When the party began to move from the lawn to the cabin, Linda Dallmann quickly grabbed the corner flag.

She lay down with it on the floor and triumphantly raised the pole again and again - like Oliver Kahn in Hamburg in 2001 after winning the title at the last second.

The women's team at the Munich club didn't make it so exciting 20 years later.

In the last second of the Bundesliga season finale against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, there was also a goal, but it was the 4-0 final score. The Munich women had already decided the championship match in their favor in the 90 minutes before. The colleagues on the bench, the coaches, the injured players had long been ready on the sideline to storm the pitch when Lea Schüller marked the end of a brilliant season with her goal.

“The world of football is okay,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the stands of the small stadium on the FC Bayern campus.

“The women are masters, the men are masters.

Now we are double champions.

It didn't happen that often either. ”For the third time after 2015 and 2016. After that, VfL Wolfsburg dominated the women's Bundesliga until this season.

Rummenigge criticizes

The pictures were a little like those two weeks earlier at the title break in the large Munich arena. Just a bit smaller, less pompous than the men, but with a little more improvisation. Instead of a stage on which the Bavarians had gathered for the ceremony, the women only had an arch under which they presented the bowl. The champions' shirts were only distributed with a slight delay, and what was forbidden for the men, the women simply did on Sunday: gave their trainer Sven Scheuer a proper alcohol shower on the field.

While at Scheuer “the feelings went a little roller coaster”, Simone Laudehr seemed a little melancholy at the end of her career when she won her first German championship title, Rummenigge took the triumph up in the stands as an opportunity to critically examine the situation in German women's football. "If I can pour some water into the wine," he said. "I think that the DFB has to develop further." Too little is being done to him in the Bundesliga compared to other nations such as England, Spain or Italy.

When it comes to marketing, television contracts and public image, the competition is ahead of the game. And this has sporting consequences. The last German team to win the Champions League was 1. FFC Frankfurt (now merged with Eintracht Frankfurt) in 2015, twice before that with VfL Wolfsburg. FC Bayern failed in the semi-finals at Chelsea this season. "We have to step on the gas in Germany in order not to lose our international connection," says Rummenigge.

A few days earlier, President Herbert Hainer had made similar demands in the Münchner Merkur and the tz.

"In order to promote women's football in Germany even better and to make it internationally competitive, we urgently need to work on the structures as a whole," he said.

Bayern have already done their job.

When Sven Scheuer came to Munich from SC Freiburg two years ago, Bayern drew up a four-year plan - with the aim of becoming number one among women as well.

You're halfway through, said Hainer.

"Of course we will continue to invest."

Potsdam has lost touch

It is no coincidence that the three best clubs in the women's Bundesliga - Hoffenheim is behind Bayern and Wolfsburg by far - also have successful men's teams and are integrated into their structures.

"The big clubs notice that we can and must bet on women's football," said Lina Magull, FC Bayern captain.

A few years ago, a club like Turbine Potsdam was the measure of all things, but this one has long since lost touch.

The former series champion from Brandenburg could not afford players like Saki Kumagai, who has won the Champions League five times with Olympique Lyon and is moving to Bayern for the new season.

Internationally, however, the Munich women are not among the very top addresses.

Not yet.

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