- Bayern were crowned champions for a record fourth straight year.
- A host of records were smashed along the way.
- Pep Guardiola signed off in style after sealing three Bundesliga titles in his three seasons.
Right from the start, FC Bayern München exhibited a burning desire to rewrite Bundesliga history. As Pep Guardiola noted before the season started, no club had ever won the league four years in a row. In pursuit of that record, Bayern got off to the perfect start.
Season in a nutshell
In winning their opening ten games, Bayern set their first record of the season and sent a clear signal of their intent. Following the 5-1 dismantling of the previous season’s runners-up VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 6, Bayern knocked Borussia Dortmund off top spot and never relinquished their grip all season.
Dortmund proved tenacious challengers however and the title was not confirmed until the penultimate weekend. "I don’t think Dortmund knew just how much they got on our nerves," said Thomas Müller. "So we can be very proud. We had to invest a lot of energy this season." In the Der Klassiker showdown on Matchday 25, Bayern came away from Dortmund with a goalless draw that kept the pretenders at arm’s length. In the end, the Bavarians secured their 26th championship, 25 of them in the Bundesliga, with a ten-point gap over their rivals.
Top three games
MD6: FC Bayern München 5-1 Borussia Dortmund
Bayern continued their perfect start to the season with a convincing victory over their closest challengers. Two first-half goals from Thomas Müller set Bayern on the road to victory. Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back, another brace from Robert Lewandowski put the result beyond doubt before Mario Götze put the icing on the cake.
MD8: FC Bayern München 5-1 VfL Wolfsburg
With Wolfsburg a goal up, Josuha Guilavogui hit the post of an empty goal to miss the chance to put the visitors two-nil up. What followed went down in Bundesliga history. Robert Lewandowski scored an incredible five goals in nine minutes to turn the game on its head and make headlines around the world.
MD10: FC Bayern München 4-0 1. FC Köln
Not only did Bayern complete the perfect ten in their record-breaking start to the season, they also chalked up their 1000th Bundesliga victory as they crushed Köln.
With such a glittering array of talent, it is almost an impossible task to pick one particular player. Manuel Neuer kept a record 21 clean sheets, Thomas Müller weighed in with 20 goals, Douglas Costa thrilled spectators in his debut season. In the end though, we just cannot look past the goalscoring exploits of Robert Lewandowski. In the end, he became the first player since 1977 to break the 30-goal barrier in the Bundesliga and only the second one in a Bayern shirt after club legend Gerd Müller.
What is next?
Planning for next season has already begun in earnest. When Pep Guardiola announced he would be leaving at the end of the season, club bosses moved quickly to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as his successor. And an already impressive squad has been strengthened further with the signings of Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund and one of the hottest prospects in world football in Renato Sanches. The champions return to training on 11 July before embarking on a pre-season trip to the USA from 25 July - 4 August where they will face Real Madrid in a friendly in New York.
For bundesliga.com reporter Maximilian Lotz, a return to action in November after 200 days out through injury for Holger Badstuber was a collective goosebump-inducing moment at the Allianz Arena. Just a few months later however, Badstuber suffered another devastating injury. In the following match at FC Augsburg, the Bayern players wore shirts expressing their solidarity with their team-mate.