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Triumphs, tears - and the trophy four times

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu May 23, 2013 8:50 pm

Bayern have won four of the nine finals they have contested in the UEFA Champions League and its predecessor, the European Champions Cup. On Saturday, 12 years after the most recent final victory, a dramatic triumph on penalties against Valencia in Milan, the current generation will attempt to emulate the likes of Stefan Effenberg and Oliver Kahn. details Bayern's history of Champions Cup and Champions League finals over four decades. This list does not include the club's one Cup Winners' Cup and one UEFA Cup finals, both of which ended in victory. Saturday's match is therefore the club's 12th European final.

Bayern's Champions Cup and Champions League final history:

15 and 17 May 1974 in Brussels: Just one minute before the end of extra time, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck saved Bayern from defeat by Atletico Madrid with a thundering drive from 30 metres. "Even Pelé couldn't have scored that one," said the big centre-back jubilantly after his goal had given Bayern a 1-1 draw. In the replay two days later, 22-year-old Uli Hoeness, playing "the game of my life", scored two terrific goals, as did Gerd Müller, and Bayern raced to a 4-0 victory over the tired Spaniards.

28 May 1975 in Paris: Franz Roth and "Der Bomber" Müller scored the goals that secured a 2-0 victory over Leeds United after a world-class display by Sepp Maier had kept Bayern's goal intact. The French referee denied Leeds a goal through a debatable offside decision as well as what looked a justified penalty, and was permanently banned by UEFA from officiating at matches in European competition. Hoeness suffered a knee injury that would subsequently cut short his career.

12 May 1976 in Glasgow: His winning goal in Bayern's 1-0 victory over French champions St. Etienne confirmed Roth as Bayern's Mr Europe, with three goals in four continental finals. It also marked the end of an era, even if club president Wilhelm Neudecker insisted at the celebratory banquet that "Bayern will fight to the death to win". The 20-year-old Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was so nervous he had to drink two brandies before kick-off.

26 May 1982 in Rotterdam: Bayern produced a barnstorming performance against Aston Villa in front of a 45,000 crowd, but there would be no happy end. Peter Withe's winning goal in the 67th minute doomed Paul Breitner and his colleagues to defeat and sent the club into a spiral of depression. "This season couldn't have turned out any worse for us if it had been planned deliberately," moaned coach Pal Csernai, despite the club's DFB Cup victory.

27 May 27 1987 in Vienna: Diminutive ball-wizard Ludwig Kögl scored the first headed goal of his professional career against Porto, but in 180 seconds Algerian Rabah Madjer's backheel and Brazilian substitute Juary's winner shattered Bayern's dream of a fourth Champions Cup triumph. "This is the most bitter defeat of my life," said outgoing coach Udo Lattek, "I can be thankful that I'm calling it a day." Captain Klaus Augenthaler missed the match after being sent off in the semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

26 May 1999 in Barcelona: "A match lasts 90 minutes", and Sepp Herberger's footballing wisdom was brutally driven home by Manchester United in the space of 100 seconds. After Mario Basler had given Bayern an early lead, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored in stoppage time to give the English team a 2-1 victory. Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld spoke for everyone at Bayern when he said: "The wound of Barcelona will always run deep."

23 May 2001 in Milan: Two years after that tearful final drama, Oliver Kahn and his team-mates finally made it to the summit of European football. Thanks to Kahn's penalty-stopping brilliance, the pain of Barcelona two years previously melted away. Hoeness could not contain his pride in "the best team in the world", and Franz Beckenbauer allowed himself to be gently mocked by the players.

"Stefan Effenberg said to me when I came into the dressing room: 'All in all, not so bad for an old men's team'," recounted 'Der Kaiser', who had sharply criticised the team as an "Uwe Seeler exhibition side" after they had lost 3-0 in Lyon in the second group stage of the competition. "I could only agree with him," Beckenbauer grinned. A 5-4 victory over Valencia in the penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw after extra time was the perfect end to the season.

22 May 2010 in Madrid: Nine years after the triumph in Milan, Bayern once again reached the final of Europe's elite club competition. FCB's opponents at the Bernabéu in Madrid were Inter Milan, who just like their German rivals, had already wrapped a domestic league and cup double. For Bayern, the evening was to end not in an historic treble, but in disappointment and dismay, as Argentine hitman Diego Milito struck on 35 and 70 minutes to seal the trophy for the Italians.

19 May 2012 in Munich: FCB were back in the final just two years later - and on their home ground too, where Chelsea provided the opposition at the Allianz Arena. Bayern dominated and Thomas Müller opened on 83 minutes as Munich closed on the trophy, but Didier Drogba converted the Londoners' first chance worthy of the name with two minutes left to send the match into extra-time.

Drogba gave away a penalty but Robben's spot-kick was saved by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech. And it was Drogba who put away the decisive penalty in the shoot-out as Bayern's dream of the trophy on their home field agonisingly crumbled.
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