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Bayern Munich: The perfect season

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Bayern were crowned European champions at Wembley (©GettyImages)
Bayern were crowned European champions at Wembley (©GettyImages).

The grand treble - the sweet combination of the Champions League trophy, the league title, and the domestic cup.

Which club wouldn’t fight and claw their way towards a treble? None. That’s because the treble is possibly the best a club can achieve within a single season. Three titles, three trophies, the triple honour - the treble. 

It has been done, but never before by a German team-never before this season. The season of 2012-13-the year of FC Bayern München. A Champions league victory over German rivals Borussia Dortmund, a DFB cup win over VFB Stuttgart, and perhaps most importantly-success in the Bundesliga, leading by an almost unheard-of margin of 25 points. 

Bayern Munich did it all, and did it all with flair and elegance.

Practically unstoppable within their own league, Bayern Munich steamrollered their way to the top, where they sat comfortably for the entire season, not dropping once to second place. 

League runners-up Dortmund’s goal difference of +39 paled in comparison to Bayern’s +80, and the margin of 25 points between the two teams speaks for itself. Bayern finished the season with only 1 loss and an astounding total of 98 goals scored. It could be said that Bayern had nearly the perfect league season, and one would be hard-pressed to find figures to disprove that.

Their Champions League season was nearly as magical-they finished triumphant with only two losses their entire campaign; one coming in the group stage against the Belarusian club FC BATE Borisov, and the second being the alarming second leg Round of 16 match versus Arsenal.

After finishing top of their group, Bayern took on Arsenal in London and emerged victorious after putting three past the opposing goalkeeper, with Lukas Podolski’s lone goal standing out as a moment of domination by Arsenal. The tale spun, however, in the second leg, when Arsenal managed to score twice within the 90 minutes, leaving the scores level at three all. 

Thanks to the away-goal rule, Bayern progressed, and proceeded to knock Juventus around in both quarterfinal legs, finishing with an aggregate of 4-0. Then came the grand clash-the Kings of Spain pitted against the Kings of Germany, and the Spanish supporters were silenced when Bayern won with an aggregate of seven goals to nil, where they asserted their dominance over Barcelona in every aspect of the game over 180 minutes and two legs. 

The Champions League final was more one-sided, with Borussia Dortmund coming out second to the Bundesliga champions after conceding a goal in the 89th minute.

Bayern won the DFB Pokal cup with a convincing 3-2 victory over VFB Stuttgart, with Thomas Muller scoring one and Mario Gomez two. Bayern held on for a victory after Stuttgart’s late comeback, and lifted the cup, thus completing the historic treble. Jupp Heynckes retired on a high, and Bayern finished their season knowing that they did almost everything right.

Questions will surely be asked of Bayern’s upcoming coach Pep Guardiola - how does he plan to emulate this season’s result? Let’s see.

 

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Topics:
UEFA Champions League
Lukas Podolski
Football
Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund
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