Often referred to as the German Clasico, or Der Klassiker, the matches between Bayern München and BVB Dortmund are the most anticipated on the German calendar. This Saturday that rivalry continues.
Historically, Bayern have often been the favourites, winning 49 of the 100 encounters against their rivals, while Dortmund have tasted victory on 29 occasions.
In the Bundesliga this season, the Bavarians have opened up a commanding five-point lead, and a victory for Thomas Tuchel on Saturday will bring them right back into the mix.
As part of our build-up to this weekend’s match at the Westfalenstadion, we go back through the ages and relive a few of the memorable matches between these two rivals.
Bayern 11-1 Dortmund, 1971/72 (Bundesliga)
We start off with this classic which symbolised both the peak of the Gerd Müller-Franz Beckenbauer-Sepp Maier era for Bayern, as well the one of the lowest points in Dortmund’s history.
Müller scored four goals in this one and Bayern went on to win the league easily while Dortmund ended up being relegated.
This match remains Dortmund’s biggest ever Bundesliga defeat, but they can take heart from the fact that this Bayern side was one of the best ever. They did win the next three European Cups after all.
Dortmund 2-2 Bayern 1998/99 (Bundesliga)
Bayern’s legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was at the centre of this encounter, from his kung-fu kick on Stephane Chapuisait, his save of Lars Ricken’s penalty to his attempted bite on Heiko Herrlich.
Herrlich had put Dortmund 2-0 up in the first half, before late goals from Alexander Zickler and Carsten Jancker meant Bayern got a share of the spoils.
This match wouldn’t be a typical Bayern/Dortmund encounter without a few red cards, and Stefan Reuter and Samuel Kuffour were both given their marching orders for naughty fouls.
Dortmund 1-1 Bayern 2000/01 (Bundesliga)
This encounter was arguably the most aggressive of all the matches between the two sides, with Bayern once again leading the league standings but with Dortmund in hot pursuit.
Things got ugly fairly soon after Roque Santa Cruz gave Bayern an early lead, as Bixente Lizarazu got sent off to bring Dortmund back into the game. The hosts equalised through Fredi Bobic, and on the hour mark Bayern were reduced to nine men when Stefan Effenberg was sent off after an elbow on Dede – the Bayern captain proceeding to blow kisses at the Dortmund fans as he left the pitch.
No more goals were scored, but Hartmut Strampe continued to flash his cards until his heart was content, as Evanilson was given his marching orders and 11 other players went into the referee’s book.
A typical sort of Dortmund-Bayern match then.
Bayern 1-3 Dortmund, 2010/11 (Bundesliga)
Having won the reverse fixture 2-0 on home soil earlier in the season, Dortmund went into this one having not beaten their great rivals on their own patch in nearly 20 years.
This encounter signalled something of a power shift in German football, as Jurgen Klopp’s energetic young team proved more than a match for their more fancied rivals.
Lucas Barrios, Nuri Sahin and former Bayern youth rejected Mats Hummels were on the scoresheet, with Sahin, in particular, impressing.
The victory, their first in Bavaria for 19 years, handed them a 16-point advantage at the top of the standings, and ultimately the Bundesliga title.
Dortmund 5-2 Bayern 2011/12 (DFB-POKAL)
The victory was Dortmund’s fifth successive one over Bayern and showed Klopp’s side at their absolute peak.
It capped off a great season for Die Borussen, who won the domestic double for the first time in their history. The match was a cracker too…
For Bayern, it brought an end to a forgettable season, where they finished as runners-up in both domestic competitions before losing to Chelsea in the Champions League final.
Dortmund 1-2 Bayern, 2012/13 (Champions League)
Bayern got their revenge the next year, though, when these two met in the Champions League final at Wembley, the first all-German European final
While Klopp’s side dominated for large parts, it was Bayern who left London celebrating after goals from Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben coming either side of an Ilkay Gündogan penalty for Dortmund.
The next weekend, Bayern beat VfB Stuttgart in the DFB-Pokal final to win their first ever treble.