Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund: 20 Great Der Klassiker Moments
Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund for the first time in the 2014 calendar year this Saturday. When they met in November, the clubs were separated by just four points in the Bundesliga. But Bayern have been consistent since, winning nearly every game as BVB have slipped to 20 points behind the Bavarian giants.
Pep Guardiola's side have already won the title and the match may have a bit less of the spark it had in November, especially considering the likelihood of both teams resting a number of star players after taxing midweek Champions League fixtures.
The match nonetheless will surely be a highly competitive affair between two fierce rivals. The contestants are now in arguably the hottest part of a longstanding rivalry, known as Der Klassiker, that dates back to the early 1990s. In honor of the clubs' longstanding struggle, B/R has compiled a list of the 20 greatest moments between Bayern and Dortmund. Click "Begin Slideshow" to begin the historic review, which is presented in chronological order from most distant to most recent.
Bayern Set Bundesliga Record with 11-1 Drubbing of Dortmund
Long before Bayern and Dortmund were rivals, the clubs met at a time in which the Bavarians were at their historic peak and the Ruhr side were still a few decades away from theirs.
The date was November 27, 1971 and Bayern were on their way to their second Bundesliga title in a season in which they scored a record 101 goals. More than one 10th of those goals came against Dortmund as the Bavarians claimed the scalp of the relegation-bound BVB in a 11-1 victory.
Gerd Muller scored four, Uli Hoeness and Bulle Roth bagged a brace apiece and Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner and Willi Hoffmann pitched in a goal apiece.
Although Bayern have in recent years come close to matching their 10-goal margin of victory, nearly 44 years later the record still stands.
Last-Gasp Andreas Moller Strike Lifts BVB in 1989 DFB Superpokal
Before Dortmund first emerged as a dominant power in Germany and Europe, they met Bayern in the 1989 Superpokal. BVB had beaten Bremen in the Pokal final to book their spot in the competition, while Bayern had won their record 10th Bundesliga title.
The clubs were not yet rivals, yet one of the most memorable all-time head-to-head fixtures between them came in the 1989 Superpokal. Alan McInally gave Bayern the lead in the 21st minute before Gunter Breitzke and Roland Grahammer traded goals that left the score 2-1 in favor of the Bavarians.
Dortmund turned things around in the second half, taking the lead through goals from Breitzke and Jurgen Wegmann before Radmilo Mihajlovic equalized on 66 minutes.
The goals seemed to dry up at 3-3, but a 21-year-old Andreas Moller made the difference for Dortmund, scoring the winner in the 88th minute. It wasn't quite the beginning of Dortmund and Bayern's rivalry, but it perhaps was kindling when the clubs became competitive with one another in the mid-1990s.
Stephane Chapuisat Winner Puts BVB Through to Champions League Semifinals
Prior to last year's Champions League final, the only time Bayern and Dortmund had met in Europe's greatest international club tournament was in the 1997-98 quarterfinals.
The clubs played to a goalless draw in Munich and neither had scored after 90 minutes in Dortmund, prompting extra time.
In the end, it was Stephane Chapuisat who decided the tie as he scored after 199 minutes (in the 109th minute of the second leg) with a fatal volley.
The result was demoralizing for Bayern, who at the time were doing everything possible to reclaim their traditional role of dominance in German football. BVB had won back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996, and although Bayern won in 1997, that accomplishment was overshadowed by Dortmund claiming the Champions League title at Bayern's Olympiastadion.
Bayern's capture of BVB coach Ottmar Hitzfeld in the summer of 1997 was a hammer blow, but the result of the clubs' Champions League tie prolonged the period of uncertainty as to which side was the greater. And of course it further intensified their growing rivalry.
Oliver Kahn Channels Bruce Lee and Dracula in the Same Match
An extremely emotional player, Oliver Kahn is well known for the times his fiery and volatile temper have boiled over. In some cases, it has done so spectacularly. And in matchday 24 of the 1998-99 Bundesliga season, it did in half-humorous, half-terrifying manner twice in the same game.
Dortmund had taken a 2-0 lead with Sammy Kuffour having been sent off for Bayern. Kahn was unhappy and, in a moment of madness, chased after Heiko Herrlich after the BVB attacker had challenged for a high ball near the goal line. Kahn pushed his opponent, then buried his head into Herrlich's neck as he shouted words that may never be known.
