A new edition of UEFA Champions League Fast approaching and FC Barcelona will start in Group E against a club which has won this competition six times in the past, Bayern Munich.
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
With a population of around 1.5 million, Munich is the third largest city in Germany and the capital of the region of Bavaria (Bayern in German).
The place of the 1972 Olympics enjoys a magnificent setting in the north of the Alps and is consistently rated as providing one of the highest standards of living in the world. Companies based here include BMW, Siemens and Allianz, and its Oktoberfest is one of the most famous cultural events on the planet.
Bayern Munich were founded in 1900, just a year after FC Barcelona, and like the Catalans, they not only have a football team, but other sports as well, including basketball, handball and even failures.
The club was not included in the original Bundesliga in 1963, but quickly became by far the biggest and most successful team in Germany, winning many more titles (31) than anyone else, and six European Cups / Champions Leagues, including three in a row in the 1970s, when ruled by the legendary Franz Beckenbauer.
Their most recent victory dates back just two years, in 2019-2020.
Bayern have never dominated German football as much as they have in the last decade. They have just won an incredible ninth consecutive Bundesliga trophy.
Bayern played at Allianz Arena since 2005, when it replaced the Olympic stadium. It was originally a sharing of land with neighbors 1860 Munich, but Bayern is now the sole tenant of the stadium.
Bayern has 291,000 official members, which is even more than FC Barcelona, and 4,433 official fan clubs. Until the arrival of Covid-19, the 75,000 seats of the Allianz Arena has been sold out for every game for years and with 10 million fans spread across the country, their away games are also invariably sold out.
Originally built for the 2006 World Cup, the Allianz hosted the Champions League final in 2012 and will do so again in 2025.
LAST TEN YEARS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
2011/12: Finalists (lost to Chelsea)
2012/13: Champions (beat Dortmund)
2013/14: Semi-finals (lost to Real Madrid)
2014/15: Semi-finals (lost against FC Barcelona)
2015/16: Semi-finals (loss to Atlético Madrid)
2016/17: Quarter-finals (loss to Real Madrid)
2017/18: Semi-finals (lost to Real Madrid)
2018/19: round of 16 (loss to Liverpool)
2019/20: Champions (beat PSG)
2020/21: Quarter-finals (defeat against PSG)
The most capped internationals
Robert Lewandowski (Poland, 123), Thomas Müller (Germany, 106), Manuel Neuer (Germany, 104), Joshua Kimmich (Germany, 60), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon, 57), Marcel Sabitzer (Austria, 54) , Benjamin Pavard (France, 38), Leon Goretzka (Germany, 36), Leroy Sané (Germany, 35), Kingsley Coman (France, 33), Niklas Süle (Germany, 33), Lucas Hernandez (France, 28), Corentin Tolisso (France, 28), Serge Gnabry (Germany, 27), Alphonso Davies (Canada, 24)
New recruits 2021/22
Omar Richards (Reading), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Sven Ulreich (SV Hamburg), Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig)
Top scorers 2020/21 (all competitions)
Robert Lewandowski (48), Thomas Müller (15), Serge Gnabry (11), Leroy Sané (10), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (9)
At only 34 years old, Julian Nagelsmann is the new man in charge of Bayern after the departure of Hans-Dieter Flick to take the post of the German national team. An injury prevented Nagelsmann from becoming a professional footballer, so he turned to the coach and particularly stood out for guiding Hoffenheim to the Champions League for the first time in its history.
This has earned him a transfer to RB Leipzig, which he took to the Champions League semi-finals two seasons ago.
THE LAST SEASON
Bayern led the Bundesliga for most of the season and ultimately won it with three games to go. Robert Lewandowski set a new single-season goalscoring record with 41.
After winning the Champions League the previous season, Bayern added the Club World Cup (v UNAL of Mexico) and the European Supercup (v Sevilla) to their list.
However, they came out of the 2020/21 Champions League against PSG in the quarter-finals and German Cup, they suffered a shock in the second round on penalties against Holsten Kiel.
After being detained at Borussia Monchengladbach on opening day, Bayern won their next three Bundesliga matches, including an impressive 4-1 win at RB Leipzig on Sunday. This leaves them second in the table behind Wolfsburg, which have a record 100 percent.
Bayern also beat Dortmund 3-1 to win the DFL-Supercup, and got off to a good start in the German Cup by beating Bremer SV 12-0.
PREVIOUS MEETINGS WITH BARÇA
1995/95 UEFA Cup semi-final
Bayern 2 Barça 2 (Oscar, Hagi)
Barça 1 (De la Peña) Bayern 2
Bayern won 4-3 overall and beat Bordeaux in the final
1998/99 Champions League Group D
Bayern 1 Barça 0
Barça 1 (Giovanni) Bayern 2
Bayern qualified and lost to Man United in the final; Barça did not advance
2008/09 Champions League quarter-final
Barça 4 (Messi 2, Eto’o, Henry) Bayern 0
Bayern 1 Barça 1 (Keita)
Barça won 5-1 overall and beat Man United in the final
2012/13 Champions League semi-final
Bayern 4 Barça 0
Barça 0 Bayern 3
Bayern won 7-0 overall and beat Dortmund in the final
2014/15 Champions League semi-final
Barça 3 (Messi 2, Neymar) Bayern 0
Bayern 3 Barça 2 (Neymar 2)
Barça won 5-3 overall and beat Juventus in the final
2019/20 Champions League quarter-final (in Porto)
Barça 2 (Alaba and Suárez) Bayern 8
Bayern beat PSG in the final
Barça’s overall record against Bayern
P 11; W 2; D 2; THE 7; F 16; A 26