Created on 19-02-2007 at 00:00 AM
Munich legend 'Katsche' Schwarzenbeck still has a number of vivid memories of Bayern's very first meeting with Real Madrid. "It was enthralling. The minute we ran out into the stadium, we were full of respect," the former player told fcbayern.de as he recalled the evening of 31 March 1976, just short of 31 years ago. A 110,000 crowd at the Bernabeu stadium witnessed Bayern's 1-1 draw with the mighty Spanish - and in circumstances not dissimilar to today's.
"We played really badly that season," Schwarzenbeck remembers. The men from Munich ended up third in the Bundesliga that term, but their European Champions Cup campaign was a much more successful affair. "We always pulled ourselves together and rose above ourselves. It's just so special playing in Europe," the 58 year-old smiled.
Müller on target
The first meeting in a series now encompassing 16 matches saw the clubs cross swords in the semi-finals. Schwarzenbeck retains a memory or two of the first leg in Madrid. "I can still remember that I was detailed to mark Spain international striker Santillana, and that we came away with a 1-1 draw." Bayern triumphed at home in the return by a 2-0 scoreline. "Gerd Müller scored all our goals."
In another parallel to the modern game, the former centre-half believes the foundation for success was solid defending. "If goalkeeper Sepp Maier and his defenders were in good shape, we often managed to keep a clean sheet, even if it wasn't working out in other areas of the field," he remarked. That meant an away draw was always a possibility, "and if it goes according to plan, you'd see off your opponents in front of your home crowd."
Veteran in optimistic mood
'Katsche' reckons the current Bayern generation will make similarly good use of the benefit of playing the return on home soil, and predicts a similar outcome to that of 31 years ago. "Bayern will get through. They certainly won't lose in Madrid, and they'll win in Munich." Schwarzenbeck will be present in person for the return at the Allianz Arena, and who knows: perhaps he is a lucky mascot.
Bayern v Real: facts and figures
- Bayern and Real have met no fewer than seven times in European Cup/Champions League knockout ties. Munich have progressed on three occasions, most recently in 2000-2001, when a 1-0 victory in Madrid and a 2-1 home win in Munich saw the Reds through to the Final and a night of triumph in Milan.
- Every time Bayern have knocked out Real (1976, 1987, 2001), they have progressed to the Final.
- Bayern have inflicted Real Madrid's heaviest home and away defeats in the Champions League. Both games took place in 1999-2000 when the clubs met at the second group stage, part of the competition format at the time. The Reds won 4-2 in Madrid with goals from Scholl, Effenberg, Fink and Sergio, before a 4-1 victory in Munich featuring goals from Scholl, Elber, and a Zickler brace. The teams met again in that season's semi-finals, where Real exacted revenge with a 2-0 home victory and a 2-1 away win in Munich.
Bayern's European Cup/Champions League record against Real:
- Overall: P16 W9 D2 L5 F26 A19
- In Munich: P8 W7 D1 L0 F20 A8
- In Madrid: P8 W2 D1 L5 F6 A11
Bayern v Real Madrid: the complete record
|31.03.1976||Semi-finals||Real Madrid – Bayern 1-1|
|14.04.1976||Semi-finals||Bayern – Real Madrid 2-0|
|08.04.1987||Semi-finals||Bayern – Real Madrid 4-1|
|22.04.1987||Semi-finals||Real Madrid – Bayern 1-0|
|02.03.1988||Quarter-finals||Bayern – Real Madrid 3-2|
|16.03.1988||Quarter-finals||Real Madrid – Bayern 2-0|
|29.02.2000||Second group stage||Real Madrid – Bayern 2-4|
|08.03.2000||Second group stage||Bayern – Real Madrid 4-1|
|03.05.2000||Semi-finals||Real Madrid – Bayern 2-0|
|09.05.2000||Semi-finals||Bayern – Real Madrid 2-1|
|01.05.2001||Semi-finals||Real Madrid – Bayern 0-1|
|09.05.2001||Semi-finals||Bayern – Real Madrid 2-1|
|02.04.2002||Quarter-finals||Bayern – Real Madrid 2-1|
|10.04.2002||Quarter-finals||Real Madrid – Bayern 2-0|
|24.02.2004||First knockout round||Bayern – Real Madrid 1-1|
|10.03.2004||First knockout round||Real Madrid – Bayern 1-0|