German Cup Final: Bayern Munich 3-2 Stuttgart
The most titled and famous German club won everything this year – Bundesliga (with a large margin over Dortmund), UEFA Champions League (Robben’s late goal 89′ minute vs Dortmund 2-1 ) and now the German Cup!!! Never the Bavarian team have had such a success. So they are definitely the club of the season, best of the world without a doubt.
Franz Beckenbauer and Günter Netzer are here, and they won everything. But no-one’s won the treble before,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge proudly declared at the post-match banquet, hosted by Deutsche Telekom in the German capital. FCB defeated VfB Stuttgart 3-2 in the DFB Cup final, “and I want to say thanks,” the chairman continued, “what we’ve achieved probably hasn’t completely sunk in yet.”
We’ve had an unbelievable season,” said Bastian Schweinsteiger, groping for words to describe the achievement when he addressed reporters more than an hour later, the cup held firmly under his arm. “I still can’t quite grasp it,” the midfielder admitted. Daniel van Buyten felt it was a triumph for the ages: “They’ll still be talking about this treble in 100 years!”
You drink in the atmosphere. I have to say it was gigantic and an absolute highlight,” Heynckes said after his final match with Bayern, “I’m delighted that won’t be happening to me again, because the stuff really stinks,” Heynckes smiled into the TV cameras. Later, showered and changed back into training kit, he led his men in a conga into the post match banquet. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge couldn’t suppress a grin: “Today, he’s made his only mistake of the season: he only brought one suit.”
He’s always been a great coach and a fine person, but now he’s a general,” said Uli Hoeneß, the man who brought Heynckes to Bayern for his first and second spells at the helm. Now, with his third term at an end and after a coaching career spanning almost 35 years, the 68-year-old is keeping his options open for the future. He has announced a press conference on the subject for Tuesday, “and then I’ll say whether I’ll carry on or not.”
Rummenigge emphasised that Heynckes has “carte blanche” at the club: “The door is always open for you, not just because of this success, but because of your humanity,” the chairman declared at the banquet, where the team, sponsors and fans repeatedly chanted the boss’s name. “What he’s done for us can’t be measured in gold,” concluded Rummenigge, “he leaves us as a great friend.”