Created on 07-04-2013 at 00:00 AM
Bayern sealed the 23rd German championship in their history with Saturday's 1-0 victory in Frankfurt. Goalscorer Bastian Schweinsteiger now has six Bundesliga winner’s medals, but a clutch of his team-mates are tasting German title glory for the first time – although regardless of how long they end up playing, they still have some way to go before catching FCB II coach Mehmet Scholl, an eight-time Bundesliga winner.
Manuel Neuer made two crucial saves at the end of Saturday’s match to preserve his team’s 24th victory of term, a figure which includes 18 clean sheets. “We can be proud of what we've achieved so far," said the keeper, whose only previous trophy success was the DFB Cup with Schalke in 2011. Neuer is now looking forward to “lifting the real championship shield" after the home meeting with Augsburg on the penultimate weekend of the league season.
Dante's shirt-for-shield swap
In Frankfurt, the keeper had to make do with a cardboard cut-out replica shield, acquired by Dante from a fan in exchange for his matchworn shirt. “Super, holding this shield is a wonderful feeling. I'm thrilled," declared the Brazilian, who enjoyed a previous taste of championship success in 2008 with Belgian side Standard Liège. However, he now joins fellow countrymen Rafinha and Luiz Gustavo in toasting a maiden German championship.
“We're champions of Germany," twittered Javi Martinez shortly after the final whistle in Frankfurt. “It's fantastic celebrating my first championship title with my team-mates, they're unbelievable. Many thanks to all our fans for your support," continued the Spaniard, a World Cup and UEFA Euro winner, who now collects his first major honours at club level.