With the new season approaching, bundesliga.com runs the rule over Pep Guardiola's second year in charge of a club with genuine designs on trumping last season's double-winning triumph.
Securing the signature of the coveted forward Robert Lewandowski was one way to improve an already-formidable squad, but Bayern have recruited intelligently across the board. Promising young left-sided Spanish defender Juan Bernat (pictured) joined from Valencia CF, while defensive midfielder Sebastian Rode's ball-playing skills make him perfect for a Guardiola side. Additionally, Spain international keeper Pepe Reina has been brought in to provide cover for Manuel Neuer in goal.
Robert Lewandowski must have been at the top of every club's wishlist but, after four years in Dortmund, the 25-year-old striker chose Bayern. The Polish international has hit the 20-goal mark in his last three Bundesliga campaigns and boasts a similarly fearsome reputation in the UEFA Champions League. Comfortable on either foot and a threat both inside and outside the 18-yard box, the 2013/14 Bundesliga top scorer could prove the missing piece in Pep Guardiola's puzzle of football perfection.
Despite making just 16 league appearances through injury, it's no exaggeration to say Pep's must-have summer signing Thiago took Bayern's game to another level last season. The 23-year-old emerged victorious in his first 14 appearances - a Bundesliga best-mark - and later smashed the record for most touches in a single game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 19 (177). If he can return to peak fitness, Bayern might well find themselves back on top of the European tree in 2014/15.
Decorated as a player and now a head coach, Guardiola's debut campaign at FC Bayern Munchen was a runaway success. The Catalan moved to the Allianz Arena with 31 titles to his name and, having fastidiously set to work on imparting his own, unique footballing philosophy on his new club, ended 2013/14 with a further four in the trophy cabinet. A self-proclaimed perfectionist and, according to his wife, a "bad loser" to boot, the Bavarians are set for a long and prosperous future under his stewardship.
Retaining the Meisterschale and the DFB Cup for the third season running is the minimum requirement, but regaining the UEFA Champions League crown from Real Madrid CF has to top the Bayern's to-do list in 2014/15. Losing 5-0 on aggregate to los Galacticos in last term's two-legged semi-final was a defeat that asked questions of the Guardiola blueprint, but the Catalan has been defiantly courageous in his convictions, insisting his possession-fuelled credo is the only way to go.
Guardiola took the Jupp Heynckes baton and ran with it in his maiden season in Germany's top flight. After losing to Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Supercup, Bayern made it a calendar-year quintuple with victory in the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA World Club World Cup. Racing clear of the chasing pack domestically, die Munchner then wrapped up a 23rd Bundesliga title in record time at the end of March, before rubbing BVB's noses in it with a in the final of the DFB Cup.
Piloted in the DFB Cup against Dortmund in May, a back three appears to be Pep Guardiola's defensive foundation of choice. A new face is expected in light of Javi Martinez's year-ending cruciate injury, although Holger Badstuber will be effectively like a new singing following 18 months out. Lewandowski will surely break the 20-goal barrier, while Sebastian Rode adds another layer of competitive class to a Bayern midfield already brimming with talent, despite Toni Kroos' departure.
For the most part deprived of their medal-winning FIFA World Cup representatives and midfield metronome Thiago, an experimental Bayern side have experienced something of a mixed bag of pre-season results. Defeat to the MLS All-Star game was sandwiched between victory in the Telekom Cup and a 2-0 reverse in the to Dortmund. The defending champions wamred up for the opener of their title defence against VfL Wolfsburg on 22 August by beating Preußen Münster 4-1 in the DFB Cup.