Tue, 25/05/21, 11:38
When Bayern were crowned kings of Europe
Ask any Bayern fan where they were on 25 May 2013 and they'll have no hesitation in answering. Whether in London, Munich or anywhere else in the world, the red and whites were feverishly awaiting the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. No-one is likely to ever forget that night, because at the end of a legendary match, the men from Munich were the ones who hoisted the trophy. "When I woke up that day, my first thought was: Today we're going to do this!", Bastian Schweinsteiger later recalled. Eight years on, we know that the footballing idol was right.
After some initial problems, Bayern took control of the game from the middle of the first half and went ahead through a Mario Mandžukić strike in the 60th minute. FCB played with great confidence "and although Ilkay Gündogan equalised from the spot just afterwards (67', editor's note), I never once thought things could go wrong again," Schweinsteiger continued.
Arjen gets the job done
The crucial moment of the game is probably still fresh in every Bayern fan's mind. It was the 89th minute when a long pass from Jérôme Boateng found Franck Ribéry, and the Frenchman deftly back-heeled the ball to the incoming Arjen Robben, who took the ball past two defenders before slotting it past onrushing BVB keeper Roman Weidenfeller. The ball seemed to move in slow motion and take forever, but it finally rolled over the line, kick-starting wild cerebrations from the Reds' fans.
Video of the goal
FC Bayern had done it! The win in the final saw them crowned European champions for the fifth time. "Even though I've seen it 20 or 30 times, it still sends shivers down my back," Robben said. We feel the same way, we just can't get enough of this magnificent moment: