Champions League rivals: Bayern Munich

Champions League rivals: Bayern Munich

The second Champions League fixture and the first away from home will be against the Bavarians

Bayern Munich will be Barça's second test in Champions League Group C and the first away from home after playing Viktoria Plzen at Spotify Camp Nou.

The last team they'll play, also on the road, will be against Inter Milan. Here we take a closer look at the all-conquering Germans.

Squad

Bayern always have one of the strongest squads in Europe and with its blend of veterans like Neuer and Müller and young buit experienced talents like Kimmich and Gnabry, the current one is no exception. 19 year old midfielder Jamal Musiala and Canadian left back Alphonso Davies are two of the other hottest properties.

The mastermind behind it all is young coach Julian Nagelsmann, now into his second season at the club and with a whole array of tactical options to draw on. But the team has typically opted for an attacking, and visually exciting style of football.

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Bayern have made a number of big signings this summer. Sadio Mané is a huge arrival from Liverpool, Mazraoui comes from Ajax and Matthijs de Ligt is a signing from Juventus. With such a quick and goal-hungry striker, pacey wing-back and solid defender, the club has gone some way to making up for the loss of one of its all-time greats, Robert Lewandowski, who will be returning to his former home wearing the blaugrana jersey. Interesting...

History

Founded in 1900, Bayern is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. It has always been a dominant form in the Bundesliga, and more so now than ever after it recently completed a whole decade of German championships, ten in a row! The club has also win six Champions League titles, for the last time in 2020.

Bayern is, like Barça, won of the few clubs to have won the treble of the domestic league and cup as well as the Champions League in a single season. They first did it in 2013 under Jupp Heynckes and did it again in 2020 with Hansi Flick as manager.

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Head to head

There have been many ups and downs between Barça and Bayern over the years. They have met eleven times in official competitions. The first time they crossed paths was in the 1998/99 group stage, with Bayern winning 1-0 at home and then 2-1 at Camp Nou.

The 2008/09 clash came in the quarter finals. Barça romped to a 4-0 win at home and then secured passage to the semis with a 1-1 draw in Bavaria, with Pep Guardiola and his team eventually going on to lift the trophy.

Meetings between the clubs became more common after that. In 2012/13 Bayern cruised to a 7-0 aggregate win, but Barça got their revenge in the following in 2014/15 season with a 3-0 second leg win at Camp Nou to qualify for the final and ultimately win the trophy. Due to Covid-19, the game in 2020 was played over a single leg in Lisbon and ended in a massive 8-2 win for the Germans.

The sides met again in the 2021/22 group stages, and Bayern won both encounters.

Stadium

Bayern play home games at the Allianz Arena. Its one of the most important venues in world football, setting standards for its modern infrastructure. Built for the 2006 World Cup, it holds 75,000 spectators.

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The Allianz hosted the Champions League Final in 2012 and will do so again in 2025.

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