Bayern’s most legendary knockout games from 1971 to 1980

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A hat-trick to secure European crown, cup battles and memorable clashes – fcbayern.com looks back at Bayern’s most legendary knockout games between 1971 and 1980.

19.06.1971: FC Bayern vs FC Köln


Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Dieter Brenninger on one side – Wolfgang Overath, Hannes Löhr and Heinz Flohe on the other: The DFB Cup final of 1971 saw Bayern and FC Köln produce an end-to-end encounter at the Neckar Stadium in Stuttgart with plenty of goalmouth action at both ends. The team under Udo Lattek had missed out on winning the league title on the last day of the season with a 2-0 defeat at MSV Duisburg – winning the cup offered the chance to make amends. However, the Rhinelanders took the lead through Bernd Rupp on 14 minutes – and after Beckenbauer had equalised (52'), FCB suffered the next blow: Herward Koppenhöfer was shown the red card on 71 minutes for violent conduct and he was the first player ever to be sent off in a DFB Cup final. Despite being a man down, Bayern showed a reaction and took the game to extra time with substitute Edgar Schneider (118') netting the winner at 2-1 to prevent a replay and secure FCB's fifth cup final win.

03.11.1971: FC Bayern vs Liverpool


FC Bayern and Liverpool were already amongst the top teams in Germany and England back in the 1970s and the meeting in the Round of 16 of the European Cup Winners Cup campaign of 1971/72 was eagerly awaited. After a goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield, the outcome was in the hands of FCB for the second leg at the Grünwalder Stadium on 3 November. The move to the new Olympic Stadium in the summer was already a done deal and the Reds wanted to say farewell to the stadium in Giesing in a fitting manner. A brace from Gerd Müller (25'/27') in two minutes secured an early lead. Liverpool pulled a goal back just before half-time but Uli Hoeneß netted on 58 minutes to seal a 3-1 win and secure progress to the next round. In the following quarter-final against Steaua Bucharest, as well as later in the semi-final against Glasgow Rangers, Bayern could not do better than a 1-1 draw on their own turf – so the 3-1 victory over Liverpool was the last European win at the venerable Grünwalder.

12.04.1972: FC Köln vs FC Bayern


Where there are cup triumphs, there are also painful defeats – and the one at FC Köln in the quarter-finals in 1972 was particularly painful. Literally: Bayern had secured a convincing 3-0 win at home to the Rhinelanders two weeks before but the competition then included a second leg and the team from Cologne were determined to come out on top. With, putting it politely, robust challenges, the hosts turned the game round in the second leg after 50 minutes. Gerd Müller pulled a goal back to make it 4-1 to revive hopes of progressing to the next round. However, Rupp scored the final goal to make it 5-1 and the cup exit was the biggest defeat for the record cup winners in this competition to date. Given the physicality of the game, the press later talked about the "Battle of Cologne" – and there were several victims at FCB: Wolfgang Sühnholz suffered a broken leg, goalkeeper Manfred Seifert had to be substituted due to a rib injury and Franz Krauthausen lost a tooth in a confrontation with FC Köln’s Heinz Flohe after the final whistle.

03.10.1973: Åtvidabergs FF vs FC Bayern


The Swedish champions Åtvidabergs and their striker Conny Torstensson were an unknown quantity ahead of the first round clash in the European Cup of 1973/74 – but that was soon to change. The first leg in Munich saw Udo Lattek's team win 3-1 but the supposed underdogs upped their game in the second leg. FCB were on the verge of being knocked out thanks to a brace from Torstensson and another goal from Veine Wallinder. Uli Hoeneß scored to take the tie to extra-time with the Swedes losing out on penalties – not without making an impression: "We've got to have the guy with the red boots," demanded Bayern president Wilhelm Neudecker after the game but he had made a mistake. Not the scorer of the two goals Torstensson but instead his teammate Reine Almqvist was the wearer of the unusual footwear at the time. "We really did very much look like each other," Torstensson later recalled and he added with a wink: "So they brought in the wrong player!" Never mind: The Swedish striker joined FC Bayern after the winter break and went on to win the European Cup in the same season – and he proved he was the right man with 25 goals in 119 games.

