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Celebrating Stefan Effenberg

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His passes were always on-point, his free-kicks were a dream and his desire was infectious. Stefan Effenberg was a real leader on the pitch and during his six years at Säbener Straße (1990-92 and 1998-2002), he led Bayern to three league titles, one DFB Cup and of course major European successes in the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup in 2001 - the year he was also crowned European Footballer of the Year. His place in the FC Bayern Hall of Fame is secure.

The former Bayern captain celebrates his 50th birthday on Thursday and fans will look back fondly on Effenberg's countless great moments, from lunging midfield runs to tackles in Champions League finals or emotional celebrations like the one in this image. fcbayern.com honors 'the Tiger' and congratulations him on his milestone birthday!

In the ‘Looking Back’ series, fcbayern.com presents regular snapshots from the photo archives for fans to enjoy.

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