Bayern Munich's philosophy and tactics - hard play and heart - are the keys to their success.
The Bavarians have won the German Bundesliga 23 times and the UEFA Champions League another five times.
There are some great players that have wore the shirt of the Munich team, but who made it to Bayern's best XI of all-time?
Note: This is my Best Bayern Munich XI of-all-time, a team with my opinion of the best player they've ever had in each position of the field, in a 4-4-2 formation.
Goalkeeper: Sepp Maier
Maier is arguably the best German keeper of all-time. He played his whole career at the Munich team, making 536 appearances. He holds the record of 442 consecutive appearances in the German league, between 1966 and 1979. He had brilliant goalkeeping skills, with his reflexes being fast enough for fans to call him "Die Katze von Anzing" (The cat from Anzing)
Right Back: Phillip Lahm
The current captain of the Bavarians is a tireless machine and a key player to recent Bayern's success. A right back with both defensive and attacking skills, a true leader who can play both on the left and the right side of defence. He's been to the club since 2003 and has played 233 times.
Centre Back: Franz Beckenbauer
Beckenbauer is the best German player of-all-time, in my opinion. A versatile player, who did everything on the pitch - and he practically invented the role of the "sweeper" position. He has played 427 times for the Munich side and was the star player of the European Cup "threepeat" (1974, 1975, 1976). Der Kaiser ("The Emperor"), is one of the most decorated players ever and probably one of the most complete football players to ever play the game.
Centre Back: Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck
As a result of playing with the likes of Beckenbauer and Breitner on Bayern's defence, Schwarzenbeck was a little overshadowed and isn't as appreciated as he should be. A strong defender with confident tackling skills and aerial dominance, he won six German championships and three European Cups with Bayern.
Left Back: Paul Breitner
Breitner was a world-class left back and often a defensive midfielder and a player who caused a lot of controversy in the media with his extraordinary, multifaceted and straight-talking personality. With an excellent tackling ability and a thunderbolt shot, he dominated the whole left wing and won five German and one European Cup with the Bavarians.
Defensive Midfielder: Stefan Effenberg
A fearsome player and character, Stefan Effenberg is loved like no other in Munich. A true leader with physical strength and a powerful shot, he led the Bavarians to the 2001 Champions League trophy. He represented Bayern 160 times, and holds the record of collecting 109 yellow cards in just six seasons with the Munich team.
Centre Midfielder: Lothar Matthaus
The 1990 European Footballer of the Year played 302 times for the Munich side in two different spells. A versatile and complete player, Lothar Matthaus played as a sweeper, a defensive midfielder, a central midfielder and an attacking midfielder. He was known for his excellent passes, his positioning and his control of the ball and is considered as one of the greatest box-to-box midfielder ever.
Right Midfielder: Arjen Robben
Running the right wing, switching inside while dribbling past 2-3 players and unleashing an incredibly accurate shot with finesse. That's Arjen Robben's signature move. The player who scored the winning goal in the last Champions League final is known for his dribbling skills and his accurate crossing and shooting with his left foot. He has scored some truly important goals for Bayern.
Left Midfield: Frank Ribery
For a (until summer 2012) club record fee of €25m, Ribery joined Bayern Munich. He has represented the Bavarians 158 times and is currently the most important player in their squad. Known for his speed and dribbling ability Frank Ribery has won the German Bundesliga three times. His creativity also led the Munich side to the 2013 Champions League trophy.
Striker: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
The current Chief Executive Officer of the F.C. Bayern Munchen AG, Rummenigge was a fearsome striker with a great eye for the goal, scoring a total of 162 goals in 310 appearances for the Munich team. "Kalle" was Bundesliga's top scorer in 79-80, 80-81 and 83-84 and has won the European Cup.
Striker: Gerd Muller
Gerhard "Gerd" Muller is a legend in Germany and especially in Munich. Der Bomber has the insane record of 398 goals in 453 apps for Bayern in all competitions. Although his figure never fit the conventional idea of a great striker, Muller was an incredibly good finisher and a header master with uncanny goal-scoring instincts, qualities that made him one the most prolific and successful scorers ever.
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