Dieter Hoeneß and the absolute will to win in the 1982 cup triumph

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What a final flourish: Bayern were two down at half-time in the 1982 DFB cup final against FC Nürnberg 38 years ago on 1 May. But Munich mounted a comeback, Dieter Hoeneß' header rounding off the final 4-2 scoreline, a goal summing up FC Bayern's absolute will to win.

Dieter Hoeneß did not let a head injury stop him, his header sealing the 4-2 scoreline.

None other than Hoeneß. The forward had sustained a three-centimetre cut in a collision with Nürnberg's Alois Reinhardt in the 13th minute. But he continued with a turban-like bandage, his wound stitched at half-time.

No substitution

But a substitution was out of the question for Hoeneß: "I wouldn't have continued if we'd been in the lead, or if it had been a usual league match. But we were two goals down, and the pain was worth it," Hoeneß said, looking back. Pál Csernai's team needed the physical forward.

FC Bayern celebrating their triumph. Back row, left to right: Kurt Niedermayer, Dieter Hoeneß, Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Paul Breitner, Wolfgang Dremmler, Klaus Augenthaler. Front row: Hans Weiner, Manfred Müller, Udo Horsmann, Bernd Dürnberger.

FC Bayern against FC Nürnberg: back then it was the duel between the record cup winners and the record champions. The Franconians boasted nine championship titles, two more than their rivals, and FCN were very confident despite fighting relegation in the Bundesliga. Nürnberg got off to a good start, Reinhold Hintermaier and Werner Dreßel scoring before half-time.

Bayern dominant in second half

Klaus Augenthaler was powerless to prevent Werner Dreßel doubling the lead, but FCB bounced back.

But Munich upped the ante, with Hoeneß playing a crucial role. His header invited Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to pull one back before the hour. Wolfgang Kraus levelled the scores before Paul Breitner put Bayern in front with 20 minutes to go, converting from the spot after Kraus had been upended in a box – following a Hoeneß header.

Too exhausted to celebrate: Dieter Hoeneß after his goal. Nürnberg's Alois Reinhardt had been an onlooker when Hoeneß scored.

Another Hoeneß header

Nürnberg were behind now, but the Man of the Match had more salt to rub into their wounds: Hoeneß headed home a Breitner cross shortly before the final whistle, rounding off the final scoreline and a legendary cup clash. But instead of celebrating wildly, he just sat down on the pitch and raised his arms into the sky, his team-mates flocking to him. Even Hoeneß had been exhausted after the comeback.


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