We continue our “Till I die …” series this week in Thailand, where we are absolutely delighted to be able to speak to die-hard FC Bayern München fan, Rungkaew Sammavuthichai, a young lady from Bangkok.
The chirpy Rungkaew (R) has followed the German giants for 14 years (!!) and has kindly agreed to spend time with us today.
FF Titan: Tell us why did you choose FC Bayern München over all other clubs (we know that English clubs are more popular in this region)
R: I have supported Bayern München since the World Cup 2002. I started to follow this football club because of Oliver Kahn. It started when I was 11 years old. I was doing my homework and I accidentally looked up to the television at the time and saw Oliver Kahn make a perfect save for Germany. I was so impressed that I started to follow him and watch the matches that Germany play. After I realised that he was from Bayern München, I started to follow Bayern München and became a fan of it too.
FF Titan: Who are your favourite players now?
R: My current number one favourite is Manuel Neuer. For some reasons, I usually like goalkeepers. The second one would be Philipp Lahm. He is such a great player. He is not only good at playing – he has good temperament and manners. We can hardly find a football player as polite (in the matches) as him. I like the others too, including Müller.
FF Titan: Who are your favourite players from the past?
R:Of course, Oliver Kahn. Oliver Kahn is the beginning of everything about football for me. Then I would add Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger. They are my favourite footballers. Actually I would like to mention Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski too. Miroslav Klose is one of the legendary player and I can still remember the old days when he played alongside Lukas Podolski. They got along together very well and it gave me a very nice feeling to see that.
FF Titan: Do you think Bayern can win the Bundesliga league title this season? What about the Champions League?
R: We will win Bundesliga for sure. I think all Bayern München’s fans are confident about that. For Champions League… It is hard to say. As a fan, I always go for our FC Bayern and I hope that we can be ‘Triple Champion’ again. The Champions League this year will be very interesting and exciting. Well, I would say I think we have a good chance to win it!
FF Titan: Do you watch Bayern games together with your friends in Bangkok? If there are Bayern fans going to Munich, where would you suggest that they go?
R: I always watch at home with my brother and sometime my aunt.
As for Munich, I would suggest Bayern fans to go… to Allianz Arena! They will go there for sure. Also, as I can remember, the Bayern München shop at München Hauptbahnhof is more interesting than at München airport. It was 3-4 years ago anyway, things may have been changed.
FF Titan: Is there a fan club in Bangkok/Thailand? If so, how can other fans in the region contact the club?
R: Yes there are and I believe the best way to reach the clubs are through Facebook.
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