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A Champions League classic

Bayern versus Real in facts and figures

Bayern Munich versus Real Madrid is an illustrious fixture with a long and colourful history. Tuesday evening marks the 13th Champions League clash between the two titans of European football, the highest number of meetings between two teams in the history of the competition since its rebranding in 1993. searched through the archives and uncovered some interesting facts about the semi-final first leg.

Bayern v Real Madrid: History and facts

  • Of twelve Champions League ties, Bayern have won seven, lost four and one game ended in a draw.
  • Ten of the twelve games were played in the knock-out stage of the Champions League. Bayern advanced twice, Madrid three times. The last fixture was in the 2006/07 Round of 16, ending in a close victory for Bayern. Even though FCB lost the first leg in Madrid 3-2, they managed to turn it round in the second leg in Munich, by winning 2-1.
  • Taking all European competitions into account, the clubs meet for the 19th time on Tuesday. Bayern still lead: out of the 18 games, Bayern have won ten, lost six and two games ended in a draw. The goal difference is 30-23 in Bayern’s favour.
  • It is the fifth time that the tie is a semi-final in the Champions League or its predecessor, the European Champion Clubs' Cup. Bayern advanced three times (1976, 1987, 2001), the Spaniards were victorious only once (2000).
  • Bayern have never lost a home game against Real Madrid. In eight of the nine European home games, Bayern celebrated a win, with a single draw to complete the statistic.
  • In general Bayern have an impressive home record against Spanish teams. Only one of their 18 European home games against teams from the Iberian peninsula was lost (3-2 against Deportivo La Coruña in the 2003/04 Champions League group stage). Apart from that the home faithful have watched twelve wins and five draws.
  • Real Madrid don't have a strong record on German soil. They have only won one of their 22 European games in Germany (15 defeats, 6 draws): In September 2000, Real beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2. Madrid kept a clean sheet only twice, most recently in 1998 (0-0 in Dortmund) – their coach at the time was Jupp Heynckes.
  • Real Madrid suffered the worst European home defeat in their history against Bayern Munich. Bayern beat the Spaniards 4-2 at Estadio Bernabeu (goals from Scholl, Effenberg, Fink, Sergio) in the Champions League knock-out phase in 1999/2000

    Furthermore, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the teams with the highest number of matches played in Europe’s elite club competition (Champions League and European Champion Clubs' Cup). Real have played 345 matches and won 201 (60 draws, 84 defeats). FC Bayern have played 259 games, winning 143 (60 draws, 56 defeats).

    Bayern’s record in the Champions League/European Cup against Real Madrid:
    Total: 18 games, 10 wins, 6 defeats, 2 draws, Goal difference: 30-23
    In Munich: 9 games, 8 wins, 1 draw, goal difference 22-9
    In Madrid: 9 games, 2 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, goal difference 8-14