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Champions League final facts and figures

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri May 18, 2012 2:30 pm

Bayern face Chelsea at Munich's Allianz Arena on Saturday evening in the biggest football final of the European season, with the winners assuming the mantle of the continent's best team. On the eve of the titanic showdown, has compiled a catalogue of interesting facts and figures relating to the 'Final at home' in the Bavarian capital city.

Fourth final in Munich
The final of the Champions League and its predecessor, the European Champion Clubs' Cup, has taken place in Munich three times in the past, in 1979, 1993 and 1997. On each occasion, Germany's biggest club was not involved in the competition. For the fourth final in the Bavarian capital, FCB not only entered the Champions League but have made it all the way to the decisive match.

One previous meeting with Chelsea
Bayern and Chelsea have only met once before in competitive action, in the 2004/05 Champions League quarter-finals. The Blues won the home leg in West London 4-2, and although FCB triumphed 3-2 at the Olympic Stadium, the Premier League side went through.

Superb home record
Bayern are nothing if not hard to beat at the Allianz Arena. FCB have won 13 of their last 14 matches in front of their home crowd, scoring 40 goals and conceding just six. The last defeat dates back to November 2011, a 1-0 reverse against Borussia Dortmund. The stat is near identical in the Champions League, where the Reds have won 13 of the last 14 home fixtures. The most recent loss was last season's Round of 16 tie against Inter Milan (3-2). Overall, FCB have contested 30 Champions League matches at the Arena, losing only three.

FCB's good record against English teams
The men from Munich have always done well at home to English teams in European competition. Of 16 matches, FCB have won 10 and drawn five, with a single defeat, a 2-1 loss to Norwich City in the 1993 UEFA Cup. Bayern remain undefeated at home to English teams in the Champions League/European Cup.

Chelsea's good record against German teams
Saturday's final will be Chelsea's 14th game against a German club. Of the previous 13 clashes, the Blues have won seven, drawn two and lost four, keeping clean sheets on eight occasions and making the next round in all three knockout ties. However, the men from London have been less impressive on the road with only one win in six away fixtures, a victory in Stuttgart in 2004, to go with one draw and four defeats.

Sharp shooter Gomez
Mario Gomez could end up as the leading scorer in this season's Champions League. The Bayern and Germany striker is currently on 12 goals for the competition, just two behind Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Mario has a stunning total of 20 goals from his last 17 Champions League appearances.

Heynckes aiming for triumph number two
Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 1998, and can become only the third coach to guide two different clubs to the title in its current form. The feat has only been achieved to date by Ottmar Hitzfeld with Bayern and Dortmund, and José Mourinho with Porto and Inter.
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