Six FC Bayern milestones up to the record game against Union
1,935 Bundesliga fixtures – what a number! With Saturday's game against Union Berlin (18:30 CET), FC Bayern will become outright record holders for matches contested in Germany's top flight. fcbayern.com has picked out a few special milestones en route:
Match #2: The first win
The FC Bayern success story took off on 21 August 1965. After the unfortunate opening defeat against city rivals 1860 Munich, then promoted FC Bayern played their first home game in the new Bundesliga. The young guns of Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier and Co. wanted to clock up their first points in their second appearance in Germany's national top flight – and they played accordingly: With goals from Rainer Ohlhauser (23) und Rudolf Nafziger (86) Bayern beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in front of their own fans at the Grünwalder Stadium and thereby celebrated their first win. A few more were to follow...
Match #220: Record win against Dortmund
On 27 November 1971, FC Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund by 11-1 (4-0) - back then still at the Grünwalder Straße. The goals for the hosts was scored by Gerd Müller (four), 'Bulle' Roth, Uli Hoeneß (two each) plus Beckenbauer, Wilhelm Hoffmann and Paul Breitner. The consolation goal for BVB was scored by Dieter Weinkauff. It is the only Bundesliga match to date where the record champions have reached double figures – which caused completely unexpected problems back then: Improvisation was called for to show the final result on the scoreboard and a seven was used. Anybody who looked closely could see that the team from Munich had triumphed by 71 to 1 on that historic afternoon.
Match #379: With a five-goal haul to 500 points
There was a similarly clear scoreline on 10 September 1976 when Bayern beat Tennis Borussia Berlin 9-0 in match number 379 to clock up Bundesliga points 500 and 501. Aptly, Gerd Müller scored five for the fourth time in his career and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (three goals) and Jupp Kappelmann were also on the scoresheet. A win was worth two points back then which explains the long waiting time until the landmark point was scored against Tennis Borussia – according to the current system alone, Bayern would now have an impressive 3,097 points from 1934 games.
Match #627: FC Bayern, Forever Number 1
At the start of the 1983/84 season FC Köln were top of the all-time Bundesliga table but FC Bayern were already breathing down the necks of the Rhineland side. After the lead changed twice in the first half of the season, FCB took over top spot again on 26 November 1983 and had not given that position up since – and that was a win against a true bogey team: For years, the FCB games away to FC Kaiserslautern led Paul Breitner to say you might as well send the points by post. Coach Udo Lattek did not agree and dug deep into his box of tricks. Instead of playing in the club colours, he fielded his team at the Betzenberg in a yellow and blue "Brazil outfit" – and that proved effective. Jean-Marie Pfaff saved a penalty from Andreas Brehme, Klaus Augenthaler scored the only goal of the game to secure a 1-0 away win. The spell was broken and Bayern have never given up top spot in the all-time table since then.
Match #1714: Victory 1,000 in the Bundesliga
Ten times ten equals a thousand? This calculation was anything but correct for Bayern on 24 October 2015. With their tenth win in the tenth match of the season, the men from Munich not only celebrated a Bundesliga record at the start of a season that still holds today, but at the same time also posted Bayern's 1,000th Bundesliga win in 1,714 matches - what a win rate! Arjen Robben (35th), Arturo Vidal (40th), Robert Lewandowski (62nd) and Thomas Müller (77th) scored in the comfortable 4-0 victory over FC Köln which went down in the annals of Germany's elite division: "It's great for us as a team and for every single player to have been there," commented Manuel Neuer: "You'll enjoy remembering it later."
Match #1830: Gnabry fires FCB's 4,000th goal
On 2 March 2019, Bayern were once again in free-scoring mood, but one goal stood out. In the 5-1 win at Mönchengladbach, scorers Javi Martínez (2), Müller (11) and Lewandowski (47/90+1) were joined by Serge Gnabry in the 75th minute to make it 4-1 at that point, helping FCB to become the first team in Bundesliga history to pass the 4,000-goal milestone. Around three years later, the record champions have scored 4,309 goals in the top flight, with an average of 2.3 goals per Bundesliga match since promotion.
Facts & figures on the record match: