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FFS Talk: The Jersey Gallery Episode #10: 2013-14 FC Bayern Munich Home Shirt

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The Jersey Gallery is back! It’s hard to keep with the rate the days are passing these days honestly, how has it been 10 months since the last episode already!? I suppose we can operate in the presence, and with that I am delighted to be writing the 10th episode of the Jersey Gallery! I went through the 9 previous entries and realised how had I not yet featured a Bayern Munich shirt? Well in honour of this milestone and in commemoration of the consensus best team on the planet right now; I present to you Episode 10 of the Jersey Gallery – the 2013/14 FC Bayern Munich Home Shirt!


This story takes its roots as far as back the summer of 2010 when Bayern Munich, in their first UEFA Champions League Final for nearly a decade were only denied a 5th European Cup title by Jose Mourinho and his indomitable Inter Milan side. 24 months later, the proud ‘Die Rotten’ walked out in front of their own fans in the 2012 Champions League Final against Chelsea, however, with fate seemingly against them; they would again taste the agony of defeat in a Champions League Final! With Borussia Dortmund winning back to back Bundesliga titles, 2012-13 was going to be a huge test of the mentality of both Jupp Heynckes and his team, who were now having their mentality questioned.

The side responded brilliantly and by the end of 2012, it was already looking a forgone conclusion that Bayern were going to win the Bundesliga title. On 16 January 2013, the plot thickened as Bayern Munich announced that they had procured the hottest property in football management ahead of the 2013/14 season – Pep Guardiola! Jupp Henynckes’ going away present for his club would be the delivery of a treble: The Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and that elusive 5th UEFA Champions League title! Furthermore, his Bayern side would shatter no less than 30 Bundesliga records as his side recorded 29 wins with just 1 defeat!

Guardiola reported for duty in June 2013 with the almost unenviable task of taking the best team in the world and making them better, not only better, but also keep alive the squad’s motivation to maintain the incredible standards they had set for themselves in 2012-13. He would have the opportunity to win both the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, and should he successfully defend the triple crown of titles; he would make a very compelling argument to be recognised as the greatest football manager of all time!

That summer saw the slow transition take place from the Louis Van Gaal/Jupp Heynckes’ era between 2009-2013 as: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Mario Gomez and Luiz Gustavo all moved on to new pastures ahead of the 2013-14 season. If the announcement of Guardiola in January 2013 sent seismic waves around the football world, then just 3 months later, they would hammer the Richter Scale with the bombshell that the had triggered Mario Gotze’s minimum fee release clause of €37 million! The hottest commodity in German football would be joining forces with the hottest commodity in football management in what was a scary and mouth-watering prospect! Following the gift of Gotze; Guardiola would request just one more transfer – his former protégé: Thiago Alcantara. Bayern would happily part way with €25 million to secure the midfielder’s services from Barcelona!


27 July 2013 would bring all the eyes of the football world to Signal Iduna Park as Pep Guardiola would take the touchline officially for the first time since 25 May 2012 in an eagerly anticipated repeat of the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final between: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund as German footballs two super-powers collided for the 2013 DFL-Supercup showdown! An explosive affair began with Marco Reus giving Dortmund the lead after just 6 minutes! Arjen Robben equalised just after half time, however, a Daniel Van Buyten own-goal restored Dortmund’s lead just 2 minutes later! Ilkay Gundogan made it 3-1 to Dortmund, before Robben netted his second goal to make it 3-2, in what was an incredible 10-minute spell! Marco Reus would seal a brace of his own late on as Dortmund stunned the treble winners to dethrone Bayern of the title!


Poor Schwarz-Weiß Rehden would suffer the repercussions of that defeat on 5 August 2013, as Pep Guardiola secured his first victory in the Bayern dug-out with a 5-0 win to begin the defence of the DFB-Pokal, and then the 2012-13 Bundesliga season kicked off for Bayern on 9 August 2013, with the team unbeaten in their last 24 Bundesliga games; a record going back to November 2012! The defence of the title would begin with an emphatic 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach at the Allianz Arena! Interestingly, the away fixture of this contest last season would be the final Bundesliga game of Bayern’s season in 2012/13 where they won 4-3 at Borussia Park, however, the home fixture on 14 December 2012 was one of the 5 league games they dropped points in when the 2 sides battled to a 1-1 draw.

