Bayern Munich has a chance to equal or surpass the Bundesliga record for the most goals scored in a season, which currently stands (and has stood for over 40 years) at 101 goals scored, and they're well on their way.
Who are they chasing? None other than the 1971-72 Bayern team, with the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeneß, Sepp Maier, and, most importantly, Gerd Müller gracing the roster.
After matchday 12 of the current season, Bayern stand at 37 goals scored, giving them an average of 3.08 goals per game, which puts them on pace for about 105 goals.
Up this week
How refreshing it must have been for Bayern to face a team in VfB Stuttgart that didn't want to just set up shop in their own penalty box, and go for a boring 0-0 draw. The result was somewhat predictable, as no German team can go toe-to-toe with the defending champions, and the only criticism that can be made is that the Reds should have padded their goal totals in the 2nd half after going up by a score of 4-0 in the first. Alas, taking their foot off the gas, coupled with a fair amount of squandered chances, resulted in no more tallies after the break.
This weekend, after a lengthy national team break, Bayern will travel to Gelsenkirchen to face off against one of their closer challengers, FC Schalke 04. Schalke, currently in fifth place, but equal on points with Hertha Berlin, who are in fourth, are looking to shake off the 2-3 derby loss to Dortmund prior to the break, and try to stay in the European qualification spots.
Number of games remaining: 22
2015-16 - 37 goals
1971-72 - 29 goals
Pace: This season's FC Bayern is 8 ahead of the 1971/72 team.
Matchday 13, 2015-16
Opponent: Schalke 04
Goals Allowed: 16
Matchday 13, 1971-72
Opponent: Hamburger SV
Goals Allowed: 11
Result: 4-1 win, Away
The record holders from 43 years ago traveled to the far north, to visit HSV, with German legend Uwe Seeler and future All-Star Manfred Kaltz (a tender 18 years of age at the time) in the lineup. HSV were in fifth place, and were tied (with Bayern and Gladbach) for the least goals allowed.
After a scoreless first half, Gerd Müller would uncork a hat-trick in a span of only 11 minutes, scoring in the 50th, 53rd and 61st minutes. Sepp Maier would save a penalty kick in the 83rd minute, while Franz "Bulle" Roth would register a goal two minutes later to make it 4-0. Hamburg forward Klaus Zaczyk's score in the 86th minute would just be window dressing, as Bayern would leave the port city with a 4-1 win.