When FC Bayern München welcome Juventus FC to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, it will an extra-special occasion for a number of players out on the pitch.
Quite aside from the fact that a place in the quarter-finals is at stake after the 2-2 draw in the first leg, for three players in particular it could mean dumping friends and former team-mates out of the competition. bundesliga.com looks back at the stars who have represented both clubs over the years…
Bayern: 2015 - Present
Juventus: 2014 - 2015
The 19-year-old French winger is the most recent player to move between the clubs. The Bavarians struggled in Europe last season when both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were sidelined through injury and moved to address that lack of cover in summer 2015. Identified as one of the brightest young prospects in European football, Coman initially signed a two-year loan at the end of August, but Bayern will be eager to make that deal a permanent one given his instant impact at the club. His pace, close control and willingness to take on his marker makes you wonder how Juventus ever let him leave…
Bayern: 2015 - Present
Juventus: 2011 - 2015
The same can be said of Vidal, who moved from Turin to Munich only four weeks earlier than Coman. A battle-hardened midfield warrior, the Chile international was brought in to add bite to a Bayern side full of supremely gifted technicians. Vidal spent four years at Juventus, having previously been at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and helped the Italians win numerous domestic honours as well as reaching the 2015 Champions League final. The 28-year-old is a tireless runner and has started 20 of Bayern's Bundesliga games so far this season and completed over 90 per cent of all his passes.
Juventus: 2015 - Present
Mandzukic's spell in Munich was relatively short – from July 2012 to June 2014 – but he left with an enhanced reputation as one of the continent's most dangerous forwards. The Croatian scored 33 Bundesliga goals in 54 matches for the Reds, won the league title in both seasons at the club and also lifted the Champions League in 2013. Mandzukic even helped knock Juventus out of the competition en route to that triumph, scoring in the second leg of a quarter-final tie that Bayern won 4-0 on aggregate. He joined at Atletico Madrid in July 2014 before Juventus signed him a year later. The 29-year-old's spell with the Old Lady has been blighted by injury, but he is now fit and on the prowl once more.
Juventus: 2007 - 2011
Bayern: 1998 - 2007
A much-loved figure in the Bavarian capital, the amicable midfielder spent nine years at Bayern between 1998 and 2007, leaving with a well-stocked trophy cabinet that included six Bundesliga titles, five DFB Cups and a Champions League triumph. His energy, unparalleled work-rate and versatility made him a mainstay in the side en route to clocking 234 Bundesliga games for Bayern. He moved to Juventus at the age of 30 in July 2007, but injury limited him to just 61 appearances in a four-year spell in Italy. Such is Salihamidzic's love of Munich, however, he returned to live there after retiring from the game.
Juventus: 2005 - 2007
Bayern: 2001 - 2005
Recently appointed as assistant coach at Eintracht Frankfurt, where his brother Niko is now in charge of first-team affairs, Kovac was a centre-back of great poise. Comfortable on the ball and with superb positional awareness, the Berlin-born Croatia international was a team-mate of Salihamidzic's at Bayern between 2001 and 2005. He amassed 94 Bundesliga appearances, won two league titles, two DFB Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup before departing for Turin. He was only there for two seasons, but stayed at Juventus even after they were relegated to Serie B in 2006, before joining Bayern's bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund a year later.