Munich - Just past 17:20 CET on Saturday the game was up - FC Bayern Munich were confirmed as the 2013 Bundesliga champions. A 1-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt proved enough for Jupp Heynckes’ star-studded side to secure a 23rd national title and their 22nd since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963.
"Whole-hearted” congratulations were sent from Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp, but it wasn’t just in Germany that Bayern’s “turbo title” made waves. An overview of the international press reaction:
AS: Bayern crown themselves as the Bundesliga champions. Following two years of Borussia Dortmund dominance, Heynckes’ students have re-established their autocratic rule. [Josep] Guardiola knows that he’s got a lot of work to do if he wants to match Heynckes’ title-winning feat.
El Mundo Deportivo: Super Bayern’s super title win! Yet there was no beer shower. Pep looks set to inherit a luxury-Bayern.
Sport: Bayern are already the Bundesliga champions. Guardiola will have a record-breaking Bayern at his disposal.
Marca: Turbo title for Bayern. Bayern conquer the Bundesliga and pick up their 23rd German championship crown.
Gazzetta dello Sport: FC Bayern are the German champions, but have postponed their grand celebrations ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Juventus. In 50 years of the Bundesliga, no German club has ever won the title with six matches left to play.
Corriere dello Sport: FC Bayern are Germany’s Bundesliga kings. Borussia Dortmund’s win wasn’t enough to keep the Bundesliga title race alive, six Matchdays before the campaign’s conclusion. For Bayern now it’s all about beating Juventus and progressing in the UEFA Champions League.
Tuttosport: Schweinsteiger’s goal gifts Heynckes‘ troops the Bundesliga title six Matchdays before the end of the season. Bayern can now go into their midweek encounter against Juventus with plenty of self-confidence.
Repubblica: A win against Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern are German champions with six Matchdays until the end of the season. Bayern, who also have a match against Juventus ahead of them, are also in the running for the DFB Cup.
Daily Mail: Record-breaking Bayern Munich snatch back Bundesliga title with SIX games to go. It has been a matter of when and not if Bayern regained the title from Borussia Dortmund for some weeks. The victory also ended a mini title drought as they won their first crown in three seasons and their 23rd overall. It was the earliest Bundesliga title win in history, beating Bayern's own record of four games to go in the 1972-73 and 2002-03 seasons.
BBC: Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title with six games to spare - the quickest-ever triumph in German league history. Bayern have lost only once all season, conceding 13 goals, and have won all 11 games since the winter break. After sealing their 23rd title, Bayern can now focus on other competitions.
The Guardian: Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions in record time. Such has been Bayern's dominance of the German top flight that no other side have claimed the title this early in the Bundesliga's 50 years. Jupp Heynckes' side remain on course for a possible treble.
Expressen (Sweden): Dortmund had won the Bundesliga two years in a row, but this year there wasn’t a single team able to stop FC Bayern’s well-oiled machine. Plain and simple, Bayern have run over all their other competitors.
Sporten.dk (Denmark): FC Bayern were absolutely sensational, something Dortmund were also forced to admit. Jupp Heynckes can now concentrate on winning the treble before handing over the reins to Pep Guardiola.
Ekstrabladet (Denmark): Bayern once again sit atop the throne in German football. Schweinsteiger’s goal was a world-class finish from a world-class player after a world-class assist.