Football: Bayern rule out wild weekend title celebrations

Bayern Munich have ruled out the possibility of a major celebration this weekend, even if they wrap up the Bundesliga title in record time.

Should the Bavarian giants beat Hamburg at home, and reigning champions Borussia Dortmund fail to win at Stuttgart, then Bayern would become champions with seven matches still to play.

Never before would a German championship have been sealed so early in the season.

But with a crucial Champions League quarter-final, first leg to come next week against Italian champions Juventus, Bayern have no plans on hosting a party.

"Obviously it would be an incredible moment but one we'd only be able to savour very briefly," the club's sporting director Matthias Sammer told Bild.

"Preparation for the Juventus match will start immediately (after the Hamburg game) with a meal together at the stadium.

"We have to start the recovery process, physically as well as mentally, straight away. After that it's off home and that's all."

In any case, the trophy will not be presented to Bayern's players this weekend, according to German Football League official Andreas Rettig.

"I can already rule out the trophy being presented this weekend. Firstly the champions have to be known and then, when that's the case, they have to make an official request to us (to be presented with the trophy) before the final match of the season, for example for the final home match," he told Die Welt website.

Bayern currently lead Dortmund by 20 points with eight matches to play.