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With the football season coming to an end, Goal looks back at how the big European clubs fared this term. In this edition we look at iconic treble winners, FC Bayern Munich...

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By Kaustav Bera


FC Bayern München
This Season's Stats
                  Bundesliga: Champions
Champions League: Champions
DFB Polkal: Champions
DFL Supercup: Champions
Games: 54
Won: 46
Lost: 3
Drawn: 5
Win %: 85.19%
GF: 151
GA: 33
GF ratio: 2.80
GA ratio: 0.61


FC Bayern München
Bundesliga

 

The 2012-13 Bundesliga was a record breaking one for Bayern Munich in every respect possible. Having been second best to BVB Dortmund for the preceding two seasons, the German superpowers signalled their intent even before the start of the season, augmenting their team in all areas including the €40 million transfer of Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao.

Unlike the past two seasons the German juggernaut blew past anyone in their path, going 8 matches unbeaten before finally going down to Bayer Leverkusen. That was only a temporary pitstop as they managed to march relentlessly forward wrapping up the league by 8th April, and in the process losing no other matches as well.

The reigning champions were made to look like simply no competition as they finished the season a massive 25 points below them. The campaign saw Bayern scoring for fun as they smashed Hamburg SV 9-2 and Hannover 96, 6-1. As relentless as they were in bombarding forward, the airtight defense conceded a ridiculously low 18 goals in 38 competitive matches.

 

 

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FC Bayern München
DFB Pokal

 

Keeping in sync with the ruthless form in Bundesliga, FC Bayern Munich were equally unstoppable in the domestic cup, smashing past opponents with relative ease. With the huge squad at his disposal, manager Jupp Heynckes would often deploy his second or third string side but there would be no problem in churning out results like a well oiled fighting machine.

With an easy journey until the quarter-finals where they met familiar foes, Borussia Dortmund the German giants had to struggle but prevailed 1-0. After that it was again smooth sailing as they smashed a hapless Wolfsburg 6-1 before earning a nervy 3-2 win in the final against a fighting Stuttgart performance who almost staged a late comeback.

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FC Bayern München
DFL Supercup

In the first meeting between Bayern and Dortmund in the season which was going to see four further meetings between the two German giants, it was Bayern Munich who prevailed 2-1, bucking the trend and setting the tone for the new season. This was their first victory against Dortmund after failing in their five previous tries, being defeated every time.

They completely overpowered Dortmund with Muller and Mandzukic scoring two goals in the first half and in spite of an inspired second half comeback from Jurgen Klopp's side, Munich held on winning the encounter 2-1.

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FC Bayern München
Champions League

FC Bayern Munich's crowning glory this season was winning the Champions League which they were desperately unlucky not to win last time, having lost to Chelsea FC in the finals last time around and also being losing finalists in 2010.

After sauntering past their group with relative ease, and a relatively unconvicing two legged performance against Arsenal which finished 3-3 on aggregate, with Munich progressing on away goals, they turned on the heat and in some fashion.

First Juventus were swatted aside with Munich putting in a flawless performance against the Italian champions, winning 2-0 both home and away. They were then up against FC Barcelona in what promised to be a pulsating encounter where an unstoppable force met an immovable object. What transpired however was nothing short of being an anti-climax as the Germans ruthlessly slaughtered Barcelona 4-0 home and 3-0 at Camp Nou, ending up 7-0 aggregate winners.

In the final, like most other competitions this season, they met Borussia Dortmund who were equally ruthless in their European campaign, going undefeated. While most expected Bayern to cruise through, especially with Dortmund missing the departing Mario Gotze due to injury, it was end to end stuff but Bayern finally triumphed 2-1, winning the Champions League.


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FC Bayern München
Top 3 Players

Franck Ribery
Thomas Muller
Dante
Franck Ribery had probably the best season so far in Bayern colours being omnipresent throughout. Not only did he run riot on the left but he also chipped in with important goals besides a truckload of assists and most of them came in at the right time, especially when the opposition refused to be broken down. It was Ribery's delicious back heel in the Champions League final which allowed Robben to score the winning goal.

The versatile Thomas Muller gave yet another account of how he is simply irreplaceable in the current Bayern setup. Deployed both in the middle as well as on the right in the final third, Muller thrived no matter what his position. He also ended up finishing as top scorer for his team in all competiions. A constant threat from set pieces and balls drilled into the box, Muller was certainly one of the stars for Munich this season.

If Bayern owe their astounding defensive record for this year to someone, it arguably has to be the 29-year old Brazilian. Signed from Borussia Monchengladbach for a cut price in the summer of 2012, he has provided a semblance of calm and experience to the young backline that crumbled on more than one occasion last season. His most telling contribution came in the defeat of Barcelona in Munich where his reading of the game was exemplary.

Games: 42
Goals: 11
Assists: 18
Games: 46
Goals: 22
Assists: 15
Games: 42
Goals:
1
Assists:
2


FC Bayern München
Top 5 Matches


1. 3-2 home win against Fortuna Dusseldorf, March 9, 2013:

Thomas Müller, FC Bayern München

2. 9-2 home win against Hamburg SV, March 30, 2013:

Bayerns Torjubel gegen den HSV

3. 4-0 home win against FC Barcelona, 23 April, 2013:

UEFA, Champions League, FC Bayern Munich vs. FC Barcelona, Franck Ribery, Lionel Messi

4. 3-0 away win against FC Barcelona, 1 May, 2013

Arjen Robben | FC Barcelona - Bayern Munchen | UCL

5. 2-1 win against BVB Dortmund, Champions League Final, May 26, 2013:

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich, Mario Mandzukic



FC Bayern München
Interesting Facts

  • The 25 points lead over BVB Dortmund in the Bundesliga is an all time record for most number of points over a second placed team.

  • The goal difference of 80 is a Bundesliga record, with Bayern beating their own previous record of 64 during the 1972-73 season.
  • Javi Martinez's €40 million signing from Athletic Bilbao was a transfer record signing in the 50 years of the Bundesliga.

 

FC Bayern München
Fanview
 

Nafisa Nur:

"There's only one word to describe the season that Bayern Munich had, and it's HISTORIC. Jupp Heynckes ended his time at Bayern by doing what no German team had done before, by winning them the treble. Pep Guardiola better be ready, because Heynckes set the bar very high."

 

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