Bayern would go on to defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Nürnberg, before being held 1-1 by Freiburg on 27 August! The draw with Freiburg set the stage for an epic UEFA Super Cup showdown on 30 August against Chelsea! The superlatives wrote themselves for what was the last ever Friday night Super Cup showpiece; not only was it a rematch of the ill-fated 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, but it was also the first time that Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho clashed wits since the 2011/12 season when they in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

The Friday 30 August showpiece in Prague began with Fernando Torres putting Chelsea ahead after just 9 minutes! Franck Ribery equalised just after half-time however, with neither side able to score in normal time, extra-time beckoned! Eden Hazard needed just 3 minutes following the restart to restore Chelsea’s advantage! It seemed Bayern were to lose their 2nd trophy of the season, until Javi Martinez netted a stoppage time winner to evoke penalty kicks! Unlike the ill-fated Champions Final of 2012; Bayern were flawless from 12 yards out with: David Alaba, Toni Kroos, Phillip Lahm, Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri all converting from the spot, en route to 5-4 a shoot-out victory and delivering Bayern the 2013 UEFA Super Cup title!


After their excursions in Prague, the international break afforded the team a fortnight’s break following an intense start to the season. They returned back to winning ways in the BuLi as they defeated Hannover 96 by 2-0 on 14 September. This would be the first win en route to a perfect September! 3 days later, Bayern would begin the defence of their Champions League title when they defeated CSKA Moscow 3-0 at the Allianz Arena. September 21st yielded the trip to the Veltins Arena where Pep Guardiola’s side picked up their biggest win thus far under his stewardship; a fine 4-0 win! This weekend would also be crucial as Borussia Dortmund dropped their first points of the season, bring both sides level on points with 16 apiece. Hannover would be beaten again, this time by a 4-1 score-line in the 2nd Round of the DFB-Pokal, and then the month would close out with a hard fought 1-0 win over Wolfsburg. Bayern would end September 2013 in 2nd place, trailing Dortmund on goal difference.


The European Champions continued to flex their muscles as they made the trip to the Etihad Stadium and defeated Manchester City 3-1 on 2 October! Bayer Leverkusen would capitalise on Bayern’s mid-week excursions however, as thy were able to hold Bayern to a 1-1 draw at the BayArena on 7 October. With Borussia Monchengladbach defeating Dortmund, Bayern were able to go top of the table, and there would be worse news for the chasing pack to come as this draw with Leverkusen would be the last points Bayern dropped until the end of March 2014! Mainz and Hertha Berlin respectively, would both fall at the feet of the champions in their ensuing league outs with Bayern ending the 1st quarter of the league season with their 1-point lead in-tact at the top of the table. On 23 October. Bayern would secure their biggest win of the season, with Viktoria Plzen being beaten 5-0 at the Allianz!              


November 2013 began with the away fixture against Hoffenheim, and for the 3rd league game in a row; Bayern would come back from a goal down to secure all 3 points, Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller’s goals secured a 2-1 win! Mandzukic would be on target for a 3rd game in a row as his goal was the difference in the 1-0 win away against Viktoria Plzen on 5 November. Their next game would see them hammer Augsburg 3-0, and with Wolfsburg beating Borussia Dortmund; the gap was now 4 points between Bayern and ‘Der BVB’ ahead of ‘Der Klassiker’ on 23 November. With the final international break of 2013 in the books; the stage was set at Signal Iduna Park for this eagerly anticipated clash between Bayern vs Dortmund. The game was evenly poised until Mario Gotze of all ironies, provided 66th minute deadlock breaker! Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller would add goals of their own late on as Bayern earnt sweet revenge for the DFB- Supercup disappointment in the form of this 3-0 win! The European champions made it wins 5 wins from 5 in their Champions League Group Stage as they beat CSKA Moscow 3-0 in the Russian capital, before ending the month with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig! Bayern entered a very busy December with a 4-point lead at the top of the table, with Bayer Leverkusen now in 2nd place.  


