Bayern are the measure of all things in the Bundesliga and recently won the championship nine times in a row. Almost all historical best performances belong to the record champions.
Almost everyone: The first team to defend the championship title in the Bundesliga was Gladbach – and the day of the historic double title was exactly 50 years ago today, June 5, 1971.
At that time the dramatic starting position before the last game: Bayern and Borussia tied on points, Munich but better in first place in the goal difference with one (!) Goal.
Borussia’s top scorer at the time, Herbert L Bäumen (77), remembers for BILD: “The crazy thing about it – Bayern was a goal better that never came. On the 27th matchday the legendary post breakage occurred at Bökelberg. The game was abandoned at 0-0 three minutes before the end. Werder, who I switched to the following season, were, like us, satisfied with the draw. But the DFB surprisingly scored the game 0: 2 against us – and that is why Bayern were ahead before the last game. “
Gladbach overtook Bayern with a 4-1 win in Frankfurt (0-2 in Duisburg). Palate: “We were skeptical beforehand because Frankfurt was still fighting against relegation – and it was no longer about anything for MSV. Thank goodness Duisburg showed a great character against Bayern. “
Horst Köppel (73), who scored the important 2-1 in Frankfurt, also fondly remembers the first double title: “We were an incredibly young and hungry team back then. Therefore, after the first championship title, no one had the idea to somehow relax and be full. We wanted more, we always wanted to get better – that’s why we managed to defend our title for the first time in history. “
That was not an isolated case: In the following years, Bavaria won the championship three times in a row – and then Gladbach also managed the title hat trick from 1975 to 1977! And Dortmund and HSV should also succeed in defending their title later.