Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Bundesliga Breakthrough: 50 Years On


It’s odd to think that one of the clubs who defined the Bundesliga’s early era, Borussia Mönchengladbach, weren’t actually one of those originally included in the league upon its 1963 inception. Instead, it took them a few years to reach Germany’s national top flight, eventually achieving promotion to the Bundesliga, a league they have gone on to win three times, […]

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10 Bundesliga Doppelgängers – Part II


They say there is a person out there somewhere that is your exact likeness- your doppelgänger. The Bundesliga too is rife with players, trainers and presidents who bear an uncanny resemblance to another famous person. Take a look at these pairs separated at birth for a bit of light-hearted merriment. First up Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus. The darling of […]

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European Cup Classic – “A victory in vain”: FC Bayern München v AC Milan, 1990


In 2015, there is something of a gulf between the German Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A. While the former was booming with full grounds and exciting football, the latter was in the doldrums both on and off the pitch – a situation best summed up by FC Bayern München’s 7-1 demolition of AS Roma in the group phase of the champions […]

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Udo Lattek: The man who made me a Bayern fan


I was first drawn to FC Bayern München in the spring of 1981, some three months shy of my tenth birthday. In the dark days long before the advent of cable and satellite television, my opportunities to watch the team in action had been few and far between, and although I would live through the pain of the 1982 European […]

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Flashback: Bayern flirts with disaster – Bayern 0-2 Arsenal, March 2013


At the end of February 2013, FC Bayern München would meet Premiership side Arsenal in the second round of the UEFA Champions’ League. The first leg at the Emirates Stadium would see a polished performance from Jupp Heynckes’ side as they strolled to a 3-1 win, with the return at the Allianz Arena being a foregone conclusion. Or so we […]

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In Defense of Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich’s “Tiki-Taka”


Maybe, just maybe, I am frequenting the wrong corners of the internet, but ever since Real Madrid edged out Bayern Munich at home in the Santiago Bernabeu last Wednesday, all my usual cyberspace abodes seem to have conspired together to develop a singular narrative – “Tiki-Taka does not work.” There are several slight tangents to that particular view as well, […]

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Comparing Bayern Munich and Barcelona’s record-breaking Champions League runs


Yet another box is ticked for the mighty Rekordmeisters.  The list of Jupp Heynckes’ accomplishments with his 2012-13 incarnation of Bayern Munich is massive– not only are they the first German team to win the illustrious, elusive treble– but it was done in clinical, devastating style; taking down records left and right along the way. Most points at the end […]

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Season Preview – FC Bayern München: Might Pep Overcook Jupp’s Recipe?


When runaway Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München triumped over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley to secure their fifth European crown and then dispatched VfB Stuttgart a week later in the DFB-Pokal final in Berlin, many would wonder if – and how – things could get any better. Legendary coach Jupp Heynckes had created a well-oiled machine, a squad that had not […]

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Is this the best Bayern Munich of all time?


Bayern Munich have rewritten the history books this season. They become the first German club in history to win the treble.  More impressively, they did so in dominant fashion, disposing of some of the best teams in European football with relative ease and breaking records every which way.  With three trophies locked up in their cabinet and some time to […]

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