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Bayern Munich, who finished third last season in the Bundesliga, defeated FC Zurich in the Champions League's final qualifying round last August. The 3-0 two-legged victory secured Bayern a spot in the group stage.
There, Bayern won Group A with 13 points, beating out Napoli, Manchester City (who eventually won the English Premier League) and Villarreal (who, incidentally, were relegated from La Liga this season).
In the first knockout round, Bayern overcame Basel, winning the second leg 7-0 after losing the first leg 1-0 in Switzerland.
Bayern then handled Marseille 4-0 on aggregate in the quarterfinals and eliminated Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid on penalties in the semifinals (after a 3-3 aggregate draw following extra time).
Bayern finished second in the Bundesliga this season, eight points behind Borussia Dortmund. The same two teams also met in the German Cup final, with Dortmund winning 5-2.