Klassiker rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have played out many a humdinger down the years. - © © imago
Klassiker rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have played out many a humdinger down the years. - © © imago

Bayern vs. Dortmund: A history of one-upmanship

Rivalries are the lifeblood of any sport, but few pump the veins and flood the capillaries like Klassiker adversaries Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

The unbridled sense of one-upmanship between the two has been at the forefront of German football fans' collective imagination for a number of years now and will once again go under the microscope in Matchday 28's highly anticipated showdown at the Allianz Arena. Until then, allow bundesliga.com to get the juices flowing with a trip down Klassiker memory lane...

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Rivalry resumed

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Dortmund's year

Dortmund had already beaten the defending champions 2-0 when they travelled south in search of their first win on Munich soil in nigh-on 20 years on Matchday 24 of the 2010/11 campaign. An uncharacteristic mistake from Bastian Schweinsteiger allowed Kevin Großkreutz to tee up Lucas Barrios for the opening goal and, while Luiz Gustavo levelled shortly after, Bayern struggled to contend with Dortmund’s high-pressing game. Nuri Sahin was exceptional, bending in from 20 yards to put BVB back in front, before former Bayern youth product Mats Hummels powered in a second-half header to put the visitors firmly on course for their first league title since 2002.

Auba strikes back

Arresting a four-match winless run in the Bundesliga against the red ballet, Dortmund went some way to redressing the balance on Matchday 11 of the 2016/17 season. A 1-0 win that came courtesy of a first-half goal from Aubameyang gave Tuchel his first taste of Klassiker glory at the fourth attempt. Will he be able to mastermind a season double a la Klopp or will the Bundesliga leaders restamp their authority all over one of German football's most engrossing rivalries? Tune in on Saturday evening for more guaranteed twists in the Klassiker tale!

Watch: Highlights of Dortmund's Matchday 11 triumph over Bayern

Chris Mayer-Lodge

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