Kahn's passionate outburst seemed to breathe life into Bayern, who went on to earn a point in a 2-2 draw. But the goalkeeper was not yet done. Later, he raced off his line and out of his box, leaping with his leg outstretched towards Dortmund striker Stephane Chapuisat in a kick worthy of a martial arts movie. To both players' good fortune, Chapuisat managed to evade Kahn's kick, with the goalkeeper's boot only grazing the back of his shirt.
Evanilson Is Sent Off, Capping off Dirtiest Game in Bundesliga History
When Dortmund hosted Bayern in April of 2001, the Bavarians led the Bundesliga by just one point, with Schalke and Leverkusen each three off the pace set by Germany's record champions. Suffice to say, the Bundesliga was highly competitive with just a month to play. And all among the top four were desperate to win the title.
When Bayern and Dortmund squared off at the Signal-Iduna Park, it was a brutal match. Roque Santa Cruz scored after six minutes to put the visitors ahead, but Bayern soon were in trouble. Bixente Lizarazu, who assisted the opener, was sent off for a second yellow card after just 35 minutes. By half-time alone, Bayern players had accumulated six bookings, with Dortmund players having twice been cautioned.
BVB took advantage of their extra man as Fredi Bobic netted the equalizer on 52 minutes, and they were given more help three minutes later as Stefan Effenberg was sent off. Bayern fought valiantly in spite of playing at a two-man disadvantage, and they held on for a draw.
The goals were secondary in a match that saw a record of both yellow (12) and red (three) cards. The majority were distributed to Bayern (10 yellow, two red), but it was Dortmund right-back Evanilson who made history in the 93rd minute when he became the third player to be sent off in the game.
Jan Koller Scores, Then Tries His Hand at Goalkeeper
A year after the gruesome match that set a Bundesliga disciplinary record, Bayern and Dortmund contested another aggressive, card-laden fixture. This time it was BVB who went down to nine men, with Torsten Frings and Jens Lehmann being dismissed.
Striker Jan Koller put Dortmund ahead in the first half, but Roque Santa Cruz and Claudio Pizarro struck for Bayern after the break. The Bavarians were well in control when Lehmann was sent off on 67 minutes, prompting BVB—who had already used all their substitutes—to put the 6'7" Koller in goal.
With their two-man advantage, Bayern had their share of chances to score a third but were unable to beat the surprisingly sure-handed Koller. For his efforts, the Czech Republic international was named to Kicker magazine's team of the week for the first and last time as a goalkeeper.
Luca Toni Strikes in Extra Time as Bayern Win 2008 DFB Pokal Final
Back in the days when Bastian Schweinsteiger was still a winger and Jurgen Klopp was still coaching Mainz in the 2. Bundesliga, Bayern and Dortmund met in the 2008 DFB-Pokal final.
The Bavarians were well on their way to winning their third Bundesliga title in four years and BVB were flirting with relegation at the time, but their head-to-head turned out to be a thrilling encounter.
Luca Toni put Bayern ahead in the 11th minute, but BVB remained within striking distance until full time and equalized through Mladen Petric in the second minute of injury time.
Both sides had chances to go ahead in extra time, but it was Toni who made the difference, completing his brace with a typical poacher's goal as he redirected a low cross into the lower-left corner of the net. Bayern would go on to win their third domestic double in four seasons.
Jakub Blaszczykowski's Trivela Puts BVB on Course for 2008 Superpokal Win
Months after losing the DFB-Pokal to Bayern, Dortmund won their second consecutive DFL-Superpokal title in July of 2008. BVB's triumph came 12 years after their previous Superpokal win, which came in 1996 before a lengthy absence of the competition.
It was an improbable result for the Ruhr side, which relied on two moments of magic to get the job done. The first was a pinpoint strike by Jakub Blaszczykowski from the edge of the box, shot with the outside of his right foot.
The second was a free kick by Tamas Hajnal, which made Mehmet Ekici's later goal for Bayern simply a consolation strike.
Thomas Muller Scores First Bundesliga Goals in Historic Rout
In September of 2009, new Bayern coach Louis van Gaal won some extra points with his club's fans as he led the club to a 5-1 win in Dortmund, a record margin of victory for the Bavarians against their rivals.
