Final Countdown for the Champions League Final - Three days to go

May 22, 2013

Since decades, Bayern Munich belongs to the “ivy league” of European club football.

The Bavarian club has won the Champions League four times and was part of alltime classic matches such as the 1999 final in Barcelona lost 2:1 against Manchester United in the two minutes extra time after leading for almost 90 minutes.

In the 70s, Bayern dominated Europa wit its golden generation. Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Mueller, Sepp Maier or Paul Breitner helped win the Champions League three times in a row (1974 – 1976), brealing the dominance of Ajax Amsterdam.

Today it seems as there is another glorious team on its way, with German national players Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jérome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger or Thomas Mueller – plus international champs such as Arjen Robben or Franck Ribéry. This Bayern team is on course for a historic triple, having already secured the Bundesliga (their 22 against Stuttgart on 1 June) and stands in line for the German cup (DFB-Pokal) in Berlin.

After losing in 2010 against Inter Milan and last year at the “Finale dahoam” (final at home) in the Allianz Arena in Munich against Chelsea, the team of manager Jupp Heynckes appears to have an unquenchable thirst to finally win again the most important trophy world's club football has to offer.

Bayern is quoted as favourite against Dortmund by many bookmakers. The FCB defence is, at times, unbreachable, the midfield a flexible pacemaker and the attack almost inevitably scores. In case Bayern wins in London, this could mark the beginning of a new era in European club football, with ex Barcelona wizzard Pep Guardiola taking over in Munich next season.

© German Embassy New Delhi

Bayern Munich – traditional powerhouse

Since decades, Bayern Munich belongs to the “ivy league” of European club football.