Bayern Munich in Crisis: Examining the Bundesliga Giants’ Last Trophyless Season in 2011/12 Campaign

Bayern Munich in Crisis: Examining the Bundesliga Giants’ Last Trophyless Season in 2011/12 Campaign

Joel Reyes
February 19, 2024 at 7:06 AM
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  • Bayern Munich have struggled lately, losing their last three matches in all competitions
  • Their Bundesliga and Champions League title hopes took a huge hit with those defeats
  • The last time the Bavarian giants did not win a single trophy was in the 2011-12 season

Bayern Munich are in trouble.

Three consecutive losses leave the Bavarian giants in danger of not winning a single trophy this 2023-24 season.

Sports Brief examines Bayern Munich's last trophyless campaign in Germany.

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Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery react to their loss to Borussia Dortmund; Mario Gomez looks disappointed after Bayern's loss to Chelsea in the Champions League. Images: sampics/ Team 2 Sportphoto.
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No trophies for Bayern in 2011-12 season

Bayern's Bundesliga woes continue

Bayern Munich got off to a strong start in their 2011-12 Bundesliga campaign, winning 12 of their first 17 games to enter the winter break as the No. 1 team in the German top flight.

They struggled, however, when the league resumed in January, dropping points in two of their first three matches against Borussia Monchengladbach and Hamburger SV.

They fell to second following the 1-1 draw against Hamburger SV and were not able to return to the top spot for the remainder of the season.

Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga title for the second straight season, finishing eight points ahead of Bayern Munich in the final table.

Bayern's DFB-Pokal heartbreak

Bayern Munich's next opportunity to win a title in the 2011-12 season came in the DFB-Pokal.

They reached the final of the cup competition after beating Eintracht Braunschweig, FC Ingolstadt, VfL Bochum, VfB Stuttgart, and Borussia Mönchengladbach in the earlier rounds.

Their run came to a disappointing end in the final, though, as they lost 5-2 to Borussia Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski broke the hearts of Bayern Munich fans, netting a hat-trick in that contest to give Dortmund the league and cup double.

Agony for Bayern in the Champions League

Bayern's last hope for a trophy in the 2011-12 season came in the UEFA Champions League. They reached the final of the biggest club competition in world football after beating Basel, Marseille, and Real Madrid in the knockout rounds.

The Bavarian giants were desperate to win the final against Chelsea, as the match was played on their home ground at Allianz Arena.

They looked like they were on their way to a famous victory after Thomas Muller gave Bayern a 1-0 lead in the 83rd minute.

The joy was short-lived, though, as Didier Drogba scored a fantastic header in the 88th minute to tie the match at 1-1.

The match eventually went into penalties, with the Blues prevailing 4-3 in the shootout. Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger missed Bayern's last two spot kicks to hand Chelsea the Champions League victory.

Tuchel reacts to Bayern's horror week

Sports Brief recently reported on Thomas Tuchel's reaction to Bayern's latest loss.

He admitted that Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga title is not realistic now after they lost to VfL Bochum.

They now trail leaders Bayer Leverkusen by eight points in the league table.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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