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Klinsmann, Hitzfeld, Kahn and Getafe

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Klinsmann, Hitzfeld, Kahn and Getafe

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:15 pm

The year 2008 was an eventful and successful one at Bayern. Ottmar Hitzfeld led the club to the 2007-8 domestic double in his final spell as head coach, while his successor Jürgen Klinsmann and his men have finished the year joint top of the Bundesliga with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. casts an eye back over the key milestones, many of which provoked a powerful emotional resonance and response.

11 January: Just a few days after the announcement that Ottmar Hitzfeld would not be extending his second spell at Germany's most successful club beyond the end of the season, FCB unveil Jürgen Klinsmann as the new man in the top job. The board pull off a sensational coup, as practically no-one had reckoned with the former Germany boss as Hitzfeld's successor. "We were looking for a man with progressive ideas reflected in the football he'd promote, and who can work with younger players. Jürgen combines all these qualities," comments general manager Uli Hoeneß.

1 February: Bayern restart their league campaign with a 2-1 win away to Hansa Rostock, pulling three points clear of Werder Bremen at the top of the table. Four days earlier, Hitzfeld's team seal a spot in the DFB Cup quarter-finals with a 5-2 win over third division Wuppertaler SV.

27 February: Bayern edge through to the Cup semi-finals after a thrilling 120-minute quarter-final fight with city rivals TSV 1860, although a Franck Ribéry penalty in stoppage time at the end of extra-time is the only goal separating the sides.

1 March: A Miroslav Klose strike hands Bayern their first-ever Bundesliga victory at Schalke's Veltins Arena. With 22 games played, FCB now lead the league standings by four points from Werder Bremen.

25 March: A week after a 2-0 defeat to Energie Cottbus, which would prove Bayern's solitary loss in the second half of the domestic season, Munich beat third-placed Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 to pull seven points clear of new second-placed rivals Hamburg. Four days earlier, Bayern book a place in the Cup final with a 2-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg.

10 April: The UEFA Cup quarter-final return goes down in history as the Miracle of Getafe. After a 1-1 draw in Munich, Franck Ribéry scores a minute from the end to send the tie into extra-time. The ten-man Spaniards somehow take a 3-1 lead, but Luca Toni strikes on 115 and 120 minutes to send Bayern into the semis on away goals. "I've been to Manchester, Madrid, Barcelona and everywhere that matters in the Champions League, but I've never seen anything like this. When we meet up again in ten years' time, we won't talk about Barcelona and the defeat to Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final, we'll talk about Getafe," a near-delirious Oliver Kahn comments at the final whistle.

19 April: FCB claim the DFB Cup with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Borussia Dortmund in Berlin, Luca Toni netting both goals. It is Bayern's 14th triumph in the domestic knockout competition.

1 May: Bayern fall 5-1 on aggregate to eventual winners Zenit St. Petersburg and exit the UEFA Cup at the semi-final stage. "Our opponents were in fantastic shape today, fresher and fitter than us, whereas our tanks looked a little empty," acknowledges chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Bayern had previously overcome Aberdeen (7-3 on aggregate), RSC Anderlecht (6-2 on aggregate) and Getafe (4-4, on away goals) in the knockout rounds.

4 May: A goalless draw in Wolfsburg is enough to seal a 21st German championship. With just three games left, FCB are ten points clear of second-placed Werder Bremen.test17 May: Ahead of the final Bundesliga fixture at home to Hertha BSC, the club wishes bon voyage to modern greats Ottmar Hitzfeld and Oliver Kahn. Hitzfeld, weeping as the board say their farewells, is to take the Swiss national helm, while Kahn ends his competitive career after 557 Bundesliga appearances. The 69,000 at the Allianz Arena also rise to acclaim five men who are also leaving, coaches Sepp Maier, Michael Henke, Bernd Dreher and Zvonko Komes, and striker Jan Schlaudraff. Luca Toni finishes as the league's leading scorer with 24 goals in his first season with Bayern. In 46 appearances, Toni amasses 51 scorer points (39 goals and 12 assists).

27 May: At the end of a nine-day trip to Asia, Oliver Kahn plays his final match in front of a 120,000 crowd in Kolkata, as the German visitors beat Mohun Bagan Athletic Club 3-0. "I think Oliver Kahn will remember this day for a very long time," Hoeneß remarks.

2 June: After a 14-month construction phase, the new FC Bayern ServiceCenter opens to the public at the Säbener Strasse.

30 June: A day after Germany lose the Euro 2008 final to Spain, a new era dawns at Bayern as Jürgen Klinsmann and a completely overhauled coaching team begin preparations for the new campaign at the Säbener Strasse. The former professionals' quarters have been transformed into a revolutionary Performance Centre. "This is unique. Real Madrid don't have one, nor do Barcelona. We're really proud of this," says Klinsmann, who has to wait a while yet before his Euro 2008 stars return to the club.
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