Advantage Bayern: The previous encounters with Barcelona
Seven wins, two draws, two defeats - that's FC Bayern's record from the eleven European clashes with Barcelona. Ahead of the opening match of the 2021/22 Champions League group stage next Tuesday at the Camp Nou, fcbayern.com takes a look back at the previous meetings.
1995/96: Bayern defy favourites to lift UEFA Cup
The first competitive meeting was in the semi-finals of the 1995/96 UEFA Cup. Despite the Catalans being favourites, Bayern claimed a 2-2 draw against Johan Cruyff's team in the first leg at the Olympiastadion. Marcel Witeczek and Mehmet Scholl netted for FCB, who were up against it in the reverse fixture in front of 115,000 spectators at the Camp Nou. The Bavarians were phenomenal on the night and took a 2-0 lead through Markus Babbel and Witeczek. Ivan de la Peña got one back for Barça shortly before the end, but Bayern were through to the final, where they claimed their first European title in 20 years with victory over Bordeaux.
1998/99: Two group stage wins
Two and a half years later, the sides met in the first Champions League group stage, with Bayern claiming victory in both games. Stefan Effenberg was the hero in the narrow 1-0 win in Munich, before Ottmar Hitzfeld's side went to Barcelona and recorded a 2-1 triumph. Alexander Zickler and Hasan Salihamidžić were the scorers at the Camp Nou, where Bayern would return later in the tournament for the final against Manchester United.
2008/09: No chance for Bayern in Catalonia
The Bavarians had an unhappy visit to Barcelona in the quarter-final first leg in 2009. A star-studded team featuring Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Thierry Henry blew away an injury-ravaged Bayern to comfortably win 4-0. The return leg at the Allianz Arena was a better showing, although the 1-1 draw wasn't enough to overturn the first-leg deficit as Barça progressed on their way to winning the Champions League.
2012/13: A show of strength en route to the treble
Bayern got revenge in some style four years later in the 2013 semi-finals. Jupp Heynckes' side ensured they had one foot in the final after just 90 minutes when Thomas Müller (2), Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben all netted in a 4-0 thrashing at the Allianz Arena. A week later in Barcelona, FCB kept their foot on the gas and recorded an equally impressive 3-0 win thanks to further strikes from Robben and Müller, as well as an own goal by Gerard Pique. It was the final step on the road to Wembley and the subsequent victory over Dortmund and the treble.
2014/15: Dream of Berlin final shattered
Two years after the treble, the Bavarians and Catalans met once again in the semi-finals. This time, the first leg was in Spain, where it remained goalless for almost 80 minutes, before the hosts chalked up a clear win with three late goals. An early strike from Medhi Benatia in the second leg provided hope of a comeback, but a first-half brace from Neymar nipped that in the bud. Robert Lewandowski and Müller made sure FCB won 3-2 on the night, but it was Barcça who went through to the final in Berlin, where they beat Juventus for the title.
2019/20: Spectacular 8-2 in Lisbon en route to the title
What an unforgettable night! FC Bayern fans will forever remember 14 August 2020. At the Champions League final tournament in Lisbon, the men from Munich faced Barcelona in the quarter-finals. The Bavarians really turned up the heat and put on a magnificent performance. The record champions were already 4-1 up at the break and didn't let up in the second half. The 8-2 win was Bayern's highest of all of their previous encounters with Barça. Nine days later, the Bavarians hoisted the trophy into the night sky in Lisbon after beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final.
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