The final month of an incredible year of 2013 for the club started on 4 December as they saw off Augsburg 2-0 to seal their place in the quarter final of the DFB-Pokal. Bayern would then become the league’s highest scorers when they defeated Werder Bremen 7-0 at the Weser-Stadion on 7 December! After 11 consecutive wins in all competitions; Manchester City would become the first team to beat Bayern since Dortmund did back in July, as they came from 2-0 down to stun the European champions 3-2 at the Allianz Arena on 10 December! Bayern would later be paired with Arsenal the Last 16 of the competition in a 2014 rematch of their tie from 12 months prior! Bayern returned to the Bundesliga on 14 December to defeat HSV Hamburg 3-1. This would be Bayern’s final league game of 2013 with the club heading out to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup. On 17 December, Bayern defeated Guangzhou Evergrande of China, 3-0 in Agadir, before they defeated Raja Casablanca 2-0 in the final on 21 December! Bayern would end 2013 having won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup titles in a legendary year for the club! 


Before Bayern even kicked a ball in 2014, they would have their eyes on another ball – the Ballon d’Or to be precise. The 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or was decided on 13 January and it was a big night for the boys from Bavaria. Jupp Heynckes was crowned FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football, while Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm and Franck Ribery were named amongst the FIFA/FIFPro World XI for 2013. Then came the big enchilada; there was no less than 6 Bayern players who made up 23 of the ranked professionals who made up the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or listings – Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer; however, it was Ribery who was tipped for a podium finish. In one of the most tightly contested votes; Ribery would finish 3rd behind Lionel Messi and winner – Cristiano Ronaldo. After a four-week break, the newly minted champions of the world returned to action on 24 January for their first game of 2014. Their opponents would be Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia Park, and it would be business as usual for the champions as they claimed all 3 points in a 2-0 win. They would make up their game in hand against Stuttgart 5 days, where Thiago’s 93rd minute goal earnt Bayern Munich a 2-1 win and not only keeping Bayern’s winning streak intact, but also opening up a 13-point advantage at the top of the table!


A busy February which was to yield 6 games across 3 competitions beginning with the visit of Eintracht Frankfurt on February 2nd and any ring rust from January was cleared shaken off as Bayern knocked in 5! 6 days later, FC Nurnberg held resolutely at points, but would still succumb to a 2-0 win to the champions. DFB-Pokal duties on February 12th and 5 goals would be smashed in against Hamburg, with Mario Mandzukic notching a hat-trick to help send Bayern to the semi-final, and with the turnaround of a league game at home to Freiburg on the 15th; it only served to grease their grooves further as Bayern added a 4-0 win to their list of February W’s! This would set the stage for the 1st Leg of their Last 16 UEFA Champions League Last 16 meeting with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on February 19th. Just as they did 12 months earlier, Bayern would secure a fine 1st Leg away triumph in London with both Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller netting in the English capital for a second season running. In their final contest of the month, they would make it 6/6 in the win column when they defeated Hannover 4-0 on February 23rd! As the sub-heading says, Bayern would win all 6 of their outings by a 23-0 goal difference! More importantly, the club would enjoy a 19 point advantage at the summit of the division with just 12 games to spare!


Bayern would start March with a sensational 5-1 win over rivals Schalke to open up a 20 point lead at the top of the table, they’d follow that destruction job with another 6-1 demolition of Wolfsburg! Their consecutive winning run in all competitions ended at 13 when Arsenal left the Allianz Arena with a credible 1-1 draw in the 2nd Leg of their Last 16 clash in the Champions League; however, the mission of qualification was achieved where they would be drawn in a repeat of their 2001 and 2010 quarter final appearances against Manchester United! Bayern would damage another side in their quest for 2nd place, as they saw off Leverkusen 2-1 on March 15th and moved 23 points clear at the top. Mainz would hold Bayern at 0-0 for over 80 minutes before eventually succumbing to a 2-0 defeat! March 25th 2014 would see history being made as Bayern Munich were crowned as champions of Germany with 7 games to spare! The champions would set the record for the fastest-ever winning of the Bundesliga title as they eased to a 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin on the same weekend the Ruhr Derby between Dortmund and Schalke ended 0-0. It appeared however, that the championship winning hangover was a long one as their record setting 19 consecutive wins in a row in the league ended following the fine 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim on March 29th!


