I had read an article about Michael Ballack that said he loved nothing more than enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Bavarian Alps and he would never consider a move to the Premiership so with that in mind, off I went to Munich. Marvellous what £6 million a year can do to change your mind!!

The game turned out to be a violent encounter with Salihamidzic who scored the one and only goal and Andreas Gorlitz (TSV 1860) both being sent off. Oliver Khan, Roy Makaay, Roque Santa Cruz, Bixente Lizarazu, Claudio Piazzaro were also on show that day together with a young Bastian Scheinsteiger who caught the eye as one to watch.

I flew into Munich International Airport from Newcastle on a HLX flight and returned to Birmingham airport on a German Wings flight. When I arrived I took the train to the centre of town.Trains S1 and S8 run to various stations in Munich, including Munich Hauptbahnhof, Marienplatz, Laim and Ostbahnhof. From these stations it is possible to connect to other major German cities.

I booked a hotel on the internet. I stayed at the Hotel Drei Löwen which lies in the heart of the city just 50 meters from the main train station.