2001: A Redemption Odyssey, Or: CL Final 2000/01, Bayern München vs Valencia CF (S01E09)

Under the most dramatic of circumstances Bayern had lost the ’99 CL final. In the Y2K edition Valencia were downright demolished. Yet both made it to Milan in May 2001 to vie for the European football crown once more. The match up would grant redemption to one side, whilst condemning the other to more heartbreak.

In episode nine we cover the Champions League Final 2000/01 contested between German champions Bayern Munich and Spanish representatives Valencia CF. Before that, though, we delve into all of the drama surrounding Bayern between their final appearances. Rest assured, there was plenty to be had on and off the pitch. In the aftermath we focus on Valencia with Rafa Benitez at the helm.

Here are the minutes:

  • 0:04:30 Bayern after CL 99, summer moves
  • 0:08:00 Drama in Munich & New York
  • 0:14:30 Drama in Hamburg & Magdeburg
  • 0:31:00 Valencia’s domestic season
  • 0:35:00 CL: groups and quarters
  • 0:45:00 Setting the stage at the San Siro: line-ups, expectations in Germany
  • 0:57:20 Kick-off, Valencia convert an early pen, Bayern miss their’s
  • 1:05:00 What are the side’s match plans?
  • 1:12:00 Bayern dominate but hardly create
  • 1:19:45 Jancker sub nets a third penalty
  • 1:26:30 Valencia gassed? Few chances on either side
  • 1:35:15 Into extra time with golden goal rules
  • 1:44:00 Penalties
  • 1:48:15 Awards & viewing recommendation
  • 1:52:00 Valencia under Benitez, subsequent decline
Approximate formations and player movements for Bayern vs Valencia, May 23rd 2001

Approximate formations and player movements for Bayern vs Valencia, May 23rd 2001

Some further reading and viewing:

Throwback Thursday: Bundesliga Winterbreak Edition

The wait is finally over. After a gruelling 29 days, the Bundesliga is finally back. But, as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. That’s a benefit the Premier League doesn’t have. Also, actually peaking towards summer is a bonus; especially when it comes to international tournaments.

Anyway, we decided to give the throwback honours to the Bundesliga re-start. Quite a few match-ups this weekend feature at least one team that’s been promoted just a few seasons ago, but we still dug up a few gems. The first scoreline really is due for a repeat. Continue reading

Football Bloody Hell, Or: CL Final 1998/99, Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (S01E07.2)

If you’ve never watched this match before and don’t know what happened, stop reading and hit play.

If you’ve seen the match, the familiar beats are most likely etched into your mind. At least that’s how it went for us. The question then is, does the match as a whole hold up?

So before we spoil anything, this is part two of our episode on the Champions League Final 1998/99 contested in Barcelona between England’s Manchester United & Germany’s Bayern Munich.

The minutes, in case you want to jump around:

  • 0:01:45 The setting: kits, referee team, commentary in England & Germany
  • 0:07:00 Elo ratings, line-ups
  • 0:13:30 Atmosphere, early approach,
  • 0:17:00 First blood to Bayern c/o Mario Basler, United’s response
  • 0:24:15 Indecisiveness from both sides, Beckham’s role
  • 0:31:00 Bayern’s midfield formation, United revving up before half-time
  • 0:38:00 Half-time thoughts
  • 0:42:00 Bayern come out stronger
  • 0:51:00 Momentum building for United
  • 0:59:00 Sheringham on, formation shift for United
  • 1:08:15 Matthäus off, Solskjaer on, Bayern power-play
  • 1:18:30 Name on the trophy &  into the promised land
  • 1:25:00 Trophy presentation & celebrations, Awards
  • 1:31:00 Aftermath, in the lion’s den
  • 1:36:15 Bayern’s end to the season, United’s trip to Brazil

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The full match can be found here (1st half, 2nd half). Though you might be best served with the 5 minute injury time highlights:

Full Speed Ahead Barcelona, Or: The CL Season 1998/99 In Review (S01E07.1)

We’ve made it. The match we’ve been working towards. The mother of all comebacks. Of course we went so far down the rabbit hole, that we split the episode up.

In Part One we cover the Champions League season 1998/99, and in detail the path the finalists took to get to Barcelona: Manchester United of England and Bayern Munich of Germany. Topics include Beckham’s summer ’98, the managerial musical chairs of Munich and the learning curve of United’s Class of ’92. Throw in some extra tangents and you end up with a stand-alone episode and a great nostalgia trip.

The minutes, in case you want to jump around:

  • 0:00:00 Memories of the night
  • 0:05:45 England’s exit at France ’98, backlash against Beckham
  • 0:12:45 United’s mentality under Ferguson, missing out on silverware in ’97/98, re-tooling
  • 0:20:40 CL format, qualifiers
  • 0:24:00 State of Bayern Munich in the 90s (managers and performances)
  • 0:35:00 Enter Hitzfeld
  • 0:42:00 Group D for death (United vs Bayern I & II)
  • 0:53:30 Knock-out draw, Quarter-finals (United vs Inter, Bayern vs Kaiserslautern)
  • 1:04:00 United in the CL before ’98/99 retrospective
  • 1:11:30 Semi-finals, United vs Juve
  • 1:16:30 Bayern vs Kiev, a Basler restrospective
  • 1:24:00 End of the season run-ins

As full games go, here’s the match that sent United to Barcelona – their semi-final win in Turin: