From Juanito stamping on Lothar Matthaeus head to an entire team storming off the pitch in a friendly,there is no love lost between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid,who resume their bitter rivalry on Tuesday.
The luck of the draw has ensured a five-year truce between the two swaggering giants,who have been European champions 13 times between them. But the peace will be shattered when they clash at the Allianz Arena in their Champions League semi-final first leg.
It will their fifth semi-final meeting in Europes top club competition and offers Real Madrid,well on course to win La Liga,the chance to bring Bayerns season to a miserable conclusion. The Bavarians have already seen their Bundesliga title challenge fizzle out and are now playing to keep alive their dream of playing the Champions League final in their own stadium.
There is an endless list of ingredients to spice up an encounter whose history of violence,slanging matches and red cards would not be out of place in South America. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes and forward Arjen Robben both have scores to settle,having left the Bernabeu through the back door after their spells at Real. Heynckes was the coach who ended Reals 32-year wait for their sixth European Cup title in 1997/98 yet despite this was removed. Dutchman Robben was booted out after being told he was not wanted by club president Florentino Perez.
The pre-match comments have been the usual banal fare with players and officials offering respect for the opposition and playing down rivalries. There are a lot of elements to take into consideration and the first of those is Bayerns history, said Real director Emilio Butragueno.
They are a club with great pride and they know this is probably their last chance to end the season on a high,not to mention the fact that the final is at their stadium. As professionals and as a team they will want to prove their mettle and they will try their hardest against Real Madrid.
Yet Butragueno is all too aware of the bitterness between the two clubs,having played for Real during the 1980s. The first meeting between the two sides,in the 1975/76 semi-finals,set the tone.
Blood on the field
Reals Roberto Martinez broke his nose in a collision with Bayern goalkeeper Sepp Maier and a fan known as El Loco del Bernabeu (The Bernabeu madman) ran onto the pitch and attacked the referee and Bayern striker Gerd Mueller. Bayern went on to the win the competition for the third year in a row.
Their next competitive meeting,another semi-final 11 years later when Bayern again won,brought the infamous incident where Juanito stamped on the back and then the head of Matthaeus while a team mate kicked the German playmakers thigh. Juanito,who died in a car crash in 1992 at the age of 37,was given a five-year European ban.
Even when the matches were supposedly friendly,there was trouble. In 1981,Bayerns entire team stormed off the pitch during a match in Reals pre-season Santiago Bernabeu trophy tournament after they had a player sent off for making obscene gestures to fans.
It got little better during Reals so-called Galacticos era when Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn became public enemy number one among Real fans,while the Spaniards were seen in Bavaria as showboaters. Before a first knockout round meeting in 2004,Bayerns Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro said: Were going to score five goals against those clowns.
It brought a predictably furious reaction from Spain but Real had the last laugh,winning 2-1 on aggregate.
There was none of the trash talk from Bayerns Bastian Schweinsteiger following Saturdays 0-0 draw against Mainz 05. Its all or nothing on Tuesday, he said,aware that Bayern have won eight and drawn one of nine home meetings against Real. We have to go to the limit and beyond,but we can do it with our fans behind us. It wont be easy and it comes down to mental strength. I hope we show the mentality which marks Bayern out.
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Head-to-head (18 games)
Wins Bayern 10,Real 6 (draws 2)
Goals Bayern 30,Real 23
* This is the fifth time the two teams will meet in the semi-finals of Europes premier club tournament with Bayern winning three of the previous four
* Seven players remain from the last match in Munich between the two teams five years ago Philipp Lahm,Bastian Schweinsteiger and Daniel Van Buyten for Bayern and Iker Casillas,Lassana Diarra,Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Ramos for Real.
* At home,Bayern have eight wins and in nine matches against Real,the only draw coming in the knockout round in 2004 when Roberto Carlos scored a late equaliser.
* Bayern have won all five CL matches in Munich this season,scoring 17 goals and conceding just three. They have won 12 of their last 13 CL home games,losing only to Inter Milan 3-2 in last seasons knockout round.