The match was important not only for Van Gaal, but also for Thomas Muller. At the time, Muller had played just a handful of games for Bayern and was a relatively unknown quantity. A second-half substitute, he celebrated his 20th birthday a day early with the first two goals of his Bundesliga career.
Muller's first and Bayern's fourth came after the youngster collected a poor clearance and volleyed a strong finish into the net. His second, three minutes from full time, was one of the best goals of his career: A 25-yard blast into the top corner.
Muller took enormous confidence from that match and quickly became a permanent starter in Van Gaal's team. Half a year later, he was a full Germany international and just under 10 months later, he was crowned Golden Boot winner with the most goals at a World Cup for an under-20 player since Pele.
Nuri Sahin Disrupts Order in the Bundesliga with Stunning Free Kick
Before the 2010-11 season began, Nuri Sahin told Kicker (in German) he reckoned he was close to the level of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Many balked, but would later be stunned as Sahin played the Bayern man off the park in their two meetings that season. The first came in October, when Bayern were languishing in mid-table while red-hot BVB were just behind surprise front-runners Mainz.
In that game, to the surprise of many, it was Sahin who dictated the tempo and commanded the flow of play. The young but experienced midfielder put on a virtuoso display, capping off a 2-0 victory with a stunning free-kick goal that curled into the top corner.
Dortmund’s dominance of Bayern in their first meeting of the 2010-11 season was perhaps the first time that BVB fans dared to dream of the title. Although the season was still young, their points lead over Bayern—and critically, their dominance of their head-to-head matchup—gave Jurgen Klopp’s men unprecedented confidence that they carried throughout the season en route to their first title of the Klopp era.
Mats Hummels Scores in a Win Against His Former Club
For Bayern, Mats Hummels will always be the one who got away. Born in Bergische Gladbach, he joined the Bayern academy at the age of six and was one of the club’s top prospects. But the center-back was loaned to Dortmund in 2008 and allowed to leave on a full transfer for just €4.5 million a year later. The rest is history: Hummels is now one of the best-rated center-backs in the game.
Hummels has a good record of performing well against his former club, and in February of 2011 scored his first goal in a win against Bayern (he'd previously scored in a 5-1 drubbing and since has found the net once more against Bavarian goalkeepers). It was the spring of 2011 and, after a near-record-setting fall campaign, Dortmund were to an extent struggling to cope with the loss of injured playmaker Shinji Kagawa. Their lead in the Bundesliga was still substantial, but the Ruhr side needed the validation of beating Bayern a second time to maintain their momentum and eventually lift the title. They got their three points with many thanks to Hummels.
With Dortmund already 2-1 ahead following goals from Lucas Barrios and Nuri Sahin on either side of Luiz Gustavo's equalizer, Hummels nodded home to give BVB a two-goal lead and put the result to rest.
Mario Gotze Puts His Name on Bayern Radar with First Goal Against Future Club
In late November 2011, Bayern were five points clear of Dortmund as the two clubs met in Munich. The hosts were in control of the league at the time, in all likelihood needing only a draw in order to see them later enter the winter break as Bundesliga leaders.
The Bavarians had their draw for over an hour, but in the 65th minute, then-19-year-old Mario Gotze scored from seemingly nowhere to put the visitors ahead. His goal, the product of pure tenacity, stunned the home crowd and Bayern were unable to recover.
Although Bayern indeed went into the winter break with a three-point lead over Dortmund, the Ruhr side would go on to win the title in May along with the DFB-Pokal. Gotze's goal was key to BVB overcoming the Bavarians in the table and perhaps also critical towards the Munich side's later pursuit of him to join their club.
Arjen Robben Misses Penalty, Neven Subotic Gloats
When Bayern and Dortmund met at the Signal-Iduna Park in April of 2012, BVB were just three points clear of their rivals in the Bundesliga. That match was the last chance Bayern had of winning the title: A victory would have put them level on points, a draw would have at least kept them in the running with four matches left to go.
Dortmund had taken the lead late thanks to Robert Lewandowski's cheeky back-heeled redirection of Kevin Grosskreutz's volley. But with six minutes left to play, Bayern had a chance to go level. Franck Ribery had played Arjen Robben through on goal and the Dutchman had won a penalty.
It was near-disaster for BVB, considering Robben was fouled with momentum that may have put the ball out for a goal kick had he not tripped. But a spot-kick was awarded for the contact and Robben stepped up to the spot.
