Germany attacking midfielder Thomas Mueller is geared up for his second visit to India with Bayern Munich.
Mueller, winner of the 'Golden Boot' at the 2010 Wold Cup, has urged youngsters in India to take up the sport ahead of the club's upcoming trip to the country.
Football is the best team sport in the world, (I'm) happy that more and more kids are playing the game in India, said Mueller, who will be leading a bevy of Bayern stars against India in Bhaichung Bhutia's farewell match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on January 10.
I am happy to come back after the visit to Kolkata and Siliguri in January 2009, said Mueller, who was voted the 'Best Young Player' at the last World Cup in South Africa.
Mueller's team-mate at Bayern, striker Mario Gomez said that the entire team was looking forward to the trip, organised by Audi.
The trip to India will be a big experience for us, as most of us have not been to India, Gomez, who had joined the German champion for a record transfer fee, said.
Two-time 'European Footballer of the Year', German legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who enjoyed great success with Bayern, said the club was happy to be sending its first team.
I have heard about the great experiences from our players and coaches when they travelled for (former captain and goalkeeper) Oliver Kahn's farewell match. We are now delighted to bring the full first team to India. Many of us are excited about the country, the city of Delhi, the people and their enthusiasm for football, said Rummenigge, who is currently the CEO at Bayern.
Coach Josef Jupp Heynckes said they would be looking to present themselves in the best possible manner.
We will want to show quality football and want to present ourselves in the best possible manner. Naturally, I would like to utilise the opportunity to learn more about Indian football, said Heynckes, who was part of the German squad that won the World Cup and the European Championship in the early 1970s.