24.10.1973: FC Bayern vs Dynamo Dresden


East versus West champions: As soon as the draw was made for the Round of 16 in the European Cup, it was clear that this prestigious clash in the period of the Cold War was not only enacted on the pitch. In the so-called 'Operation Advance', preparations at the Stasi HQ were in full swing: The 1,000 Dresden supporters at the first leg in Munich were individually selected – and they witnessed a strong performance from their team: Dynamo were 3-2 up at the break, which led president Neudecker to up the win bonus to 12,000 Deutschmarks during the half-time break. That reaped rewards. Bayern turned the game around and ran out 4-3 winners with goals from Franz Bulle Roth and Müller.

07.11.1973: Dynamo Dresden vs FC Bayern



Bayern took a circuitous route for the second leg in Dresden: Out of fear of being spied on or, in the worst case, having something put in their food, FC Bayern did not follow the usual procedure of spending the night before the European game in the host venue but instead remained in West Germany 180 kilometres away in Hof in Upper Franconia. Udo Lattek's team never entered the envisaged team hotel 'Newa' in Dresden – and the tactical move of the Bayern coach to play Uli Hoeneß up front instead of Müller remained a secret until kick-off: In the first 15 minutes, Hoeneß scored twice to give FCB a 2-0 lead. However, Dynamo refused to give up and again turned the game round. The joy of the team from Saxony did not last long – just two minutes after Dresden were 3-2 up, Müller scored the equaliser. Bayern held on to the draw and went through to the quarter-finals.

15.05.1974 / 17.05.1974 FC Bayern vs Atlético Madrid



For the first time in the club's history, FC Bayern were in the European Cup final. After a goalless 90 minutes at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, the game went into extra time and Atletico Madrid made it 1-0 on 114 minutes. A bitter blow for FCB. But then came the grand performance from Hans-Georg Katsche Schwarzenbeck. The former Germany international let loose from 25 metres out to level at 1-1. "Even I don't know why I had a shot," said Schwarzenbeck who was primarily known for his defensive skills back then. So there was a replay on 17 May 1974. The venue was the same and now the Bayern engine was purring. First, Hoeneß (28') nutmegged Miguel Reina, father of the former FCB keeper Pepe Reina, to make it 1-0 at half-time. In the second half, Müller fired in a volley from an incredible angle to make it 2-0 (56') before adding another on 69 minutes. Hoeneß rounded off the scoring on 82 minutes and Bayern were able to hug each other in celebration. "The Spaniards were the bull and the Germans the matador!", read the headline in a Spanish newspaper afterwards.

28.05.1975 FC Bayern vs Leeds United



On 28 May 1975, Bayern anticipated the highlight of a rather mediocre season in Paris: The reigning champions were only tenth in the league and had been knocked out of the DFB Cup in the semi-finals. But everything was running like clockwork again in the European Cup and the Reds could not only defend their title in Paris but also secure qualification for the European competition following season. However, the game did not prove to be straightforward and Leeds United made their mark on FCB. Both Björn Andersson and Uli Hoeneß had to go off with knee injuries after being fouled. Leads took umbrage at several decisions of the referee and there was trouble amongst the fans of the English club during the game. But Dettmar Cramer's team kept their cool and finally broke through on 72 minutes. Roth scored with a low drive at the end of a fast attack. The win was sealed ten minutes later. Gerd Müller made it 2-0 after being put through by Jupp Kapellmann. After the final whistle, there was further trouble amongst English fans that led to Leeds United being banned from European competitions by UEFA for several years.

