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10 ridiculous stats as Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund to win their tenth consecutive Bundesliga

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 20:55, 23 April 2022

Bayern Munich hammered Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to win their 10th consecutive Bundesliga title.

The Allianz Arena was packed with around 75,000 souls and they got to watch Bayern cruise to victory. Unlike in previous Klassikers where they had to fall behind to really hit their best level, tonight they were better from start to finish.

Bayern took the lead 15 minutes in, then doubled that lead on the half-hour mark. The second-half started with a flurry for Dortmund, and Emre Can scored a penalty to get them back into the game, but after a couple of big misses from their visitors, they added a third late on to kill it off and seal the title. In honesty they could have bagged a couple more beyond that.

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1. Manuel Neuer: king of wins

Julian Nagelsmann is just 34 years-old, two years the junior of his captain Manuel Neuer who has now won more Bundesliga matches than anyone else (315) and more Bundesliga titles (10) than anyone not named David Alaba (10) and Thomas Muller (11).

2. Julian Nagelsmann is NOT the youngest manager to win it

At 34, you would expect Nagelsmann to be the youngest-ever coach to win the Bundesliga – but that honour belongs to Matthias Sammer who won the Bundesliga in 2001/02 with Borussia Dortmund while also 34. On the day he won the title, Sammer was 34 years and 7 months old, making him younger than Nagelsmann who is 34 years and 9 months old.

Still, despite his youth, and in just his first season in charge of such a high-profile squad, Nagelsmann has excelled. Bayern have shown themselves capable of playing liquid football at times under the former Hoffenheim and Leipzig coach, bringing young talents like Jamal Musiala into the team while reshaping the side’s tactical versatility.

3. Serge sets a personal best

Leroy Sané is finally finding his groove playing as a left-winger, rather than stuck on the right. Serge Gnabry opened the scoring today with a majestic shot from the edge of the box, which lifted his tally for the season to 13 goals.

It will get lost among the noise, but that was a career-best for Serge Gnabry in the league. He had never scored more than 12 times in a league season but under Nagelsmann he has broken that record with a chance to add even more.

4. Lewandowski levels Muller

Thomas Muller looks as fundamental as ever (his 17 assists is a league-high as he chases down the personal best of 21 he set in 2019/20, there’s still time), Lewandowski remains lethal, scoring 33 times this season including the second strike today.

Lewandowski’s 33 goals all but guarantee him to win the Kicker-Torjägerkanone (the Bundesliga golden boot) for the 7th time. This draws his level with Gerd Muller, and so if he does stay with Bayern for one last season then he could go out with the most top scorer titles ever.

5. Robert Lewandowski: kicker top scorer cannon

In addition, Lewandowski winning the Kicker-Torjägerkanone again (and he is currently 12 goals ahead of Patrik Schick with just three games left to play) would mean that he will have won the award for five consecutive years. That extends his own record that he set last year when he won his fourth straight. Next season: six in a row?

Lewandowski and Muller’s continued prominance illustrates that Nagelsmann has shown no sense of struggling with the egos in the Bayern locker room. The job has not looked too big for him as he led his side to clinch a genuinely historic title.

6. Bayern first to 10 straight among the top five

No team in Europe’s top five leagues had won 10 consecutive titles before. Bayern are the first.

  • England: 3
    • Huddersfield: 1923-1926
    • Arsenal: 1932-1935
    • Liverpool: 1981-1984
    • Manchester United: 1998-2001
    • Manchester United: 2006-2009
  • Spain: 5
    • Real Madrid: 1960-1965
    • Real Madrid: 1985-1990
  • France: 7
    • Lyon: 2001-2008
  • Italy: 9
    • Juventus: 2011-2020
  • Germany: 10
    • Bayern Munich: 2012-2022

7. Thomas Muller: most titles in German history

Incidentally, Muller’s record of 11 titles is the highest for an individual player in Bundesliga history, although he lags behind Paco Gento’s 12 La Liga titles and Ryan Giggs’ 13 Premier League wins overall. Though give him three years and he’ll probably go top there too.


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8. Bayern’s domestic dominance

Since Bayern won their first title in 1968/69, they have won a record 31 Bundesliga titles. To put that dominance in even greater perspective, since that first Bayern win every other Bundesliga club put together has won just 23 titles. They’ve won more than half the championships available! That is utterly ludicrous dominance.

9. Bayern just keep scoring

Today was the perfect example of Bayern’s sheer mental mastery they have as much as anything else. The German champions weren’t at their best but when Leon Goretzka’s knockdown fell to Serge Gnabry, you weren’t surprised that he scored an utterly ridiculous half-volley.

And when Dan-Axel Zagadou started dribbling out from the back, it made perfect sense that Bayern would win the ball back and that Thomas Muller would slide a pass in for Robert Lewandowski to score.

Even when Dortmund got one back, Erling Haaland inexplicably missing good chances wasn’t a shock, nor was young Jamal Musiala scoring the title-clinching goal at just 18 years of age. That, too, felt normal.

Part of why you weren’t surprised is that Bayern have scored in their last 78 Bundesliga matches. The longest run in the Bundesliga since records began (in 2004/05). No matter the situation, they always find a way to score, and when that happens you tend to win.

Bayern dominating everyone before them just makes sense. They are a well-run club that have a huge financial advantage and maximise that advantage with a series of very smart decisions and appointments.

10. Kingsley Coman: the forever champion

The final example of just how absurdly dominant Bayern are comes courtesy of Kingsley Coman. The Frenchman is two months short of his 26th birthday and just clinched his 11th straight league title. Thanks to playing for PSG, then Juventus before joining Bayern in 2015, Coman has won the title in every single season of his professional career.