With a 27th title under their belts, Bayern Munich have underlined — as if they needed it — their dominance of the Bundesliga.

Bayern have been so successful that the bulging Allianz Arena trophy cabinet must be straining at the seams, with the Bavarian giants having loomed large over German football for most of the last four decades.

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Even if they had won only the six successive Meisterschale they have claimed since 2013, they would still be Germany's most successful team. As it is, they have 22 more league titles than their nearest rivals, Borussias Mönchengladbach and Dortmund.

Domestic dominance is one thing, but can Bayern claim to be the greatest club in the world? Taking the Bundesliga's first season - 1963/64 - as the starting point, bundesliga.com pits Bayern against the clubs that could challenge them for the place at the summit of the world game, and asks whether it is a case of Bayern über alles.

Round One: Bayern vs. Juventus

The Italian giants have won 'just' 21 league titles since 1963, and 'only' eight Coppa Italia: Bayern have lifted the DFB Cup 17 times in that period. Two UEFA Cups and one Cup Winners' Cup win added to their brace of UEFA Champions League victories do not outweigh Bayern's five European crowns.

Bayern conquered Juventus in the 2013 and 2016 UEFA Champions League knockout rounds. © gettyimages / Lennart Preiss

Verdict: Bayern by KO

Round Two: Bayern vs. Liverpool

The side that succeeded Bayern at the top of European football in the late 1970s, Liverpool were not able to sustain their success in the way their German counterparts have. During the Reds' 28-year wait for an English league title since the last of their 13 in 1989/90, Bayern have been German champions 16 times. Yes, they can match Bayern's five European titles, and their three UEFA Cup/Europa League wins mean they actually outstrip the Bundesliga side's overall continental wins, but Jupp Heynckes' men sweep home on the domestic front.

Bayern and Franck Ribery (r.) are more used to winning league titles than Emre Can's Liverpool. © imago / Buzzi

Verdict: Bayern by TKO

Round Three: Bayern vs. Barcelona

Recent European history is in the Catalan side's favour: four Champions League wins in the time Bayern have picked up one, bringing the pair level on five each. Sixteen league titles and 14 Copa del Rey wins make them formidable opponents, but Bayern's silverware haul is still blindingly superior.

Lionel Messi (c.) has enjoyed success with Barcelona, but Bayern have won more league titles since the Bundesliga was founded. © imago

Verdict: Bayern by KO

Round Four: Bayern vs. Manchester United

Bayern would have had six European titles but for the dramatic turn of events at the Camp Nou in 1999. Like their German rivals, United enjoyed a period of hegemony presided over by Sir Alex Ferguson, but since his retirement, they have seen the likes of Chelsea and neighbours City ease past them in England's pecking order. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's show-stopping winner in Catalonia gave United one of just three Champions League wins, and though Jose Mourinho's men won the UEFA Europa League last year, they still have 12 fewer league titles than Bayern since the start of the Bundesliga.

Man United are no longer the threat they once were to Bayern's European aspirations. © imago

Verdict: Referee steps in with United on the ropes

Round Five: Bayern vs. AC Milan

Inspired by their Dutch trio of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten, Milan were Europe's and the world's top team in the late 80s and early 90s. Three of the six UEFA Champions League titles they have won since the start of the Bundesliga came in a magical five-year spell where no-one could touch them. They have also won one more Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup than Bayern with four, but have only a lightweight ten scudetti since 1963.

James & Co. are streaks ahead of their Milanese counterarts these days. © imago

Verdict: A good contest, but Bayern win it comfortably

Round Six: Bayern vs. Real Madrid

Now this is a heavyweight contest. Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. have added a trio of recent Champions League wins to take their tally to seven in comparison to Bayern's five, but Bayern have won three more domestic titles than Madrid’s 24 La Liga crowns. Five Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup victories and nine Copa del Rey add weight to Madrid's punch, but Bayern are the only club to have won all possible trebles with their 2012/13 Bundesliga/DFB Cup/Champions League triumph, completing their European trophy collection with the 1995/96 UEFA Cup, and their 1999/2000 domestic treble.

Bayern's Jerome Boateng (l.) has several more league winners' medals than Cristiano Ronaldo (r.) has with Real Madrid. © gettyimages / Matthias Hangst

Verdict: A points victory for Bayern

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