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Bayern Munich rocked by tax scandal

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Hoeness is an icon of German football. (©GettyImages)
Hoeness is an icon of German football. (©GettyImages).

Bayern Munich successfully qualified for the Champions League final after a famous 7-0 aggregate win over Barcelona. 

The Bavarian giants manhandled Barcelona during both legs. Bayern won the first game 4-0 after Thomas Müller scored two goals to give Bayern a comfortable lead before the second leg. 

During last Wednesday night’s meeting Arjen Robben got on the score sheet first after he scored a sublime goal. Gerard Pique then scored an own goal before Thomas Müller headed the last goal that capped an amazing game for Bayern, which progressed them into the Champions League final against Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund. Bayern have had an amazing season and they are on the verge of a treble. 

Despite having great success this year, a storm has been brewing as of late within Bayern. President Uli Hoeness has recently come under fire as of late as he has admitted to tax evasion. 

This has caused a scandal in the German media. According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, Hoeness could end up behind bars for his actions. The 61-year-old was arrested before being set free on a €5 million bail. 

Last week, Bayern had a roller coaster-like week as they first signed rival midfielder and current Borussia Dortmund player Mario Götze for €37 million. 

Then they defeated Barcelona at home 4-0 before the tax scandal broke out to the media. The scandal has rocked the German football world and now with the first all-German Champions League final set to happen, will Bayern be impacted by the scandal?

Bayern is the clear cut favourite to win the final and break this curse that has been set upon them. This is Bayern’s third final in four years. In 2010, Jose Mourinho and Inter Milan sent Bayern back to Munich trophy-less as a Diego Milito brace gave the Italians a 2-0 win. 

Last year Bayern played the final at home and scored a crucial 83rd minute goal before Didier Drogba equalised with two minutes left. Bayern went on to lose on penalty kicks and gave Chelsea their first Champions League trophy.

Incoming player Mario Götze is a doubt for the May 25th clash as he left Tuesday’s game with Real Madrid in the 14th minute. Götze who will be leaving Dortmund to join Bayern at the end of the season was visibly distraught after being substituted. Götze was said to have a tear in his thigh. 

Dortmund’s number ten has been a key component for them all year and without him it could give Dortmund a much harder time to get past the brick wall that is known as the Bayern defence. 

The last time Dortmund played in a Champions League final was in the 1996-97 season. They defeated Juventus 3-1 in Munich. That same season, Bayern went on to win the league and also win the cup. With Bayern Munich already clinching the league, and a date in the German cup finals, fans ask themselves whether or not history will be repeated.


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