Bayern Munich Win the Treble: Doing What Has Never Been Done Before

Christof Koepsel

FC Bayern München win the DFB Pokal Finale on Saturday, competing the third leg of their triple. Bayern now take their rightful place atop German football, becoming the first team to win the triple, ever.

After thinking that it could not get any better, FC Bayern Munich fans witnessed history. After the narrow, nervy 3-2 DFB Pokal victory against VfB Stuttgart, die Roten became the first team ever to win all three major competitions.

The Bundesliga may have been the easiest one, but both the Champions League Final and the DFB Pokal Final broke many chairs as Bayern fans sat on the edge of their seat, waiting for the final whistle to sound. An 89' minute Arjen Robben tapper and a Manuel Neuer trap save on a Serdar Tasci header were the differences from both of those finals going into extra time. In crunch time, the Fußball gods looked down upon die Roten, not keeping Bayern from their fate.

The German double occured many times (Bayern has done it eight times themselves), and even the Bundesliga-Champions League double happened on multiple occasions (1973-74 Bayern Munich, 1982-83 Hamburg, 2000-01 Bayern Munich). In the last 10 years, Bayern has been the closest to achieving the heralded treble, but the Champions League crown was the one that eluded them, but not anymore.

Regardless of how it happened, Bayern finally got retribution from being so close in 2010 before losing 2-0 to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan, the closest any German team has been to winning the treble previously. It was also retribution for Jupp Heynckes, for just 12 months after finishing second in all three competitions, his Bayern tenure ends raising all three trophies.

Now the Leopoldstrasse in Munich can flood with red pride as the dedicated American Bayern fans can raise their beer glasses from overseas to the greatest German team.

FC Bayern München, we salute you, and thank you for the greatest club season in German football history.

Mia san mia. Forever.

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