The first five titles: From dustbowl to Bomber

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FC Bayern have won the German championship for the 25th time. To mark the milestone achievement, looks back at the club's 25 domestic title triumphs and the associated facts, anecdotes and legends. In the build-up to a weekend of celebrations, we review five past successes every day from Monday to Friday. Part 1 features 1932, 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1974.


It was oppressively hot on 12 June in Nuremberg where FC Bayern met Frankfurt in the national championship final. Eintracht opened strongly but Bayern were awarded a 35th-minute penalty for handball, a spot-kick that would become known as the "dustbowl penalty". Oskar Ossi Rohr blasted home to make it 1-0. Thousands of boisterous Bayern fans roared their heroes on and Franz Krumm sealed a 2-0 victory with 15 minutes to go. Bayern were champions for the first time, showing off the Victoria, the trophy at the time, in a huge victory parade through Munich the next day.


On 10 June 1969 Bild newspaper elevated Franz Beckenbauer to royal status. "Franz is the Bavarian Kaiser," the headline declared after Bayern secured their maiden Bundesliga crown. Just four years after winning promotion to the top flight, Munich topped the standings from start to finish, a feat FCB have uniquely achieved five times (1968/69, 1972/73, 1984/85, 2007/08, 2012/13). Gerd Müller retained the accolade as top scorer with 30 league goals. kicker magazine rated Beckenbauer the best player in the Bundesliga, a title he would defend for the next three seasons.


Bayern, who had signed two 18-year-olds named Uli Hoeneß and Paul Breitner at the start of the season, scored an astonishing 101 goals en route to their third domestic title. Forty of those were netted by Gerd Müller, a record likely to stand for all time. The campaign also included Munich's biggest-ever win, an 11-1 thrashing of Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 16. However, the title race went down to the last day, when Udo Lattek's Reds demolished second-placed Schalke 5-1 in the inaugural match at the new Olympiastadion.


Munich opened with a 5-0 win over Rot-Weiß Oberhausen to go top of the Bundesliga on the first day, a position they would not relinquish through to Matchday 34 as the Bavarians retained the title for the first time in their history, finishing 11 points clear of runners-up Köln. The championship was wrapped up on Matchday 30 with a 6-0 victory over Kaiserslautern, five of the goals coming from Gerd Müller, who again finished leading scorer on 36 goals.


FC Bayern completed the first of four title hat-tricks to date (1972-74, 1985-87, 1999-2001, 2013-15). Gerd Müller topped the scoring charts for the third time in a row and also had a chart hit with his pop ditty, "Dann macht es bumm!" In the table, Udo Lattek's team fought out a neck-and-neck battle with Mönchengladbach that was eventually decided on the penultimate day: Bayern beat Offenbach 1-0 but Gladbach lost by the same score in Düsseldorf and could no longer catch their rivals. The head-to-head between the teams in Gladbach a week later was devoid of meaning -- and also took place just a day after FCB's maiden European Cup triumph, a 4-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in a replay. The elated but exhausted Reds lost 5-0.

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