Battle of the Bundesliga
As Borussia Dortmund prepare to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, we pick out a selection of the most memorable encounters between the two sides.
Bayern Munich 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, 1965-66)
In October 1965, Dortmund handed a Bayern team featuring the likes of Gerd Muller, Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier their first home defeat in the club's debut Bundesliga season thanks to Reinhold Wosab's brace.
Beckenbauer was guilty of missing a penalty that would have levelled the scores against a Dortmund side playing with ten men due to injury, and he blamed his coach, Zlatko Cajkovski, for making him take the spot-kick against his will.
"Oh, how Franz scolded 'Tschik'," Wosab recalled.
Bayern Munich 11-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, 1971-72)
Bayern had gone undefeated in their first 14 matches of the 1971-72 Bundesliga campaign before suffering a 3-2 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. In their next match, against Dortmund, they responded by unleashing the full might of their attack: Gerd Muller scored four and Uli Hoeness two in an eventual 11-1 win that still stands as the club's league record.
Bayern would score 101 goals that season in their 34 games as they clinched the title; Dortmund would ultimately be relegated after winning only six games.
Bayern Munich 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, 1986-87)
West Germany striker Frank Mill, making his Bundesliga debut for Dortmund, was guilty of one of the most glaring misses of all time when, with the scores level at 2-2, he took the ball around Bayern 'keeper Jean-Marie Pfaff.
"I picked up the pass, ran past two people and was alone with Jean-Marie Pfaff," he told ZDF Sport. "He came out and I got around him and the goal was empty." He said he would have just slid it home but decided to take inspiration from his friend, Pierre Littbarski, whose mastery of dribbling was "beautiful", to run with the ball and leave his opponents tumbling into the net. However, Mill stumbled, lost control, and ended up hitting the post. "I was too fast for the ball," he explained.
He became a figure of ridicule - "Things were pretty bad for me for the next six months" - and could not even escape his error during a holiday to San Francisco in December that year.
"When we got back to the hotel at about midnight, I switched on the telly," he said. "They were airing the curiosities of the year - a broken basketball hoop and things - and the second or third scene was mine. I was shocked at first. Then started laughing."
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayern Munich, Champions League quarter-final, 1997-98)
The only previous Champions League meeting between the sides came in 1998 and saw Dortmund, the defending European champions, edge a tight encounter after coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's departure. Following a 0-0 draw at the Olympiastadion, Stephane Chapuisat's volley in extra time in the second leg took Nevio Scala's men through to the semi-finals.
Dortmund fans had done their best to upset Bayern's Oliver Kahn ahead of the game, pelting the goalkeeper with so many bananas - on account of his perceived simian looks - that referee Laszlo Vagner was forced to delay the kick-off.
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga, 1999-2000)
Two goals from Heiko Herrlich had put Dortmund 2-0 up against the runaway Bundesliga leaders after 32 minutes in April 1999, ending the eventual champions' run of eight successive clean sheets in the league, and Bayern then saw Sami Kuffour given his marching orders. After the break, though, Bayern hit back as Dortmund's Stefan Reuter picked up a second yellow before Alexander Zickler and Carsten Jancker scored in quick succession to level the scores.
However, the story that day, as so often, was Oliver Kahn. With the score at 2-0, the Bayern goalkeeper - describing himself as "extremely annoyed" that Dortmund had upset his run of clean sheets - 'bit' Herrlich's face, before attempting a kung-fu kick on Stephane Chapuisat.
In 2008, Kahn told Der Spiegel that, while his behaviour "looked pretty wild", it was really all a lot of fuss about nothing.
"It just happened to be a highly emotional match in which I truly overstepped the mark," he said. "But it was in fact harmless, because nothing actually happened. I would certainly not have bitten Heiko Herrlich, and I was three metres away from Chapuisat. It's part of my game to occasionally send a message, one that may be unpopular to the outside world, but can be important for the team."
Herrlich, too, said the goalkeeper had "only nibbled" him. Even so, in 2010, a more contrite-sounding Kahn explained to Süddeutsche that, performing at the highest level, he had often struggled with the pressure and that such bizarre behaviour was his way of coping: "As a man, it can take you to extremes, making you do things that you would never normally do."
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga, 2000-01)
A potential title-decider at the Westfalenstadion: Dortmund, who had been beaten 6-2 at the Olympiastadion in November, were second, only one point behind Bayern, when they hosted the return match in April. What resulted was one of the most bad-tempered encounters yet seen between the two clubs.
Roque Santa Cruz had put Bayern ahead on six minutes, with Fredi Bobic levelling shortly after the break, while Oliver Kahn produced a stunning late save to keep Bayern top, but the postscript centred squarely on the aggression. Bayern saw Bixente Lizarazu receive a second yellow on 35 minutes, while Steffen Effenberg followed on the hour when he elbowed Dede, and the visitors had eight other players booked. Dortmund, meanwhile, had Evanilson sent off late on, and took referee Hartmut Strampe's total yellow-card tally up to 12.
