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FCB v BVB: The most memorable matches

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Bayern have played Dortmund 88 times so far in the Bundesliga’s 50-year history. FCB clearly lead the head-to-head comparison on 38 wins to BVB’s 22, with 28 drawn games. The men from Munich have scored a total of 164 goals and conceded 111 in the series, with many of the clashes deservedly earning a place in the annals of the league’s most memorable games. has delved into the archives and selected the most memorable meetings between Bayern and Dortmund.

Bayern v Dortmund – action and incident guaranteed

9 September 1967: Libuda’s big day
The 40,000 crowd at Dortmund’s Rote Erde Stadium were entertained royally. Gustav Jung handed Bayern the lead on his Bundesliga debut, but Lothar Emmerich struck twice to turn the game on its head. However, Jung scored again and Dieter Brenninger hit another to make it 3-2 to the Reds at half-time. It was a different story in the second half as Dortmund winger Stan Libuda moved to centre stage. Libuda set up a total of four goals with Rudi Assauer, Emmerich and Reinhold Wosab netting three times in the space of five minutes. Libuda personally made the final score 6-3 in the last minute.

27 November 1971: Biggest winning margin
The match at Grünwalder Stadium produced no fewer than 12 goals, and 11 of them were for FC Bayern! Gerd Müller hit four, Uli Hoeneß and Bulle Roth each claimed a brace, and Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner and Willi Hoffmann all added their names to the scoresheet. In the midst of the rain of goals, Dieter Weinkauff netted Dortmund’s consolation. The 11-1 triumph remains Bayern biggest-ever Bundesliga victory. FCB scored 101 goals that season and won the title, but Dortmund were relegated.

21 May 1983: Frenzied goal action
After succeeding Pal Csernai four days earlier, former assistant coach Reinhard Saftig took charge of FCB for the first time. It was Matchday 32 and there was little at stake, with Bayern set to finish fourth and Dortmund seventh, but the interim coach’s debut was a thriller. Dieter Hoeneß, Udo Horsmann and Klaus Augenthaler handed Munich the lead three times at the Westfalenstadion, but BVB levelled it up three times through Marcel Raducanu (2) and Manfred Burgsmüller. Then Erdal Keser scored to edge Dortmund into the lead, but not for long: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scored in the same minute of play to restore the deadlock. The last three goals fell in just three minutes and it finished 4-4.

9 August 1986: An infamous miss
The opening match in 1986/87 would normally not have gone down in Bundesliga history. It finished 2-2 at the Olympiastadion with Roland Wohlfarth and Lothar Matthäus on target for FC Bayern and Daniel Simmens and Michael Zorc scoring equalisers. However, with the score 1-1, the game produced one of the most infamous moments in league history: Frank Mill, playing his first league match for Dortmund, rounded Bayern keeper Jean-Marie Pfaff and made to slot home, only to hit the post from three yards out! Mill laid on his side’s second equaliser, but it was scant consolation.

3 April 1999: Kung-fu Kahn
Ottmar Hitzfeld coached Bayern away to his former club for the first time. FCB comfortably led the league, but it was a typically turbulent game at the Westfalenstadion. Heiko Herrlich struck a brace in the first half hour to put BVB 2-0 up, and Bayern’s Sammy Kuffour was later sent off. But Dortmund’s Stefan Reuter was also given his marching orders early in the second half, and Alexander Zickler and Carsten Jancker struck to make it 2-2. However, Oliver Kahn was the centre of attention afterwards - not only because he saved a Lars Ricken penalty near the end, but due to two bizarre pieces of behaviour late on: first he nibbled at Herrlich’s jaw, and later indulged in a spot of kung fu against Stephane Chapuisat.

4 November 2000: Goals galore
The 62,000 crowd at the Olympiastadion saw one of the highest-scoring games between Bayern and Dortmund. Heiko Herrlich handed the visitors, coached by Matthias Sammer, a second-minute lead but Bayern struck back with venom: Hasan Salihamidzic and Mehmet Scholl both scored twice, with Giovane Elber and Paulo Sergio also on target in a 6-2 victory. Otto Addo netted Dortmund’s second, but BVB defender Jörg Heinrich was sent off.

7 April 2001: Card confetti
The reverse fixture that season produced far fewer goals, and in any case the strikes traded by Roque Santa Cruz and Fredi Bobic proved just a sideshow, because the top of the table clash between leaders Bayern and second-placed Dortmund goes down in history for a different reason: no game before or since has featured as many yellow and red cards! Referee Hartmut Strampe showed a total of 11 yellow cards, and also sent off Bixente Lizarazu, Stefan Effenberg and Evanilson.

9 November 2002: Koller at both ends
Champions Dortmund visited leaders Bayern, and it was another high-octane encounter with three yellow cards and two sendings off, for BVB’s Thorsten Frings and Jens Lehmann. Not unexpectedly it was a dour, hard-fought clash, with Jan Koller handing the visitors a first-half lead. Roque Santa Cruz and Claudio Pizarro turned it around in the second half, and it could have been a bigger win but for Koller. The striker went in goal after Lehmann was sent off in the 67th minute, because the visitors had already used all their substitutes. FCB could not find a way past Koller, who even won a place in kicker magazine’s team of the day - as a goalkeeper.

13 April 2008: In-form FCB
Three days after the famous Miracle of Getafe Bayern showed no signs of a hangover from the dramatic 120-minute UEFA cup quarter-final return. The 69,000 at the Allianz Arena saw a gala display from the Bundesliga leaders as goals from Luca Toni (2), Lukas Podolski, Zé Roberto and Andreas Ottl made the final score 5-0. In an ironic twist, the teams met again a week later in the DFB cup final, although it was a much closer affair in Berlin. FCB won it 2-1 after extra time thanks to another Toni brace.

12 September 2009: Müller explodes onto the scene
Bayern’s biggest-ever win away to Dortmund was an ultimately one-sided affair. BVB matched their opponents for 20 minutes or so and Mats Hummels even opened the scoring, but Mario Gomez equalised before half-time. In the second half Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribéry and substitute Thomas Müller with his first two Bundesliga goals made the final score 5-1. Müller has been a Bayern regular ever since.

26 February 2011: End of an era
Dortmund travelled to the Allianz Arena with a comfortable lead in the league, and won in Munich for the first time in 19 years. In a pulsating encounter, Luiz Gustavo cancelled out Dortmund’s lead through Lucas Barrios, but Nuri Sahin and Mats Hummels sealed BVB’s 3-1 victory.