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Bayern’s European finals

Triumphs, tears – and the trophy four times

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Bayern have won four of the seven finals they have contested in the UEFA Champions League and its predecessor, the European Champions Cup. On Saturday, nine years after the club celebrated its last final victory, on penalties against Valencia in Milan, the team will attempt to emulate the likes of Stefan Effenberg and Oliver Kahn.

Here details Bayern’s history of Champions Cup and Champions League finals over four decades. This list does not include the club’s Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Cup victories in a total of 10 European finals.

Bayern’s Champions Cup and Champions League final history:

15 and 17 May 1974 in Brussels: Just one minute before the end of extra time, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck saved Bayern from defeat by Atletico Madrid with a thundering drive from 30 metres. “Even Pelé couldn’t have scored that one,” said the big centre-back jubilantly after his goal had given Bayern a 1-1 draw. In the replay two days later, 22-year-old Uli Hoeness, playing “the game of my life”, scored two terrific goals, as did Gerd Müller, and Bayern raced to a 4-0 victory over the tired Spaniards.

28 May 1975 in Paris: Franz Roth and “Der Bomber” Müller scored the goals that secured a 2-0 victory over Leeds United after a world-class display by Sepp Maier had kept Bayern’s goal intact. The French referee denied Leeds a goal through a debatable offside decision as well as what looked a justified penalty, and was permanently banned by UEFA from officiating at matches in European competition. Hoeness suffered a knee injury that subsequently would cut short his career.