Midweek Mashup – Bayern Munich, 1988

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Ahead of tonight’s Champions League semi-final first leg, we look at a past Bayern Munich-Real Madrid meeting, while next Wednesday will focus on Liverpool away to Roma.

Having reached the 1987 European Cup final, losing to Porto, Bayern made it back to the quarter-finals the following season.

Real Madrid were their opponents in the last-eight tie, but, having won the home leg 3-2, Bayern were eliminated as they lost 2-0 at the Bernabéu.

In that game, Bayern were wearing the light-blue shorts from their ‘Brazil’ kit. This look was worn in the 1987 final and has already been covered in a previous MWM, so it’s actually the first leg which provides the interest.


While the shorts were predominantly red, they carried a large white hoop (fittingly, given the Dublin slang). They carried no adidas markings and were reminiscent of the style worn by Scotland at the 1986 World Cup – surely Bayern, so closely aligned to die drei Streifen, didn’t wear Umbro?

Why they opted for something so different, and whose choice it was, is sadly unknown.


Goals from Hans Pflügler, Norbert Eder and Roland Wohlfarth had Bayern 3-0 up with just two minutes of the second half played, but Real pulled two back in the closing stages through Emilio Butragueño and Hugo Sánchez, laying the foundations for the second-leg turnaround.


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