May 17, 1974 — Wearing the top of vanquished Spanish La Liga opponent Atletico Madrid after the traditional shirt exchange, a smiling Sweden World Cup winger CONNY TORSTENSSON (left) and midfielder RAINER ZOBEL display the prestigous UEFA European Cup of Champions trophy after German Bundesliga club BAYERN MUNICH’s convincing 4-0 victory in the replay of the Final contested at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium … to the right of West Germany World Cup star sweeper and Bayern Munich club captain FRANZ BECKENBAUER (far right), a supporter offers his congratulations to Denmark international defender JOHNNY HANSEN; in the foreground at left is midfielder JUPP KAPELLMAN, who was a member of West Germany’s World Cup-winning squad a couple of months later.
It was 38 years ago today that record Bundesliga champion BAYERN MUNICH reached the very pinnacle of all professional football on the entire continent by winning its very first UEFA European Cup of Champions title on the strength of two goals each from West Germany World Cup stars ULI HOENESS and the legendary GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER.
Since that time, the proud Bavarians have captured European football’s most glamorous prize on a total of four occasions — of all the countless professional clubs that have played football since the UEFA European Cup of Champions was first introduced in 1956, only the illustrious Real Madrid of Spain, AC Milan of Italy and FC Liverpool of England have claimed the continent’s top honor more often.
Indeed, traditionally-successful Bayern Munich will be appearing in the Final of Europe’s premier competition for no less than the ninth time in tournament history when trainer Jupp Heynckes’ side face visiting English Premier League club FC Chelsea at their very own home facility, Allianz Arena, in southern Germany on Saturday — only Real Madrid and AC Milan have done better.
BAYERN MUNICH in the UEFA European Cup / Champions League Final
1974 – Brussels, Belgium …….. Bayern Munich 1 – Atletico Madrid (Spain) 1
1974 – Brussels, Belgium …….. Bayern Munich 4 – Atletico Madrid (Spain) 0
1975 – Paris, France ……………. Bayern Munich 2 – Leeds United (England) 0
1976 – Glasgow, Scotland …….. Bayern Munich 1 – AS St. Etienne (France) 0
1981 – Rotterdam, Holland …… Aston Villa (England) 1 – Bayern Munich 0
1987 – Vienna, Austria …………. FC Porto (Portugal) 2 – Bayern Munich 1
1999 – Barcelona, Spain ……….. Manchester United (Eng) 2 – Bayern Munich 1
2001 – Milan, Italy ………………. Bayern Munich 1 – CF Valencia (Spain) 1 ………. … after extra time, penalties
2010 – Madrid, Spain ……………. Inter Milan (Italy) 2 – Bayern Munich 0