Bayern set for Qatar training camp
European and club world champions Bayern Munich head for Qatar on Sunday for a nine-day winter training camp in the Gulf state.
"When we get there, we have everything we need to prepare for the forthcoming challenges," commented Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Thursday.
The Bavarians have not trained since beating Raja Casablanca in Marrakech to win the Club World Cup on December 21, completing a remarkable haul of five trophies in 2013, following their triumphs in the Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup and European Super Cup.
Pep Guardiola's side will take on Sudanese champions Al-Merrikh in Doha on January 9 and, on their way home, will stop off in Kuwait for a friendly against local champions Kuwait SC on January 13.
Bayern do not return to competitive action until January 24, when they go to Borussia Moenchengladbach.
They are seven points clear of Bayer Leverkusen with a game in hand at the top of the Bundesliga.