The 1980s: Breitnigge and the goal frame

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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 2 features 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986 and 1987.


FC Bayern in a period of transition: Sepp Maier, Gerd Müller and Katsche Schwarzenbeck left FC Bayern in the summer of 1979, three players from the golden years. Young manager Uli Hoeneß took up his work, his first official act being the signing of his younger sibling Dieter. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge finished leading scorer for the first time with 26 goals and was rated German as well as European Footballer of the Year. FCB ended up two points ahead of title holders Hamburger SV and celebrated the championship shield for the first time in six years. It was Uli Hoeneß' first championship as a manager.


The duo Breitnigge with skipper Paul Breitner and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge dominated the league. Bayern scored 89 goals, 46 of those netted by the leading duo. Breitner took ten penalties, scoring every time -- a league record unmatched to this day. Rummenigge retained the accolade of top scorer with 29 goals, Paul Breitner became Footballer of the Year. HSV were the Reds' closest rivals, but FCB finished four points clear at the top.


After Karl-Heinz Rummenigge left for Italy and FCB hired Lothar Matthäus the Reds set a new record with six wins in their first six matches, topping the standings until the end. The last matchday was thrilling though -- runners-up Bremen were only two points short. Bayern played away to Braunschweig, hitting the woodwork three times before Dieter Hoeneß scored the winner in the second half.


Bayern topped the table one single time -- on the decisive Matchday 34! On the penultimate day Werder Bremen could have wrapped up the title in the direct encounter with the Bavarians. Werder, two points clear of second placed FCB, were awarded a highly disputed penalty for handball in the 89th minute at a score of 0-0, but Michael Kutzop hit the post. On the last matchday Bremen lost 2-1 to Stuttgart whereas Bayern demolished Gladbach 6-0 at home, winning the championship because of their better goal difference compared to Bremen (+9), with the sides level on points.


In his second year at FC Bayern Udo Lattek wrapped up the title hat-trick! The men from Munich won their third championship in a row with a six-point lead over Hamburger SV. They were unbeaten away that season -- a first in Bundesliga history. In the end Bayern won their tenth German championship, meaning that they were sole record champions now, ahead of FC Nürnberg. The season began with a historic miss: on the first matchday Dortmund forward Frank Mill was suddenly alone in front of the Bayern goal at the Olympiastadion, but hit the post.

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