German giants Bayern Munich had it all with their golden generation. They still are the Bundesliga champions and fighting for credibility in Europe. Bayern Munich are a true German superpower and here are 10 matches that tell us why.
10. Bayern Munich 11 – 1 Borussia Dortmund, 1971-72 German Football Championship
Gerd Muller, a Bayern legend by his own right, led the Bavarians to a crushing victory against Dortmund, although the two sides were not locked in as intense a rivalry as it is today.
Muller scored four goals en route to the 12 goal thriller that saw Bayern put Dortmund to the sword.
9. Bayern Munich 3 – 1 FC Kaiserslautern, 2003 DFB Pokal Final
Bayern Munich rode on a brilliant display from Michael Ballack to bring home the DFB Pokal after a hard fought final against FC Kaiserslautern.
Oliver Kahn was the captain as Bayern finished the season with a double.
8. Bayern Munich 2 – 1 Borussia Dortmund, 2007-08 DFB Pokal Final
A brace from record Bayern signing Luca Toni meant Bayern coasted to a 2-1 victory in the final of the DFB Pokal against sworn rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Petric’s goal for Dortmund in injury time pulled the game to extra time before Toni settled matters with his 103rd minute strike.
7. Bayern Munich 1 – 0 Valencia CF, 2000-01 UEFA Champions League Final
Redemption for Bayern as a game of penalties went down to the wire with Oliver Kahn stepping up to the plate to bring home the Champions League to Munich.
Bayern had missed a penalty before they scored one in regulation time to reply to Valencia’s early lead through another penalty before the game went to penalties.
6. Hamburger SV 1 – 2 Bayern Munich, 2000-01 Bundesliga
Total drama unfolded at Hamburg as Bayern secured the 2000-01 league title at the expense of bitter rivals Shalke 04 thanks to a Patrik Andersson last minute freekick.
Shalke had done their bit at home but Bayern were not giving up as they scored from a freekick inside the box to spark mad celebrations.
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5. Bayern Munich 3 – 2 VFB Stuttgart, 2012-13 DFB Pokal Final
Having been crowned the champions of Europe and Germany, Bayern Munich were looking to be the first team to win the treble against Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal Final.
Fearless football and flawless execution from Jupp Heynckes’ side saw them register a 3-2 victory with goals from Muller and Mario Gomez.
4. FC Barcelona 0 – 3 Bayern Munich, 2012-13 UCL SF 2nd leg
Bayern Munich were determined to put their Champions League Final defeat in the background as they thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the semis of the Champions League 2012-13.
Bayern had already scored 4 at the Allianz Arena and followed it up with a 0-3 showing at the home of the Catalans, with a wonder strike from Arjen Robben.
3. Werder Bremen 0 – 4 Bayern Munich, 2010 DFB Pokal Final
Louis van Gaal’s Bayern finished with a double in the 2009-10 season, with them defeating Werder Bremen 4-0 in the Final of the DFB Pokal, the German Cup Competition.
A penalty started the slide before Bremen lost the plot and conceded abruptly.
2. Bayern Munich 2 – 0 FC Shalke 04, 2010 German Super Cup
The only trophy Bayern won in the season, the Super Cup was cherished on many fronts by fans as the double winning team of the season before failed on multiple fronts under Louis van Gaal, who was ultimately sacked at the end of the season.
1. Bayern Munich 2 – 1 Borussia Dortmund, 2013 UEFA Champions League Final
Bayern’s latest Champions League title came at the expense of rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in London when they came out on top 2-1 thanks to Arjen Robben’s late winner.