The rivalry between Germany and England on the football pitch is extensive, with the two nations being involved in some of the most heated matches in football history. The two great footballing nations have met on many occasions on the world stage, with England having their moment in the spotlight in 1966, before German got their revenge at the FIFA World Cup in 1990 and again in 2010.
Both countries have also had excellent clubs represent them in the UEFA Champions League down the years, and when the two countries meet in this competition, there is always drama. But, which matches have been more memorable than others?
Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich
It’s hard to start anywhere else except for the memorable 1999 Champions League final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich. United went into the game hot on the heels of winning the Premier League and FA Cup, and were looking for an unprecedented treble.
The game didn’t exactly go to plan for Sir Alex Ferguson and his side as they fell behind to a Mario Basler goal after six minutes. However, United turned the game on its head with two goals in three injury-time minutes. Teddy Sheringham levelled the scores before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won it for the Red Devils in the 93rd minute.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-7 Bayern Munich
The matches between Bayern Munich and English sides are often intense, and they showcased just how good they are when they pummelled Tottenham Hotspur in the group stages of the 2019-20 Champions League season. The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur has often included Spurs fans joking about the time Bayern beat Arsenal 10-2 over two legs, but this match ensured that Arsenal fans were treated to a little rest bite.
It was one of the most embarrassing nights in Tottenham’s history, as Bayern scored five second-half goals. It was almost hard to believe that Tottenham were ahead after 12 minutes as Heung Min-Son had put them ahead. Serge Gnabry scored four goals in the win, while Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski also found the net.
Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea FC (Chelsea Win 4-3 On Penalties)
FC Bayern suffered an embarrassment of their own seven years earlier as they were beaten in their own stadium by English opposition in the Champions League final. The scene had been set for Bayern to finally avenge the ghosts from their final defeat against Manchester United in 1999, and things looked to have been wrapped up with eight minutes remaining as Thomas Muller gave Bayern the lead.
However, Chelsea equalised five minutes later when Didier Drogba headed the ball past Manuel Neuer, who has just signed a new deal with Bayern. Bayern had the chance to win the game in the first half of extra time as Drogba brought down Franck Ribery. However, former Blues star Arjen Robben saw his penalty saved by Petr Cech. The match moved onto a penalty shootout, and after misses from Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Drogba had the chance to win it for Chelsea, which he calmly did.