In 2009/10 FC Bayern appointed Louis van Gaal as manager. The coach had just won the Dutch league with AZ Alkmaar and he was not the only new face at the Säbener Strasse in the summer of 2009: Arjen Robben arrived from Real Madrid and Mario Gomez moved from VfB Stuttgart to the Bavarian state capital.
Van Gaal also opted to use home-grown talent, handing largely unknown youngsters Thomas Müller and Holger Badstuber their chance in pre-season. The duo went on to become great players over the following seasons and are now established choices for FC Bayern and Germany.
Double win 2010 under Van Gaal
After a mixed start to the season Bayern upped their game week by week to thrill the fans with attractive attacking football. That approach culminated in FCB winning another league and cup double in 2010. Bayern missed out on a possible treble with a 2-0 defeat to Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Madrid, but despite that, the season went down as one of the most successful in the club’s history.
2009 also saw Uli Hoeneß take centre stage. After 30 years as general manager Hoeneß took over as president in November 2009 as the successor to Franz Beckenbauer, who was made an honorary president.
Van Gaal has to go, Jonker takes over
The 2010/11 season started with Bayern winning the Super Cup, reintroduced by the German League (DFL). FCB beat Schalke 2-0, but unfortunately it was the only trophy won in the whole season. The German cup run ended with a defeat to Schalke in the semi-finals and FCB were knocked out of Europe’s premier club competition by Inter Milan in the Round of 16.
And the Bundesliga campaign also failed to go to plan: The German record champions were in danger of missing out on a Champions League spot. Coach Van Gaal was released in April 2011 and his assistant Andries Jonker took over as caretaker manager, leading FCB to a third-place finish. That ensured a slot in the qualifying rounds for the Champions League.
In the summer of 2011 Jupp Heynckes took over as head coach at FC Bayern for the third time in his career. The 66-year-old put the German record champions back on track straight away with 2-0 and 1-0 victories over FC Zürich, ensuring a place in the Champions League group stage. The Reds coasted through the group with some breathtaking performances. FC Basel (Round of 16), Olympique de Marseille (quarter-final) and Real Madrid (semi-final) were all unable to stop FCB reaching the 2012 Champions League final at the Allianz Arena.
Drama on home turf
The great triumph of winning the final in Munich failed to materialise: in spite of FCB dominating the emotional 90 minutes of the game against Chelsea the score was 1-1 at full time. Extra time and penalties followed - with the English side coming out on top in the shoot-out.
The disappointment for Bayern was immense after missing out on the dream of winning the Champions League on their own ground. The first season under Heynckes ended with three second spots: FCB finished runners-up to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and the German Cup.
The fact that the season after the trio of second places was the most successful in the club’s history can be regarded as typical FC Bayern: Matthias Sammer, who took over as sporting director from Christian Nerlinger, exemplified the thirst for success at the club.
Bitter disappointment followed by record after record
The season began with a Super Cup victory against double winners Borussia Dortmund. The dominance of the team, called ‘Super Bayern’ by the end of the season, was evident throughout the campaign. The 23rd Bundesliga title was secured on Matchday 28. In the end Heynckes’ team clocked up 91 points, putting FCB 25 points ahead of second-placed Dortmund. Other new records included 29 wins, a goal difference of plus 80 and only 18 goals conceded.
It was clear Bayern were determined to lift the Champions League trophy this time round when they inflicted a 7-0 aggregate win on Barcelona in the semi-finals (4-0 in Munich; 3-0 in Barcelona). The lost final in Munich was followed by a final at Wembley where Arjen Robben produced a man of the match performance. The Dutchman, centre of controversy in the summer, netted the winner on 89 minutes in the 2-1 victory in the all-German final against Borussia Dortmund. The fifth Champions League triumph marked the end of a 12-year barren run in Europe’s elite club competition.
The German cup also provided a chance to gain revenge on the holders, albeit at the quarter-final stage. A 6-1 win against VfL Wolfsburg in the semi-final was followed by the final at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on 1 June against a passionate and determined VfB Stuttgart side. The Swabians were unable to spoil the Bavarian party in the end as FC Bayern became the seventh European and first German club to win the treble.
The 2013/14 season saw Spanish coach Pep Guardiola succeed Jupp Heynckes, and young Germany international Mario Götze also joined the club.