At Wembley on 25 May FC Bayern München will play in their tenth European Cup final – fewer only than Real Madrid CF (12 finals) and AC Milan (11). Victory in London would also take the Munich club onto five European triumphs, level with Liverpool FC; UEFA.com tells the story of their previous showpiece appearances.
1973/74 FC Bayern München 1-1 Club Atlético Madrid, replay 4-0
In a famous year for West German football, with the national side winning the FIFA World Cup, Bayern looked set for defeat in Brussels when a Luis Aragonés free-kick put Atlético ahead with six minutes of extra time left. However, a last-gasp equaliser from Georg Schwarzenbeck took the game to a replay. Two days later, two goals each from Gerd Müller and Uli Hoeness ensured Bayern returned to Bavaria brandishing the trophy.
1974/75 FC Bayern München 2–0 Leeds United AFC
Bayern finished tenth in the Bundesliga, but were imperious in Europe as they retained the trophy. Late strikes from Franz Roth and Müller, again, were enough to overcome Don Revie's Leeds team at the Parc des Princes, Paris, and keep hold of the silverware Bayern had won 12 months earlier.
1975/76 FC Bayern München 1–0 AS Saint-Étienne
Having beaten SL Benfica and Real Madrid CF en route to Hampden Park in Glasgow, Bayern subdued the classy St-Étienne pair of Dominique Bathenay and Dominique Rocheteau before a 57th-minute free-kick from Roth sent the trophy to Germany for a third consecutive season.
1981/82 Aston Villa FC 1-0 FC Bayern München
Back in the final after a six-year absence, Bayern were favourites to lift the trophy at Rotterdam's De Kuip. Instead, Peter Withe's second-half strike began a run of final disappointments against English clubs as Villa conquered Europe in their first term in the competition.
1986/87 FC Porto 2-1 FC Bayern München
Ludwig Kögl gave Bayern the advantage after 26 minutes in Vienna, yet the Bundesliga outfit would be denied by a late Porto comeback – not for the last time in a European Cup decider. Rabah Madjer levelled with 13 minutes to go and four minutes later set up substitute Filho Juary for the clincher.
1998/99 Manchester United FC 2-1 FC Bayern München
Bayern seemed destined for a fourth crown as the Camp Nou final entered added time: they had led since Mario Basler's sixth-minute goal, with Mehmet Scholl and Carsten Jancker also hitting the woodwork. United would make them pay for their profligacy in a climactic few seconds. Teddy Sheringham turned in the equaliser after a corner before, from another set piece under two minutes later, Ole Gunnar Solskjær broke Bayern hearts in an astonishing finish.
2000/01 FC Bayern München 1-1 Valencia CF (5-4 on penalties)
Bayern fell behind two minutes into the San Siro showpiece when Gaizka Mendieta converted a penalty for Valencia, runners-up to Real Madrid a year before. Scholl's penalty was then blocked by Santiago Cañizares, but Bayern did draw level from the spot through Stefan Effenberg early in the second period. Appropriately, the final was settled by a shoot-out, Oliver Kahn saving three Valencia attempts as Ottmar Hitzfeld became the second coach to land the trophy with two different clubs.
2009/10 FC Internazionale Milano 2-0 FC Bayern München
Contesting their first final in nine years, Louis van Gaal's Bayern were undone by Diego Milito at the Santiago Bernabéu. Internazionale's Argentina striker scored in either half to give Inter the elite club prize for the first time in 45 years.
2011/12 Chelsea FC 1-1 FC Bayern München (4-3 on penalties)
With the final at the Fußball Arena München, Bayern had an even greater incentive than usual – and when Thomas Müller headed them in front with seven minutes left, a fifth European crown was within reach. It was swiftly ripped away, though. Didier Drogba nodded Chelsea level five minutes later, and when Arjen Robben's penalty was repelled by Petr Čech early in extra time, fortune appeared to have turned against Bayern. So it proved in the shoot-out. While Juan Mata missed for Chelsea, Ivica Olić and Bastian Schweinsteiger had kicks saved, heralding Drogba's coup de grace.
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