FC Bayern Munich ended the German soccer season in style on Saturday afternoon after defeating Stuttgart with a late goal. After the game ended, Bayern celebrated with their Bundesliga trophy in front of their fans at the Allianz Arena. Legendary Pep Guardiola, who is doing his first year as coach with Bayern Munich, was soaked with beer by the jubilant Bayern players while holding the league’s trophy.
Bayern was actually named champion of the German league back in March when the team had already accumulated enough points, leaving second-placed team Borussia Dortmund mathematically out of the race. However, the Bundesliga trophy was not presented to Bayern Munich until the last game of the season.
Additionally, Bayern was playing this season as the defending champions. The 2013-2014 title was a back-to-back for the Bavarians. Bayern has now won the title 23 times in the history of the German soccer league.
In the last game against Stuttgart, Bayern Munich had problems getting a goal despite the total dominance over the visiting team. The Bavarians had more shots than their adversaries, 24 to 8. Also, the defending champions controlled the ball in their home field 72 percent compared to the visiting team’s control of 28 percent. Stuttgart held out and did not allow the defending champs to get a goal during regular time.
In the 37th minute, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger ended the game with an injury and was subbed by Pierre Hojbjerg. The switch was a bit of a concern since Schweinsteiger is a major key player in the mid-field for Bayern. Schweinsteiger relieved some tension for the home crowd when he came back out to celebrate the Bundesliga trophy with his teammates.
FC Bayern Munich persisted and attacked until the goal came around via Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro. The goal was scored two minutes into stoppage time, which took away Stuttgart’s magnificent effort and defensive performance in keeping Bayern scoreless. The heroic goal might be Pizarro’s last with Munich as his contract is done this summer. No word or report has been released on what Pizarro might do next. If he does depart with the German team, he will go out in style with his goal against Stuttgart.
However, Pizarro is now the highest scoring foreign player in the German league. The Peruvian player ended with 175 goals in his time with the Bundesliga. Pizarro is also the all-time overseas scorer with the Bayern Munich club, booking 123 goals.
As for Pep Guardiola, the coach had a good year in the domestic league but did not have much luck with the UEFA Champions League, as the Bavarians were eliminated in the semifinals by Spaniard giants Real Madrid. Bayern was also trying for a back-to-back title in the Champions League this season, as they were the defending champions. Guardiola will have another test next week as the coach of the Bavarians when his team faces league rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final of the DFB Pokal, German soccer tournament that involves teams from all German divisions.
During the festivities, FC Bayern Munich sported their new uniform in style that is supposed to be used for next season. The new jersey was red and blue, and looked very similar to Guardiola’s former team, FC Barcelona. The Bundesliga title for Bayern automatically qualifies the Bavarians into the UEFA Champions League for the 2014-2015 season.
Commentary by Jose Herrera