The hugest tests of Bayern Munich’s season would await them in April as the month would yield the DFB-Pokal semi-final, as well as the UEFA Champions League quarter final and both semi-finals. April 1st began at Old Trafford in a rematch of the 1999 Champions League Final and then quarter final’s in both 2001 and 2010. The omens were rife in the favour of the German side with Bayern reaching the final following their respective eliminations of United in 2001 and  2010. They would escape Old Trafford with an away goal after a 1-1 draw, but much would be made of Bayern’s inability to defeat a Manchester United side who were struggling to come to terms with life without Sir Alex Ferguson. 4 days later, the Bundesliga bubble would finally burst when Augsburg claimed a shock 1-0 win over the champions on April 5th!

After an incredible 53 match Bundesliga unbeaten run ended, Manchester United were next in town, and Patrice Evra’s lightning bolt strike just after half time had the potential shock upset on the cards, albeit, for 2 minutes until Mario Mandzukic equalised. Thomas Muller and a trademark Arjen Robben strike would seal an eventual 3-1 win and passage into the semi-final where Real Madrid lay in wait! Bayern would lose back to back games at home for the first time since November 2011 as Borussia Dortmund laid waste to champions by a 3-0 score line! The Bayern of old were back in the DFB-Pokal semi-final, albeit against FC Kaiserslautern; nevertheless, the holders of the cup prevailed 5-1 to set up a May 17th title defence against their perennial enemy – Borussia Dortmund.

A 2-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig would serve as their final preparation ahead of the visit to the Santiago Bernabeu to meet Real Madrid in the 1st Leg of their titanic UCL semi-final. If Bayern were to make a 4th final in 5 years, they would have to overcome a 1-0 deficit on April 29th at home. Once again they would go a goal behind, however, ‘Die Rotten’ would rally from 2-1 down to win 5-2 down the stretch! The game that many argued would make or break Pep Guardiola’s debut season had arrived as they welcomed Real Madrid to the Allianz on April 29th. The evening would end in utter ignominy as Real Madrid vanquished the reigning champions of Europe in a 4-0 rout in Bavaria to take their place in the Lisbon Finale.


3 games remained of the season, however, the taste of that Champions League semi-final exit could not help blemish whatever was to come. If that wasn’t harsh enough to swallow, those back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga to Augsburg and Dortmund meant that Bayern wouldn’t be reaching their 91 point haul of the previous season, and would need to win their remaining 2 games to match the fine 29 games won of 2012-13. They would at least accomplish that goal as they saw off Hamburg 4-1 in the penultimate game of the season, before bookending the season with a 1-0 win over Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena; a game that needed a 92nd minute Claudio Pizarro winner to seal the points. Bayern would finish the season with 90 points, having won 29 games and 94 goals; an absolutely tremendous effort by Pep Guardiola’s side in his debut season in German football.

Bayern would make it fine sweep of 4 trophies from an available 6 in 2013/14 when they successfully defended the DFB-Pokal against Borussia Dortmund in the May 17th Final in Berlin. The two German superpowers battled into extra-time before goals from Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller saw Bayern prevail 2-0; taking the series between them to 2-2 for the 2013-14 season, setting the stage for a potentially incredible 2014-15 season in Germany, before then however, the whole country would unify to cheer on Germany to World Cup glory in Brazil that summer with no less than 7 of the 23 man squad being selected from Bayern Munchen!

This would also spell the end of Daniel Van Buyten’s long serving tenure in Bavaria as the giant Belgian defender retired from the sport after his participation in the World Cup with Belgium that summer. Mario Mandzukic would confirm his long touted exit from the club with the Croatian trading Bayern Munich for newly crowned La Liga champions – Atletico Madrid, and joining him in La Liga would be Toni Kroos; with the super-talented and industrious World Cup winner in Brazil moving to Real Madrid ahead of the 2014-15 season.


If I am being honest, the shirt itself does not yield as many memories as the time itself does for me… I didn’t even take much notice that Bayern had used this shirt when they won the Champions League in 2013; however, I think more so however about the few weeks that followed; The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, my 23rd Birthday, going to Portugal for the first time! A couple weeks upon my return, I remember eagerly streaming the DFL-Supercup and being left in shock as Dortmund beat Bayern 4-2! You can see yours truly modelling my edition of the shirt back in 2018; and you can get this fine shirt from FFS in Size Small with Robben #10 on the back for just £49.99!


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