No sooner did Roman Weidenfeller collect the ball than Neven Subotic sprinted to the dejected Robben. The Serbian defender screamed in his opponent's face with words that may never be known. It was an unfortunate moment of poor sportsmanship that also marked the end of Bayern's hopes of preventing Dortmund from winning their second consecutive Bundesliga title.
Shinji Kagawa Puts Dortmund Ahead in the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final
Shinji Kagawa was an enormous success during his two seasons at Dortmund, but although BVB won the four matches against Bayern in which he played, the Japanese playmaker was not particularly successful individually against the Bavarians.
Heading into the 2012 DFB-Pokal final, Kagawa had a point to prove. He'd failed to score and given just one assist in three games against Bayern, and at the time was trying to earn a dream transfer to Manchester United and to give BVB a parting gift. He did just that on May 12, 2012, his last game as a Dortmund player.
It took just three minutes for Kagawa to break his scoring duck against Bayern, firing into an open net after a return pass from Jakub Blaszczykowski. The goal was the beginning of a 5-2 rout in which Robert Lewandowski was the hat-trick hero. But Kagawa scored when it mattered most for himself and his club, and later assisted the Polish striker to make the score 3-1. It was a perfect way for the playmaker to say "goodbye" to the club that made him a star.
Mandzukic Debut Goal Puts Bayern on Course for Historic 2012-13 Campaign
As the 2012-13 season was set to begin, Bayern Munich were in a bad state. Despite reaching two Champions League finals in three years, they had failed to claim any kind of trophy for two seasons. Their team was strong, their finances in place, but many wondered whether so many near-misses had destroyed players' confidence at the highest level.
It hadn't. And Bayern made the first step in their historic, treble-winning season in the first match of the season, the DFB-Superpokal, on August 12, 2012.
Dortmund were at the time a huge bogey team, having beaten Bayern in five consecutive meetings including a 5-2 hammering in their most recent fixture, the DFB-Pokal final. But Bayern were a changed team by August, with Mario Mandzukic, among others, having recently joined the club.
Although initially a substitute for Mario Gomez, the German striker's ankle surgery five days prior to the Superpokal meant that Mandzukic started that match. And within six minutes, he made his claim for a starting role: The Croatia international took down a Franck Ribery cross, then volleyed home before the BVB defense could react.
Mandzukic's goal provided a big boost of confidence for Bayern, who went 2-0 ahead through Thomas Muller within 11 minutes, stunning BVB. The defending Bundesliga and Pokal winners found their form in the second half and pulled a goal back through Robert Lewandowski, but they were unable to equalize before the final whistle.
Having beaten BVB and claimed silverware for the first time in two years, Bayern celebrated as though they'd won the Champions League final. Nine months later, they did just that. And they have Mandzukic to thank for setting them on course.
Mario Gotze Denies Bayern Win in Treble Year
Very few things went wrong for Bayern during their historic, treble-winning 2012-13 season. One hurdle they did not conquer, though, was Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Although the Bavarians beat BVB in the DFB-Pokal and Champions League, they were held to 1-1 draws by Jurgen Klopp's side in the fall and spring.
In the clubs' first encounter, in December of 2012, BVB were third with Bayern coasting towards the league title. The match was hotly contested nonetheless, and Toni Kroos put Bayern ahead on 67 minutes. But with a quarter hour left, Gotze fielded Marco Reus' corner kick off his chest and quickly volleyed home to restore parity and ensure a draw.
It wasn't Gotze's first goal against Bayern but it was his last. Just months later, the Bavarians activated his release clause and secured a transfer that delivered a crippling blow to Dortmund morale.
Robben Gets First Redemption After Subotic Incident
Ten months after missing penalties against Dortmund and Chelsea that could have lifted Bayern to glory in the Bundesliga and Champions League, respectively, Arjen Robben’s career was in a very dark place. Immensely skilled but physically damaged by repeated injuries and mentally hit by close call after close call, he faced a situation that many may have found impossible.
Jupp Heynckes had lost considerable faith in the winger, who had lost his starting role in big games to Thomas Muller. But Robben was resilient and turned around his fortunes in the spring of 2013, beginning with his match-winning performance against Dortmund in February’s DFB-Pokal quarterfinal match.
