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Rummenigge, somewhat more diplomatically, suggests that the club is working to make affordable tickets more accessible to ordinary supporters.
But the numbers element of it all is tricky enough to argue with and it’s no great surprise that he looks supremely confident a few minutes later as he sits at the club’s Säbener Strasse training ground and coolly observes: “We have an expensive team but we can finance it 100 per cent.”
In recent years it has become a good deal more expensive. Until 2006 or so, the club has a reputation for spending more conservatively than its major European rivals.
Success at home could be achieved anyway and the club, which had dominated on the international stage back in the early 70s thanks to a spectacularly talented side that included Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, seemed willing to accept that victories like the one in 2001 over Valencia in Milan would be the exception if the books were going to be balanced.
As their financial base has strengthened, however, the philosophy has shifted and the club has spent in order to achieve wider and greater success.
In 2007 Luca Toni and Franck Ribery were acquired for a combined €36 million and a year later Arjen Robben arrived for €25 million.
Since then they have struck upon a remarkably potent mix of locally grown talent, leading German players and the odd superstar import.
Things came together rather memorably last April and May in the Champions League semi-finals when they simply blew away a Barcelona team regarded by some not so long before as the game’s best ever. The score over two legs was as astonishing 7-0.
The home-grown players, like Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller and Bastian Schweinsteiger, have all come through the academy at Säbener Strasse, an impressive but compact facility in the suburbs of Munich where kids could be glimpsed training on adjoining pitches to the revered first team.
There are only five pitches plus some administrative offices, press and other facilities at the training ground and academy. The club’s historical attachment to the site, which is now surrounded by housing that makes expansion impossible, has apparently prevented a move to a new location out further from the city despite the fact that land was acquired for the purpose some years back.
As it is, Säbener Strasse is well known by locals, several hundred of whom turn up to seek autographs on the day we are there and during the school holidays up to 3,000 or so are allowed in to watch open training sessions. Few could argue with the success of the academy which is home to 11 teams and around 185 players, including a dozen or so from overseas who can be living on-site at any one time.