31.03.1976: Real Madrid vs FC Bayern


This classic fixture of today was a novelty back then. FC Bayern and Real Madrid met for the first time in the European Cup at the semi-final stage in 1976. And the clash of the titans of the two football powers created several stories for posterity. The first leg in front of 120,000 fans at the Bernabéu ended all square at 1-1, although the only cameraman in the stadium missed the equaliser scored by Gerd Müller. At the end of the game, the Bayern goalscorer was attacked by a supporter but Sepp Maier intervened in time to overpower the enraged Madrid fan: "I fearlessly put myself in the middle, took the rascal in a headlock and handed him over to the police," recalled the FCB keeper. Müller clearly took the attack as inspiration. He bagged a brace in the return match at the Olympic Stadium in Munich on 14 April 1976. The Madrid team including former Bayern player Paul Breitner and Germany's midfield maestro Günter Netzer failed to score and that meant FC Bayern were in the final for the third year in succession.

12.05.1976 FC Bayern vs AS Saint Étienne


Twelve months after Bayern had beaten St Étienne on course to the final against Leeds United, both teams faced each other again. But this time it was in the final at Hampden Park. St Étienne wanted to be the first French team to win the trophy and they put FCB under pressure. The woodwork twice saved the men from Munich before Bulle Roth scored the only goal of the game with a powerful free kick on 57 minutes to win the title. After Real Madrid and Ajax, Bayern were the third club to win the European Cup for the third time in succession – and the how was not necessarily crucial for the goalscorer in the final: "Perhaps St Étienne were actually the better team but it was a final and we won in the end," Roth later admitted in an interview.

21.12.1976 Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte vs FC Bayern



After FC Bayern did not take part in the Intercontinental Cup in 1974 due to scheduling difficulties, and the competition was not held in 1975, it finally happened in 1976: After a hat-trick of titles in the European Cup, FCB took part in the Intercontinental Cup for the first time and lifted the title straightaway. Back then, the clash between the European Cup winners and the winners of the Copa Libertadores involved a lot of travelling with home and away legs. FC Bayern paved the way to victory with a 2-0 win against Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte at the Olympic Stadium in Munich at the end of November. The title was lifted on 21 December 1976 in a goalless draw at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto that will certainly be well remembered by German FCB fans as the venue for the World Cup semi-final in 2014.

08.01.1977 FC Bayern vs FC Bayern II

In the 1970s, club reserve teams were able to qualify for the DFB Cup and that led to a special clash on 8 May 1977: The FC Bayern first team played the FCB Reserves. The second team progressed to the Round of 16, further than ever before in the DFB Cup, and they were absolutely determined to put one over on their big brothers. And the FCB Reserves clearly got off to a better start. Wilhelm Reisinger opened the scoring on 13 minutes. That was not at all to the liking of the senior team. Gerd Müller hit back with a hat-trick (18'/24'/27') to turn the game around single-handedly. The Reserves did score again two minutes later through Eduard Kirschner but Rainer Künkel scored to make it 4-2 at half-time. The second half was equally eventful. Erhan Önal put the Reserves back in the game with a goal on 76 minutes but, with his fourth strike on 80 minutes, 'Der Bomber' finally sealed victory to put the first team through to the quarter-finals with a 5-3 win.

22.04.1980 Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Bayern


The semi-final of the UEFA Cup in 1979/80 was historic from a German perspective. In addition to the clash between FC Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt, the other tie saw Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfB Stuttgart play each other so that all the teams were from the Bundesliga. 177 minutes had been played in the two legs and FC Bayern – 33 years before the final at Wembley – were on course for an all-German final. However, Bruno Pezzey (87') cancelled out the 2-0 first leg win for Bayern with his second goal of the game to take the game at Frankfurt's Waldstadion into extra time. Then it was end-to-end action. Harald Karger (103') scored to make it 3-0 but then Wolfgang Dremmler (105') levelled to give the team under Pál Csernai renewed hopes of reaching the final. But Karger scored again two minutes later (107') before Werner Lorant (118') made it 5-1 just before the final whistle to put Frankfurt through to the final. 

Here it continues with the most legendary knockout games for FC Bayern in the 1980s:

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