In his book “tor! The Story of German Football” Ulrich Hesse explains that it was this period that gave rise to what Germans call Bayern-Dusel – essentially undeserved luck. The roots of a hatred for all-things Bayern, held by so many Germans can be traced back to this time. Bayern became and still are, like so many other successful teams…..to read more please click on the link.
The Bundesliga became the fourth league to provide both teams for a Champions League Final. La Liga (Real Madrid vs. Valencia ’00), Serie A (Milan vs. Juventus ’03) and the Barclays Premier League (Manchester United vs. Chelsea ’08) all came before.
Bayern was making a third appearance in the final of the Champions League in the last four seasons having lost previously to Inter in 2010 and to Chelsea in 2012.
Bayern entered the match having already won….. to read more please click on the link.
Last Sunday, I had pretty much decided to write a piece on the approaching UEFA Champions League semi-finals. I even had the first paragraph done – “Just twelve months ago the accepted wisdom was we were getting set for a Champions League el clasico final. It didn’t happen but the bookmakers believe it will happen this time. Are we getting ahead of ourselves again?”
Then Luis Suarez decided that Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic looked a bit tasty and decided to nibble on his arm.
Out went the Champions League and in came Suarez and his chomp.
At this time last week bookmakers had Barcelona….to read more click on the link.