Into the 1990s: Jupp, Trap and the Kaiser

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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 3 features 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997 and 1999.


After Bayern had faltered in the second half of the season FC Köln under coach Christoph Daum sensed their chance to win the championship and launched a verbal attack. Daum's appearance with Bayern manager Uli Hoeneß and coach Jupp Heynckes in the TV magazine Sportstudio was legendary. "Next Thursday your journey will come to an end," predicted Hoeneß. Indeed Bayern won 3-1 away to Köln on the Thursday in question, om Matchday 31 -- it was the decider in the title race. FCB finished five points clear of Köln and Heynckes celebrated his first championship in Munich. It was only in the scorer rankings that Bayern and Köln were inseparable at the top: Roland Wohlfarth and Köln striker Thomas Allofs shared the trophy with 17 goals each.


Once again the title race was a head-to-head with FC Köln. FC Bayern with coach Jupp Heynckes wrapped it up for the second time in a row, finishing six points ahead on this occasion. Bayern's very strong second half of the season proved decisive. Their last defeat dated back to November 1989: the Reds were unbeaten through the whole spring of 1990. On the last matchday (a 3-0 victory over Dortmund) the celebrations in Munich were unbridled. Thousands of fans stormed the pitch long before the final whistle. As it was unclear whether the match would be restarted the Reds raised a toast in the dressing room. The referee brought them back onto the pitch and let them play the match to the end.


On their way to a 13th championship title FC Bayern needed two coaches. After a turbulent first half of the season Erich Ribbeck was fired on 27 December 1993. The Munich men were third in the standings at that point. It was vice president Franz Beckenbauer who took over. With the Kaiser as coach Bayern wrapped up the title on the last matchday with a 2-0 win against Schalke. They only amassed 44 points in the days of two points for a win -- today it would be 61 points. This remains the lowest championship-winning total ever. On Matchday 32 the fans were treated to a historic event during the home game against FC Nürnberg. The referee awarded Thomas Helmer's so-called *ghost goal --*even though Helmer had missed and the ball actually hit the side-netting. The DFB revoked the 2-1 victory for FCB, but the Reds sealed a 5-0 win in the rearranged fixture ten days later.


In his second term at FC Bayern Italian legend Giovanni Trapattoni introduced the merciless and ultra-defensive Catenaccio system, celebrating his first title outside Italy. As a result Bayern conceded only three defeats. Nonetheless the Reds finished with a mere two-point edge over runners-up Leverkusen, because Trap's Bayern had settled for 11 draws.


Ottmar Hitzfeld took over at the beginning of the season. Six wins in their first six matches amounted to a superb start for the Reds. The team with prodigal son Stefan Effenberg and Player of the Year Lothar Matthäus took over the top of the table on the second matchday, a position they would not surrender until the end, when they finished 15 points clear of runners-up Leverkusen. However, the season would end in bitter agony: FCB lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the Champions League final after conceding two stoppage-time goals, and also lost the DFB Cup final to Bremen on penalties.

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