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Bayern hope for lucky 13

FC Bayern München will play their 13th European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-final against an Olympique Lyonnais side contesting their first, yet recent history finds the pair evenly matched.

Bayern hope for lucky 13
Bayern hope for lucky 13 ©UEFA.com

FC Bayern München will hope 13 proves a lucky number when they take on first-time semi-finalists Olympique Lyonnais.

• The Bundesliga outfit are competing in their 13th semi-final in Europe's elite club competition and aiming to qualify for their first final since they last won the UEFA Champions League in 2001 – when, as now, they overcame Manchester United FC in the quarter-finals.

• Bayern hold the advantage in terms of history for this is Lyon's first UEFA Champions League semi-final. Indeed the Ligue 1 visitors have never played in the final of any major European competition – the closest they got previously was the last four of the 1963/64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, losing to Sporting Clube de Portugal after a replay.

Previous meetings
• The clubs have met six times in the UEFA Champions League over the past decade, recording two wins apiece.

• In the 2008/09 group stage, they drew 1-1 in Munich, Zé Roberto (52) cancelling out a Martín Demichelis own goal (25).

• The full lineups for that meeting on 30 September 2008 were:
Bayern: Rensing, Oddo, Breno, Lucio, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Demichelis, Zé Roberto, Ribéry (Borowski 82), Klose, Toni.
Lyon: Lloris, Réveillère, Cris, Bodmer, Mensah, Juninho (Boumsong 87), Toulalan, Makoun, Govou (Ederson 36), Fred (Mounier 75), Benzema.

• Bayern secured first place in the section with a 3-2 win in Lyon on the final matchday that consigned their hosts to second. The Bavarian side raced into a three-goal lead through Miroslav Klose (11, 37) and Franck Ribéry (34) before Sidney Govou (52) and Karim Benzema (68) narrowed the deficit.

• It was Lyon first and Bayern second when the teams met in the 2003/04 group stage. Then they drew 1-1 at Stade de Gerland – Péguy Luyindula's 88th-minute equaliser rescuing the hosts – before Lyon won 2-1 in Bavaria through a goal from Bayern old boy Giovane Elber.

• Demichelis featured for Bayern in those games with Anthony Réveillère and Govou in the Lyon side.

• The clubs first met in the 2000/01 second group stage, Jens Jeremies scoring the only goal in Munich in November 2000. Govou is the only survivor of that encounter, having appeared as an 81st-minute substitute.

• Govou hit two first-half goals to set up a 3-0 Lyon victory in the return fixture in France on 6 March 2001, but Bayern still advanced and went on to claim the trophy that year while Les Gones were eliminated.

Match background
• Bayern lost home (0-2) and away (1-2) in the group stage to French champions FC Girondins de Bordeaux – Lyon's victims in the quarter-finals.

• Four-times European champions, Bayern's record in European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals is seven wins and five defeats:
2000/01 Real Madrid CF: 1-0 (a), 2-1 (h)
1999/00 Real Madrid CF: 0-2 (a), 2-1 (h)
1998/99 FC Dynamo Kyiv: 3-3 (a), 1-0 (h)
1994/95 AFC Ajax: 0-0 (h), 2-5 (a)
1990/91 FK Crvena Zvezda: 1-2 (h), 2-2 (a)
1989/90 AC Milan: 0-1 (a), 2-1 (h)
1986/87 Real Madrid CF: 4-1 (h), 0-1 (a)
1981/82 PFC CSKA Sofia: 3-4 (a), 4-0 (h)
1980/81 Liverpool FC: 0-0 (a), 1-1 (h)
1975/76 Real Madrid CF: 1-1 (a), 2-0 (h)
1974/75 AS Saint-Etienne: 0-0 (a), 2-0 (h)
1973/74 Újpest FC: 1-1 (a), 3-0 (h)

• Overall Bayern have contested 20 semi-finals in UEFA competition, winning nine and losing 11. Their most recent semi-final was against FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup when they drew 1-1 at home but lost 4-0 away.

• Bayern's home record against Ligue 1 opposition is W7 D2 L3. They have won two out of three two-legged contests with French sides, most recently the 1995/96 UEFA Cup final against Bordeaux.

• Bayern recorded their third European Cup final victory by beating France's St-Etienne 1-0 in 1976, Franz Roth the scorer.

• Bayern coach Louis van Gaal is hoping to lead the German club to the UEFA Champions League 15 years after winning it with Ajax. Only Ernst Happel (Feyenoord 1970, Hamburger SV 1983) and Ottmar Hitzfeld (BV Borussia Dortmund 1997, Bayern 2001) have won the European Cup as coaches of two different clubs. FC Internazionale Milano's José Mourinho, a winner with FC Porto in 2004, is also attempting the feat this time round.

• Bayern feature two players in their squad with experience of a UEFA Champions League final. Mark van Bommel won the 2006 showpiece while at FC Barcelona and Hans-Jörg Butt was on the losing side with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2002.

• Lyon have recorded four wins and a draw on their last five visits to Germany. Their overall record on German soil is W4 D2 L5.

• In two-legged ties against Bundesliga sides, Lyon's record is two wins and three defeats.

Team ties
• Van Gaal faced France's AJ Auxerre in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League group stage while at Ajax. He oversaw a 1-0 win in France and a 2-1 home defeat.

• Klose has unhappy memories of facing Lyon – he was in the Werder Bremen side beaten 10-2 on aggregate by Les Gones in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

• Ribéry had mixed fortunes against Lyon in French football. He never got the better of them in Ligue 1, in one game with FC Metz and three with Olympique de Marseille. But he did help eliminate them twice from the French Cup. In 2005/06, he set up Mamadou Niang's winner in a 2-1 quarter-final success at Gerland and the next season featured again as OM won 2-1 in a last-16 tie at Vélodrome.

• Daniel Van Buyten spent two and a half seasons at Marseille from 2001.

• Van Buyten, who did not manage a victory in five Ligue 1 outings against Lyon, scored against them in a 4-1 home defeat for Marseille in November 2003. Réveillère and Govou were in the opposition lineup.

• Butt faced Lyon with Leverkusen in the first group stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2001/02. While Leverkusen won 1-0 in France, Les Gones prevailed 4-2 in Germany with Govou among the scorers.

• Arjen Robben struck his first UEFA Champions League goal for PSV Eindhoven against Auxerre in a 3-0 home win on 30 October 2002. He also scored in the Netherlands' 4-1 defeat of France at UEFA EURO 2008. Lyon's Jérémy Toulalan, Bafétimbi Gomis and Govou were in the France team along with Ribéry.

• Kim Källström was in the Sweden team beaten 2-0 by a Germany side including Klose, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

• On 14 October last year David Alaba appeared as a substitute for Austria in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in France. Hugo Lloris, Govou and Gomis were in the opposition team.

• The second leg will be played in Lyon on 27 April. The victorious team will advance to the final in Madrid on 22 May where they will play the winners of the Inter-Barcelona semi-final.

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