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Bayern yet to win at famous Mestalla

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:00 pm

The Mestalla Stadium in Valencia is one of football's true landmarks, an arena rich in tradition with three steeply raked tiers, the crowd hard up against the touchlines, and up to 53,000 passionate supporters. It is FC Valencia's home fortress, and the Spaniards believe it could hand them an edge in Tuesday evening's clash. "Bayern Munich are one of the best teams in the world, but we have the Mestalla. We're unbeatable at home," said defender Adil Rami.

A glance at the stats shows just how strong Valencia are on their own turf. They have won seven, drawn one and lost none at home this season so far, and are unbeaten in their last eight Champions League matches at the Mestalla. The last European reverse dates back to 29 September 2009, when Manchester United came away with victory by the only goal of the game. The Spaniards have won their last four home matches in Europe's elite club competition.

FCB boss Jupp Heynckes knows all about Valencia''s strong showings at home. The 67-year-old has taken his various clubs (Bilbao, Tenerife, Real Madrid) to the Mestalla seven times, coming away with five defeats, one draw and just one win. And Bayern have always found the going tough at the stadium. Tuesday's visit will be the fourth by Germany''s biggest club, but Munich have yet to win at the ground which opened in 1923 and has been refurbished and extended several times since then. recalls previous clashes at the iconic stadium.

European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final first leg, 14 February 1968
Bayern made their first appearance at the Mestalla as holders of the European Cup Winners' Cup. The quarter-final first leg in February 1968 saw a Munich side captained by Werner Olk and also including Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller secure a 1-1 draw. Vilar handed the home side a sixth minute lead, but a Mestre own goal on 77 minutes made for a stalemate. Bayern ultimately reached the semi-finals with a 1-0 victory in the return in Munich a month later, Müller applying the vital finish.

UEFA Cup first round first leg, 10 September 1996
FCB once again arrived as holders, this time of the UEFA Cup, but the first match of the new European season ended in disaster as Giovanni Trapattoni''s side fell 3-0, with Alexander Zickler seeing a red card two minutes from time. Munich patently underestimated their opponents, who had yet to win at that stage of the season. The attitude was "like you'd expect in a friendly against a sixth division team," fumed FCB president Franz Beckenbauer. Engonga (20, pen), Lopez (27) and Moya (48) scored for the home side, and although Navarro''s own goal handed FCB a 1-0 victory in the return at the Olympic Stadium two weeks later, the Spaniards made the next round.

Champions League group stage Matchday 4, 20 October 1999
Munich and Valencia were unbeaten and level on points when they met at the Mestalla in the fourth group match, with the game almost predictably ending deadlocked at 1-1. Ilie (11) and Effenberg (18, pen) traded the first-half goals. After the final round of group fixtures, both teams made the last sixteen, Valencia in first place and Bayern as runners-up. The Spaniards' team included two players who are still serving the club, current boss Mauricio Pellegrino at centre half, and David Albelda, then 22 but now 35, who featured in defensive midfield and could yet face FCB on Tuesday.
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