Another extract from my upcoming opus on my thirty-three years as a fan of FC Bayern München, this piece presents the story of the European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign of 1985, and the lengths to which I would go to follow the team – as well as the punishments I would endure. As you will see, being Bayern fan was not always about glorious trebles!
August 21, 2013
Kramer and the Kleeblätter: Four-for-Four in Fürth
After their traumatic debut season in the 1. Bundesliga, SpVgg Greuther Fürth are looking forward to a quick return, and have made the perfect start. Here’s a review of their first four matches as they get their 2. Bundesliga campaign under way.
Having been led to their ground-breaking treble by Jupp Heynckes, FC Bayern München now have everything to prove with new players and a new coach, Pep Guardiola. Can the former Barcelona boss take Bayern to more success, or might he end up tinkering a little too much?
On August 14th 1994, FC Bayern München would take on village side TSV Vestenbergsgreuth at Nürnberg’s Frankenstadion. Many would would expect a massacre, but what would follow would be one of the biggest shocks in the history of postwar German football.
July 15, 2013
2. Bundesliga Season Preview: SpVgg Greuther Fürth
After a traumatic one-season stint in the top flight, Franconian outfit SpVgg Greuther Fürth find themselves back in the 2. Bundesliga. This pre-season preview looks ahead to 2013/14 campaign for the club known as Die Kleeblätter – “the Cloverleaves”.
July 11, 2013
A wet and soggy evening in München
A retrospective piece on one of FC Bayern München’s greatest victories in a losing cause, the match against AC Milan in the 1989/90 European Cup semi-final. A pulsating match played in a wet and soggy Olympiastadion.
A nostalgic look back at the historic DFB-Pokal semi-final between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern München in 1984, when the seventy-thousand plus crowd at Gelsenkirchen’s Parkstadion would be treated to twelve goals in what would be an unforgettable extra-time thriller.
May 30, 2013
What A Difference A Year Makes: Robben’s Redemption
At the end of the Champions’ League Final at Munich’s Allianz Arena in 2012, Dutch winger Arjen Robben could be seen at the end of the pitch – a picture desolation after his penalty miss and the team’s eventual defeat to Chelsea. Fast forward a year later to Wembley, where Robben would exorcise the demons from that horrible evening.