how close filmmakers Simon Verhoeven and Nepomuk von Fischer are to the team and the entire club. Above all, Fisher, who was a photographer who accompanied the recording champions with his camera step by step throughout nearly the entire 2020/21 season and shot nearly 2,000 hours of film material.

You can see the players at the hotel, on the plane, during physical therapy or in the locker room at halftime. The camera was also present in the games. “How good is Haaland? I’ll call his advisor tomorrow,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said at Bayern, when the Dortmund striker scored a goal against Munich. “But we’ll send him to the hairdresser beforehand,” team manager Kathleen Krueger replied with a laugh.

They are documented unusual scenes and conversations that fans usually don’t get to see. CEO Oliver Kahn discusses team planning with Salihamidzic, Flick prepares the team for the Club World Cup final, players work with the sports coach or shiver in the cold room.

Bayern opens its doors to win fans

Requests for such long-term documents have been repeatedly sent to Bayern Munich in recent years, and the record-breaking champions have now decided the time is right. As a global player, Bayern is fighting for fans all over the world and rivals like Manchester City have already opened up to documentaries and provided deep insights into the daily life of a very professional football team.

“25 years ago, we allowed a reporter to travel with us,” said Honorary President Uli Hoeness. On Monday’s premiere on the edge of the red carpet: “That was an absolute disaster. We swore we’d never do something like this again. That’s why I’m a little surprised that things went so well this time. It’s all just in time.”

Hoeneß, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, President Herbert Hainer, Salihamidzic, Giovane Elber, Martin Demichelis, Oliver Kahn, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller all watched the world premiere on Monday at the cinema and Muller was also initially skeptical. “I’ve always said if there were cameras in the locker room, I’d stop. But playing football is just so much fun right now,” the world champion says in the documentary.

Thomas Muller was also skeptical at first

“At first you think I don’t like him,” Muller said of photographer Fischer, but in the end, Bayern’s interpreter enjoyed space. In the first episode, Muller was the focus, with contemporary witnesses such as Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago mentioning what makes the 32-year-old such a special footballer.

In another episode, Salihamidzic and Alphonso Davies tell their stories about refugees, which are just as powerful as Kahn’s reflections on mental struggles during his playing days.

The history of Bayern Munich is told in archival materials

The documents begin with the Champions League win in Lisbon in 2020 and end with Flick handing over the coaching position to Julian Nagelsmann. On a different narrative level, the story of the disc heroes is told using archival material based on interviews with legends such as Hoeneß, Rummenigge or Franz “Bulle” Roth.

Bayern Munich has a reputation for being a polarizing club. You either love Bayern or hate them. But whether you’re a fan or not, the ‘Bayern Munich – Behind the Legend’ documents should interest both camps. Because the most successful football team presents itself in the six episodes as friendly and open as never before.

Christian Stowe

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