The road to Bayern's 30th championship title
Sun, 28/06/20, 12:00
FC Bayern's incredible season at a glance
Bayern reaped the fruit of their labour on Matchday 34. Manuel Neuer & Co. were presented with the championship shield after the match against Wolfsburg. But the road to the title was not easy. fcbayern.com has compiled the decisive moments in the 2019/20 campaign.
The 2-0 defeat to Dortmund in the Supercup final was followed by the next setback. Robert Lewandowski's two goals were not enough against Hertha Berlin. Niko Kovač and his team were held to a 2-2 draw at home.
At the top for the first time
Bayern topped the table after a hard-fought 3-2 victory away to Paderborn on Matchday 6. Striker Lewandowski shone again when he scored his tenth goal this campaign against the bold promoted side.
The 7-2 gala victory over Tottenham in the Champions League was followed by a setback. FCB's attack was ineffective against Hoffenheim, Bayern leaving the pitch as losers for the first time this Bundesliga campaign. Bayern put up a fight but ultimately lost 2-1 at home.
Damper in Frankfurt
Munich fell 5-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 10. Thomas Müller's milestone of 500 competitive appearances was overshadowed by the bitter defeat. FC Bayern and Niko Kovač parted ways after the match, assistant coach Hansi Flick taking over.
Seventh place after gala displays
It’s a match that’s watched by the whole footballing world – and Bayern more than rose to the occasion! In Hansi Flick’s first game in charge, age-old rivals Borussia Dortmund were the visitors to the Allianz Arena. From kick-off, FCB didn’t give BVB a sniff of a chance and ran out 4-0 winners. Bayern went on to beat Fortuna Düsseldorf 4-0 but fell at home to Bayer Leverkusen and away to Borussia Mönchengladbach despite dominating the matches. Bayern dropped to seventh place, seven points short of leaders Gladbach at the start of December.
Golden week before Christmas
But Bayern mounted a comeback and enjoyed a perfect week before the winter break. The German record champions downed Werder Bremen 6-1, with Philippe Coutinho bagging a hat-trick. Four days later it looked like SC Freiburg and Bayern would share the spoils, but Flick proved his magic touch: Joshua Zirkzee came on as a sub and soon made it 2-1 with his first touch in the Bundesliga. Serge Gnabry put the game to bed when he scored Bayern's third. Three days later the duo struck again. Flick introduced Zirkzee late in the match against VfL Wolfsburg. Again, the Dutchman put Bayern ahead before Gnabry closed out the meeting. FC Bayern were in third place during the winter break, four points short of top spot.
Bayern reclaim top after excellent start
FC Bayern reclaimed top spot on 1 February. After a 4-0 victory over Hertha Berlin and a 5-0 win against FC Schalke, Munich downed FSV Mainz 3-1 to return to the summit of the Bundesliga. A goalless draw in the top match against RB Leipzig was followed by a 4-1 victory over FC Köln and a 3-2 win against SC Paderborn.
Impressive display away to Hoffenheim
FC Bayern turned in a gala display against TSG Hoffenheim on Matchday 24. Munich led by six goals when the match was overshadowed in the 78th minute. Play was suspended due to defamatory banners against Dietmar Hopp in the FC Bayern fan block. When the teams returned to the pitch, they symolically passed the ball to each other until the final whistle. FC Bayern players and officials then went to the Hoffenheim fans together with the home players as a gesture of solidarity.
Last game in front of fans
FCB contested their last match in front of fans on 8 March. On the occasion of the club’s 120th birthday, a huge tifo welcomed the team for the home match against Augsburg, while the players also wore a commemorative kit. It ended in a 2-0 win, with Bayern increasing their advantage over closest rivals Dortmund to four points. It was the last match in March, the Bundesliga being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sensational restart and early decicion
The restart came two months later on 17 May, but without the many spectators at the stadium. Bayern picked up where they had left off. They won 2-0 away to Union Berlin before the decisive 1-0 victory away to Dortmund, Joshua Kimmich's stroke of genius handing Bayern three points. FCB extended their lead at the top to seven points.
Bayern seal title
Bayern won 1-0 away to Werder Bremen on Matchday 31, sealing their 30th championship title. Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal. Munich finished the Bundesliga campaign in style when they beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-0, rounding off a century of goals this term. The German recorch champions were presented with the well-earned championship shield after the match. A few weeks beforehand, hardly anyone had expected Bayern to finish 13 points clear of runners-up Dortmund.