Kahn claimed afterwards that the team's recent Champions League match at Manchester United had shown him how "petty" referees in Germany were, while Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness said: "I've never seen a game in which the referee has made 50 mistakes between the 1st and the 95th minutes." He added that Dortmund player Otto Addo "would be better off joining Circus Sarrasani". (An enthusiastic Andre Sarrasani responded by saying he'd be "thrilled if he joined our show", while suggesting Hoeness and Addo engage in a "peace summit" at his circus amid tigers, bears and elephants.)
Matthias Sammer, the Dortmund coach, was not amused by Hoeness' remarks. "That's really low," he said. "Although I actually admire Hoeness for his services to German football, it needs to be said. We have shown more class."
Bayern went on to win the title, stealing it from Dortmund's arch-rivals, Schalke, with a 94th-minute free-kick (all the drama can be seen here ).
Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, 2002-03)
Second-placed Dortmund took an early lead against Bayern in November 2002 before ill-discipline allowed the Bundesliga leaders to turn the match around.
Torsten Frings picked up a second yellow card just before the break, and Roque Santa Cruz drew Bayern level on 62 minutes. Dortmund coach Matthias Sammer then opted to bring on his final two substitutes, Sebastian Kehl and Lars Ricken, but a couple of minutes later Bayern seized the lead through Claudio Pizarro.
Dortmund goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who had earlier been the subject of a poor challenge from Elber, ran off to remonstrate with referee Michael Weiner only to be given a second yellow card. With no substitutes remaining, Jan Koller, the scorer of Dortmund's early goal, was forced to don the gloves.
The striker managed to avoid the concession of any further goals, and even had a go at scoring an equaliser late in the game, but Bayern came away with the three points. "One of the worst referees ever," Lehmann said.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, 2004-05)
As Dortmund slumped towards the financial abyss, Bundesliga leaders Bayern showed no mercy as they demolished an away team preparing to go into administration thanks to a Roy Makaay hat-trick as well as goals from Hasan Salihamidzic and Claudio Pizarro. "That was fun," Bayern coach Felix Magath smiled.
Dortmund's performance was miserable, with Bayern 'keeper Oliver Kahn not having a save to make, and BVB coach Bert van Marwijk said: "I can't accept hearing the term 'financial problems'. That to me is an excuse. We were not in the game at any point."
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich (DFB-Pokal final, 2007-08)
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke described the 2008 cup final as "the first sign of life" as his side took Bayern to extra-time less than a week after suffering a 5-0 Bundesliga drubbing at the Allianz Arena.
Luca Toni's 11th minute goal looked to have secured the trophy for Bayern before Mladen Petric, in the 92nd minute, forced an extra half-hour. Toni's second goal ultimately gave Bayern the victory in Ottmar Hitzfeld's final season, but Dortmund - who were that day linked with Mainz coach Jurgen Klopp for the first time - had shown signs of revival.
"We were lucky to win it in the end," Hitzfeld said afterwards.
Bayern Munich 1-3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, 2010-11)
"When I see our team, I am 100% sure that in a few weeks we will win in Munich," Bayern president Uli Hoeness had said in January 2011. "In a one-on-one battle with Dortmund, we have the better team - ours is the better team by far!"
As it turned out, Dortmund all but sealed the Bundesliga title with their first away win at Bayern in 19 years as Nuri Sahin delivered the standout performance.
After Lucas Barrios and Luis Gustavo had exchanged goals, Sahin curled into the top corner from 20 yards to restore Dortmund's lead, and Mats Hummels sealed the victory on the hour mark. The result put Dortmund 13 points clear of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and 16 clear of Bayern, and all but wrapped up the title before the end of February.
"I am extremely happy," BVB coach Jurgen Klopp said, having broken his glasses during the post-match celebrations. "Dortmund didn't win in Munich for 20 years. Sebastian Kehl was 11, and the rest of the boys were still being breastfed."
Borussia Dortmund 5-2 Bayern Munich, DFB-Pokal final, 2011-12)
"We are not here to be James Bond," Jurgen Klopp said after his Dortmund team clinched a league-and-cup double for the first time in their history. "It's not about world domination."
Yet even German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised his team as "deserved winners" after their demolition of Bayern, which suggested a power shift in the Bundesliga. Dortmund were ahead after just three minutes through Shinji Kagawa and, though Bayern equalised through an Arjen Robben penalty, BVB took control of the game, with Robert Lewandowski's hat-trick putting them out of sight. Even the loss of goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to injury on 34 minutes could not halt their charge.
Klopp described it as "the most extraordinary performance I have ever seen from a football team", but the Bayern camp were more concerned with their own display: honorary club president Franz Beckenbauer labelled it "embarrassing", while coach Jupp Heynckes described the defensive performance as "disastrous". Captain Philipp Lahm admitted to "glaring errors" but struck a more positive note: "We were the better team over the 90 minutes, even if it's hard to say that after losing 5-2."
Bayern were thus left to cling to the upcoming Champions League final at the Allianz Arena as they sought to salvage their season, but that too ended in disappointment for Jupp Heynckes' men as Chelsea held on to secure a penalty shootout victory.