Bayern Munich and Real Madrid meet for a record 23rd time in European competition when the two giants of the game collide in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg.
The tie will no doubt produce more football tales that will enter the game's folklore…bundesliga.com looks at some of the gripping stories that emerged from their past encounters.
Bayern Munich 3-3 Madrid (3-1 pens.)
The first leg in Germany was dramatic enough. Franck Ribery and Mesut Özil traded goals, and Madrid looked set to take a handy draw back home with them when Mario Gomez's predatory instincts told him to lunge to turn in a Philipp Lahm cross with 90 minutes on the clock. Cue a finely-balanced tie ahead of the second leg which swung back and forth it is a surprise no-one in the Santiago Bernabeu got seasick. Cristiano Ronaldo's early brace gave Madrid an aggregate lead, former Real man Arjen Robben reminded home fans of his abilities by pulling one back. The heavyweight pair slugged it with neither able to deliver a knockout blow until the penalty shoot-out: Xabi Alonso was Madrid's only successful taker as Manuel Neuer thwarted Ronaldo and Kaka, giving homegrown Bayern hero Bastian Schweinsteiger a chance to shoot his club into a final played at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern 4-4 Real Madrid (Bayern win on away goals)
Round of 16, 2006/07
You might have thought Real would have learned their lesson about late first-leg goals as it was another that had taken Bayern into the quarter-finals at their expense five years earlier. Former Schalke man Raul and ex-Hamburg forward Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in the first half to leave Madrid well positioned. Bayern had responded through the unlikely source of Lucio, and it was another man not renowned for his goals, midfielder and captain Mark van Bommel, who struck what proved to be a decisive marker two minutes from time. Fellow Dutchman Roy Makaay levelled the aggregate scores 10.2 seconds into the second leg in Munich — still the fastest Champions League goal ever — and Lucio — yes, him again! — also struck before Van Nistelrooy made it a nervy but ultimately successful last seven minutes for the hosts.
Bayern 3-1 Madrid, Semi-finals, 2000/01
They had lost out to Madrid in the last four a year earlier (see below), but when they met again in the semi-finals, Bayern ensured there was not another disappointment. The first leg came down to two men: Brazilian striker Giovane Elber, who got the only goal of the game in Madrid, and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who ensured there were not any more. Elber found the net again early in the second leg to keep Madrid on the back foot with Jens Jeremies restoring Bayern's buffer after Luis Figo's goal had promised to make life difficult for Ottmar Hitzfeld's side, who would go on to beat Valencia in the final in Milan.
Madrid 2-4 Bayern, Bayern 4-1 Madrid
2nd group stage, 1999/2000
Hitzfeld's men had shown themselves far superior to Madrid over 180 minutes 12 months before. Raul was on the scoresheet, but his team were already 3-1 down at that stage after Mehmet Scholl, Bayern captain Stefan Effenberg and Thorsten Fink had struck. Paulo Sergio added a fourth in the second half in Madrid to secure a handsome win. The record Bundesliga champions repeated the dose in the return in Munich. Scholl, Giovane Elber and substitute Alexander Zickler, who claimed two, got the goals as Vicente del Bosque's men were once again emphatically disposed of. Madrid would have the last laugh though, beating Bayern 3-2 on aggregate when the pair were reunited in the semi-finals en route to being crowned European champions for an eighth time.
Bayern 3-1 Madrid, Semi-finals 1975/76
The legendary Madrid side of Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Raymond Kopa had set the gold standard by winning the first five European Cups. Ajax then won three in a row between 1971 and 1973 before Bayern emulated them over the next three seasons. Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Gerd Müller became household names, and they contributed to beating a Madrid side featuring former Bayern team-mate Paul Breitner in the last four ahead of completing their hat-trick of continental crowns. It was Müller who did the damage, Der Bomber with three devastating raids as he scored all of Bayern's goals before Franz Roth's strike did for AS Saint-Etienne in the final.
*All knockout stage tie scores are aggregate scores