Five Classic Bayern Munich-VfL Wolfsburg Matches

Saturday sees the curtain raiser to the new 2015/16 Bundesliga season with champions Bayern Munich taking on DFB Pokal winners and league runners-up VfL Wolfsburg in the Super Cup.  (Televised live in the U.S. at 2:30pm EDT on Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes and also available on Fox YouTube channel).

The two best teams from last season go head-to-head at the Volkswagen Arena trying to clinch a psychological edge going into the new campaign. There have however been a number of cracking encounters between the two clubs down the years. Here we take a look at five of the best between FC Bayern and die Wölfe.

30/01/2015 Rückrunde revanche: VfL Wolfsburg 4 Bayern Munich 1

The recent encounter at the Volkswagen Arena was a real corker as Wolfsburg gave Bayern a real beating as the Bundesliga awoke from his winter hibernation.  The Wolfsburg squad were still mourning the death of teammate Junior Malanda, who was killed in an auto accident three weeks earlier.

Unbeaten in the Hinrunde, with only four goals conceded, visiting Bayern were beaten for the first time and leaked as many goals in 90 minutes as they had done in the previous 17 games combined.

There was an emotional start to the game with a moving tribute to Malanda, and Wolfsburg came flying out of the blocks with Bas Dost opening the scoring in only the 4th minute. Bayern couldn’t cope with Dieter Hecking’s side and the talent of Kevin De Bruyne in particular. After Dost doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time, the Belgian added a brace of his own making a Juan Bernat goal a mere consolation.

Bayern duly won the title, but die Wölfe had put a chink in their seemingly impregnable armour and sent out a message of intent.

16/04/2013 Cup carnage: Bayern Munich 6 VfL Wolfsburg 1

Xherdan Shaqiri had one of his finest displays in a Bayern shirt has he helped orchestrate a 6-1 semi-final mauling of Wolfsburg to see the Bavarians into the DFB Pokal final.

Former Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandžukić  opened the scoring for the Bavarians after a flowing move, before Arjen Robben made it 2-0 from a sublime Shaqiri through ball.

Diego pulled one back with a stunner just before the break, but after the restart, Bayern went on the rampage. Shaqiri scored five minutes in with a low drive from the edge of the box before a Mario Gomez hat trick put Wolfsburg to the sword.

04/01/2009 Grafite’s Golden Goal: VfL Wolfsburg 5 Bayern Munich 1

The 2008/09 Bundesliga title race was one of the closest in a long while with just one point separating a top four of Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and Hamburg going into matchday 25.

A second half of magical football from Felix Magath’s Wolfsburg saw them blow title favourites Bayern off the park with four goals in the space of just 14 minutes.

1-1 at half-time thanks to late goals from Christian Gentner and a Luca Toni equaliser, the hosts really took control in the second 45 minutes. A double from Edin Džeko  started the rout with his Brazilian strike partner Grafite adding two of his own.

The best though was saved for last with Grafite’s mazy, solo run through the Bayern defence finished with a crazy back-heeled finish. It was simply sublime and a game that has lived long in the memory, particularly for VfL fans as they went on to win the title.

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13/09/2003 Wolfsburg’s first win: VfL Wolfsburg 3 Bayern Munich 2

Wolfsburg secured their first-ever victory over Bayern in any competition during matchday 5 of the 2003/04 season in what was a highly entertaining game.

The hosts took advantage of a sloppy Bayern start to open the scoring through Fernando Baiano in the 11th minute. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men hit back in the second-half and goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Roy Makaay put them in front.

Six from time and Niedersachsen club were deservedly level when Baiano grabbed his second of the match. Not content with a point though, Wolfsburg took the spoils when Diego Klimowicz fired home from inside the area in the 89th minute.

09/08/1997 The Beginning: Bayern Munich 5 VfL Wolfsburg 2

The very first Bundesliga meeting between the two ended with seven goals being scored and the Bavarians leaving with all three points.

Wolfsburg had finally made it to the top table of German football for the first time since their formation in 1945 — the closest die Wölfe had come to the top division was a play-off in 1970.

Their debut meeting with the giants from Bavaria came on matchday 3 after they had beaten Hansa Rostock and drawn with Hamburg. There was to be no joy against Bayern though as goals from Giovanne Elber, Thomas Strunz and Ruggiero Rizzitelli inside the first 20 minutes put Giovanni Trapattoni’s XI in a commanding lead.

American Claudio Reyna pulled one back, but Elber and Rizzitelli replied to make it 5-1. A late goal from Stefan Meissner was just a consolation

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.