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When David beats Goliath: the top five shock victories over Bayern Munich

As Bayern is set to play SC Paderborn this weekend, BFW dives into the history books to rank to the top five underdog victories against Bayern Munich.

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Bayern will travel north-east of Munich to play Paderborn this weekend. In 2017, Paderborn was only one place from getting relegated to the German fourth division. A modern-day Cinderella story, Paderborn has managed to play in the Bundesliga for the second time in their history. Their team is filled with first Bundesliga rejects or former 3.Liga players who in 2017 would have never dreamed of hosting the Bavarian powerhouse at the Benteler-Arena.

Needless to say, they are not the favorites to win going into the match... but you never know. In the light of this special occasion, this article will list five shock victories against Die Roten.

5. Bayern Munich 1-3 1860 Munich, November 12, 1977

The first Munich derby since 1970 occurred after 1860 Munich earned promotion to the Bundesliga in 1977 after spending the last seven years in the second division. Bayern, who would eventually finish finish the season in an abysmal 12th place, had started poorly and entered the 15th matchday with three straight losses. But what really made this game such an upset was the fact that 1860, a newly promoted side, had not won a single game before it faced Bayern. In fact, 1860 came into the game dead last in the table.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gave Bayern the lead in the first half, but Herbert Scheller equalized at the beginning of the second half. Then Alfred Kohlhäufl scored twice in the final six minutes to worsen Bayern’s nightmare of a season, giving 1860 their first Bundesliga victory in seven years. Although 1860 finished the 1977-1978 season in better fashion, it was not enough for them to avoid relegation back to the 2.Liga.

4. Bate Borisov 3-1 Bayern Munich, October 2, 2012

Number four in this article is the the most recent game and also a loss in one of the best seasons in the Bayern’s history. Bayern’s legendary 2012-2013 side lost three games all season: one against Leverkusen, one against Arsenal... and then this match against Bate Borisov from Belarus. While Borisov was definitely the best team of the three, they still had won against an in-form Bayern that was out for revenge after losing the 2012 Champions League final. Goals from Alexander Pavlov and Vitaly Rodionov put the Belarussian side in the driving seat. Franck Ribéry cut the lead to 2-1, but then Borisov secured their first-ever Champions League home win when Renan Bressan scored their third goal.

3. Bayer Uerdingen 2-1 Bayern Munich, August 27, 1975

Two-time consecutive European Cup champion Bayern Munich traveled to little Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia to play newly promoted Bayer Uerdingen on matchday four in the 1975-1976 season. Uerdingen, who were in their first-ever Bundesliga season, had started the season winless in their first league games. Yet their first-ever Bundesliga victory came against the best Bayern Munich side of all time. With legends such as Sepp Maier, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller in their prime, Bayern’s 1975-1976 team was undefeated when they traveled to the small district in Krefeld. Der Bomber, Gerd Müller, gave Bayern the lead in the 58th minute but Uerdingen somehow turned it around in the span of 7 minutes with a brace by Lorenz-Günther Köstner.

2. FC Magdeburg 1-1 Bayern Munich (4-2 on penalties), November 1, 2000

In the same season that Bayern won both the league and the Champions League, their treble dreams were crushed early in the DFB-Pokal by the then fourth-division side Magdeburg. The team from East Germany, which had been very successful in the early 1970s, had fallen on hard times before the start of the 2000-2001 season. They ultimately reached the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal, but the highlight surely came in the second round of the cup. After Nigerian striker Adolphus Ofodile put Magdeburg ahead in the 66th minute, current Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić equalized in the 79th minute. After a scoreless 30 minutes, Magdeburg won on penalties after their goalie saved two penalties from Jens Jeremies and Giovane Elber. In the next round, they beat FC. Köln and therefore became the first fourth-division side to eliminate two Bundesliga teams.

1. TSV Vestenbergsgreuth 1-0 Bayern Munich, August 14, 1994

Who? Vestenbergsgreuth is a village of about 1,500 in Franconia, northern Bavaria, lying roughly between Würzburg and Nuremberg. Given their own tiny size, Vestenbergsgreuth decided to play the game at the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg. 24,000 lucky supporters were thus able to watch one of the greatest upsets in DFB-Pokal history. The then fourth-division side knocked the the Bavarian giants right out of the DFB-Pokal in new head coach Giovanni Trapattoni’s first competitive game. Was erlaube Scholl?! A memorial stone was erected in honor of the victory, and I am sure the goalscorer, Roland Stein, does not have to pay for a single beer when he visits Vestenbergsgreuth.

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