Bayern Munich defeated Stuttgart in the final of DFB Pokal to become the only German team to win a treble on this day in 2013.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid that won a hat-trick of Champions League titles consecutively or Pep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona that landed the sextuple comes to mind when thinking about the most successful and ruthless teams in recent times.
But there’s a team that is often overlooked in such debates. A team that deserves the same appraisal as the two aforementioned ones, or even more some would say – Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern Munich, their 2012/13 season specifically.
The 2012/13 season marked arguably the most successful season in the history of Bayern Munich.
Having lost the Bundesliga title to Borussia Dortmund a season earlier, Bayern acquired Mario Mandzukic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Mario Mandzukic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Claudio Pizarro, Mitchell Weiser, Tom Starke, and Dante at the start of the season as they hoped to right their previous wrongs.
Their Bundesliga campaign started with a 3-0 thumping of Greuther Furth. Similar results would follow for the next seven matches as they suffered a defeat, their only one in the league that season, to Bayer Leverkusen on matchday 9.
Bayern won the league title while breaking several records in the process. They set a new points total of 91, winning the most number of matches with 29, fewest losses with just one, among other records.
They were equally dominant in the Champions League. The Bavarians thrashed Barcelona 7-0 in the semi-finals before beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final to lift the trophy.
A week later, on June 1, 2013, Bayern won the DFB Pokal beating VfB Stuttgart 3-2 to land their third trophy of the season.