Synonymous with the Champions League, Bayern Munich are one of the most successful sides to have ever played in the competition and are widely regarded as one of the favourites to lift the title at the end of the campaign. Die Roten have become hugely popular around the world and have become one of the sides to watch in Europe’s elite club tournament, therefore it is hardly a surprise that the 75,000 capacity Allianz Arena is the place to be when the time comes for them to host a match in the competition.
Die Roten, as they are nicknamed, have had unbeatable squads throughout the decades that have seen some of the finest talent the sport of football has ever been able to produce. Whether it be managers such as Jupp Heynckes, who was also an incredible player in his own right, or men such as Robert Lewandowski, Michael Ballack, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Thomas Muller (and that’s just scratching the surface), it is no wonder as to why the club are heavily favoured each season.
Bayern Munich have been one of the most successful sides to have ever participated in the Champions League over the years, as they have managed to obtain no fewer than five titles, whilst they have also managed to reach 10 in total.
Those successes came in 1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/76, 2000/01 and 2012/13 with the first trio of titles having been achieved under the captaincy of Franz Beckenbauer, who is widely regarded as one of the best footballers to have ever played the game.
Of course, with so much success, there are bound to be a number of memorable moments involving the Bavarian giants; some that are positive, however there are iconic matches that have produced some not so great memories.
Some of the most positive, of course, include their title wins with the 2012/13 success standing out because of Ajen Robben’s late winner against Borussia Dortmund with just minutes to go, having beaten FC Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the semi-final to reach the final in the first place.
However, the 1998/99 Champions League final with Manchester United stands out for many invested in football, as the Germans saw their lead completely overturned inside the final two stoppage-time minutes of the game by Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Their 2011/12 appearance in the final at their home stadium will also want to be forgotten, as they were beaten by Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out.
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