Created on 30-04-2010 at 00:00 AM
The single most memorable image of the 2009-10 campaign will be the extraordinary co-ordinated display, using red, white and blue cards and covering the entire Allianz Arena, which greeted the players and officials as they exited the tunnel ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Olympique Lyon. “It was sensational,” said Philipp Lahm, “and I’m expecting another great atmosphere on Saturday.”
The weekend clash with VfL Bochum is FCB’s final home fixture this season, where the players will be determined to launch the all-new home kit for 2010-11 with a win. “The stadium will be on fire,” agreed Mark van Bommel, “I hope the atmosphere’s just like we had against Lyon.” All 69,000 tickets for the game were snapped up long ago, meaning all Bayern’s home Bundesliga fixtures have again been sold out. The faithful will doubtless be hoping for a festival afternoon, and that is a real possibility, if history is anything to go by. VfL have only won once in 33 visits to Munich, a 2-0 success in August 1991, and have conceded an average of 2.9 goals in the fixture.
Fortress Allianz Arena
Bochum’s average goals per game conceded in Munich is the same as Bayern’s goals scored in their 44 last home fixtures of a Bundesliga season. In four of their last five final home games of term FCB have netted at least three times (2008: 4-1 versus Berlin / 2007: 5-2 versus Mainz / 2006: 3-3 versus Dortmund / 2005: 6-3 versus Nürnberg). Overall, games against Bochum have frequently yielded goals galore: The Ruhr valley outfit have been the last visitors to Munich three times in the past, losing 4-2 in 1999, 3-1 in 1993, and 5-0 in 1989.
As well as entertainment in the shape of gaols, the crowd will demand a win too. Bayern have only ever lost four final home fixtures of the season, most recently 27 years ago in 1983 (2-0 to Schalke). Otherwise, the match has produced 34 wins and six draws. Furthermore, FCB have been strong on their home turf this term. No team has taken more points at home (37, level with Leverkusen), won more often (11) and scored more goals (36).
'Allianz Arena is terrific’
The Allianz Arena crowd has played a critical role. “The supporters made this victory possible,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge acknowledged after the 1-0 win against Lyon. Louis van Gaal reckoned the atmosphere for the last three matches (Lyon, Hannover and Manchester United) was “unbelievable”, reserving special praise for the south terrace loyalists: “The south terrace has supported me and the team even when the going was tough. That’s the way it should be, I think. The Allianz Arena is terrific.”