Robben had failed to score in the DFB-Superpokal and didn’t play a minute in Bayern’s Bundesliga clash with Dortmund in the fall, but he got his redemption on the Pokal as he scored the only goal of the game shortly before half-time. And what a goal it was: A trademark curling left-footed effort form outside the box that found its way into the top corner of the goal.
Although Bayern were at the time well on their way to the Bundesliga title, it was the first time they had eliminated BVB from a competition since Klopp’s side rose to prominence in the fall of 2010. And it also marked Bayern’s first win over BVB in a proper, regular-season competition since the spring of 2010.
Robben’s goal against Dortmund restored some of Heynckes’ faith and a great deal of self-confidence in the player. When Toni Kroos sustained a season-ending injury later in the spring, the Dutch winger took his chances brilliantly, leading Bayern to an historic treble.
Arjen Robben Scores at the Death to Win the Champions League Final
The score was 1-1 between Bayern and Dortmund as the final minute of regular time approached in the 2013 Champions League final. Extra time was imminent in the heavily contested fixture between the Bundesliga's David and Goliath.
Bayern had already broken their titles duck by winning the Bundesliga, their first major trophy in three years. But the one that mattered most, the Champions League, was still in the balance.
Entering the match, many of Bayern's players had been accused of lacking spine in the most telling moments. The club had lost two finals in three seasons, their defeat to a suspension-riddled Chelsea a particularly great embarrassment. Their German contingent similarly had struggled on the international stage, with their Euro 2012 exit to Italy still a not-so-distant memory.
But with the uncertainty of extra time and lottery of potential penalty kicks looming, Robben slipped past the BVB defense and tucked his finish into the net. Dortmund were stunned by the Dutchman's goal, which came far too late for a comeback. Bayern had finally crossed the finish line.
The moment was sweet redemption especially for Robben, who until then had a reputation for choking in the big moments. He'd missed a one-on-one against Iker Casillas in the 2010 World Cup final and in 2012 failed to convert penalties against Dortmund and Chelsea that essentially lost Bayern the Bundesliga and Champions League, respectively. For all his previous failures, it was poetic that Robben was the man to pull Bayern to victory in the final moments.
Dortmund Score Twice in a Minute to Put 2013 Superpokal out of Reach
Last July, Dortmund were licking their wounds following a year that had seen their hopes of challenging Bayern in the long-term essentially fall apart. They'd finished 25 points off the pace in the Bundesliga and been beaten by the Bavarians in the DFB-Superpokal, DFB-Pokal quarterfinals and Champions League final.
Dortmund had not beaten Bayern in over a year and Mario Gotze had moved to the Bavarians with Robert Lewandowski's departure for Munich at the end of 2013-14 all but a given. So naturally it was a good time for BVB to get some confidence back by beating their southern rivals.
Marco Reus had put Dortmund ahead early, but Arjen Robben equalized for an increasingly dangerous Bayern in the 54th minute. Then, something unexpected happened: in the 56th minute, Ilkay Gundogan crossed the ball rather harmlessly. Daniel van Buyten dived to head clear for a corner, but his aim was poor and the Belgian put the ball into the back of his own net, restoring the lead for BVB.
Seconds after the restart, Gundogan surged through the midfield, stopped on a dime to create space and curled a fine finish inside the far post. Bayern were able to pull one goal back but the match ended with BVB 4-2 winners thanks to a pivotal few moments after Robben's equalizer.
Mario Gotze Scores Against Dortmund
When Dortmund faced Bayern last November, the hosts were at the beginning of what would be a full-on crisis. Exhausted and severely understaffed, they had to call Manuel Friedrich out of retirement to provide cover in defense just days before the match.
For Bayern, the meeting with Dortmund was critical. Just four points separated the clubs at the time and Pep Guardiola was especially keen to get the better of the team that spoiled his debut in the Superpokal in July.
Mario Gotze was benched at the start of the match against his former club, but he came on as a substitute for Mario Mandzukic in the 56th minute. Ten minutes later, the 21-year-old controlled a low cross at the edge of the penalty area with his first touch and fired a perfect finish into the lower-left corner with the outside of his foot.
It was a goal that would put any hopes of a BVB title to rest and one that stung extra deep for the BVB fans who had cheered on Gotze until months prior.
Dortmund had done well to hold off a strong Bayern side, but Gotze's goal opened the floodgates. Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller both scored in the last five minutes and Bayern handed their hosts a humiliating 3-0 defeat.