Five biggest Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund matches
Ahead of another installment of Der Klassiker, ESPN FC Bundesliga contributor Mark Lovell looks back at five of the best and most important matches of this historic rivalry.
Bayern's 2013 Champions League win
We start with the biggest game of them all, which came in the 2013 Champions League Final at Wembley. Jupp Heynckes pitted his wits against young upstart Jurgen Klopp and a Dortmund side which included Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski.
Dortmund were the better team in a goalless first half, with Manuel Neuer pulling out a string of fine saves to keep Bayern in it. Midfield axis Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger gradually got a grip on the game and Mario Mandzukic put Bayern ahead just before the hour mark after brilliant work from Arjen Robben from the by-line. However, Ilkay Gundogan equalised from the penalty spot after a foul on Marco Reus by Dante.
With extra time looming in one of the best finals in recent memory, up popped Robben with an 89th-minute winner and redemption for his penalty miss against Chelsea the previous year.
After wrapping up their second and last Champions League title at the home of football, Heynckes ultimately sealed the Treble a week later in Berlin with a DFB Pokal win leaving the incoming Pep Guardiola with an almost impossible act to follow.
Peak 70s Bayern hit 11
Back in November 1971, Bayern Munich racked up their biggest ever Bundesliga win, hammering poor Dortmund 11-1.
Buoyed by club legends like Gerd Muller, Paul Breitner, Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer and Uli Hoeness, Bayern's golden era was about to commence in earnest, scooping up three straight Bundesliga titles (1972-74) and three European Cups (1974-76).
Bayern cruised leisurely into a 4-0 half-time lead and things deteriorated even more after the break for Dortmund. Muller bagged four goals on his way to a record tally of 40 for the season, which has never been beaten to this day.
Not even the groundsman forgetting to turn the floodlights on in time for the second half could save relegation-bound Dortmund from a good old-fashioned spanking at Grunwalderstrasse -- the historic ground Bayern shared with city rivals 1860 Munich until the move to the Olympiastadion the following year.
The game is also unique for goalkeepers Maier and Jurgen Rynio both sporting long dark trousers to ward off the biting November temperatures.
Lewandowski makes his mark
Bayern travelled to Borussia Dortmund under Heynckes still in with a sniff of the title back in April 2012. Just three points separated the two Bundesliga giants with Bayern closing in on Klopp's men on the back of nine straight wins.
An edgy, nervy and tense affair, yet one of the best Bundesliga atmospheres ever, was decided by Lewandowski's cute backheel, which left Neuer stranded with 13 minutes remaining.
Robben had the chance to equalise with five minutes left after "winning" a penalty, but a tame spot kick was easily saved by Roman Weidenfeller. The Dutchman blazed another chance high into the Dortmund night sky in added time, leaving Bayern's Bundesliga title hopes in tatters.
Interestingly, it proved Lewandowski's only league goal in his three seasons at the club against his future employer. But what a vital goal it proved to be as Klopp's charges did the double over Bayern, stretching their lead at the top to a virtually unassailable six points with four games remaining.
Dortmund cruise en route to Bundesliga title
This 3-1 victory against Louis van Gaal's Bayern in February 2011 was a masterclass of Klopp's brand of football.
Luis Gustavo cancelled out Lucas Barrios' ninth-minute strike, before Nuri Sahin restored Dortmund's lead with a sumptuous left-footed shot from the edge of the box. Klopp broke his glasses celebrating the goal. They now have a place in the Borussia museum in Dortmund.
Hummels rose imperiously to head home a Mario Gotze corner on the hour mark and the game was done and dusted, stretching their lead over Bayern to 16 points after just 24 games.
Buzzing after Dortmund's first win in Munich for 19 years, an elated Klopp said: "When Dortmund last won in Munich most of my players were still being breast fed."
As for Bayern, the end of the ill-feted Van Gaal era was only a matter of weeks away after burning his bridges with Uli Hoeness.
Klopp's Dortmund reach their peak
Both clubs haven't been the same since Bayern were humbled 5-2 by BVB in May 2012, crowning their first (and to this day their last) league and cup double, courtesy of their fifth successive win over Bayern.
Shinji Kagawa's third-minute strike put Dortmund in control early and rising star Hummels slotted home a penalty before Lewandowski's hat trick submerged Bayern into a whole new world of pain in a five-goal hammering.
"We have to clearly admit this is a disgrace," CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said at the postmatch banquet. Ever since, Bayern have been out for revenge, vowing never to have to go through that domestic embarrassment again.
Bayern have not looked back since that obliteration, easily winning the Bundesliga every season and going one better the following year with the historic Treble.
In addition, BVB have not been the same force domestically. Kagawa was the first to leave with an impressed Sir Alex Ferguson watching from the stands in Berlin that evening to lure him to him to Old Trafford that summer. Others have followed since and Dortmund have failed to return to the summit.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.