Wednesday, May 19, 1999 Published at 21:36 GMT 22:36 UK
FC Bayern: The Glory years
Bayern Munich: Leapt from footballing obscurity to conquer Europe
The 'Golden Age' of German football came in the 1970's when, under the captaincy of one of football's most remarkable talents, Franz Beckenbauer, Bayern Munich rose to dominate the European game.
In 1965, just two years after the inception of the Bundesliga, the team - around Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier and Gerd Müller - with an average age of just 21, reached the top level of the German game.
But the meteoric rise was just beginning.
They reached third place in the first year of the Bundesliga - the then best climber of all time - secured victory in the Cup Final (4-2 against Duisburg) and Beckenbauer suddenly found himself in the World Cup final at Wembley stadium against England.
"I was 13 when I moved to Bayern," he said. "I played five years in the youth team but then I got the contract in 1964.
"At the time we were in the second division but then we moved up. Sepp Maier came, Muller came and then a couple of years later, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeneß and Schwarzenbeck - the members of the 1974 World Cup team."
No wonder that one year later, in 1967, they were celebrating their first European Cup triumph.
Throughout Europe there was a growing recognition that a new centre of footballing excellence had emerged.
Udo Lattek was the coach when Bayern again lifted the German Cup in 1971.
But he would have to wait two more years before Bayern became the first German team to reach the Champions' final since Eintracht Frankfurt were thrashed 7-3 against Real Madrid.
Ironically Spain again provided the opposition - this time it was Atletico Madrid who were also appearing in their first European Cup final.
The replay was a different story, however, with Bayern achieving a 4-0 win thanks to two goals apiece from Muller and Uli Hoeness.
Leeds dominated the game and even secured a late goal - but it proved to be the turning point of the match. It was disallowed for offside with Bayern then scoring twice to lift the trophy for the second time.
It was an ageing team that attempted to win the European Cup again, against Saint Etienne in 1976. But Karl-Heinz Rummenigge provided some new blood.
"I said I didn't know what to do and that I thought I should do something to feel better, so the doctor game me a shot of Cognac and then tried to give me another - but I was afraid of being drunk."
Saint Etienne were the flower of French football at the time and dominated the game for most of its 90 minutes.
But Bayern could not quite be suppressed and the game was ultimately decided by one foul and one free-kick.
Franz Roth was the scorer and not for the first time Bayern had snatched victory from the fire.
It was three European Cup wins in a row - an achievement to match the three victories of Ajax - if not the six of Real Madrid.