Ninth consecutive title for Bayern Munich: the data of its hegemony


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Ninth consecutive title for Bayern Munich: the data of its hegemony

Bayern, despite the fact that at the beginning of the season there were many things that spoke against – the short holidays, the tensions between coach Hansi Flick and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic – have won the Bundesliga again, for the ninth time in a row, endorsing their hegemony.

This Saturday Bayern secured the title before playing, thanks to Borussia Dortmund’s victory over RB Leipzig (3-2).

The reasons for this hegemony are multiple. Bavarian rule seems eternal but it hasn’t been around forever. And never has a series been as long as it is now, which began in 2013.

The first league title was in 1969. Before the existence of the Bundesliga, whose first season was 1962/1963, he had been German champion only once, before the war, in 1932. And if you look for Bayern among the founding clubs of the Bundesliga is not found.

His promotion took place in 1965 and there the foundations of what would come later begin to be laid. Bayern came third in their first season in the top flight of German football, but they were not even Munich’s first team yet. The champion that season was 1860 Munich.

If you review the list of Bundesliga champions today you will find 30 titles for Bayern which is then followed from afar by Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach with 5 each.

Then follow Werder Bremen with 4, Hamburg and Stuttgart with 3, Kaiserslautern and Cologne with 2 and 1860, Nuremberg, Eintracht Braunschweig and Wolfsburg with 1.

In the 1970s and 1980s, other clubs had similar conditions to Bayern in terms of the size of their stadiums and the economic power of their cities to have become their competitors but, for various reasons, they did not take advantage of them.

One can mention Cologne, which is now fighting for permanence, Hamburg, which is fighting to rise again to the first category; and Eintracht Frankfurt, which can qualify for the Champions League.

Others, such as Gladbach who was Bayern’s main competitor in the 1970s, undoubtedly had a less favorable starting point and furthermore, as a team based on quarry work, they were one of those that suffered the most after the consequences of the Bosmann judgment.

Part of Bayern’s power is undoubtedly based on its economic power compared to other German teams. This financial strength is something that the Bavarians have worked with over the years and have made drastic decisions to overcome economic difficulties at certain times.

A key moment was when, in 1984, the young CEO of then and later President Uli Hoeness decided, faced with a debt of 8 million marks, which was a lot by then, to sell Karlheinz Rummennigge for 11.5 million to Inter Milan.

Although some media suggested that Hoeness was crazy to sell the best German player of the time, he managed to end the debt with one stroke of the pen and, with the remaining money, he signed Lothar Matthäus from Gladbach.

Between 85 and 87, Bayern also won the Bundesliga three times in a row, equaling the then record series and which would only be surpassed with the current series.

In the eighties and nineties, Bayern had rivals who interrupted their series of titles, some with clearly less resources such as Bremen or Kaiserslautern.

Then the first great era of Dortmund emerged, with the titles of 95 and 96 and the triumph of the Champions League in 97.

There have also been Bayern rivals who have never won the Bundesliga but have been close. Within that category is first of all Bayer Leverkusen, which earned the nickname Vizekusen for its accumulation of second places.

The most dramatic were in 2000 when it was enough to draw against the already relegated Unterhacking on the last day and lost – and in 2002, when it dazzled half of Europe but in the end lost the Bundesliga with Dortmund and the German Cup finals with him Schalke and that of the Champions League with Real Madrid.

Schalke, now relegated, were also close in 2001, when Patrick Anderson’s goal against Hamburg in minute 4 of relegation gave Bayern the title when they had been celebrating in Gelsenkirchen for a while.

In the current series there is a curious element and it is the relatively high fluctuation that has occurred on the bench through which Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Niko Kovac and Hansi Flick have passed.

Ancelotti and Kovac did not finish their second season, they were relieved by Heynckes, who had started the series, and Flick respectively who arranged the charges at the time.

Now Flick will leave the team, with a destination still unknown although it may be the selection, and his successor will be Julian Nagelsmann, who will move to Bayern after two seasons at the helm of Leipzig.


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